How to Download TV Shows from YouTube
By Joshua Laud
If you're watching a homemade show on YouTube, you might want to download the video so you can watch it at a later date on your portable media device. You can download YouTube videos, as well as videos from other multimedia websites, in a variety of ways. You can download a video with freeware software, or if you prefer, using an online website. The time it takes to download a YouTube video depends on your Internet connection speed, and the length and quality of the video.
Downloading with YouTube Downloader (Freeware)
Download YouTube Downloader from the CNET download website (see Resources).
Double-click the downloaded installer (located in your browser's default download directory) to begin setup. Once setup has finished, double-click the desktop icon to load the software.
Enter the URL of your YouTube video into the "Enter video URL" box.
Click the "Convert To" drop-down menu and choose a video format for the show to be converted to. This can be left as default unless you want to put the video on a portable media device such as the iPod; in which case, click "Ipod Video" from the list.
Click "OK" to begin downloading your show from YouTube.
Downloading with Vixy.net (Website)
Go to the Vixy.net website (see Resources).
Enter the URL of your YouTube video in the "URL" box.
Click the "Converts to" drop-down menu and change the file format if you desire.
Click "Start" to begin the conversion. Once the video is converted, you will be prompted for a save location for your file. The download will then automatically begin.
Downloading with KEEPVID (Website)
Go to the KEEPVID website (see Resources).
Enter the URL of the YouTube video in the "URL" box and click "Download."
Click "Allow" when prompted by the Java Applet.
Specify a download location when prompted by KEEPVID. Your show will now download to your computer in your chosen directory.
Joshua Laud started writing professionally in 2008. During his three years at University he worked freelance for various music publications including "Clash Magazine" and "total:spec," and online Data Transmission and Music is Art. Laud also specializes in technology writing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of London.