Watching movies online in the comfort of your own home has a certain appeal. You can eat whatever you want, talk as loud as you want, and pause the movie when you want. As we continue moving into a more digital age, many prefer to stream movies online versus renting DVDs. There are quite a few options to streaming movies. Some sites are completely free and others have a paid portion. On the sites that allow you to watch movies for free, the movies will be broken up by ads (they need money to keep it running somehow), but I didn’t think the ads were so frequent as to be too annoying to continue using the site. Below you’ll find some legal options to watch movies online, some well known and others not so much. All in all, you have a number of legal sites from which to choose. You can pick the best one for your needs.
Hulu is one of the more common sites. You can use Hulu to watch current TV shows and movies for free. The TV show episodes are released a day after they air on TV and you have a few days to catch them for free. Many of the movies are free as well and they generally have an ok selection of movies but can’t compare to sites such as Netflix which I’ll describe below. Hulu also has a latino section, kids section and video games section. If you want unlimited access to TV show episodes and a larger selection of movies you can subscribe to Hulu Plus for $7.99 per month. Hulu Plus also allows you to access the shows and movies on devices other than your computer, have access to all the episodes of the current season of shows, access to episodes from the entire series of select shows and streams in HD.
Netflix is also quite common and allows you to watch movies and TV shows online; however, this is not a free site. Netflix has a much larger selection of movies and more current movies than all the other websites listed here. Netflix is $7.99 to watch movies online and an additional $7.99 to get DVDs in the mail. You get unlimited access to the shows and movies online and you can watch them on your TV by hooking up a device that connects to the internet and the TV. There are also Netflix apps for phones and tablets. Netflix offers a one month free trial so you can try it before you buy it.
Crackle is completely free and allows you to watch movies and TV shows as well. It has a smaller selection than Netflix and Hulu, but is completely free so that’s understandable. There is an ok selection of mainstream movies available, a lot of the movies are not mainstream popular releases. Crackle is also available as an app that you can download on your mobile devices.
You can subscribe to the movie channel on YouTube to watch free movies. The free movie selection isn’t great but there are some good ones in there; they will entertain you. For a wider selection and most mainstream movies you will have to rent them or pay to download a copy. The cheapest I saw was $1.99 for a 30 day rental.
Snagfilms is also completely free and allows you to watch independent movies and documentaries online. If you’re the type to go to indie film festivals and watch all the films played at Sundance then you’ll like Snagfilms. It has documentaries in various genres and documentaries geared toward causes, they call that section “filmanthropy.” Snagfilms is also available as an app for your phones and tablets.
Ovguide has almost 4,000 full movies you can watch online for free. This site differs in the fact that it does not host the movies. It searches for quality movie files across the web and lists them as a link to the movie of the host site. You don’t have to leave the site to watch the movies so you would never know by just using the site. The selection includes an assortment of genres and foreign films. You can also watch free TV shows on Ovguide. This site will be good if you have a specific movie or show you’re looking for and don’t know which site may have it. You can search once here and if the movie is listed somewhere they may have a link to it.
This is another site that has free full movies available. You won’t find the current releases here either, but there are some interesting movies to watch. There are movies offered in a range of different languages and genres. You can also search for movies by actor. The site also has an app that can be downloaded for mobile viewing.
Have fun watching movies online. Did I miss your favorite site? Leave a comment and let me know.