How to Watch FREE Films Online – Legally
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could watch a movie online for free without the threat of the FBI breaking down your door and arresting you for illegal downloads? Well it turns out that there are plenty of legal ways you can do this and there are some surprisingly good options out there that stream high quality content.
There are lots of movies and TV shows that you can watch online for free via Crackle.com and you can stream them using your computer or any mobile device. Although they make their money by showing you ads as this is their main source of income. This means that you can expect these ads to pop up every 8 to 15 minutes while you’re watching it. However, this is the same thing that happens if you watch a film on television so it’s no big deal and oh, did I mention that you have the added benefit and peace of mind that comes from watching a film online for free and 100% legally?
Archive.org hosts plenty of awesome films that you can watch, stream or download for free. Now it’s important to say their layout is not the most appealing but what they lack in design appeal, they make up with rich content. The reason why they have such a big database is because their users upload all their videos. You can expect to see a wide range of media including full length movies to news, cartoons and broadcasts.
British Film Institute Player
The British Film Institute offer both free and paid services. There are over 1000 titles there, and new ones are being added on a daily basis. You can either watch on an demand basis, or subscribe in order to access limitless video streaming. They also offer 30 days free trial, after which you pay a small monthly subscription, which is currently £4.99
Open culture is not really a streaming service like the others but instead provides lists / links to free and legal films available online. There are over 1150 links to films that can be watched online without breaching copyright laws. There are also some great titles to choose from so well worth you looking into.
Classic Cinema Online
As its name suggests, this site hosts lots of classic golden age films. This is perfect for you if you are the type of person that enjoys watching classic films from the 1930’s or even silent films. It is also great for people who simply want to discover some classics that you wouldn’t have come across otherwise.
Every week, the BBC broadcasts films on four of their live television channels and these films are then available to stream or download on their flagship iPlayer. The films are always changing because of copyright restrictions but this is great because it means they are always showing new movies, so it’s always worth going back again and again to see what’s new.
If you have searched all of these resources to watch your favorite movie for free and legally then the next step is to check out findanyfilm.com Not only will this site help you find the movie, it will also direct you to the site.
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Free Trials Periods
Lovefilm offer their customers a 30 day free trial, after which you will pay £4.99 every month if you fail to cancel your subscription. There are more than 5,000 titles from which you can choose and you can comfortably watch them on any mobile device.
Netflix also offers a free 30 day trial and have almost every film, TV show ever made. This also includes their exclusive self produced content like House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Daredevil etc. You can select from thousands of titles and watch them on your laptop, iPad, smartphone and so on.
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Amazon Prime video offers you limitless video streaming. As with all of the above, you can watch all their content on any mobile device, laptop and portable technology. At the end of your 30 days free trial period, you will be charged £5.99 every month.
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I would love to hear your thoughts…
What is your favourite way to watch films online? Do you know of any other legal ways to watch films online for free? Is downloading a film without paying for it (and where it’s not copyright free) the same thing as stealing?
Please share your experiences and / or comments below.