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Yes, You CAN Watch TV Online Legally & For Free

Dan Price 23-10-2017

More people are cutting the cord every day as thousands of disillusioned viewers struggle to find value for money in $100+ cable bills. At the start of 2012, the number of cable TV subscriptions in the United States peaked at 103 million. The figure has now dropped to 96 million, and by the end of 2018, experts believe it will be down to about 92 million.

But all those people haven’t suddenly stopped watching television. Instead, they’re increasingly finding ways to watch TV online for free.

Clearly, there are lots of illegal ways to watch your favorite shows, and they could bring you a copyright infringement notice from your ISP. The good news is that there are also plenty of perfectly legal (and free) ways to watch TV online. Here are some of the best…

1. Plex and Kodi

Plex and Kodi are he two biggest home theatre apps right now. Both support live TV and have DVR features Plex Live TV: Everything You Need to Know Plex has added live TV channels to its service, but what exactly is Plex Live TV? We have everything you need to know about this exciting new option for cord-cutters. Read More , and all you need to access them is an antenna and a tuner What Can You Watch Using a TV Antenna? What if there was a cheap, legal way to gain access to many of the big networks? You'd probably lap it up. Well, it turns out there is! Step forward the trusty TV antenna. Read More .

If you set up your equipment on one machine, you can stream your content to other devices in your home, thus letting you watch TV in bed on your tablet or stream it to your Roku device in another room.

On Plex, you can even access your content remotely; you’ll never miss an episode of your favorite show, no matter where you are in the world.

2. Crackle

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Crackle is a free-to-use app that’s available in 21 countries and broadcasts in three languages (English, Spanish, and Portuguese).

The company offers apps for all of the major mobile operating systems and streaming devices, including Android, iOS, Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, and several smart TVs. Its content is also Chromecast-compatible.

Content-wise, Crackle has partnerships with several Hollywood studios and major TV networks. Some of the most notable are Universal, FOX, Warner Brothers, Paramount, and Disney.

The videos are ad-supported.

3. Yahoo View

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Yahoo View launched immediately after Hulu killed its free tier Hulu's Free Streaming Option Is Shutting Down Soon Hulu's free streaming option is coming to an end, but it's not the end of the world yet. Here's how you can keep watching that free content elsewhere. Read More . The service has a partnership with Hulu to deliver some of its content.

Yahoo View has a free tier and a paid tier. The paid tier includes shows from ABC, NBC, and FOX. They become available eight days after being aired. The most recent five episodes are available.

The free service gives you access to a reasonably-sized selection of older content such as Saturday Night Live, Community, and Will and Grace.

Unfortunately, Yahoo View is only available in the United States.

4. OVGuide

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OVGuide offers free TV shows and full-length movies in 20 distinct genres. It has a web player, smartphone apps, and standalone apps for most mainstream streaming devices.

The site doesn’t host any of its own content; it acts as a hub for content elsewhere and relies on users to submit suitable sites. But don’t worry, there’s nothing shady going on. All of the sites it sources from are entirely legal.

It also has a great feature that’s not present on some other services: If OVGuide doesn’t have the content you want for free, it will tell you where you can find a paid-for version of the video instead.

5. LinkTV

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LinkTV is an American satellite television network which has a focus on global-minded content.

The videos on the site are broken down into five categories: Arts and Entertainment, Culture and Society, Environment, News and Analysis, and World.

The content is mainly a mix of original episodes and snippets from other shows. Original shows include Who Speaks for Islam?, Men of Words, and Future Express.

However, it also has some 24-hour live news, including English-language feeds from Deutsche Welle, NHK and France 24. The company also has agreements in place with Democracy Now!, TED Talks, and some other content providers.

Lastly, unlike some other sites on this list, LinkTV also offers world music videos.

6. TubiTV

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Given the selection of content on TubiTV, it might appear to be another illegal site that’s following in the footsteps of Popcorn Time Is Popcorn Time Safe? How to Watch Safely Popcorn Time is illegal. If you're thinking of using it, here are several things you should know before you put yourself at risk. Read More . However, rest assured that the site is entirely legal. It operates through a web of license agreements.

Deals are in place with several studios and producers. You’ll find films and shows from Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, Starz, and more. At the time of writing there are more than 7,500 videos to choose from.

In addition to a web portal, you can download apps for Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, and PlayStation 4.

7. PBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX

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It’s easy to overlook the TV networks’ websites, but if you live in the United States, they’re a treasure trove of content.

For example, the FOX website not only has recently-aired shows, but also has a vast amount of information about the cast and the episodes. It also offers sneak previews and trailers, as well as the occasional special offer.

If you like shows on NBC, check out the company’s NBC Video Library. Like FOX, there are both new and old shows, as well as games, news, and a surprisingly active community.

ABC Go offers many of the network’s most popular shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Designated Survivor, and The Good Doctor.

PBS generally focuses on educational content and documentaries.

8. YouTube

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YouTube isn’t always thought of as a TV streaming service. It’s not the site’s primary purpose. But don’t dismiss YouTube entirely.

Obviously, you’re not going to find the latest Game of Thrones episode in the library (and if you do, it’s illegal and will be taken down swiftly). However, lots of old classic shows are available. They are often made available by the rights holders or the networks themselves.

Just search for your favorite shows from the 1990s using the “S00E00” suffix, and you might be surprised at what pops up.

9. Crunchyroll

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If you like anime and manga, Crunchyroll is the site for you. It has more than 800 anime shows, 200 Asian dramas, and 50 manga titles.

It’s the only place you’ll be able to find some of the content; Crunchyroll is the exclusive worldwide digital distributor for Kadokawa anime titles.

In addition to the web portal, you can watch Crunchyroll on Chromecast, Wii U, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS, Android, Apple TV, and Roku.

10. Free Trials

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Services like Netflix, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and Hulu are not free. However, remember that they almost all offer free trials for their services.

If there’s one show you desperately want to watch, sign up for a trial and binge-watch the content you’re craving. You might even be impressed enough to purchase a full subscription.

How Do You Watch TV Legally Online?

In this article, we’ve introduced you to 14 ways you can watch TV online legally and for free. For more info, check out our introduction to IPTV What Is IPTV and Is It Legal? What is IPTV? And, more importantly, is IPTV legal? As ever with legal questions, the answer is somewhat nuanced. Read More and the best IPTV boxes The Best IPTV Set Top Boxes in 2019 Are you on the lookout for a new IPTV box? The choice can be overwhelming. Here are the best IPTV boxes for you. Read More .

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  1. Brian Ansorge
    October 31, 2018 at 8:59 am


    For military service members and expatriates.

  2. Murphy Stratton
    March 17, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Good day US citizens I'm Murphy Stratton

    • siddiqui javed ahmad
      June 21, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      This is the site I use. [Broken URL Removed]. If you have children they can watch cartoons on this site desiretrees.in. I watch a lot of BBC programmes. Right now I'm watching Last of the sumer wine. They don't have a few series on it and am looking for them.

      • Brian Ansorge
        November 1, 2018 at 10:39 am

        Thanks, really, Siddiqui.

        I have bandwidth, for now. I'm visiting, here at a friend's house while they are off island. I'm poor and can barely afford my StraightTalk prepaid 2GB "Unlimited" plan. But, on my laptop, here? Not sleeping in my truck (I am actually, really poor and haven't had a place of my own years).

        Checked out the URL you provided, settled down (on a nice couch with some chocolate soy milk) and watched Equalizer II.

        From the "bottom" of my heart (a good place and not some crappy, leftover, or forgotten place), "Thank you!"

  3. Sara
    February 17, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    I love watching all Reality Shows. Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, Bachelor, Bachelor In Paradise. These are a few shows I enjoy.

  4. Sonja
    December 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I watch HGTV.ca to watch Fixer Upper, Holmes on Homes etc. It has all current episodes of shows usually within hours of the show airing as well as a library with past episodes.
    I'm also a long time user of Kodi/XBMC BU

  5. Jaap
    December 13, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Sadly, none of these work for me.

  6. Stephen M Bass
    December 11, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I just want to see high quality shows that don't mask a political or a "progressive" agenda. I know we have domestic enemies in our America today, and I prefer not to see it propigated as the common sense way for America. Otherwise, many have died in vain!

  7. Annette
    November 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    None of these sites indicated had anything I wanted. I would like to get my cable bill down from $160!

    • Laurie
      May 11, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Here is a site I use. https://www2.putlockertv.to/. If you have children they can watch cartoons on this site B99.tv. I watch a lot of BBC programmes. Right now I'm watching Last of the su,mer wine. They don't have a few series on it and am looking for them.

  8. Nikolaus S.
    November 20, 2017 at 12:13 am

    There is also a way of getting free SKy - All channels for free and its completely legit but only around 100 people on the Darknet know how to do it!

  9. BobMuk
    November 3, 2017 at 9:44 am

    This does NOT apply to the UK. if you watch LIVE Tv by ANY means.... You MUST have a Tv Licence

    • aimee
      November 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Bob - I haven't tried them all, but a few of these services do apply to the UK such as Crackle, YouTube and TubiTV. Try them.

  10. MUDuser
    November 2, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Of course you realize that KODI is the number one way to access, organize, and play 'illegal' content, right?

    And a month of Alldebrid's service costs less than any of the limited paid content you have listed. (nod-nod, wink-wink)

  11. Craig
    November 2, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I'm using combination of HD home connect, Plex.TV, Hulu, and Amazon.

    I'll be trying Hulu Live and Plex DVR.

  12. Darryl Gittins
    November 2, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    The one thing you can't get is live sports unless you can pick up an OtA broadcast.

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  14. Stuart Lee
    October 24, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I use showbox

  15. Matt F.
    October 23, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Just stumbled on Pluto.tv

    • Gentlemanbeggar
      November 2, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      I'm a big fan of Pluto.tv for general entertainment. I like to use tubitv and crackle from time to time to. For my news fix, haystack.tv can't be beat. They all run great on my gen2 firestick.