Video Streaming Resources


"Video Streaming" means watching a video over the Internet in real time instead of downloading a file to your computer, tablet, smart phone, or mobile device and watching it later. 

Though no definitive list exists of all the free content streaming sites, you can find out if a title is available to stream by checking the Can I, Gowatchit, Just Watch, or Where To Watch web sites.

Following are helpful links for watching popular movies, documentaries, television shows, and educational videos for free online. All you need is a computer, TV or mobile device with an Internet connection. And remember: if you miss your favorite network TV show, check the network's website; most major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, The CW) offer some episodes for free online viewing. 


Films and Television

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This site allows you to search across the most popular streaming, rental, and purchase services to find where a movie or television show is available for streaming. If a title isn't currently available, you can sign-up to be notified when it becomes available.

Crackle streams hundreds of free, full-length movies, TV shows, and original programming, uncut and unedited.

A web site focused on video streaming East Asian media, including anime, manga, drama, and music. 

This "TV Guide" for the streaming age helps you decide what to watch and where to watch it.  

This social search guide helps you find, share, save, and receive automated alerts about movies and television shows.

Internet Archive
Use the Moving Image Archive to download or stream free movies, videos, and digital media.

Just Watch 
Search for movies and television shows from popular streaming service providers.

Open Culture
Use this site to watch over 1,100 free movies, from classics and film noir to indies and documentaries.

Pluto TV
This free video streaming service provides a "TV Guide"-type experience in which you can browse through a channel lineup (much like broadcast TV) and "tune into" hundreds of online movie, news, music and sports offerings.
This site streams the latest full-length episodes of select television shows and some movies.

UbuWeb's film and video archive is the largest collection of avant-garde and outsider works available to watch for free online.

Where To Watch
This Motion Picture Association of America database attempts to list every United States movie or television show that is available to be streamed legally.

Yahoo View
Featuring free content from Hulu, this site enables users to watch popular movies and TV shows; full seasons of select anime and Korean TV dramas; and the last five episodes of ABC, NBC, Fox and other network series (available eight days after original broadcast), along with day-after clips.

YouTube has various channels offering free full-length movies and television shows, including hundreds of classic films from the Paramount Vault.

Documentary and Educational Films

docsAcademic Film Archive of America (Internet Archive)

A free online resource for uploading and sharing instructional videos suitable for teachers, students and home learners.

Where To Watch Free Documentaries Online

Streaming Resources with your Pratt Library Card

Hoopla Digital
Hoopla lets you borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks, and more from Enoch Pratt.

Enoch Pratt Free Library customers can use their library card to stream hundreds of documentaries, indie and foreign films, Great Courses educational videos, must-see classics and blockbuster movies.

News and Newsreels

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Over 85,000 streaming titles from British Pathé, a major producer of newsreels during the 20th Century. Covers 1896-1976.

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
The NFSA has over two million items relating to the history of Australia.

TV News Archive (Internet Archive)
Over 350,000 news programs collected over 3 years from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C.

Universal Newsreels (Internet Archive)
Hundreds of historical newsreels from 1929-1967.