9 Free Online Streaming Services to Try When You’re Stuck at Home

Streaming is a lifesaver during the long days and months of the lockdown. Big video streaming sites are killing it, of course, but if you want free alternatives, you can check out the options below for completely legal and no-subscription required streaming.

1. Crackle
This streaming service comes from SONY. It has TV shows, movies, and some original content, too. You will find old TV classics here like All in the Family and What’s Happening?

2. Court TV
Do you enjoy the drama of real-life trials? Katz Networks has revived Court TV. Get your dose 24 hours a day for free on Court TV online and other streaming devices.

3. Comet
Fans of sci-fi will have a home on Comet. There are also free movies, including thrillers, horror films and science fiction classics.

4. IMDb TV
Yes, the popular movie website has launched a free streaming video service. Check out imdb.com/tv to see what they have to offer. Classic hit series like Bewitched, Kitchen Nightmares, and Columbo are on their list, plus recent movies like Elf, My Girl, and Spiderman.

5. Hoopla
If you have kept your library card, you will find free content from Hoopla, including a good number of movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, ebooks and comics. Hoopla can be accessed through your desktop browser or the mobile app.

6. Kanopy
If your library or university partners with Kanopy, you will have endless thought-provoking entertainment at your fingertips. Kanopy has a wide variety of documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films, and educational videos without ads!

7. Locast
Locast offers a good reason to cut your cable TV if you are only there for the live shows. This nonprofit service streams live local boradcast TV for free across the United States.

8. Popcornflix
Motion picture distributor Screen Media Ventures owns Popcorn flix. It specializes on movies and prides itself on functionality. You can visit their website to learn more.

9. Tubi
Tubi is one of the fastest growing free online movie websites. Pre-pandemic, it reported 25 million monthly active users. Imagine that number now that everyone is staying at home. Tubi has over 20,000 movies and TV shows from every major Hollywood studio. Check it out for your next movie night.

Ian Schindler