My husband and I love Netflix! It really is pretty awesome. We don’t even watch regular tv anymore! For $7.99/month (with prices due to go up to $10/month) you get to watch unlimited shows, movies, and documentaries. Plus if you have a system to stream from, like our Wii, then it’s even better because you can watch it instantly on your tv! Granted there are some drawbacks, like most of the content is older. But overall it’s definitely worth it! Before my husband and I were addicted to Redbox, but that can add up quickly. So I understand being financially conscience, and watching every dollar. Sometimes you need something literally free. Or maybe you have Netflix, Amazon Prime, or another streaming service and just want some different content without paying for another service. This is what lead me to do some research for alternatives. And after looking and testing them out I have found a few that I can recommend. These are (as far as I can tell) legal sites that just about anyone can use, if you have the internet.
This service is through local libraries. Springfield Greene County Library is included in this, and there’s a map of other libraries that participate. If your library isn’t on there, you can always try asking if they would join. All you need is a library card from a participating library to sign up. It also has more than just movies, it has music and other online media. This was one of the best options I had tried. The content is older, but not bad for free! You can check it out at https://www.hoopladigital.com/
With this one, you do not even have to sign up to start watching and the content is newer! The drawback here is that there are several ads throughout the content. Also you will want to have your adobe flashplayer up to date. There are many other sites that are similar to this as well. Just go to http://www.crackle.com/
Hulu has a free site that is very much like Crackle. Where you can watch free movies and shows with ads. Another drawback to this site is that it isn’t really accepted on some consoles. For example, it forces me to have Hulu Plus to watch it on my Wii. The website is http://www.hulu.com/
This site is for those looking for something off the beaten path. It doesn’t have your run off the mill movies. But it does offer some good stuff, like National Geographic series and some interesting documentaries. There is no need to sign up to watch, but again there are ads throughout. This is one to check out for sure at http://www.snagfilms.com/
Others Worth Trying
There are many other options worth trying too! Some that come to mind are pbs.org and other tv stations that have many episodes and shows that you could watch on their websites for free. Also I know we had tried a month long free trial of Amazon Prime, and most subscriptions sites will offer free trials too. And there are tons of sites like Crackle or regular Hulu that have free contents with ads.
I hope that this helps those looking to save some money! Please if you have others not listed that you have tried and enjoy, feel free to leave a comment with the information and a brief review.