Best Free Streaming Services
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Don’t spend all your time shopping around for the best free streaming service — fill your face with the five we’ve picked out below and dodge that rising cost of living.

Remember, if you’re trying to cut entertainment costs, cutting the cord and subscribing to costly premium services isn’t necessarily cheaper. So always do your research (and your wallet will thank you for it later).

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The following five free streaming services are:

  • In order of quality (our opinion only)
  • All available to users in the United States
  • Available on a Roku or Amazon Fire device.

The best 5 free streaming services are:

5. IMDb TV

IMDb TV has more exclusive content than any other free service. However, there is a catch: it also has the smallest library.

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 is some of the great content that has been on IMDb TV:

  • 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)

Check out IMDB TV’s official trailer below.

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Rather than having to service hop 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.

4. Hoopla

The Hoopla service isn’t as accessible as some others on this list. And the biggest catch is that you’ll need a library card, and streaming is limited.

The reason for this is that with Hoopla, your library foots the bill and because of it, there are restrictions on how much you can consume monthly.

However, despite the restrictions, the service offers books, graphic novels, audiobooks, music, and documentaries. This variety makes it perfect for keeping everyone in your family occupied.

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Here is some of the great content that has been on Hoopla:

  • 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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3. Pluto TV

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, comes 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 is some of the great content that has been on Pluto TV:

  • 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)

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2. Tubi

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 is some of the great content that has been on Tubi:

  • 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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1. The Roku Channel

The Roku Channel is essential for anyone cutting the cord, and better yet, it’s probably already available to you. The latest reports show that Roku-compatible devices are in over 60 million homes across the United States. This accessibility would be pointless if there wasn’t good content. Fortunately, there’s a lot.

Here is some of the great content that has been on The Roku Channel:

  • 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)

Despite ranking the services, all of the above are worth registering with and checking out:

We’ve spent hundreds of hours watching content on these services over the years and continue to go back, despite having an array of premium subscription services dipping into our wallets monthly.

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