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5 free streaming alternatives to Netflix

Streaming platforms have become our best friends during the pandemic. With theaters closed to the public in most European countries, concert venues shuttered and people forced to stay home A LOT, our options for entertainment have dwindled over the past year.

At the same time, streaming market is booming, offering more entertainment options than ever. Platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, as well as newcomers like Disney+ and Apple TV+, continue their “streaming war” to offer as many movies and television series as possible.

However, these specific services come at a cost. Luckily, for those of you who haven’t subscribed to any of these platforms – and are not planning to do so – there are plenty of 100% legal free streaming sites to watch a movie or a TV show. 

Even though you shouldn’t expect all the original, exclusive content that the paid streamers provide, there are too many free options currently available.

So, if you’re looking to save some money, take a look at the following streaming sites that Moonshot News has gathered for you!

BBC iPlayer

When it comes to free streaming services, BBC iPlayer is arguably one of the very best options. With a huge repository of BBC content and a great list of both modern and classic movies, whatever your mood is you’ll definitely find something interesting to watch.

Series currently on offer are the Ridley Scott-produced The Terror, Line of Duty, and the popular motoring show Top Gear. You can also watch some great classic movies like Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Dunkirk.

BBC iPlayer


Hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, phone or even your TV. You can stream titles immediately, or download them to your phone or tablet to enjoy offline later. 

With thousands of titles to choose from, including Bridget Jones’s Diary, 13 Going on 30, Emma and Good Will Hunting, Hoopla describes its services as “having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.”


Originally launched as a streaming video rental service, Vudu has become a streaming catch all for media fans. Offering affordable video rentals up to 4K and free streaming content, Vudu has a little bit of everything. No contract or subscription is required to watch movies and TV shows with limited commercials on Vudu. Users can choose from thousands of free movies, such as Maid in Manhattan, Three Men and a Baby and Gravity, to watch on their mobile device, TV and computer.

Even though Vudu is geo-restricted outside the U.S., you can access the channel abroad using Unlocator VPN or Smart DNS.

My5 TV

Another free-to-watch commercial channel that normally airs on Freeview, Channel 5 also has an on-demand service, called My5. It’s totally free (with adverts), and you just need to register for an account. Then, you can stream the movies directly from the website, or via the app, which is available on many streaming devices.

My5 TV


The video sharing platform isn’t just for funny clips and music videos. YouTube also has a limited section of free movies with ads, including The Pink Panther and Wish Upon a Star. While the site also provides shows, users have to purchase in order to view them.


Make yourself some popcorn and enjoy!


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