Android Entertainment Internet iPhone and iPad

5 Places to Watch TV Online You’ve Never Heard Of

Justin Pot 08-03-2016

Looking for more places to watch TV online? Of course you are. Here are five apps you’ve probably never heard of for doing just that.


Most people know about Netflix and Hulu, and others might even know about the more obscure sites like Crackle or ShoutFactoryTV, where you can watch Mystery Science Theatre Watch Mystery Science Theatre and Other Classic TV for Free Right Now For every cord cutter. Watch classic TV shows – like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Twilight Zone – or beloved cult classics – like The Weird Al Show and Mystery Science Theatre 3000... Read More . We’ve explained that you can watch TV online legally and for free Yes, You CAN Watch TV Online Legally & For Free Everyone knows that there are lots of illegal ways to watch your favorite shows online, but there are also plenty of perfectly legal (and free) ways. Here are some of the best... Read More , and outlined never ending video sites you’ve never heard of before Online Channel Surfing: 5 Never Ending Video Sites These services all bring the channel surfing experience to the web in different ways, meaning you don't have to decide what to watch. Read More .

Today Cool Websites and Apps is at it again, offering you five places to lean back and watch stuff. Most people haven’t heard of these sites, so get ready to see something new.

TubiTV (Web, XBox, iOS, Android): Free TV and Movie Streaming Site You’ve Never Heard Of

Have you heard of TubiTV? I hadn’t, and was pleasantly surprised by the content offered on this free site. You’ll find ad-supported access to TV shows and movies from Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), and Lions Gate Entertainment, among others.


There are TV shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway and Peep Show, plus movies like Young Adult, Crash, and more than a few Star Trek films. There’s a lot of fluff to dig through, but there’s some pretty good content here not offered on other sites. Check it out if you want something to watch, and let us know about anything great you find in the comments below.


Reuters.TV (Web, iOS): Lean-Back News Interface from the Top Wire Service

You might not know what Reuters is, but if you watch the news at all chances are you’ve seen their work. This international wire service sells video footage to news networks around the world, and this new site lets you quickly watch a lot of that footage in quick succession. It’s like a news show, but you can skip the stories you’re not interesting in. Just open the site and lean back.


You can use the up and down keys to switch between stories, if you want, or you can just watch everything and get caught up. The service reminds me of the excellent NPR One app NPR One Brings The Best Of US Public Broadcasting To iOS & Android Australia has the ABC, the UK has the BBC, Ireland has RTÉ, and America has the venerable NPR. Read More , but with video news instead of audio. There are lots of places to watch the news online 7 Websites To Watch The News Online Read More , but this might be the nicest we’ve seen yet.

Viceland (Web, iOS, Android): A New TV Channel Offering Online Documentaries

Infamous media company Vice is at it again, this time with an entire TV network filled with documentaries about everything from food to politics. The website and smartphone apps give you free content to a few episodes from each show.


There’s more content to be had here, but you’ll need to prove you have a cable subscription in order to access it.

Hopster (iOS): Netflix for Kids

Have you ever logged into Netflix and handed your iPad to your child, only to wonder what to do if they watch something too adult for them? Hopster is the answer to that. This app offers kids shows like Paddington for your kids to watch, and nothing else.


If you want to get an idea if your kid will like this service, there’s a 7-day trial. From then on a subscription costs $4.99 a month. The service is offered in 100 countries, including the USA, UK, Australia, and India.

Giphy TV: Watch Nothing but GIFs, Forever

Who needs story? GIFs are the language of the web GIFs, The Language Of The Web: Their History, Culture, and Future Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of GIFs, how they've evolved, and their cultural impact and significance. Read More , and with Giphy TV you can partake in that language for as long as you want. Just open the site, lean back, and bask in the glow of gif after glorious gif.


I think this could make an amazing homepage, or new tab page. It’s also a great thing to leave open on a TV at whatever business it is you run, leaving people wondering what will come on next. Give it a shot – you’ll see something fun eventually.

Where Do You Watch TV Online?

We are always on the lookout for more sites that let people watch TV online. So we want to know: what sites have we missed? Don’t talk about Netflix and Hulu, we know about those ones – let us know about obscure sites for watching TV online Yes, You CAN Watch TV Online Legally & For Free Everyone knows that there are lots of illegal ways to watch your favorite shows online, but there are also plenty of perfectly legal (and free) ways. Here are some of the best... Read More .

Or we could just talk about other cord cutting tips. For example: did you know you can watch live broadcast TV with Kodi How to Watch Live Broadcast TV Using Kodi and NextPVR Watch and record broadcast TV, free of charge, using your PC. It's perfectly legal, and a free Windows program called NextPVR makes the process (relatively) simple. Read More ? Or that you can make your own DIY HD TV antenna How to Make a DIY HDTV Antenna and Ditch Cable for Good Need a new TV antenna but can't afford to buy one or have it installed? Learn how to build a DIY TV antenna and save money. Read More ? There’s a lot of great tips out there, so feel free to share any more you might have in the comments below. We’re really looking forward to it.

Related topics: Cool Web Apps, Netflix, Online Video, Television.

Affiliate Disclosure: By buying the products we recommend, you help keep the site alive. Read more.

Whatsapp Pinterest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Squalle
    June 18, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Shout Factory, Warner Archive, Snagfilms, Popcornflix, Internet Archive, Open Culture, Classic Cinema Online, Film Annex, Filmon TV, Top Documentary Films, Screambox, Shudder, Documentary Heaven, TV Land, Retrovision TV

    Is that enough?

  2. Jamie
    July 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I'm curious which apps are "Android TV" compatible. I've found good ones like Culturebox (France Televisions arts and entertainment app), and the usual ones like HBO Now, Kodi, Crackle, Netflix, TED, YouTube, TuneIn Radio, and others, but would like to find more.

  3. Eric
    May 11, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    No subtitles? That's why Netfilx is so great.

  4. Colin
    March 9, 2016 at 1:43 am

    I find Youtube to be good to watch hard to find tv shows from years gone bye.

    • Justin Pot
      March 9, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      It is amazing how much you can find by digging around, isn't it?

    • Martin
      October 16, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Totally agree... I use YouTube more than anything really. Great for tv shows from the 60's & 70's ??

  5. Tad
    March 8, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I have used for some time. runs on almost all platforms.

    • Justin Pot
      March 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      I really enjoy, thanks for reminding me to check it out again!

  6. Ellis
    March 8, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Cartoon HD

  7. sjorca
    March 8, 2016 at 7:43 am documentaries/ bbc drama

    • Justin Pot
      March 8, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Seems like it doesn't work outside Canada, but cool find there.

      • Jeffster
        October 17, 2016 at 2:36 am

        VPNS are your friend.