Watch movies for free on your computer!

8 Ways to Watch TV Without Paying for Cable

There are so many free, legal options to stream current, popular TV shows and full-length movies online! Here are some of the best choices:

  • (network and cable shows)
  • Crackle–  plenty of popular television shows and and a wide range of free and uncut movies. Many  are recent blockbusters, but there are also a number of classic and underground choices. There are more than 200 films and more than 100 TV shows from every genre.     Art films, comedies, documentaries and music films and many other types of films are available here. Not all the content is appropriate for everyone. (i.e.  not all  films are suitable for all viewers. )  Note that Crackle is supported by advertising, so each video will have commercial breaks.
    The selection is constantly rotating, so check back often. You can also browse for your favorite TV shows as well.
    Some movies will require you to sign up to view content, and most have commercials.
    Take Crackle’s great programming with you wherever you go? Download for iOS  Download for Android     Download for Windows phone
  • and
  • owned by NBC and Fox has a free trial for  brand-new, popular  TV shows and movies (action films, dramas, foreign films and musicals, among other genres, documentaries and the latest movie trailers). Hulu hosts hundreds of shows, many of them recently broadcast on major networks. New episodes of shows are available the day after they premier on major networks. (Not sure if this is still true but at one time we were told that  Hulu Plus won’t work with Internet Explorer.
  • Internet Archive When a film enters the public domain the mostly classic films are online at the Internet Archive.  Features, shorts, silent films, talkies and even vintage newsreels and advertisements are available.  Play on the site or download for viewing later.  Browse entire collections by genre or focus on specific subjects.Check out what’s popular by looking at the most download movies on the right side of the page.
    The search feature is also handy if you have a classic film you’re trying to find.
  • has  the audio from hundreds of flick, TV shows, radio programs and stand-up comedy! There are no ratings attached to any media, so you might wish to think about that if tuning in with kids around. Simply search and select the movie you want to listen to, and click the play button. It’s as easy as that!
  • Find over 600 free full-length documentaries
  • (Example: Friday Night Lights and Oz episodes
  • Viewster    collects tons of films, and TV shows, from every genre that flew under the radar, so there are probably plenty that you haven’t seen. Most of them are free, although some will give you a choice between watching advertisements or paying a $3 fee. NOTE: Many of these films are not rated and could include objectionable material.
  • YouTube –  Movies offers full-length feature films from Hollywood and around the world. Many are completely free. You can also find classic films and independent films. offers full-length feature films from Hollywood and around the world.  Remember that some of these movies are not suitable for all audiences.

Find a guide for these sites at



Classic movies:

  • Big Five Glories –    During the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema in the 1930s and ’40s, the five biggest production companies were Fox, RKO, Paramount, Warner Bros. and MGM.   Four of the BigFive  are still making movies.    Find many of the most glorious black and white classic flicks (dramas, comedies, horror, Westerns, silent films and other films) made between 1903 all the way up to 1976 on Big Five Glories.     All videos stream on the site without commercial interruption. How cool is that?

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2 Responses to Watch movies for free on your computer!

  1. Brian R. says:

    To watch movies from your computer displayed on your television:

    ~ An HDMI cable runs about $10 (you might already have one somewhere around the house). Simply, hook one end to your TV, the other end to your computer, and whatever’s on your computer screen will be displayed on your TV screen. NEVER buy an HDMI cable from your in-store salesperson. Attachment sales are used by brick and mortar stores to boost gross margin. Cables that cost $20 in a store can be found for $5-$10 online.
    ~ Chromecast is like the wireless version of the HDMI cable. Plug a flash drive-sized device into one of the HDMI ports of the back of your TV, download a bit of software to your computer smartphone or tablet, and then you’re all set to send shows from your Internet-enabled device to your TV. Cost: $35

    However, you won’t have to buy anything else if you already have a:

    ~ TV with built in Wi-Fi- you can connect to the Internet without attaching anything else to your TV. Cost: Free
    ~ Wii, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One- all come equipped with built in wi-fi. So do earlier versions (like PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360). Streaming through these devices is free — except in the case of Xbox, which requires a $60 a year membership to Xbox Live Gold.
    Cost: Free, if you already have one of these gaming consoles

    Or you could purchase a streaming media gadget:

    ~ Apple TV – If you’re a fan of Apple products, Apple TV may be the winner. Just plug the little Apple TV box into the wall, attach it to your TV with an HDMI cable, and you’re all set to stream content through the box or to pull and stream any content that you have on your Apple devices. Cost: $99
    ~Roku – Plug the Roku box into your wall and TV; add it to your wireless network; and you’re all set to stream, using the included remote, or streamline the experience by turning your phone or tablet into a Roku remote.Cost: $50 to $100, depending on the model you choose.
    ~ A Blu-Ray Player with Wi-Fi – Purchase a Blu-Ray player with built-in wi-fi, and use it to stream shows and movies. This is a good option if you don’t want to clutter up your entertainment center with a bunch of devices. With this one device, you can watch DVDs, Blu-ray disks and stream all of your online favorites. Just be sure to buy a player that says it has built-in wi-fi. This means it’ll be ready to go right out of the box. Wi-fi enabled Blu-ray players require an extra card to connect to the Internet (and in the end are a more costly way to go). Cost: $78 and up

    Check out these also at $99:
    Google Nexus Player
    Amazon Fire TV $99 -Like Apple TV and Roku 3, the Amazon Fire TV is a gateway to the best apps and streaming services out there. It has a speedy processor, voice search, and can even play some very impressive video games, as long as you have a controller.

    Streaming sticks: Streaming sticks are like micro versions of the Roku and other boxes. They plug right into your TV’s USB port and offer many of the same apps and services as the boxes. They’re a little less powerful thanks to their tiny processors, but they get the job done. Some prefer the Roku Streaming Stick.


  2. Burl says:

    movies on youtube- type in full movie The Deer Hunter (or whatever one we want to watch)

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