Don’t spend all your time shopping around for the best free streaming service — fill your face on the five we’ve picked out below and dodge the rising cost of living.
Remember, if you’re trying to cut entertainment costs, why not cut the cord instead? Get away from the big contracts and hundreds of worthless channels. Your wallet will thank you for it later.
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The following five free streaming services are:
- Not in order of quality.
- All available to users in the United States
- Available on a Roku or Amazon Fire device.
The best five free streaming services are:
The Roku Channel
The Roku Channel is essential for anyone cutting the cord, and better yet, it’s probably already available to you. In the latest reports, Roku-compatible devices were in 18% of all homes across the United States. This accessibility would be pointless if there wasn’t good content. Fortunately, there’s a lot.
Here’s The Roku Channel top 10 based on the content available this month:
- Raging Bull (1980)
- The Terminator (1984)
- The Dark Knight (2008)
- Halloween (1978)
- Memento (2000)
- Donnie Darko (2001)
- Get Shorty (1995)
- In the Line of Fire (1993)
- Rain Man (1988)
- Nightcrawler (2014)
The Hoopla service isn’t as accessible as The Roku Channel or others on this list. The catch is that you’ll need a library card, and your streaming is limited.
With Hoopla, your library foots the bill and because of it, there are restrictions on how much you can consume monthly. Yet, the service offers books, graphic novels, audiobooks, music, and documentaries. This variety makes it perfect for those times you want something different.
Here’s Hoopla’s top 10 based on the content available this month:
- No Country for Old Men (2007)
- Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)
- The Crow (1994)
- Snatch (2000)
- A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
- Good Will Hunting (1997)
- Battle Royale (2000)
- Summer of 84 (2018)
- Scream (1996)
- Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
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Pluto TV offers over 100 channels including CNN and Paramount Movies. Yet our focus is on their video-on-demand collection which is stacked.
Pluto TV, like other services on this list except for Hoopla, come heavy on advertisements. This is the downside to free streaming services, but considering the breadth of content, it’s fantastic to keep costs down.
Here’s Pluto TV’s top 10 based on the content available this month:
- Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
- The Big Short (2015)
- Dredd (2012)
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
- Ronin (1998)
- Big Fish (2003)
- Lord of War (2005)
- Severance (2006)
- Teen Wolf (1985)
- Orange County (2002)
Out of all the free streaming services, Tubi is the one that continues to surprise with classics. Despite hating advertisements, even I couldn’t resist watching Akira and Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut.
If the scope is important to you, Tubi has over 14,000 titles available. Most you’ll never watch, but there’s definitely a lot of quality if you dig through their collection.
Here’s Tubi’s top 10 based on the content available this month:
- Highlander (1986)
- Nightbreed (1990)
- Oldboy (2003)
- True Grit (2011)
- Akira (1988)
- Hellraiser (1987)
- Catch Me If You Can (2002)
- Cloverfield (2008)
- Bronson (2008)
- King of New York (1990)
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IMDb TV has more exclusive content than any other free service. However, there is a catch: it also has the smallest library. Rather than having to service jump to find the content you want, the best way to enjoy IMDb TV and others on this list is by connecting to Reelgood. Reelgood unifies all the content you have access to under one interface. Genius.
Be warned: IMDb TV cycles its content frequently, so make sure to keep checking back. Otherwise, you may just miss something you’d like to watch.
Here’s the IMDb TV top 10 based on the content available this month:
- The Boondock Saints (1999)
- Apocalypse Now (1979)
- Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
- The Exorcist (1973)
- The Founder (2016)
- La La Land (2016)
- Patriot Games (1992)
- War, Inc. (2008)
- Fury (2014)
- The Iceman (2012)
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