Let’s face it, paying for half a dozen streaming sites to watch all the shows you love just isn’t doable anymore – at some point you have to draw a line in the sand and say “No more”. If you’ve reached this point, but still crave a dose of late-night entertainment – and are willing to tolerate some commercials – why not explore the cheapest options available? There are a plethora of legal streaming platforms that are completely free, which doesn’t make it easy to find something to watch, so we’ve compiled a shortlist of the best places to stream free content.
You probably already know that YouTube has all kinds of independently created vlogs and shows – some of them are even good. You may not already know YouTube also has a large collection of free movies and TV shows. – these are not limited to public domain pieces from the 1950s (which are also available if you use search filters to find what you are looking for).
Titles vary from reality shows like Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchento hide sci-fi pieces like Andromeda. Unfortunately, YouTube hasn’t made its free movies and TV service available outside of the US, but hopefully that will come.
Crackle is an ad-supported streaming service was previously owned by Sony Entertainment. Although it has since changed hands, it still offers over 1000 movies and 72 TV shows, including the likes of BBC Sherlock, 3rd Rock of the Sunand the underrated criminal black books.
There is also a good portion of anime, reality TV, action and thriller shows. Ads on Crackle are quite frequent, appearing every 10-15 minutes during a movie or show.
Paramount Streaming owns and operates Pluto TV as a free, ad-supported streaming platform, meaning much of the content available on Pluto comes directly from Paramount itself. While it’s often B-tier or older content, there’s plenty to choose from, and Pluto is also expanding its roster with exclusives. The recent addition of a search button also greatly simplifies the viewing experience.
You can access Pluto TV from just about anything with a web browser, and there are Pluto TV apps for just about every device under the sun, including the PlayStation 4.
Amazon Freevee (formerly IMDb TV)
The Freevee catalog isn’t as plump as some other free services, but there are some interesting shows and movies, including Mad Menthe fifty shades series, and Schitt’s Creek. There are also older titles available which were very popular in their time.
Freevee is only available in the US and UK for now, but there are plans to expand the service to Germany by the end of 2022. You’ll need at least one Free Amazon account to access Freevee content, allowing travel to any geographic area. blocking a little more difficult.
While Fabesome is available worldwide, you have to download a rather clunky app – available on LG TVs, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android, iOS and Windows – to view the content. Fawesome has everything from reality TV, documentary series and children’s shows, to a wide variety of action, comedy, drama and even a handful of popular anime series.
While the content on FOX’s Tubi TV may not be the best, it is certainly filling. With over 20,000 shows and movies to choose from, you’ll likely find something to keep you busy on a Friday night. If you’re looking for something specific, you might want to look elsewhere, but Tubi has a healthy dose of action, comedy, drama, documentaries, plus a handful of animation and movie classics. anime.
Tubi unfortunately had to withdraw from the UK and EU due to GDPR laws, so for now, US viewers get access to Tubi’s entire catalog of content, while international viewers from Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand have access to a limited range of free content.
Anime fans are probably already aware of this one, but Crunchyroll has the most comprehensive library of anime and manga. Not everything is available for free, and you have to create a free account to watch anything, but it’s a great way to watch anime without going to unscrupulous websites.
The icing on the cake of Crunchyroll’s offer is updated user interfacewhich is in beta at the time of writing, but is a huge step in the right direction.
NBCUniversal’s Peacock TV offers two ad-supported tiers – Free and Premium – and an ad-free tier in the form of Premium Plus. Peacock TV differentiates its free offering from paid versions by offering a limited selection of content on the free tier. Still, Peacock TV’s 40,000 hours of content is nothing to sneeze at, especially since the shows and movies available are generally of a slightly higher caliber than what’s available on many other free alternatives.
The ads on Peacock aren’t too overwhelming, clocking in at 5 minutes per hour of content, but you’ll need to create an account to watch them. Peacock TV is available in the US, UK, Ireland, Germany and Italy, with limited availability for customers outside the US.
If you like a combination of independent films, documentaries, B series and vintage productions, Plex TV should be on your radar. Along with a full catalog of on-demand shows and movies, Plex also offers a slew of live TV channels spanning a variety of genres, from news to fitness to live sports.
Plex doesn’t require you to create an account to watch, but if you decide to create an account, you can use Plex to access your other subscriptions or download content, so it’s all in one place. Plex is available outside the US, but the quality and quantity of content decreases when you leave the US.
The CW offers a decent assortment of some of the newest offerings on the network – if you can look past the obnoxious loading speeds and somewhat outdated video player interface. If you’re looking for cheesy, potentially edgy entertainment, The CW has a decent amount to offer.
Streaming through The CW is only available in the US, but you may be able to circumvent this limitation with a VPN, as you don’t need an account to access the site.
Ah, make decisions
Luckily, when you’re using a free streaming service, deciding which one to use isn’t as difficult as when you sign up for a paid service — if you don’t like the content, you can close the tab and Skip see you next time. Unfortunately, since many free streaming platforms accept whatever content they can get their hands on, there’s a lot of overlap. You can also take advantage of the free trials still offered by some major streaming platforms.
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