Tuesday, April 7, 2015

5 Lesser-Known Free Sites for Watching TV Shows

By Justin Pot
Are you ready for some free TV and movies? Here are a few more sites for finding them.
You guys seem to like TV: my roundup of never-ending video sites got more than a few positive comments. With this in mind, today’s Cool Websites and Apps digs up a few more online video sites most people haven’t heard of. Give them a shot, then let us know about anything we’ve missed in the comments.

VintageCartoons.tv: Never-ending Retro Goodness

We begin with something really simple: a site that shows you classic cartoons. Just head to VintageCartoons.tv, then lean back and enjoy.
Videos will keep playing, and you can skip anything you don’t like by pressing the channel-changing button (to the right of the video, to those who grew up with modern devices). Sure: full-screen would be nice. But this is a simple tool for quick diversions from another era.

Archive.org’s Movies and Films: Best of the Public Domain

VintageCartoons is pulling all of its videos from Archive.org, a site we’ve pointed out a few times. What we’ve never gotten around to mentioning is that they have a pretty impressive collection of public domain movies and TV shows.
To repeat myself: everything offered is in the public domain so you’re not going to see any recent blockbusters. But if you’re a fan of vintage film there’s a lot to explore here. Charlie Chaplin is worth checking out for everyone, not just film buffs.
Archive.org is one of the best sites on the web, and classic movies are only the beginning. Here are a few more things Archive.org offers, if you’re curious:

Documentary Heaven: Compilation of Free Documentaries

There are a lot of great documentaries on YouTube, but it’s hard to find them all. Documentary Heaven compiles these all in one place, making it a great site to load up when you want something thought-provoking to watch.
There’s a lot to explore here, and new things are added with some frequency. Because these films are all on YouTube you could mark them for watching later, or even create a playlist for watching in VLC. Let me know about anything you find in the comments below, okay?

DocumentaryFilms.com: Even More Free Documentaries

Okay, sure, this one is similar to the last one, but if you like documentaries knowing about more than one site can only be helpful.
As with Documentary Heaven, most of the documentaries you’ll find are on YouTube. The films offered are pretty different, pointing to just how many documentaries you can watch freely on YouTube.

Popcornflix.com (US and Canada only): Little-Known Free Streaming Site

Netflix and Hulu are household names at this point, but how many of us have heard of Popcornflix? This site’s been around since 2011, and MakeUseOf hasn’t mentioned it once. This ad-supported site offers a variety of TV shows and movies, and it even offers apps for platforms like the XBox, Playstation and more. There’s a bunch of content for kids, including some you might remember from your childhood.
There’s also a lot of…garbage. Can’t think of how else to put it. You’re not going to find the latest and coolest shows – think more along the lines of syndicated re-runs than HBO Go – but there are movies and complete TV series to be found. Give it a shot.

What Did We Miss?

There are more sites out there: Shout Factory TV offers Mystery Science Theatre and more, for example. But we want to learn from you.  Do you know of any little-known sites for watching TV? Let us know about them in the comments below.
I’d also really love it if you let me know what kinds of websites and apps you’d like me to search for you. Give me a particularly great idea, and I’ll put together a future edition of Cool Websites and Apps just for you.
Image Credits: Old tv Via Shutterstock Source: www.makeuseof.com

1 comment:

Nalin said...

Thank you so much Marawan Alwaraki for sharing this great sites! I would love to let people know about Popcorn Time. It is the site that has thousands of free movies as well as TV shows.

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