By Kim Komando, Signal Contributing Writer
“What should I watch?”
This question plagues us, no matter how we watch TV. Once we’ve binged our favorite series, seen all the recommended shows and movies, and browsed every genre we could find, we still hit a wall.
Here are 10 of the best sites for watching movies for free. Just remember, like all streaming services, content changes periodically.
If you love art house or classic movies, Kanopy is the best site for free streaming. With entries from the Criterion Collection as well as contemporary indies, Kanopy shows high-quality and critically acclaimed cinema, all at no cost to its users.
To use Kanopy, your local library, university or college needs to be connected to it. With a library card or your college email login, you can access Kanopy’s catalog at any time.
For those who prefer more mainstream movies, Popcornflix perfectly fits its name. The ad-supported service accesses tons of movies and TV shows.
Vimeo is a video platform like YouTube, allowing users to upload their own movies and clips to share in HD quality. You have to pay to watch some movies on the site, but many are free — particularly short films.
Do you love classic movies? Many golden age films are now live at Internet Archive, a site that captures all public domain media. Most copyright-free titles date back to the 1920s and 1930s. For classic movie buffs, it’s a treasure trove.
Sony Crackle, formerly known as Crackle, is another great site that supports itself with ads. If you really like action and thriller movies, and some older TV shows that are hard to find on other platforms, Sony Crackle is worth the occasional interruptions.
Though primarily a platform for buying movies and TV episodes, Vudu also has free content – once again, thanks to ads. Vudu has a diverse catalog and reports how long movies will remain free.
Working through IMDb.com or Amazon Fire products, IMDb TV is a way to watch critically acclaimed films free from the comfort of your home. Like most of these streaming sites, this one is ad-supported, but if you have Amazon Prime, you can watch movies free through Prime on IMDb TV without ads.
Libraries offer tons of amazing services; just tap or click here to see a list of the freebies offered by your local library. Your library card can get you access to hoopla, as well. hoopla is the digital service of Midwest Tape, a company that provides media products and services like DVDs, CDs and audio books to libraries.
The Roku Channel
If you have a Roku, you have access to The Roku Channel, which gets you free movie and TV content. You can stream live shows on the Roku channel, as well as watch an ever-changing catalog of movies and TV shows, all at no cost.
Good Old YouTube
YouTube has its share of feature-length films uploaded illegally, and those tend to disappear quickly thanks to YouTube’s algorithms. But the service also has a good number of licensed films you can watch for free.
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