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    Free Entertainment Available to Us All

    So I’m having Herman fly through the many channels we get with Time-Warner cable TV. Something we recently discovered was “Free Movies on Demand.”

    A variety of different cable stations offer these programs, and the one I watched today was through the Hallmark Channels and called “Life at Liberty Street.”

    This particular movie chronicled a nurse who left a hectic ER at a hospital to help with rehabilitating brain-injured adults. In the process, her own relationship-life is rehabilitated as well.

    Not only are movies free with the many channels on digital TV, but also many music options.

    I had spoken to you guys a while back about free music over the internet at www.pandora.com and the music stations on cable TV are similar, except you can’t specify a particular artist or song type like you can with Pandora. You can tune into genre’s like classical, jazz or rock for instance. There about a dozen different music types represented along with notes about the musicians playing.

    I’ve also been able to watch some TV shows and movies on the internet without cost, and those venues seem to keep growing.

    The only difficulty with this is it requires someone to find the Web site, set up the player and click the mouse to keep it going every so often. Recent TV shows and series are available on Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC, for instance, as well as most cable channels.

    For instance, if you miss a favorite show one night or forget to record it while you are occupied elsewhere, you can go to the network Web site and watch it there. It’s usually on the site by the following day.

    With Fox network, I believe there is a one-week delay, so it varies from site to site.

    One site I’ve seen advertised with hilarious ads lately is Hulu. The ads make fun of themselves as well as TV watchers who are “turning their brains into pudding” with so much mindless viewing.

    Hulu supposedly combines all the major TV Web sites into one site where most any show can be viewed on any computer with an Internet connection.

    When I think back to my years growing up in Cleveland I am reminded of channels 3, 5 and 8 – NBC, ABC and CBS which were about the only channels back then along with Public TV WVIZ-Channel 25.

    It’s amazing how many more channels and shows are on TV today, and I still have trouble finding something interesting to watch.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com