For those just starting out with cord cutting, the number of apps to choose from can be overwhelming. There are many great paid apps for live and on-demand content, but don’t forget about all of the free services available.
In this post, we’re sharing our top ten list of free streaming services that all new cord cutters should try out.
The Roku Channel offers both live and on-demand content in a user-friendly format. Look for content from channels including Stadium, FilmRise, ABC News, and WeatherNation. Be sure to check out the Kids & Family section for kid friendly content. The Roku Channel is easy to use for those with a Roku device, but it’s also available on other streaming devices
STIRR offers local news from Sinclair, along with live and on-demand content TV shows and movies. Recently, STIRR has been adding new channels, including some 24/7 streams of shows including a Gordon Ramsey channel and a channel dedicated to K-Pop. Music fans may want to check out the partnership with LiveXLive, bringing live performances to the free service.
Pluto TV is a free, ad-supported streaming service owned by Viacom. On the website or app, you’ll find content curated from around the web, in one convenient location, organized in a traditional grid guide. You’ll find Viacom content, including Nickelodeon and MTV, as well as channels dedicated to everything from classic movies to cartoons.
Tubi now has a content library of over 15,000 movies and television series totaling more than 44,000 hours of content available completely free to consumers from over 200 content partners including major studios such as Warner Bros., NBCUniversal, MGM, Lionsgate, and more.
XUMO has over 160 channels of news, sports, and entertainment content, all for free. XUMO makes it easy to browse linear and on-demand content, pause and rewind while watching, and create a personalized experience based on your preferences and the content you like to watch.
VUDU isn’t just for buying and renting movies. The streaming app also offers free content with ads, along with some VUDU originals. Parents may also appreciate the new parental controls available on VUDU. Choosing Kids Mode will block some content and parents can choose to skip over parts of TV shows and movies that may be inappropriate for an age group.
For free movies and TV shows, CW Seed is a great resource, offering over 1000 hours of content. You’ll find newer shows like Schitt’s Creek, and full seasons of favorites like Whose Line is it Anyway. The app is completely free, with no login or subscription required.
If your library is partnered with Hoopla, you’ll have free access to a ton of great streaming content. Just sign in with your library card number for instant access. Hoopla offers audio books, comics, ebooks, movies, music, and TV, available to download or stream.
Local News Apps
Do you have a favorite news station local to your area? Check to see if they have an app available. Many stations, churches, and schools offer a free stream of local news.
If you’re looking for live, local news, try out NewsON. Your location will be autodetected and you’ll get access to news in your local area. You’ll also have access to news from around the country so you can keep an eye on weather and breaking news in other areas.
Bonus: IMDb TV
Amazon’s IMDb TV is a great free service for movies and TV shows But with limited device support.
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