Hundreds of hours of video are uploaded to the Web every minute, so it’s not always easy to find something interesting to watch when you have a moment to spare.
Thankfully, we’re experts at faffing on company time and know where to get our fix of quality Web video. Here are our picks for the best sites to watch curated clips.
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If you’ve only got a couple of minutes to kill, head over to 5by and let its Concierge feature know whether you just want to pass time, discover a new music video or have your mind blown right quick.
The site also has a load of channels ranging from the generic — such as Tech, Video games and Travel — to the specific, like 90s music, Impressions and Law Breakers. There’s something in here for every kind of procrastinator.
Devour brings together all the Web’s videos worth writing home about. Click on a thumbnail to start watching, or dive into the topic-based channels for an endless stream of clips suited to your interests. Oh, and there’s a free iPhone app too.
If you’re serious about how you waste your time, Findie’s worth a look. It lets you look up videos by mood, theme, genre or even a graph that charts videos based on their level of sophistication and darkness.
In addition, its modern interface allows you to navigate easily between clips and share what you’re watching with friends who are on the site. It’s especially fun to Chromecast it in Cinematic mode for a Netflix-like experience.
This one’s for designers of just about every discipline. Screenings features some of the best videos that discuss the art of animation, typography, UI, UX and product design.
The site launched only a couple of months ago, so it’s possible you’ll run through its entire library of clips over the span of a week — but that means you can also submit your own favorites for others to enjoy.
If cat videos and epic fails aren’t your cup of tea, perhaps you’d rather learn something in your downtime instead. Brain Pump curates videos on topics like psychology, chemistry, finance and game design, and presents them in an endless stream for click-free viewing.
In addition to hot new videos, you can also learn about hot topics in the fields of aviation, comics, gender, language, politics, sports and more.
➤ Digg TV
On a typical day, Redditors subscribed to the nearly 9 million-strong Videos subreddit share everything from commercials, short films, acts of human kindness and greatness and the next major viral sensation.
Reddit.tv lets you sit back and enjoy the latest clips passed around by the community, and also has channels that bring you content from other major subreddits like r/documentaries, r/kidsafevideos and even r/fullmoviesonyoutube. Perfect for when you don’t know what you’d like to watch.
Short of the Week
If you’re serious about short films, look no further. This site is chock-full of incredible works by aspiring and well-known filmmakers and lets you search for new creations by topic, style and country of origin.
It also features channels like Dark Comedy, Film Noir, Satire and Sci-Fi, as well as collections to help you discover BAFTA, Sundance and Cannes award winning works.
The Kid Should See This
Want to keep your children out of trouble and have them learn about the world at the same time? Turn them on to The Kid Should See This, a growing collection of more than 2,100 child-safe videos that’s also worth a watch for grown-ups. Science, space exporation, food, DIY projects, art, animation — you name it, it’s on TKSST.
Be sure to share your favorite videos and sites to watch them in the comments below!