The evenings are drawing in, the clocks have gone back and many of us are feeling the overwhelming urge to snuggle under a blanket in front of a good film. Rather than splashing out on a DVD why not watch a free film online? ‘Oh but that’s illegal!’ I hear you cry. Sure there are many ways to watch films and TV shows illegally online but there are also lots of free and legal ways to downloads and watch films online.
Crackle.com offers up a nice selection of choice of films and TV shows which you can watch on your computer or via various apps on a selection of devices. Crackle makes money by showing advertisements every 8-15 minutes depending on the title, which can be annoying however it is no different to watching a film on regular television.
Archive.org is an incredible resource jam packed full with interesting classic films. The layout of the site is more than a little old school itself but you can overlook it thanks to the wonderful content.
Club card TV
If you’ve got a Tesco Club card you can take advantage of a good selection of classic films and TV programmes online with Club card TV. The service is powered by Blink box and whilst the choice isn’t up to the minute there are some decent enough films like Shaw shank Redemption, Sliding Doors and large selection of TV shows from the early noughties and late nineties.
British Film Institute Player
Recently launched, British Film Institute’s Player service offers a selection of both paid and free content. Currently they have over 600 titles online but are adding new material constantly.
Open Culture isn’t really a service but more a list. It lists and links to over 500 films you can watch online legally. Well worth checking out for a whole host of fab titles.
Classic Cinema Online
This site, Classic Cinema Online, offers as the title suggest some real classics from the golden age of cinema. I often find myself dipping in here to watch an old 1930s title or a silent film but there is a great choice and it is well worth exploring.
Yup YouTube has films and not all of them are utter tosh. Whilst many of the films on YouTube are paid content, a good number of them are free and many are good titles. Just scroll through and pick out a title without a green price in the description.
The BBC iPlayer stores films aired on their four channels for around a week and you can some great films on a regular basis. Keep your eye on their film page as the content changes on a regular basis. If you’re searching out a specific film for legal online viewing but finding yourself struggling you should check out Find Any Film which will help you search out the film you’re looking for and point you in the direction of a legal site for viewing. They don’t always point you in the direction of free content but you can rest assured it is legal content.
Free trial periods
Many paid for services offer a free trial period too. You can take advantage of these trial periods by making sure you set a reminder to cancel in your phone or diary. Then sit back, relax and watch, watch, watch until the trial period ends. Once you cancel your service you may find you’re offered a special deal or another free month.
Lovefilm offer a 30 day free trial period (followed by £4.99 per month if you do not cancel). You can watch across a number of devices and select from over 5,000 titles.
Not to be out done Netflix 30 day free trial is very popular too. Again you can watch this over a number of devices and choose from a huge selection of film and television titles.