How do I watch a show?

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I'm trying to watch a show on SideReel, but I can't figure out how to get the episodes to play. How do I get to a video to watch?
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Kendra

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fabianjwilson

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I am having issue trying to watch a show. All there is is a search box that in the middle of what looks like the player. whats up with that.
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I am having the same problem. All that shows up is a search box in the middle of what looks like the player. There are no other sources from which to watch the video. Please help!
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obviously sidereel needs to improve the way that people can view episodes. if there are a million post of "sidereel doesnt work" than obviously you guys need to make it more user friendly. whatever happened to click play? oh yeah, thats why youtube> any other video playing site
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Leo Elegado

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all you guys want us to do is sign up so you can spam our email, good job at that and making it hard to watch videos!
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Hi Leo,
Sorry for the confusion, but unlike YouTube, SideReel is NOT a video host site. We simply provide a place for users like you to submit places to watch your favorite shows online.
As for e-mails, the only e-mail you will ever get from us is a Daily Calendar E-mail reminder of your shows coming up so you don't miss them -- and that's only if you choose to subscribe to it! If you're receiving a SideReel e-mail that you don't want, just click the "unsubscribe" link in the footer!
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The search box you're seeing is for the latest episode which will always show up like that at the top of a page. Just click the 'Go' button and you'll be taken to the search results page with the options to watch users have added there. Let us know if you still have trouble!
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kris saldivar

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I can't play the episodes. How do you do it?

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Help?.
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the same thing is happening to me 2!!!!! its the screen with the search box in front of it help!!!!!
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Hi deanna! The search box is just the top section of a show page for the latest episode of that show, if I can assume you mean a box like this:



If that's what you're seeing, then if you do want to watch that latest episode of the show, click 'Go' on that search box. That will take you to a search results page listing the viewing options for the episode like this:



If you want to watch an episode other than that latest episode, scroll to the Episodes section of the page, and click 'More' or the highlighted search link.

Once on that search results page either via the Episode section or the search link on the latest episode block, select any viewing option listed there, or if you'd like to see more, click the 'view all links' button you'll see at the bottom of the shortened list provided.

Because this video content is user-submitted, it's possible some spam has gotten in with the good, so we recommend you avoid any video sites that ask you to pay, download, or fill anything out. (Unless it's a trusted site like iTunes.) If you do see a spam link, you can click the 'report link' button next to the link on the search results list.

Let us know if you get stuck somewhere in working this out and we'll be happy to help further!
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I have the same problem Kendra and the answers you have gotten do not clarify it. I could go to iTunes myself. Where is my playlist and how do I get items to play in it? The only options I have found are to go to another site like iTunes or Megavideo, which requires you to enter a credit card. I am not doing that for something that is free. Don't trust it. So what is the straight answer to this question? How do I watch shows? BTW, doesn't it seem odd that it is so hard to do the one thing this web site advertises it is there to do? Cardenio
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Right on! I couldn't have said it better myself. I have spent over 1 hour trying to watch a 22 minute episode of Big Bang Theory. And THIS is modern technology?
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Just a quick hint about watching shows on Megavideo....you don't have to pay for it. I know that megavideo will give you a message after watching 72 minutes that says you have to either upgrade to a paying account or wait another 54 minutes to continue watching...however, the way to get around that is to simply reset your modem (unplug your internet connection and then plug right back in and wait for it to reset) then you can continue watching your megavideo show. Everytime you reset you get another 72min so I always reset in between episodes if I am watching more than one...hope this helps you guys!
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this website should be easier to navigate. it is miss leading. i just want to watch a show. not read a bunch of comments

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What do I have to do to view the shows for free??? When I try to watch a show all it does is take me to sites where I have to pay.

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Putra Haikal

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how tu play at your site ?

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how to play.
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Edwin Melo Perez

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can i or can't i watch full episodes on this web sit.

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true blood.
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help..i pressed the play but a new tab opens..am i missing something?
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Hi Earvin, are you pressing play on the SideReel episode block like this:



or are you pressing play once you've clicked through the search results options and gotten to a video hosting site? If you're using a source like Megavideo, for example, they have an ad that opens in a new tab after you've clicked play, but you can just close that ad tab, return to the original video page, click the play button again and the video will play just fine.

If that doesn't help, let me know and I'll be happy to help further!
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jazzy1011

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what website is that?
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Alex

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Hi jazzy, what are you referring to?
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How do you get to the Side Reel episode block that looks like this? I finally got to the Search Links place but the only thing that came up when I choose Megavideo were advertisements. This is really confusing. Can you help?
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Alex

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Hi Michelle, sorry for the confusion, but the image above is of our old layout. Please refer to the most recent official response above!
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I wanted to sign up so that I coujld view show that I missed but I do think this is the right
website Please help me understand, also is this a free website.

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Mariam Valiente

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how d o i watch those episodes whose airdates are years past already ?

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Rod

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can't watch anything

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what is going on ?.
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tootee

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me too???
if you know help me please
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Kendra

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Hi tootee, the information above in this post gives the basics on watching - if you checked that out, please let me know where you're getting stuck in the process. Thanks!
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Hi Kendra
I wanna watch gossip girl S2 and all Es
but i dont knew how .?
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tootee

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thank u
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I have been trying to watch a tv show on here, and honestly, it's a lot harder than I think it needs to be. When I choose the episode I want to watch, and then hit Search Links, I clicked on amazon.com which brought me to a bunch of comments about the episode, and not the actual episode itself. Help please. Thanks,
Analee
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Hi analeelst,
If you have any ideas on how to make a show easier to watch on SideReel, we are happy to hear it! Please keep in mind that SideReel doesn't host videos or episodes - we simply provide a place for users to submit places to watch, so we can't simply favor certain hosts over others, unless it's an official network site or service. I'm not sure what you're referring to about Amazon, though that source usually requires purchase before you're able to view. Unless you intend to purchase the episode for download on Amazon, I suggest choosing from the other video host options that should appear when you click "Search Links."
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Kendra

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Hi there, was your thanks that you figured it out, or would you still like a little more help on figuring it out?
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tootee

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i mean yes i figured it out

thank u
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I recently suscribed and don't know how to watch perviously aired seasons/episodes of The Tudors / other. Tks

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Unable to watch anything! Pls help.
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Can you watch old episodes of shows on side reel??
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Kendra

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Hi laureno1000, there are a good amount of options to watch older episodes of currently airing popular shows, and there are also often good options to watch older shows as well.

For older episodes of a show, just scroll to the Episodes section on a show page, and if you scroll under the current season that is automatically open, you'll see the rest of the seasons you can click to open to show all the episodes.
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How do I watch old episodes of shows?

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Watching instructions.
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My choice of show just says no available links so why is it listed?
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Kendra

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Hi Linda! SideReel is an openly editable entertainment site that does not host any videos, but users like you add links to video hosting sites. Sometimes lesser known or less popular shows don't have much video content around online, so there's not much for users to add to SideReel. A page is always created for shows and info added, and then if there is video content, it's all ready to go for users to add to. If there's a show you're looking for that you think might have video content online that just hasn't been added to SR yet, you're welcome to add a request to our To Dos section - http://support.sidereel.com/sidereel/... - where users and moderators check to see how they can help out around the site.
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ok I'm trying to watch Moesha, its showing on here that you have it but as im reading exactly how you said to watch the shows its not showing what your explaining its showing something completely different....so what am I supposed to do?????
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hi wykenya!
What are you seeing? Make sure you're on the Moesha page (http://www.sidereel.com/Moesha) and not on a specific episode page and you should see something similar to what's pictured in the instructions above!