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.

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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

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