The Best Free Streaming Service In 2021: Watch Movies And TV Without A Subscription Fee

If you're looking for something to watch right now without spending money, there are plenty of completely free streaming services filled with movies and TV shows, including Pluto TV and Tubi.


While the most popular streaming services--Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, etc.--have a monthly or annual subscription cost, there are ways to watch content for free on a variety of streaming services. Some free streaming services don't even require you to sign up for an account. We've broken down the best free streaming services below, outlining notable content such as movies and TV that you can stream entirely free of charge.

Services like Crackle, Pluto TV, and Tubi have a surprising number of hit movies and TV shows that you can watch without spending a dime. If you have a library card, you can also stream on a few additional services like Hoopla and Kanopy. There is some overlap between the services, but each one typically has at least some content that the others don't, so it's worth checking out all of the free video streaming services. No one service really claims the title of best free streaming service, however--they're all targeted at certain audiences, which makes it hard to use just one. Of course, you don't really have to choose, since they're all free.

All of these services have ads in their shows and movies, but the occasional interruption can be tolerated when you're paying nothing. It's certainly better than treading through the sea of "free" gray-market streaming sites out there. The content is also a notch above a random Youtube binge (most of the time, anyway), and available on just about any streaming device you can think of, including Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more. The ads also mean you don't fall into the Sling TV model of the service being free, but having to pay for certain TV series and movies. You may not be able to find a popular movie on even the best free streaming service, but open your mind a little bit beyond the Netflix bubble and we're sure you'll find something you like and can easily watch on your smart TV. A free movie is a free movie, after all, as anyone who already has Amazon Prime and occasionally remembers there's a whole streaming service attached to it can attest.

And if you're thinking about subscribing to one of the major (paid) streaming services, check out our detailed breakdowns of the best streaming services and best anime streaming services.

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