Watch free movies legally online
Find out where you can watch movies for nothing.
If you’re a major film buff, you might find that keeping up with all the latest movies is a pretty costly hobby. After all, paying for a trip to the cinema can work out to be around £10 a ticket – so several trips a month soon add up.
However, if you’re happy not to watch movies the minute they’ve been released and can wait a little longer, there are plenty of free ways to catch up with your film viewing online. Just bear in mind that many of the websites listed below show adverts before and during films.
Free movie websites
Believe it or not, there are several websites that allow you to watch movies online for free – legally. Here are just a few of them:
Blinkbox.com allows you to watch over 1,000 movies absolutely free! Of course, many of these free films are a little old, so if you’d prefer to watch something more recent, you can also buy or rent a selection of films for a small fee – from as little as 99p.
All of these films are streamed instantaneously to PC, Mac, TV, iPad, and Xbox 360. And if you need to catch up on your favourite TV show, you can also watch these for free!
Indie Movies Online
Indiemoviesonline.com allows you to watch independent films online, again, for free. You can watch as many films as you like and as many times as you like. All you have to do is register (for free) and you’ll then be sent an email each week with details about the new films the company has licensed.
Crackle.com allows you to watch movies and TV shows on your computer/laptop free of charge. However, the choice isn't huge.
Specialising in indie and world cinema, Jaman offers hundreds of films to stream for free.
As well as being able to catch up on your favourite TV programmes, the iPlayer also has the last week's worth of films shown on the four main BBC TV channels available for streaming. You can also download some of them to your desktop or iPhone/iPad as well.
ITV also has a limited selection of the films it's recently screened on its TV channels on the ITV Player. These are available to stream for 30 days after transmission.
Channel 5's on-demand service Demand 5 has a selection of its B-movie weekday films to watch, with plenty of time to watch them.
YouTube now offers some free films alongside its millions of hours of free videos.
Free trials of rental services
Alternatively, you could consider signing up for a free trial of a film rental service. Since the introduction of LOVEFiLM, more and more of these services have been springing up everywhere and many now offer the option of streaming films online. Before you sign up, it's worth looking at sites such as Vouchercodes and My Voucher Codes, as they usually offer incentives such as shopping vouchers to people signing up to services for the first time.
LOVEFiLM Instant has over 5,000 films and TV series and offers a free 30-day trial, after which the service costs £4.99 a month. Meanwhile, American competitor Netflix has a one-month trial and then costs £5.99 a month. The newest offering is Sky's NOW TV, which offers a 30-day free trial, then moves onto a £15 a month subscription plan.
If you don't want to pay, don't forget to cancel at the end of the free trial period.
It's not only online that you can watch movies for free. If you’re really keen to still get to the cinema, there are other ways to watch films without paying a penny. For more, read How to cut the cost of your cinema tickets.
This is a classic lovemoney article that has been updated
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