We are all hopelessly addicted to Netflix, Hulu, etc., but on occasion even those libraries seem dull. Below are 8 streaming sites you have potentially never heard of to liven up your streaming habits:
1. Big Five Glories (free)
This is a public domain site focusing mainly on feature films. Viewers can search by a number of criteria (including silent films), and the site has a clean, simple design that gives screenshots of the movies. The videos are powered by YouTube, plus there’s no need to sign up or login.
2. Crackle (free)
Crackle is owned by Sony, and you only have to make an account if you want to keep a queue. There are occasionally ads, but it’s completely free. They do not have a huge selection, but the quality of the content is pretty high. They also produce some original content like Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
3. Fandor (free trial + $7.50-10/month)
Fandor, launched in 2011, is for hardcore movie buffs. You won’t find your favorite mainstream flicks on here as they specialize in art house films, cult and horror flicks, indie cinema, and foreign titles. They also have a large silent era library. After your free trial, you can buy a yearly plan for $90 or pay $10 monthly.
4. Mubi (free trial + $6/month)
Mubi recently added a 7 day free trial feature, and it’s priced at $5.99 a month for a subscription. It is Fandor’s primary competitor, specializing in independent and cult films. The site usually has at least 30 titles available at any one time. Mubi is available on PC, Mac, Android and Apple mobile devices, Apple TV, Roku streaming players, PlayStation consoles, and certain Samsung smart TVs.
5. Shudder (free trial + $5/month)
Shudder is a collection of high-quality horror films. It has cheesy gore classics, films by masters, and acclaimed chillers. The site is ad-free and has a 2 week free trial period before moving to $5 a month or $50 for a year.
6. SnagFilms (free)
A free service with ads, SnagFilms is definitely out of the mainstream. This site is a dream for lovers of documentaries, especially obscure ones. You can sign in with your social media accounts.
7. TopDocumentaryFilms (free)
Powered by YouTube, this site is for hardcore documentary enthusiasts. They don’t feature any big name films, but it has a few hundred free documentaries on all kinds of subjects.
8. TubiTV (free)
TubiTV is both free and legal. The ad-supported service claims to have over 40,000 titles, including selections from Lionsgate, MGM, and Paramount Pictures. Registration isn’t required, but you get some perks if you register. It’s available on PC or Mac computers, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku players. It’s also available on many mobile devices.
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