How to Download Online TV Shows to a Hard Drive

Updated July 20, 2017

In recent years the Internet has become home to thousands of video-sharing websites with more popping up each day. As computers have become more powerful, many of these websites have begun offering high-definition videos. Many television channels and production companies now offer their shows online for free, allowing access to anyone with an Internet connection. Almost all these videos can be downloaded to a hard drive for future viewing.

Copy the URL from the video you wish to download. If a direct URL for the video file is not given, click "View" then click "Page Source." Locate the direct URL from within the HTML code.

Go to "KeepVid." (See Resource 1).

Paste the video URL in the blue bar, then click "Download."

Click "Download MP4."

A dialogue window will appear; click "Save."

Download "CamStudio." (See Resource 2). Follow the installation instructions, then run the program.

Click "Region" in the top navigation menu. A drop-down menu will appear. Click "Region."

Click the "Record" button in the top left-hand corner.

Drag the transparent box around the video file you wish to download, then left-click to begin recording.

Click "Stop." Name your video file then click "Save."

Download "YouTube Downloader." (See Resource 3). Follow the installation instructions, then run the program.

Copy the URL of the video file you wish to download.

Click "Download a video from YouTube or other video site."

Paste the URL in the blank field then click "Download."

Name your video file, then click "Save."


The quality of the screen capture depends on the CPU power of your computer. Not all online videos can be saved to your hard drive. Do not re-upload any videos that you have downloaded. Downloaded videos may be in "FLV" format and may need to be converted.

Things You'll Need

  • CamStudio
  • YouTube Downloader
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Trenton Barboza has been freelance writing since 2007. His work can be seen on various websites including eHow. Barboza earned an Associate of Arts and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in journalism at California State University.