7 best free streaming apps to watch movies and TV shows


Streaming apps have become quite popular as they make watching movies and TV shows a lot more convenient than cable TV.  They usually offer paid subscriptions but there are free streaming apps available as well. These apps are ad-supported where users have to watch ads as they are not paying anything to stream content.

Many of these apps are available across a wide range of platforms and devices including smart TVs. It means you can enjoy these free titles on your living room’s big screen as well. So without any more delays, let’s have a look at these best free streaming apps.


Crackle is one of the oldest names in the free streaming space. It features both TV shows and movies along with original content. There are various categories to help you find the type of content you are interested in. If you are a fan of British programs, there is a dedicated section for that.

The best part about the app is that you do not need to register for an account to stream. It is required only if you want to save your favorite shows and use the Continue Watching feature. It also has a pretty robust filter functionality with a sorting option.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV is home to free movies and TV shows but also to live TV streaming. It has numerous TV channels spread across categories to choose from. These include the likes of movies, entertainment, news, reality, crime, comedy, and classics among others. Each channel comes with a TV guide similar to the cable TV experience.

The app has an On-Demand section for you to choose movies and TV shows that you would like to watch right away. It has further categorizations featuring special sections like CBS Selects, PBR RidePass, MLB, LOL Network, PGA Tour, and Major League Soccer. It does not require a registered account for watching content but an account gets you access to some extra features.


Tubi is an app that boasts a collection of over 30,000 free TV shows and movies to stream. This is the reason the first thing it asks for is your favorite genres. It has one of the best search functions when it comes to looking for something specific.

It shows detailed info for each title so that you can get an idea of what it is about. You can easily add titles to your watchlist that you would like to watch later. There is also support for liking and disliking titles so that the app can offer better-personalized recommendations. Like other apps, it does not ask you to register unless you want to utilize extra features.

Roku Channel

Roku Channel used to be a standalone app but is now available within the main Roku app. It features various TV shows and movies including some of the more popular ones. One interesting thing about Roku Channel is that it often provides free access to the first episode of the latest TV shows that you need to pay to watch otherwise.

The app provides a bunch of live TV channels for free streaming as well. You do not need to register for an account or purchase a Roku streaming device to use the app. The content catalog of the app is not as comprehensive as other options in this list but you can find good titles to watch every now and then.


Plex is primarily known as a media server service that helps you enjoy your locally stored media files on different devices including TVs. It recently added support for on-demand movies and TV shows that can be streamed for absolutely free.

It divides content into various categories that make it easier to find something related to a particular theme/genre. There is a description for each title along with IMDb rating and TV age rating. It also lets you rate shows and movies out of five stars.


Vudu is an online store for buying and renting movies and TV shows but has a special Free section. It features titles that can be streamed without paying anything. It provides critics’ reviews and descriptions to help you decide if something is worth watching.

The app lets you choose streaming quality before playing a movie or TV show. However, it requires you to create an account before you can start watching. The only thing you do as a guest visitor is catalog browsing.


If you are a fan of anime, Crunchyroll is the free streaming app that you should try. It has a catalog of over 1,000 titles including Crunchyroll Originals. It features globally popular titles like Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen, Naruto, and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.

It has most of the anime shows in original audio and with English subtitles which is what many fans prefer. While you can watch free anime titles without registering for an account, it offers additional benefits to paid subscribers. The Premium plan includes new episodes just one hour after their Japanese release, no ads, up to six device streaming support, and offline viewing.

Ajit Singh
Ajit is a freelance tech reporter who loves everything tech but has a soft corner for Android. He started his stint in tech journalism in 2015 and has previously worked with publications like Digit India and Android Headlines. You can also find his work on MySmartPrice.

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