16 Ways to Stream Movies and TV Shows for Free

These free streaming services offer thousands of popular movies and TV shows — even recent releases. Here’s how to start using them.

You can watch movies and television at home, on a plane, in line at the grocery store — virtually anywhere you like. But it will cost you.

Big-name video streaming services require monthly subscriptions. Luckily, they aren’t your only options.

The following streaming services and websites are free.

1. Free trials for paid services

Most paid streaming services — including Hulu and Netflix — let you start with a free trial.

Amazon’s Prime Video also offers a free trial. If you are an Amazon Prime member, though, you already have access to Prime Video at no added cost.

When these trials end, your credit card may be charged. So, if you decide you don’t want to pay for a subscription, be sure you cancel it before the trial ends.

2. The Roku Channel

If you have a Roku streaming device, you can use it to access free shows and movies on the Roku Channel. You can also access the channel online.

3. TV networks’ websites

Did you miss the morning news? Watch it later directly from the network’s website. Broadcast channels like NBC offer full episodes online without you having to go through your cable or satellite TV provider. The catch? Some broadcast content is available online for a limited period.

Another option is to check out cable networks. Comedy Central, for example, has full episodes on its website.

4. Xumo

This free streaming service offers live and on-demand access to more than 100 premium TV channels — from NBC News to the History channel. Xumo is also smart enough to recommend content based on what you’ve previously watched.

You can watch Xumo on devices such as:

  • Android devices
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Roku
  • Smart TVs

5. Vudu

Vudu is a Walmart-owned streaming service that lets you watch thousands of free movies — a feature called “Movies on Us.” More than 100,000 movie and TV titles are also available for you to rent or buy.

You can watch Vudu on your computer and other devices, including:

  • Android devices
  • Chromecast
  • iPhone
  • Roku
  • Smart TVs
  • TiVo

6. Sony Crackle

This free streaming service from Sony offers TV, blockbuster hits and original content. You’ll even find TV series that are no longer on air.

Tap in to Crackle by visiting the website on your computer or going through one of many devices, including:

  • Apple TV
  • Android devices
  • iPhone
  • Roku
  • Smart TVs
  • PlayStation 3

7. Tubi TV

This free streaming service has thousands of titles from its partners — including motion picture studios like Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount.

You can watch the movies and TV shows via the Tubi TV website or various devices, including:

  • Android devices
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • iPhone
  • Roku
  • Smart TVs
  • TiVo
  • PlayStation 4

8. Popcornflix

Popcornflix prides itself on functionality: “No movie is more than two clicks away,” its website explains.

The free service is owned by a motion picture distributor, Screen Media Ventures. In its library of movies and television shows, you’ll find dramas, stand-up comedy and horror classics, among other genres.

You can stream from your computer or devices like:

  • Apple TV
  • iPhone
  • Roku
  • XBox 360

9. Kanopy

By partnering with public libraries and universities, Kanopy aims to provide thought-provoking entertainment. That’s also why you need a library card or university connection to view Kanopy’s collection of movies and documentaries.

Kanopy is available by visiting the website on your computer or going through one of various devices, including:

  • Android devices
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • iPhone
  • Roku

10. Snagfilms

You can snag more than 10,000 movies, TV episodes, documentaries and original comedy shorts from Snagfilms, which boasts something for everyone.

Watch on your computer or:

  • Android devices
  • iPhone
  • Smart TVs
  • Tablets

11. Viewster

Viewster’s catalog consists of more than 5,000 niche films and television shows in genres like anime, sci-fi and documentaries.

 

Watch Viewster from your computer or various devices, including:

  • Android devices
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • iPhone
  • Roku
  • Smart TVs
  • XBox 360

12. Internet Archive

The Internet Archive website hosts millions of free books, movies, music and other media. This nonprofit online library archives certain TV programs and offers a collection of films that have been uploaded by Internet Archive users.

13. Free Movies Cinema

Free Movies Cinema offers movies — primarily short films and classics — that the website says are hand-picked from various sources.

You’ll even find a few quirky popcorn recipes on the site.

 

14. Classic Cinema Online

Take a trip down memory lane with Classic Cinema Online. The website offers Westerns, comedies, musicals and silent films from at least as far back as the 1930s.

15. Classic Television Online

“Gilligan’s Island,” “All in the Family,” “The Andy Griffith Show” — they don’t make sitcoms like that anymore. The good news is you can still watch all of them on Classic Television Online. It is a sister website of Classic Cinema Online.

16. Creepy Classics Online

As the name implies, Creepy Classics Online streams horror movies and sci-fi flicks. You can also watch TV shows like “The Addams Family” and listen to ghoulish radio programs on this sister website of Classic Cinema Online.

 

 

 

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