We write about products and services that we use. This page may contain affiliate links for which we receive a commission.
Did you know that you can get most of the exact same channels that you watch from a cable box or satellite TV right on your computer?
Why of course you can — everyone’s doing it!
These days, it’s easy to watch TV without cable.
Have you considered cutting the cord to cable?
If you’re paying $90 or more a month to have cable or satellite television, then you’re paying too much.
There’s a wealth of TV and movie programming available online that is easy to access and you don’t need a cable box.
Knowing where to find what you’re looking for can be a challenge. (Trust me — as much good stuff as there is available online, there’s just as much junk!)
TIP: Whatever you do, do not buy one of those software packages that “gives you satellite TV on your computer.” Nearly all of them are a scam, and you can actually get the same programs for free! Yup, that’s right for FREE, and I’ll tell you how to do that.
Following are 5 free ways to watch TV and movies on your computer, smart TV, or any iOS or Android device.
But first, here are 2 things to keep in mind:
- You need to have high-speed Internet for this to work properly. DSL might work some of the time, but I doubt it would work all of the time.
- You need to have updated versions of Windows Media Player, Real Player and Quicktime — because some websites and applications use them for playing movies and TV shows. Most of us already have these programs on our computers — but if you don’t, you may need to download them in order for this to work. (They’re all free, as well.)
5 Ways To Watch Free TV & Movies Online
So, where can you watch cable and satellite channels, as well as other TV shows and movies online?
Here’s a list of the best places that you can watch television and movies online for FREE:
#1 – CoolFlix formerly OVguide, has literally thousands of full-length episodes of movies and TV shows, as well as documentaries and videos.
For example, here’s their listing of free full TV episodes online — which currently includes more than 4,000 episodes. They also have over 1,000 web series programs. I was surprised to find some great shows there too.
Here’s my tip… As soon as you click on the program title that you’re interested in, you’ll see all of the seasons listed across the top for you. Choose your season, then scroll down and find the episode number you want — and you’re set for hours of free TV viewing!
A few of my favorites here are Nashville (the TV show), The Ellen Show, even recent episodes of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
#2 – Link TV provides timely international news and current events while focusing on issues not often covered in the U.S. media.
I like it because skilled broadcast journalists are creating the content in a format that everyday people like you and me can enjoy and watch whenever we want — on demand.
All of the shows are available via streaming from your device’s browser. You don’t need any special players or viewers.
#3 – Inner-Live is another simple way to watch TV online.
They have the basic network channels (like ABC, CBS, and NBC), plus some good sports networks (ESPN, MLB, and NBA), and others like Showtime, AMC, Discovery (and Discovery Kids), CNN and the Cartoon Network — to name a few.
One unique feature (that you’ll either love or hate) is the fact that they have a chat room going at the same time as the channel.
Inner-Live is definitely worth checking out because they have some channels that you can’t get on other websites that show live streaming television.
You do have to download their free video webplayer.
#4 – Crackle is basically an online library of SONY movie and TV content.
It’s similar to Netflix, but smaller.
And like Netflix (and others), they’re quickly adding more of their own original content to the library.
#5 – TubiTV
I love their tagline: “Tubi TV is unlocking Hollywood on your behalf and making entertainment free, at no cost to you.”
They claim to have the largest library of modern classics and cult favorite TV shows and movies — and I have to say I didn’t have any problem finding tons of great movies to stream online
The interface is super-quick, user-friendly, and a cinch to use.
TIP: If you have a specific show that you want to watch right now, enter the title into Can I Stream It to find out exactly which platforms have that show available — so you can stream it for FREE! (Just be sure to click “TV” or “movies” before you hit enter to search the correct database.)
A Word Of Caution…
One final thing I want to say is to be very very wary of any website that claims it can get you all the premium cable and satellite channels you want — because 99.9% of the time it’s not true.
In fact, they usually want you to pay for some piece of software, or add some new component to your computer or something of this nature before the “free” channels will be available to you.
Then, after you do it, you discover it’s 2000+ foreign Internet channels that you can access for free online anyway. So, you just paid $50 or more for nothing!
The bottom line: Yes, you can watch TV without cable, but you just have to be careful and stick to legitimate sites and apps.
So there you have it. I’ve done the research for you and put it all in one place for you in this article. As you can see, there are several premium channels that you can access for free, including Showtime if you know where to look.
I have personally checked all of these out and know for a fact that they do work, and that they are free.
So, now that you know how to watch television and movies online, there’s no reason to keep that cable box or satellite dish — or pay those horrendous monthly fees any longer.
Now you can see all the TV and movies online that you could ever wish for… for FREE.
Enjoy — you can watch TV without cable right away!
See how one couple canceled their paid TV service, and now they get all their TV shows, movies, news, and sports through their computer. In the 16 months they’ve gone without paid TV, they’ve saved $1,488!
My favorite things to write about are topics that have to do with pregnancy, weddings, saving money, living green, and life with dogs. When I’m not writing, I love to spend time with my husband, read, create 3D artwork and Native American beadwork.