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Free TV, Movies, and Video Online

By Brian Shim | Updated 
10/27/2021

On this page, I’ve curated links to popular free legal video on the Internet, including the network websites, free movie sites, and other streaming video sites. This is your free Internet “Remote Control”!

Note, many of these are blocked on tablets and mobile devices, so use this site on a desktop computer for best results.

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Broadcast Networks

Many of the shows on these sites require cable TV login, but there are still some free shows available.

ABC
CBS
NBC
peacock TV
PBS

My Recommended Free TV and Movie Sites

Pluto TV
The Roku Channel
Crackle
Popcorn Flix
IMDb TV
VUDU Movies & TV
tubi TV
STIRR TV
Plex

Classics

Shout TV
Classic Cinema Online
Open Culture

Original Content

vevo
vimeo
Funny or Die

Cable/Streaming Networks and Shows

Note, many of the shows on these sites require cable TV login, but there are still some free shows available.

Showtime
MeTV
Comedy Central
adult swim
food network
Comet TV
People TV
Charge!
Freeform

Documentaries/Science/Tech

Documentary Storm
Documentary Heaven
Top Documentary Films
TED
Futurism
TWiT
NASA
kanopy
Carbon TV

News/Financial/Politics

NBC News
CNN
dailymotion
Free Speech TV
Bloomberg
Haystack tv
Court TV
NHK World

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Candace, Curtis Hinkle Hinkle
Candace, Curtis Hinkle Hinkle
7 days ago

Hey Brian, new 50in samsung, thinking of buying a channelmaster 60, outside, with filter, transmitters about 25 miles out, do you think i also need an amplifier with this model, no cable for me.. it also has hulu

James
James
12 days ago

Do I need to buy a indoor antenna for my new Roku Tv if I'm using wifi

James Thibert
James Thibert
12 days ago

I just got a TCL ROKU 55" TV HDR 4K
If I unhook my cable , how many channels can I get if I'm still using wifi

Rick
Rick
1 year ago

Hi. I have one of those flat indoor antennas you can mount on the wall that can pick up analog and digital broadcasts. This is what the antenna looks like: http://www.pxindonesia.co.id/product.html/115-hda-7000#.X5-J8uRXclQ

It has grooves on the back for the wire/cable to be placed flush against the back of the antenna, the wire/cable either going up or down out of the antenna panel. The cable is about 10 feet long and leads to a signal booster and then a thicker but short coaxial cable leading out of the booster to connect to my TV.

My question is about that wire/cable that comes out of the flat antenna panel. It seems to act like an antenna too. If you move it slightly or touch it the picture comes in clearer or vice versa. (I only receive analog broadcasts in my country at the moment although that is soon to change, but there are 21 analog channels available after doing an automatic tuning which is amazing).

What’s usually the best position for the wire/cable (whatever that 10 foot long thing is called)? Should it be taped to the wall? I have the antenna panel mounted on the wall.

I’m just curious if I should let the cable hang loosely or tape it firmly against the wall for best possible reception.

Thanks a lot in advance for your advice, time and consideration. I really like your site and hope to never subscribe to cable or satellite TV again.

Brian
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

Hi Rick,

The answer can only come through experimentation. There is no set answer to where to route the cable. You just need to experiment to see which position gives you the best channels. The best routing may be something totally unexpected or not attractive cosmetically.

By the way, the cable affecting reception a lot (like yours) indicates poor insulation and a cheap cable. But, before buying a different model, try to make the best of what you have.

Best,
Brian

Rick
Rick
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian

Thanks Brian. I appreciate your response. Is there an easy way to insulate the cable such as wrapping aluminum foil or another material around it?

Brian
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

Wrapping foil around the cable should insulate it better from EMC interference IF it makes good electrical contact to the grounded part of the metal connectors at each end of the cable.

My advice would be to just try experimenting with routing first before resorting to the foil.

Best,
Brian

r20r07r
r20r07r
1 year ago

Here are several sites.
Live TV...
https://live.airy.tv/Movies/3_Movie_Channel_1

https://fawesome.tv/

https://www.xumo.tv/on-now/9999247/nbc-news-now

Sites to watch Free Movies and Shows...
http://vumoo.to/

Movies, eBooks, audio books, podcasts,etc...
http://www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline

Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.
https://www.hoopladigital.com/

jojosm57
jojosm57
1 year ago
Brian
1 year ago
Reply to  jojosm57

Thanks, I'll add it!

Best,
Brian

Arshad Ali
Arshad Ali
1 year ago

this is very good and informative site i love your all content and had great time to visit your site .
.thanks for this great information and keep posting good and informative content good luck https://www.fdcmovies.com/

baseballfan46
baseballfan46
1 year ago

Brian
I am having trouble finding out if Ill be able to watch the Pittsburgh
Pirates ( unless they give away anymore of my favorite players) on at&t sportsnet

If I dont keep cable. Can I ask you
where Ill be able to find this channel??

Kate
Kate
2 years ago

You helped me a lot! Thank you for explaining everything in plain language that a non tech person like me can understand!

Brian
2 years ago
Reply to  Kate

Hi Kate,

Thank you for commenting! I'm glad my site was helpful to you!

Best,
Brian

Fabio Lanzoni
Fabio Lanzoni
2 years ago

BALLER LIST! thank you kindly

Peanut
Peanut
2 years ago

Wow, I am so confused with all the info out there. I want to cancel my cable and not pay $120.00 a month for garbage.
I have some questions, please help?
Can I use my laptop to view your list of free tv?
Can I view on my smart tv connecting an HDMI cable?
Most of this stuff is not free with a streaming player? Odd (Roku etc...)
Normally I can't access ABC local without it asking for my cable company?
Any recommendations? I have so many questions, but here's a start :) Thank you Thank you!

Brian
2 years ago
Reply to  Peanut

Hi Peanut,

Here are some answers:

Can I use my laptop to view your list of free tv?
Yes.

Can I view on my smart tv connecting an HDMI cable?
Yes, if your laptop has HDMI output, and if your TV is a modern digital TV. If your laptop has a different type of video output, there are converters available.

Most of this stuff is not free with a streaming player? Odd (Roku etc...)
Streaming players like Roku do have some free content on channels like Crackle, Pluto TV, etc. But, the latest movies and TV shows will be on pay channels like Netflix, HBO, etc.

Normally I can't access ABC local without it asking for my cable company?
You might be able to get ABC and other major networks using an antenna. Enter your zip code to find out if the TV signals are strong enough in your area:
https://www.disablemycable.com/station-finder/

Best,
Brian

Richard Pinson
Richard Pinson
2 years ago

I have a 1st floor condo in downtown Charleston SC. Can get all local channels clearly except CBS. Tried the Mohu Leaf 30 and it may be slightly better than what I had but no CBS. The zip code station locator says CBS should be clear. Should I try the Mohu 60 mile? Other suggestions? I have WiFi and use Roku but want CBS as well. Thanks

Brian
2 years ago
Reply to  Richard Pinson

Hi Richard,

Before buying another antenna, please try some of these tips:
https://www.disablemycable.com/blog/antenna-tips/

Using different antennas indoors usually doesn't make that much difference. You can get a big boost in performance by moving it outside however. Even if it's just an experiment, you can learn from doing it. I also recommend getting a good RG6 coax cable, and not using the one that came with the Leaf.

Best,
Brian

Neil
Neil
2 years ago

Everyone should check out https://www.documentarystorm.com/ for a great selections documentaries on a wide selections of subjects. And it's free!

Brian
2 years ago
Reply to  Neil

Hi Neil,

That's great, I'll add it, thanks!!

Best,
Brian

AVN
AVN
3 years ago

digg.com is another site with free trending and curated videos

Brian
3 years ago
Reply to  AVN

Hi AVN,

Many thanks for these links! I've added a lot of them.

Best,
Brian

AVN
AVN
3 years ago

9gag.tv compliments the free videos on 9gag.com with free TV

AVN
AVN
3 years ago

ustvnow.com says that it is 'TV for US military and US citizens abroad,' but anyone can use it in the states too, plus it also works with other devices and apps too like Google TV box, Apple TV box, Chromecast, Fire TV, etc., via Plex or Kodi... Finally, a free service to watch some public TV online (seems like tax money should have covered this long ago) :-)

AVN
AVN
3 years ago

free funny videos at break.com and funnyordie.com

Also, ustvnow.com has a free plan for basic OTA TV (ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, PBS, MY TV 9) access live online, or from their official Plex or Kodi video add-ons. You can sign up (THIRD STEP OF CREDIT INFO NOT REQUIRED -- CAN SKIP THIS STEP AND GO WATCH ) with Facebook or Google, or sign up with your email and a password for the Kodi add-on as it requires this password to login.

AVN
AVN
3 years ago

perk.tv and viggle.tv allow users to watch free videos to earn points towards gift cards (Rewards TV)...

AVN
AVN
3 years ago

Twitter's periscope.tv or pscp.tv is a site of many free live worldwide videos...

Brian
3 years ago
Reply to  AVN

Hi AVN,

Thanks for post these! I'll check them out!

Best,
Brian

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