Skip to comments.Recommendations for Free or low-cost Online TV and Movie Providers?
Posted on 06/30/2012 3:06:36 PM PDT by bigbob
I'd appreciate suggestions for online streaming TV and movie providers (other than biggies like Netflix or those from specific cable systems). I've watched a Hulu at times and I think it is legit, but Google turns up a lot of garbage that really looks questionable, or sites that ask for personal information that feel like scams. I'm not a huge TV watcher so it's not worth inviting viruses and malware or putting up with time limits and poor quality feeds.
I'm willing to pay a reasonable fee for a service or site that would allow me to watch classic TV series especially from the 1960s to present.
Try www.cinevault.com There are some fine classic movies, documentaries, and B movie junk from the 40s and 50s that can be fun if you are in the right mood. Free.
Crackle has a few movies. It’s free and legit. Youtube has a lot of free movies as well.
Bookmark for later.
try Justin.tv or icefilms.info and tvduck.com
Check your mail.
If you have any questions on how to use those sites, feel free to ask. They can be a little tricky at first.
If you would rather just have a direct link to a movie (Promethius/Brave/Lincoln/Avengers) etc, Cable channel (HBO,Conemax/Showtime/Disney Espn etc) or TV show, (Seinfeld, Star Treks, CSI, Psyche, etc) feel free to ask.
Many of the sites have chat on the sides to fit in the “for discussion purposes” clause of the copyright law. Pretty weak but thats their shtick. Cool thing is no downloading files. Just click and watch like Youtube. The first one you do need to download the player to watch in HD.
Cable free for over a year now!
Get a jail broken apple tv 2
It can actually be cheaper to buy used DVDs than fuss with streaming or rentals.
For example, gohastings.com has an enormous selection of $2 movies, used but in pretty good condition, with 98 cents shipping per item.
That’s about the same as the large $3 selection you can get at Big Lots!
Now granted that is more than streaming or rental, but you get to keep the legal movie. So if you really like a movie, why not?
I’ve thought about this a lot. I’ve got Dish, along with WIFI through DSL connected through Dish to my HD TV. The problem is access is strangely cumbersome and complicated with no keyboard, etc. Putting a ‘system’ (for a TV) together that works as well as watching stuff on a DSL connected PC is the goal. Of course, access to various Cable stations is wanted and that appears to require a Cable or Satellite connection and cost.
We watch probably a dozen channels - that’s it. It’s sad to pay $100+ per month for that limited viewing.
Netflix streaming is $8/mo.
Amazon offers streaming if you sign up for their Premium account at $80/year.
Hulu Plus is about $8/month.
Youtube did/does have a section of old movies and TV shows, but you have to dig around to find them.
Your Internet provider, if cable, may offer movies/Tv On Demand and online.
TVGuide.com has links to online TV programs. Many of theirs are links to Hulu, however.
Windows7 and/or Windows Media Center has an InternetTV section that connects to several network offerings.
***Thats about the same as the large $3 selection you can get at Big Lots!***
I was at a local thrift store not long ago and found a whole case of DVDs. Most not opened. I don’t know where they got them but there were some old movies I had been trying to find for years! Some foreign films. I hit a bonanza and bought 19 of them before I left the store.
Some of the movies...
THE LOST BATALLION
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1979 color)
TORA TORA TORA
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (the musical) They also had that Robert Englund version which I did not buy as it was terrible.
THE RED TENT
CBS has its entire catalog on line for free — Dragnet, Start Trek TOS and hundreds more...
Forgot to mention they were $3.00 each.
Get a Roku. Subscribe to Netflix streaming and Hulu. The Roku will let you seamlessly access your subscriptions plus a lot of other very interesting free stuff - such as Russian TV and Al Jazeera, which believe it or not are probably a better source for news than the mainstream US networks.
Bookmarked. Thanks for the link. I love old movies.
I’ve been VERY happy with Netflix streaming for $8.00 a month. There’s more there than I could watch in a lifetime of 24/7 viewing.
In particular I like documentaries (Ken Burns, e.g.), National Geo, BBC series (Doctor Who, Foyle’s War, Sherlock, Island at War, Downton Abbey e.g.), some TV shows like Madmen, classic movies, foreign films, and biographical fiction.
Plenty of stuff there to keep me entertained while DH watches the Phillies lose.
They usually offer a free month trial period, then you could cancel if you don’t like it.
only real issue is live sports...anyone have a good link for live sports? sometimes I use espn3 w/ laptop and HDMI cable to display on TV.
Old tv programs such as “Shotgun Slade (they call it ShotGun Network)or “Sgt. Preston” or “Jim Bowie” and others at: http://tubtub.com/ .
For Movies try : http://www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline
Legit. I like to download the shows and watch them later using VLC.
Cancelled our cable last year. There are several sites that are usable but be cautious.
I’m always looking for more as well.
And free over the air TV with an antenna!
It’s great: METV for ‘60s shows, and all- HD live and network shows.
There are several sites that are usable but be cautious.
Boy, did I learn a big lesson! Youtube said my movie was free if I registered for Free Christian Movies.
The registration took me to a porn chat and immediately started loading malware. Fortunately, I discovered it was loading stuff without my permission.
I shut everything down, ran MalWareBites twice, and will be a lot more cautious in future!
About three months ago I started watching free movies and British TV series using my Amazon prime membership. I never watch tv anymore. The problem with Amazon is that you start watching a tv series that is free and when you get to the last few seasons they start charging $7.99 an episode.
of course I got called away just after posting this, but thanks to all for your suggestions, will check ‘em out!
While MWB is good, I would also run Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D when you have had a “partial infection”. Between the three you are pretty well assured that any nasties have been purged, including those that are running.
A big irony is that few of these programs will root out the deepest stuff, that is likely either government installed or advanced hacking. For this you actually have to get counter-hacking software written by hackers. This is very hard to find unless you know the programmer, as getting it off the Internet would be suicidal.
Thank you. I run Comodo, as well.
Thanks for posting the question.
I run Comodo
People don’t call the police on you? How do you keep from “flopping”?
we use dvdswap.com I think it is. wife just gets what I ask for and gets rid of what I don’t want to keep. works out well.
People dont call the police on you? How do you keep from flopping?
What is “flopping”?
I got stung on my movie thing because I rarely watch movies.
Usually a few youtube segments of something I saw 30 years ago makes me happy.
Comando is another word for with out undies... or at least I think it is ;)
You could probably figure out the floppy bit..
The Top 100+ Funniest Movies of All Time
Ping for later.
I’ve tried all three (actually have all three at the current time [Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon streaming]) ... and there’s no question about it - Netflix is, by far, the best choice to make on those three.
I’m going to drop Hulu Plus and I have the Amazon account for other reason and it’s for a year, anyway.
No one beats Netflix ... that’s the bottom-line.
Netflix is MUCH better. Hulu+ has commercials. About 6 commercials for an hour of programming. Ikeep telling her, if I want to watch commercials, I'll watch network tv.
To the OP, grab a Roku from Radio Shack or other retailer for 70 bucks and get netflix for $8/mo. Can't be beat. THOUSANDS of titles to choose from without the $100/mo for 2-300 channels of which you'll watch maybe 20 often and another 20 infrequently and the other 150 not at all.
Roku + Netflix = viable solution
I would agree with one caveat ... if you can wait one season for the current crop of shows, then this is a great setup. I'm on the cusp of dropping Dish and going Roku only. Check out the other available channels on Roku. Even Glenn Beck's GBTV is available as a streaming channel on Roku (for a price). Quite a bit of free channels on there as well.
MLB.TV is great on the Roku.
To all those that asked, check your freepmail.
http://www.tvpc.com/ChannelList.php has some sports and links to other live streams
Bump for good info.
The cons now outweigh the pros when it comes to my paying 100 bucks a month for entertainment.
Half the time theres nothing on worth a dam so sportscenter is replayed most all day. The commercials take up more and more airtime. Most of those make me want to ask God for forgiveness for one reason or another.
I never watch primetime on the big four. The commercials I see prove I am not missing anything other then pure filth that pollutes the mind especially our children.
Subjecting them to TV values is of itself a sin.
So I am ready to sever the relationship. Sounds like roku and netflix will save a bunch of debt dollars and sinning.
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