Crunchyroll, VRV, Funimation
Price: Free / $5.99+ per month
Crunchyroll and Funimation are two of the most popular anime streaming services. VRV offers a wide range of content from anime to independent content, and even some old Nickelodeon shows. They are riddled with ads like most free movie apps and you don’t always get the latest content at the same time as paying subscribers. However, they do provide free anime content along with some other types of content. Crunchyroll mostly deals in subtitled anime shows while Funimation generally deals mostly in anime with English dubs. VRV has both anime subs and dubs along with some extra, indie content as well. You can go with the one you like most.
Hoopla Digital is an all-in-one free content medium. It uses local library access along with your library card to show you a bunch of stuff for free. That includes movies, TV shows, ebooks, music, and even comic books. The app also comes with Android TV and Chromecast support. Your local library has to be a part of the Hoopla network in order for it to work with your library card. However, aside from that, it works pretty well.
Price: Free / Varies
Hotstar is one of the most popular free movie apps in India and similar places. It offers movies, TV shows, and live sports, although you may not get access to everything through the free membership. The streams seem to work okay and there are advertisements as you would expect. However, aside from the limited availability, it’s a serviceable free streaming platform. A lot of this app’s complaints stem from the World Cup and how Hotstar didn’t work well with the Jio TV app.
Price: Free / $4.99 per month
Plex wasn’t an option for this list a year ago, but things change. The company launched an on-demand video service with well over 1,000 titles to choose from. These include Hollywood blockbusters, independent films, and more. There is some television, but not much honestly. Still, the selection is above average for its segment. You simply create an account and start watching movies. There is advertising like most of the services on this list, but it’s honestly not a big deal considering you pay nothing for this content. The company plans to do even more free and premium content like this so keep an eye out for more. Plus, Plex is arguably the best option if you have media on your computer and you want to stream it to your TV.
Pluto TV is another popular option for free movie apps. It offers 100s of TV channels and 1,000s of movies and TV shows on-demand. It works like most of the others. You watch ads and get video content in exchange. This one also comes with 17 curated movie stations for things like horror, romance, comedy, and others. The ads aren’t as annoying as most and the app actually works pretty well. This is one of the better options in our top ten list.
Price: Free / Varies
Yidio isn’t an app that streams video content. However it’s an excellent way to search for streamed content. This app lets you search Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Showtime, and over 300 other services to find the movies you want to see. You can then see if any services show them for free legally. The ads and suggested content are a bit much, but you get used to them over time. This is a good way to search for content, even if you can’t watch any of it here.
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