With Netflix, Amazon Prime and all the free streaming goodness – who’s even watching cable anymore? We’re too busy binging shows, documentaries and all the amazing movies we can easily choose. And while big-name services require a monthly fee, you could easily step up your budgeting game and pick one of these free, legal streaming apps.
1. Pluto TV
Agree that cable bills are a bit much, but can’t imagine living without it? Well, we might have the perfect solution for you! Pluto TV is possibly the closest you’ll get to a free cable experience.
It features channels (sports, news, niche content) and has recently launched a video-on-demand service with movies and TV series from well-known studios like Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount and Warner Bros.
The number of content grows really fast, so even if you won’t find something you like – give it a try after a few months.
Pluto TV can be watched on numerous devices, including Android and iOS, Fire, Amazon Kindle, Roku, Google Nexus Player, Apple TV, Android TV and Chromecast devices.
Keeping in mind that you’re streaming for free, it’s no surprise that there will be some ads involved. But then again, you would get those watching cable, too…
Crackle is a well-known, widely-used free streaming service that includes some A-list content to its library.
You can now sit back and watch your favorite shows like “Snatch”, “Seinfeld” or “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” for free. And that’s just a warm-up! You can also choose from hundreds of films and even a few Crackle original series.
What tops the whole thing up, is the fact that Crackle works on nearly all mobile devices, smart TVs, and streaming boxes.
We get that cable still covers a big part of the news. So, we’ve got something for those who prefer a bit more of a serious leisure time.
The NewsON app features hundreds of local and national news streams and live/on-demand news broadcasts that are available for up to 48 hours after they air.
It’s all automatic – the app uses your location data or an interactive map to locate available local news streams. All you need to do is select which segments interest you most – sports, business or weather.
NewsON can be used with Android and iOS phones/tablets and Roku.
4. Tubi TV
Launched about three years ago, Tubi TV may have the largest variety of free streaming movies and TV shows. The company struck deals with major studios like MGM, Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures and offers its users a selection of independent and foreign productions.
Its library grows fast, therefore, you can expect new content every single week. The library features loads of well-known movies and the ad period is rather short.
Tubi TV is compatible with Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Samsung Smart TVs and Amazon Fire TV.
5. Funny or Die
If you’re into comedy, then you probably know who Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are. But more than contemporary comedians, these guys are the founders of Funny or Die.
Launched back in 2004, the service keeps growing into this full-on production house that offers original content, including some of the biggest names in the show business.
But what differs it from other streaming sites, is the fact that you can share your opinion on the stuff you’ve watched.
It’s called ‘Funny or Die’ for a reason! Users can vote by choosing either “Funny” or “Die” and raise their favorite content to the top. Obviously, “Die” means that you didn’t like it “Funny” means, you’ve guessed it – funny.
That’s an obvious one, but still worth mentioning. It’s compatible with almost anything, its videos can be shared on other social media and it’s basically the most popular free streaming site.
You can find just about anything on YouTube – from kitten compilations to brainy tutorials! Plus, you can find some full-length movies that you could watch in parts.
7. PBS Kids
FBS Kids is a super useful, age-appropriate app if you want to keep a child busy and entertained with quality content. The service features hundreds of hours of quality and enriching content that will be super useful to watch.
You can even find some time-proven classics, like the “Sesame Street”. Overall, there’s quite a lot to choose from and there’s no commercial time whatsoever.
PBS Kids Video works on Chromecast, Android, Windows and iOS phones and tablets.
Twitch is possibly the most popular site among gamers and sport enthusiasts. So if you’re into all that – you’ll love it.
You get to watch live streaming channels and chat with the ones who host it.
While it’s a free streaming site, you can still sponsor your favorite gamers by buying a monthly subscription.
Twitch is compatible with PCs, iOs and Android devices, game consoles, Chromecast and Fire TV.
Flipps viewers are the ones who enjoy and independent content, extreme sports, and some basic B-list films. It might not be the most popular content, but there’s definitely a lot of it.
It also features over 100 channels of linear streaming content, which will give you that free cable experience (if that’s what you’re looking for).
The app is compatible with iOS, Android, Xbox One and Apple TV and can be easily synced with your smart TV.
If you’re an Anime/Manga fanatic, then we’re not breaking some big news here. But if you’re still pretty new at this and want to see what it’s all about, then go no further than Crunchyroll.
The content is mostly Japanese anime, but you can also find an impressive variety of films and series from all over the world.
The free Crunchyroll service offers series that are hard to find anywhere else while including the good old classics like the “Dragonball” franchise.
This app is supported by Apple, Android, and Windows mobile devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku and gaming consoles.
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