Streaming services have saved Americans a lot of cash recently and right now the demand for free content is higher than ever. Most of the big streamers are offering some of their content for free right now, but plenty of services are made to be free.
IMDb TV launched in January of 2019 under the name “IMDb Freedrive”. IMDb TV is a collection of free ad-supported movies and TV shows that you can access without a subscription using your IMDb login. IMDb TV is one of the few free services that offers new releases and classic blockbuster hits for free. Check out IMDb TV here.
The Roku Channel
The Roku Channel is a free service available on all Roku devices–or through the Roku mobile app–that will give you access to over 10,000 free movies and TV shows. The Roku Channel supports free live news from ABC News, Cheddar News, Newsy, TMZ and more. The Roku Channel also gives you the option of adding on premium channels like HBO, Showtime, and Starz for a monthly fee. Check out The Roku Channel here.
PlutoTV is a free live TV streaming service that offers live and on demand content, you just have to create a login. PlutoTV offers popular content from channels you’re used to in a familiar grid setup that’s easy to use and completely free. Pluto is probably the best free live TV streaming service out there. It offers CNN, NFL Network, BET, TV Land, and more. Check out what PlutoTV has to offer here.
Xumo is a free, ad-supported, live TV streaming service. Xumo has some channels you’ll recognize like Fox Sports and NBC, but it’s mostly unknown channels offering some content you’ve heard of and some that sounds like it’s on the sci-fi channel at 4am. Check out Xumo here.
Crackle is a free stand alone streaming service that offers movies and TV shows as well as original content. The Crackle app is available for download on all major streaming devices and most smart TVs. While Crackle will give you access to both movies and TV shows they have a large library of movies for a free service. You can check out Crackle here.
Tubi TV is a free ad-supported on demand streaming service. Tubi TV offers a selection of content that’s always updated and includes classic, old, and new movies and TV shows. Tubi is one of the most popular free streaming services and will soon come preloaded onto smartphones and TVs. Check out Tubi here.
Hoopla is a streaming service that gives you access to movies, TV, ebooks, audio books, and music from your local library. You just need a library card to get access but after linking your account everything is free. Check out Hoopla here.
There are a lot more free streaming services out there but these are the most popular right now. One thing to keep in mind while browsing all the free options out there is that, well…they’re free. Get used to ads and less than impressive streaming resolution on these services because you get what you pay for.
Updated May 20, 2020