Geeks love the Internet, so it’s not surprising that there are quite a lot of geeky YouTube channels catering to our crowd. Some of these YouTube channels offer high-quality free programs that are competitive with many shows found on cable channels. Here are 17 great geeky YouTube channels that you might want to check out.

1. Geek & Sundry featuring Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Veronica Belmont, Tom Merritt, Paul & Storm, and Darkhorse comics. The newly released featured video, The Guild: I’m the One That’s Cool, will give you some idea of what you can expect here.

2. Nerdist offers shows on all things geek: comic books, games, comedy…if it’s nerdy and geeky, they have it.
3. NASA channel is about space and NASA’s work.
4. Machinima is all about gaming.
5. SciShow has short videos on science topics. It’s perfect for adults and children.
6. Crash Course features video lessons on history and biology.
7. VlogBrothers is general nerd stuff.
8. TED-Ed offers general knowledge lessons on interesting topics.
9.TWiT features tech news and topics.
10. Hank Plays Games are videos of the child Hank and his family playing, talking about, and reviewing all sorts of video games.
11. Videos from Felicia Day is Ms. Day’s video blog.
12. MinutePhysics teaches physics and other sciencey stuff in one-minute clips.
13. BAMMO shows featured special effects artists showing off their skills.
14. Deep Sky Videos is all about space exploration.
15. The Intelligent Channel is not geeky per se, but it features conversations on all sorts of topics to teach and inform, and geeks love knowing stuff.
16. The Open University offers another opportunity to know more than your friends.
17. Numberphile teaches viewers neat number facts and tricks.

Also look for these YouTube channels, coming sometime in 2012:

  • START by ING and Shine Group will feature all things gamer.
  • Stan Lee’s World of Heroes will be all about comics, brought to you by Vuguru and POW! Entertainment.

So tell us: Have you given up cable in favor of free or less pricey entertainment options? How much of your content viewing do you do on YouTube? What YouTube channel would you add to our list? Join the conversation.