The Best Free Streaming Services for Cord Cutters




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Are you new to the world of cord cutting? Or perhaps looking to expand your current streaming subscriptions with some freebie platforms? Check out this list of the most popular free streaming services. Each features great content at no cost, so why not try them all? 


Tubi is a Fox-owned streaming service that recently signed a deal to feature Warner Bros. Discovery content as well. Tubi offers unlimited, free streaming of thousands of hit movies and television series, even some Max content. You don’t even need to sign up for a subscription to watch, simply download the app or watch via Tubi’s website. Tubi offers original content in addition to award-winning films and series, including dramas, classics, anime, British series, and comedies. Tubi is an ad-supported streaming service, but you’ll soon find there are significantly fewer advertisements than with cable or a number of other platforms.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV offers over 100 channels hosting thousands of free movies and television series covering every genre, even news, and sports. Pluto TV’s live channels play 24/7 and there’s something for everyone. Channels include Ghost Dimension, FBI Files, Pluto TV Kids, MinecrafTV, Pluto TV Retro Toons, and Pluto TV Conspiracy, to list a few. The streaming service is owned by Paramount so expect to find a plethora of Paramount content in addition to multiple third-party content creators. You can download the app on mobile devices and smart TVs.


Freevee is Amazon’s free, ad-supported premium streaming service combining live entertainment channels with hit films and quality television series. New content is added every month, from major Hollywood hits to original programming you won’t find anywhere else. There are thousands of selections to choose from, so for those looking to get a decent portion of Amazon Prime content for free, this is the streaming service for you.

The Roku Channel

The Roku Channel offers a free streaming service available on a number of smart TVs such as Fire TV, Apple TV, Google TV, and (obviously) Roku TV. This channel offers over 100 live channels as well as a large collection of on-demand movies and television series. The Roku Channel also hosts its own original content you won’t find anywhere else, including Children Ruin Everything and Most Dangerous Game New York. While members can upgrade to add Premium subscriptions such as Showtime, Starz, AMC+, and others, the free version has a massive content library on its own.


Kanopy is a free streaming service that’s completely ad-free. Simply sign up using your library card to access over 30,000 movies and documentaries. Don’t have a library card? Those are also free, just make sure your local library is partnered with Kanopy. Some libraries offer memberships to anyone regardless of location, making Kanopy accessible to all. Members can save videos to a watchlist and add from a weekly updated list of award-winning films and thought-provoking documentaries. For the kiddos, Kanopy Kids offers family-friendly series and films accompanied by parental control features.


Hoopla is not just a free streaming service for films and television series. The platform also hosts a vast digital library of 800,000 eBooks, audiobooks, and comics available through your local library with no late fees. Hoopla even provides free access to musical collections and hard-to-find content. Subscribers can download the app and take Hoopla’s full content library with them on the go via smartphones and compatible devices. Any device Hoopla is installed on automatically syncs so you don’t need to fret over losing your place.

Local Now

Local Now is another great streaming service, offering local and national news in addition to local weather programming. The free streaming platform also offers an impressive 400 channels and thousands of films. You can also find live courtroom coverage, comedies, documentaries, sports, food, travel, horror, nature series, and it even features gaming. Local Now boasts to have the most free channels of any streaming service.


Plex boasts no other free streaming service delivers more content to more countries than its platform. It hosts over 200 channels of free live programming from Lionsgate, AMC, and A&E, as well as an array of content for everyone. Over 50,000 on-demand selections are available, ranging from Spanish language content to LGBTQ+ content, in addition to game shows, news, sports, anime, cult classics, documentaries, and programming made just for kids. With Plex, you can even add your own video content and music to stream anywhere through the app.


Redbox Free is an ad-supported streaming service available for free with no subscription required. Redbox offers a multitude of new movies, series, and Redbox+ originals, as well as both free live TV and on-demand selections. Choose from a vast collection of new and popular movies spanning genres such as action, thrillers, crime, horror, sci-fi, Westerns, war, comedies, romance…. You get it, just about anything, including game shows and sports programming.


Stirr offers live local news and television shows on over 120 free channels. The streaming service lets you “Watch Now” directly from its website or you can download the app on a number of compatible devices, including smart TVs and mobile devices. Stirr hosts over 8,000 hours of on-demand movies, tv shows, and more. You can access live local news, national and local sports games, cult classics, nostalgia-inducing TV series, live event coverage, and other network programs.

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