Cord-cutting is all about saving money. The cost of cable has skyrocketed in the last few years, so cancelling cable and using internet TV services, as well as streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime has never been a better idea.
But if you’re finding that you need to trim your budget even more, you may be wondering if there are any free streaming services available to you. The good news is that today, there are more completely free streaming services than ever.
So to help you save a buck or two, while still getting all of the TV, movies and other content you need, we’ve put together a list of the top free streaming services below. Take a look now, and see what your options are for watching free TV, movies and more.
Pluto TV is one of the most popular free streaming services out there, and it’s not hard to see why. It features more than 100+ live channels showing news, TV shows, movies, and even internet-based content, all for free. It’s completely ad-supported, so you’ll never pay a dime for this service.
It even has a small selection of on-demand content, with plenty of movies and TV shows to choose from. Currently, Pluto TV supports most modern web browsers, Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and iOS/Android smartphones and tablets.
IMDB FreeDive is a relatively new streaming service, offering free, ad-supported viewing of thousands of movies and TV show episodes. A few top shows and movies hosted on this service right now include Blade Runner, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Fringe, and Heroes, just to name a few.
Using this service is completely free – all you have to do is sit through some ads. However, device support isn’t very good. IMDB is owned by Amazon, so currently you can only watch IMDB FreeDive on the IMDB website, and on Amazon Fire devices. If you do have a supported device, though, you won’t want to miss out on this service.
Sony Crackle is one of the oldest free streaming services out there, and it’s still one of the best. You can think of this service as a free, on-demand counterpart to PlayStation Vue. It’s completely free and ad-supported, and you can watch thousands of shows and movies, as well as some Sony Crackle Originals like Snatch, StartUp, The Oath, and SuperMansion.
Device support for Sony Crackle is also very good. You can watch on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, iOS and Android devices, the Xbox 360/One and PlayStation 3/4 gaming consoles, and a number of smart TVs from manufacturers like VIZIO, LG, Samsung, and Sony.
PBS is not currently available on any internet TV streaming services like PlayStation Vue and Hulu With Live TV. However, you can still watch PBS for free online on its website, or by using the PBS app on supported devices. You can watch full episodes of shows and documentaries like Call The Midwife, PBS NewsHour, NOVA, Austin City Limits and more.
As far as device support goes, PBS has an impressive lineup of supported devices. You can watch PBS on iOS and Android, Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.
If you’re a big anime fan, Crunchyroll is definitely one of the best free streaming services. You can watch episodes of shows like My Hero Academia, Attack On Titan, Bleach and more, all for free with ads.
There are some restrictions, though. Usually, you can’t watch the latest episodes of a show for free – you’ll need a Crunchyroll Premium subscription or a guest pass for that. However, the majority of content on this site can be watched for no charge, making it a great option for anime fans looking for a free streaming service. It supports iOS and Android, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Playstation 3 and 4, Chromecast, Apple TV, and Roku.
Like Crunchyroll, Funimation is an anime-focused free streaming service, with a premium option that’s available for subscribers. However, even if you only watch Funimation with a free account, you can still enjoy ad-supported versions of shows like Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Cowboy Bebop, and more.
Funimation also has great device support. The service supports Apple TV, Android/iOS phones, web browsers, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, and some Samsung smart TVs.
You’ll be able to watch both archived and newly-aired episodes of your favorite shows, and ensure that you never miss out on a second of content from The CW. The service supports iOS and Android, web browsers, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, AirPlay, and the Xbox One.
Hoopla is a unique free streaming service which works with your local library to provide you with access to a selection of on-demand TV shows and movies. To get started, you just need to create an account and log in with your library card.
Then, you’ll be able to borrow up to 10 titles per month. Borrow your preferred show or movie and watch it for up to 72 hours. Once you’ve “borrowed” 10 titles, you won’t be able to check out any other media until you’ve “returned” another item.
Hoopla is available on iOS/Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV, as well as online using the web browser of your choice.
Kanopy is very similar to Hoopla. Just like Hoopla, you’ll need a library card from your local library to access it. However, if you do have a library card, you’ll get to choose from a huge selection of movies, including quite a bit of content from the Criterion Collection, and plenty of recent releases.
You’ll get a set number of credits per month, based on your library’s agreement with Kanopy. Each credit can be used to access a particular film for 72 hours, and your credits will reset every month. Kanopy can be used on Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, and AirPlay, as well as iOS and Android devices.
Tubi TV is somewhat similar to IMDB FreeDive and Sony Crackle, and offers thousands of movies and TV shows on demand, supported only by ads. However, you may find that there are not quite as many top shows and movies on this service as there are on competing services. Still, it’s free, so there is no reason not to give it a try!
Tubi TV also has fantastic device support. You can watch Tubi TV on iOS/Android, web browsers, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV. It’s also available on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gaming consoles, and on TiVO and Xfinity X1.
Vudu is owned by Walmart, and is primarily intended as a marketplace where you can purchase and rent movies. Despite that, though, Vudu does have a pretty good selection of free content. You can just visit the Vudu Free section, and watch movies and TV shows like Bull Durham, Semi-Pro, Roseanne, Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and more, all free and ad-supported.
Vudu supports a huge range of devices, too. You can watch on iOS and Android, as well as online on your web browser, on Roku, Chromecast and TiVO, and on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gaming consoles. Some smart TVs and Blu-Ray players from LG and Samsung also support Vudu.
PopcornFlix has a pretty obscure collection of movies and TV shows compared to what you’ll find on some of the other free streaming services on this list. Still, there are some gems like The Dictator, Rango, Detectorists and Hell’s Kitchen, and the service is free to use with ads, so you can give it a shot, and see if you can find some hidden gems on this free streaming service.
Device support is surprisingly good, too. You can watch PopcornFlix on Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, as well as Roku, Xbox One, Android, and iOS, so you’ll have plenty of options when it’s time to settle in and find something to watch.
YouTube introduced the option to buy and rent movies on its website a few years ago. Most people know that. But what most people don’t know is that there is a section of YouTube Movies that is dedicated to completely free movies, which you can stream whenever you want.
The selection is, naturally, not the best, given that YouTube isn’t going to fork over a ton of money to provide free movies. But you can still find some top films from throughout the years like The Man In The Iron Mask, Into The Blue, and Bulletproof Monk. It’s free, and you probably use YouTube anyway – so check it out, and you’re sure to find something great to watch.
Naturally, device support is incredible, since you’ll just use the YouTube app to watch these movies. That means you can watch on iOS and Android, Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast, as well as most smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, gaming consoles, and more.
Amazon Fire TV support, though, is notably absent due to an ongoing tiff between Amazon and Google, which has lasted nearly 2 years.
The Roku Channel offers a huge variety of premium TV 24/7, free of charge. You can choose to watch live TV and shows from a number of different channels, as well as on-demand TV shows and movies.
The selection of movies and shows is really good. You can watch classic and modern movies including Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Contagion, and The Terminator, just to name a few. You can also watch TV shows like Rules of Engagement, Schitt’s Creek, Spaced, and Queer As Folk.
Despite what you may think, The Roku Channel isn’t Roku-exclusive, either. You can watch in on Roku, of course, but also on iOS and Android devices, as well as some Samsung smart TVs, and your web browser.
SnagFilms is a great free streaming service if you love independent films, particularly documentaries. It has a library of more than 5,000 films which you won’t find anywhere else, and they’re all free to view with ads. While you’re not going to find studio blockbusters on this free streaming service, there are plenty of unique and thought-provoking movies and shows on SnagFilms.
Device support is also surprisingly good. You can watch SnagFilms on Apple TV, Roku, iOS and Android, most modern web browsers, and even the Xbox One gaming console.
Xumo features both live and on-demand content from top channels like CBS News and NBC News, as well as some online-only content from media outlets like Vanity Fair, FailArmy, and Bloomberg. It’s quite similar to Pluto TV, with both full episodes and abbreviated clips of TV shows and online content available.
It’s completely free, and you don’t even have to sign up for an account, so you can give it a try and see what you think. You can watch in online, on Android or iOS, or on some Roku devices and smart TVs.
Yahoo View can be thought of as a companion to the Hulu On-Demand streaming service. While Hulu no longer offers a free, ad-supported version, Yahoo View has much of the same content, and is free as long as you watch a few ads.
A few of the shows offered by Yahoo View include The Good Place, How To Get Away With Murder, and Family Guy. You can usually catch the latest episodes of these shows, as well as a selection of archived episodes.
However, the service is only usable on web browsers. While there is a Yahoo View app for iOS and Android, it’s completely crippled – for the most part, you can only browse clips of top shows, so you can’t watch full episodes from your phone or tablet.
Locast is a unique free streaming service, offering users in select geographic locations access to local broadcast networks like FOX, NBC, CBS and ABC, to name a few. Currently, however, the service is restricted to a few major cities including:
- New York City
- Washington DC
If you live in one of these cities, you can give Locast a shot. It’s supported on iOS and Android, as well as Roku and Amazon Fire TV, and online in your web browser.
FilmRise has a huge selection of free, ad-supported movies, and is quite similar to SnagFilms, mostly focusing on more under-the-radar, independent movies and documentaries. However, there are still some big-budget and critically-acclaimed movies on this service like The Illusionist and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, as well as a good selection of TV shows, like 3rd Rock From The Sun. FilmRise is available on Roku, iOS, and Android.
If you love sci-fi shows and movies, CometTV Live is a great option. This is a live streaming version of the Comet TV broadcast network from Sinclair Broadcast group, and has more than 1,500 hours of sci-fi programming from MGM and United Artists, mostly including older sci-fi “B” movies.
You can watch CometTV on your web browser, and on Apple TV, and Roku. There is no mobile support at this time.
If you’re looking for free action and comedy, Shout Factory TV has a great selection of shows and movies for you. This free streaming service is ad-supported, and features shows and movies like Mystery Science Theater 3000, Backlot, and Black Scorpion. While the selection is a bit limited, you can watch for free even without an account, and you’re sure to find some hidden gems.
You can watch Shout Factory on your web browser, or on your mobile web browser. There is no app for iOS or Android. You can also watch Shout Factory on Roku and some Samsung TVs, or on its Twitch channel.
Like Comet TV, Charge TV is a new broadcast station from Sinclair Television Group, and it has a completely free online streaming option which you can use even if you’re not in an area where you can pick up the station with an antenna. The channel focuses on action and sports entertainment. While there is no on-demand option, the programming is quite varied, so you’re sure to find something great to watch.
Charge TV is currently available to watch for free online. However, it seems that Charge TV currently only supports web browsers, with no apps for mobile devices or living room entertainment systems.