Video Streaming Explodes
Netflix reports that 61 percent of its subscribers streamed programming in the second quarter of 2010 vs. just 51 percent in the previous quarter and a scant 37 percent a year ago. Streaming is a benefit of Netflix membership. Even the $8.99/month plan, which allows one hard-copy disc at a time, also allows unlimited streaming. See Netflix press release.
If you're looking for recent TV shows online, chances are good you'll find what you want. Ninety percent of 2009-2010 season shows are available online. Half of those are available within a day of original air date and most of them stay online for a week or so before becoming unavailable or pay-only. See Clicker Blog.