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 are free.
Of course, most of these services are free because they are supported by ads, meaning you can expect to see commercials. But with the federal government’s social-distancing guidance extended to April 30, many people have nothing but time on their hands these days.
Tubi reported seeing record growth in 2019, with 25 million monthly active users as of December.
The free service is owned by a motion picture distributor, Screen Media Ventures, and specializes in movies. As Popcornflix explains it:
“Popcornflix was created for people like us who want to watch ‘Great Movies. Free.’ Popcornflix has full-length movies that will make you laugh, make you cry, scare the heck out of you, or inspire you to hug the person you love. We have compelling documentaries, foreign films, unique original web series, and a place that showcases the brightest film makers of tomorrow.”
By partnering with public libraries and universities, Kanopy aims to provide thought-provoking entertainment like documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos — without ads. That’s also why you need a library card to view Kanopy’s collection.
You can search for your local library or university on Kanopy’s site to find out if it partners with Kanopy.
All movies on SnagFilms also have been curated by its editorial staff. The company explains:
“Daily film selections are accompanied by sometimes sardonic, always enlightening blurbs by our editors. It’s easy to choose something to watch with our continually updated channels and themed editorial collections. You can also participate in the community by reviewing films on the site, suggesting films to your friends and creating your own film collections.”
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