This was originally a guest post from Karen Schweitzer, who writes about online colleges for OnlineCollege.org. Karen has previously contributed to Poorer Than You with the post 15 Places to Find Free Books Online. This post has been updated by the editor as recently as March, 2013 to find you the best places for free, legal video content online!
You don’t need a television, Blu-ray player, or cable package to watch all of your favorite TV shows, movies, and documentaries. There are plenty of sites online that broadcast this sort of entertainment. Some sites even provide downloads so that you can legally transfer files to your PC, iPod, or mp3 player. Here is a list of 20 sites to bookmark today:
Can I Stream.It? – Got a specific movie, show, or even episode in mind? Search for what you’re looking for on “Can I Stream.It?” to find out if it’s available on any of the major streaming sites. “Can I Stream.It?” searches Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crackle, YouTube, EpixHD, Xfinity Streampix, Snagfilms, Redbox Instant, and Hitbliss to see if you stream what you’re looking for from any of those services.
Hulu – Hulu is a great place to find popular movies, television shows, clips, and documentaries. All of these things can be viewed for free online. Back-seasons and some movies are hidden behind the pay wall of Hulu+, which costs $7.99 per month, but there is still a ton of recent episodes and movies available for free.
Veoh – Veoh offers millions of videos that can be watched for free online. Videos include full-length television shows and movies, documentaries, clips, trailers, and commercials.
Joost – This popular site provides free television shows, movies, and music. Joost not only allows you to browse the offerings, the site also offers suggestions for other movies you might enjoy.
PBS – The PBS site allows you to watch full-length episodes of PBS TV shows online. This site also broadcasts news, documentaries, and movies.
Babelgum – Babelgum is a free streaming video site that houses international movies, previews, and documentaries ranging from action adventure to shorts.
CWTV – The CW features high quality versions of several of the network’s shows online. Other viewable items include fall previews, clips, and interviews.
Internet Archive – The Internet Archive is a free public domain site with hundreds of movies, films, and videos. Most offerings can be watched online or downloaded for later viewing.
Docu-View – Docu-View is a free video streaming site with more than 300 documentaries.
Fox.com – Fox.com lets you watch new, new full length episodes of Fox TV shows eight days after their release. Whether you have missed an episode or just looking for something online to watch, Fox.com is a good place to find free television shows.
Retrovision – With more than 30 different movie categories to choose from, Retrovision is a great place to watch classic movies and television shows online.
OnlineDocumentaries – Online Documentaries offers more than 600 free documentaries that can be watched online. The site houses documentaries from HBO, BBC, PBS, and other high profile networks.
CBS – Nearly all of CBS’s normal season shows are ready and available for anyone to watch online. Simply click on the shows you like to view one episode or the entire season.
Fancast – Fancast is a good place to watch full-length movies and television shows. The site also offers clips, trailers, and other streaming video.
PublicDomainTorrents – This free movie site can be used to download or watch a wide range of classic movies and B movies.
FilmTalks – With some of the best titles on the web, FilmTalks is an excellent place to find high quality online documentaries.
Jaman – Jaman provides popular and classic films to view online. The Jaman library also includes documentaries.
Emol – This site, created by Entertainment Magazine, features several full length movies and clips for viewers to enjoy. All of the videos and films are available for download or instant viewing.
MoviesFoundOnline – MoviesFoundOnline hosts movies, cartoons, documentaries, TV shows and other media from the public domain. If you’re a fan of classics, MoviesFoundOnline is one of the better places to get your movie fix.
Guba – This online entertainment site allows viewers to browse, download, and share movies. Guba has a wide assortment of titles and videos to choice from.
Top Documentary Films – Top Documentary Films is a documentary site that offers a vast collection of free online documentaries. The site features several well known documentaries including, Sicko and The Naked Truth.
A&E TV – View full episodes of some of cable channel A&E’s most popular shows on their website, available as soon as the next day after airing.
Keeping this list up-to-date is an on-going process! Let us know in the comments if you have any issues with any of these sites, or if you find something we missed.