16 Best Netflix Alternatives to Stream Movies and TV Shows

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Netflix is arguably the most famous streaming platform to watch your favorite movies and favorite series on your television, on your mobile phone or on your computer. With more than 10,000 TV shows and movies, Netflix is now one of the most popular streaming services. In this post, I will share some best Netflix alternatives that you can try to stream your favorite movie and TV shows online.

According to the recent report by Business Insider, Netflix is now one of the top 10 Android apps which made around $97.8 million money in 2018. The service is paid. But, indeed it is worth to pay. Nevertheless, people still love to use their alternatives. That’s why I have made the whole list of Netflix alternatives.

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For your convenience, I have separated this list into two parts – Paid Netflix Alternatives and Free Netflix Alternatives. You can skip on any list by using the table of contents attached below.

What You Should Expect from these Sites?

Movie and TV Series streaming sites in the list has a ton of videos online especially if we talk about the sites which offer free content to watch, they all are legal. You will find a real mix online. There are some sites which contain some new and old movies which are currently common property. That means, the movies have lapsed the ownership and anyone can watch that movie anywhere. It will be counted as legal.

However, you shouldn’t fly high in the sky. Sometimes, people just search for a particular movie on free movie streaming sites and they don’t get the expected result. Well, you shouldn’t expect the latest releases from these free movie watching websites. For that, I always recommend going to subscription services. However, some of the free movie sites are just quick enough to bring the movie in two months after its original release date.

With that let’s walk through the lists of paid Netflix alternatives.

Netflix subscription pricing is cheap. However, the main reason why people are finding it’s alternatives is to get other category TV series which is not available on Netflix. On another hand, because of not having a huge collection like Netflix, you also get certain cheaper subscription rates as well on other services.

HBO Now

HBO Now is an American subscription video-on-demand service operated by American premium television network HBO. You can catch all the exclusive shows from HBO on HBO Now website. The service was started back in April 2015. So, now it been four years, HBO offering this service on your doorstep.

This service allows subscribers on-demand access to HBO’s library of original programs, films and other content on personal computers, smartphones, tablet devices, and digital media players.

The service is available in U.S. territories. So, people who are living outside of the U.S. might get a little bit angry. But, no worries we have got more for you to catch on. Oh, sorry Game of Thrones lovers.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is now widely used video subscription service. Since it offers low-cost subscriptions compared to Netflix, people go for Amazon Prime Video. Furthermore, with Prime account, you can also get access to the Amazon Prime Music, Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Prime Shopping.

With a lot of new releases available to buy, Amazon is now a good way to go for. You can purchase subscription just for $99 per year. Although, if you want, it also offers the 30-days of free trial on Amazon Prime Video. So, you can check their movie and series collections.

Showtime

Stepping up – Showtime is the next in our list of best alternatives to Netflix. Showtime is divided into five different parts. It allows the user to watch series, movies, sports, documentaries, and comedy. Showtime offers some of the best movies and TV series to stream online.

It’s not a bad deal to go with Showtime. It has some fantastic movies like The Death of Stalin, Show Dogs, The Rider, etc. These movie collections make it a perfect place to watch movies.

Although, there is a vast collection of movies. I would definitely prefer you to visit Showtime website and take a look. The website offers a free trial that you can get to experience their service.

Hulu Plus

Hulu Plus is better known for TV shows. You get some handpicked movie collection, but in my opinion, TV shows are far better. You get access to their vast collection of TV shows that would entertain you every day without any limits.

Hulu Plus offers two ways to go for premium — Hulu (No ads) and Hulu (with ads). Both packages cost $11.99 and $5.99 respectively. So, you do get ads in the premium subscription as well. There is no way to get access to their collections. However, you can check their services by taking a free trial of 1 month.

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Vudu (Paid)

Vudu is another best way to go for Movies collection. If you want some best-handpicked movies for yourself you can go for Vudu. You get access to the vast list of Movies among them some of our handpicked exclusive to Vudu. Vudu does offer free service as well. You will find information below.

The paid service from Vudu has some fantastic movies like Mad Max Fury Road, Shazam, Marvel Avengers, The Angry Birds and more. Although, make sure Vudu doesn’t offer the subscription service. Vudu works on a bit different way. Either, you can own a particular movie which you want to watch or you can rent the movie.

Put simply, Vudu is an online Movie shopping website.

Hooq

HOOQ is a Singaporean video-on-demand streaming service. It is a joint venture of Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and Singtel. Currently, Hooq is currently enlarging its span in Southeast Asia and India.

Hooq is a good deal to go for because you will get access to the all popular TV shows and movies like Killing Eve, The Vampire Diaries, Man in Black Chapters, and more. The list goes on. To watch movies and TV shows, you can either go for the Rent option or subscribe to Hooq VIP. Currently, the pricing for subscription is Rs. 83 per month in India.

Hotstar Premium

Hotstar gained so much popularity during India’s IPL cricket match. It streams live. However, you need a Hotstart premium account. But, it costs only Rs. 999 per year. Hotstar offers a lot more content to watch for a free account. However, the majority of popular shows are packed inside a Hotstar Premium account.

In my opinion, if you are having a lower budget, Hotstar Premium is a better option of you. The service has some popular TV Shows from HBO like Game of Thrones, Chernobyl and some popular movies like Incredibles 2, Marvel Avengers, The Departed, etc.

Fandor

Coming on the last website in our paid Netflix alternatives list — Fandor. If you are a large fan of Indie movies, documentary, and Hollywood movies then you are gonna love Fandor. At Fandor, you will find different movies in tons of different genres. The website updates its list often in a month. So, every month you will get some fresh content to watch.

Fandor costs around $10 per month. Although if you go for its annual subscription then you need to pay $90. Then the monthly rate becomes around $7.99 only.

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Free Netflix Alternatives

Stremio

The first site in our list of best sites to watch free movie online — Stremio. As the name suggests, Stremio is one of the best movie streaming sites you can give a try. Well, you might have seen different movie streaming sites offer their content from one website online. But Stremio falls differ from them. Because it’s one package that bundles streaming service, torrent client and movie content all in one.

Thus, it makes Stremio reliable movie streaming site. Just open Stremio, turn on home theatre and it will rock! To stream a movie on Stremio, you will have to integrate different add-ons in it. It isn’t complicated. It has a dedicated store that lets you download add-ons such as Netflix, YouTube, FlimOn, etc.

For example, if you want to stream through YouTube, simply download the YouTube add-on, log in and done. It will continue synchronizing between other devices over your YouTube account. And for this cross-platform feature, Stremio gets a bonus point from me.

MX Player

If you have ever searched for best video player, you would definitely get MX Player name on top. MX Player was initially launched as an Android app which is developed by J2 Interactive. Well, the app now crossed more than 500 million downloads on Google Play Store.

Taking advantage of a bigger audience the company released a huge update in their Android app which allows you to watch movies for free along with TV serials, exclusive web-series and much more. Now, the service is not limited to the Android app, though. You can watch a movie for free on their website. It has some best collection of Bollywood, Hollywood, and Tollywood (Telugu film industry) movies.

The website also allows you to stream content of different TV shows, web shows, music, sports, and news. In short, MX Player contains all layers of streaming categories.

Vudu Movies on Us

Stepping up – Vudu is the next streaming site in our best sites to watch free movie online.  Vudu is divided into two different streaming category. While the main Vudu site is known for its digital video sales and rentals, the Vudu Movies on Us offers to watch free movie online and it makes it the best free movies streaming site.

It’s not a bad deal to go with the Vudu to stream movies for free online. It contains some of the fantastic movies like Batman, Open Water 3, Open Season 2 and City of Ghosts. These movie collections make it a perfect place to watch movies.

Although it offers free movies, you will have to go through ads in between movies. But, I guess you should be comfortable with it. Because you can stream all movies on 1080p Full HD resolution. It’s totally worth it.

Feature Films

If you are ever interested in going back to the past and watch movies for free, Feature Films could be your best choice. Since this website allows users to access a collection of some featured old movies. Some of them are in black and white in color. Well, I know, you wouldn’t like this kind of website, but I think we should always accept being a retro person sometimes.

This website offers movie collection from the year 1874 to 2018. You can think, how old movie collection this website has. Of course, you will go through all movie experience starting from B&W Silent movie to GFX colored movie. Well, I want to be specific that you shouldn’t expect the latest releases from this website.

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Hotstar

Since we are exploring the best sites to watch movie online for free, how can we forget Hotstar? Hotstar is specially made for India. You can stream movies, watch TV shows, enjoy sports and stay up to date with news using Hotstar. India based Hotstar website allows to watch movie online for free. While out of India, Hotstar does cost monthly charges. There aren’t any free service. So, its like exclusive for Indian users.

Hotstar has a large collection of Bollywood and Hollywood movies that you can stream online. However, you won’t get access to some premium movies like Marvel Avengers (my favorite by the way). But, it’s a huge deal that you are getting the free movie to watch on this platform. Further, if you want you can go with the rental and premium account option. It will unlock everything and would give you access to some exclusive perks.

Hotstar is often quick to bring the latest releases. But, it always keeps it locked for a certain time period. It depends on the movie how popular it is. If it isn’t it would make available for free to watch after one or two months of release.

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Open Culture

Open Culture brings high-quality culture and educational media. The website is free to access. It does contain over 1000 free online movies to watch. The category includes the classics, indies, film noir, documentaries, and other films, created by some of our greatest actors, actresses, and directors.

Open Culture is one of the reliable websites to use to watch movie online for free. The website has a collection of some of the best movies like Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, as well as Oscar-winning movies which include the Glass, Lagorama, Neighbors, etc.

The Open Culture website appears like a blog. But, it would help you to find movies easily. Because all movie names are mentioned on one page and separated by different categories. So, you can jump on any specific page according to your choice and select the movie that you want to watch.

Tubi TV

Tubi TV is also one of the fantastic services to stream movies online for free. Here you will be able to view newer movies including Lords of Salem, A Most Wanted Man, and Bulletproof Monk. Furthermore, it also has a sci-fi movie The Running Man.

There is a new exclusive feature on Tubi TV called Leaving Soon. The Leaving Soon category contains the movies and shows which aren’t yet available. That means you can stream them before they become available. Thus you can prioritize your stream experience.

Although to get access, you will have to make an account. But, I guess it completely worthy since you get access to the large movie collection.

YouTube Movies

We know YouTube is nowadays a platform where you can watch tons of videos from your favorite creators for free. But YouTube has its own dedicated channel for movies that lets you stream movie free online. Although, it also does contain paid and rental movies.

YouTube Movies currently doesn’t show off free movies in India. But you can get access to free movies by using any VPN service. Since we know YouTube Movies available outside India, you can set any location. The most preferred one is the U.S. Once you are connected to VPN, simply head over to the YouTube Movie channel and find out a playlist of free movies.

The movies you stream online will show your ads in between the movie. Fortunately, it follows YouTube rules. Means will be able to skip some ads after 5 seconds and keep continue watching your movie.

If you couldn’t find a movie that you want to watch, then I am extremely sorry for it. But, to watch a movie online, you only have to find the right place to search in. The sites listed in this post would indeed provide you the best user experience. Please take a few seconds and do let us know which one you picked.

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