The old ways of watching movies and television (DVDs, movie theaters, network TV) are being challenged by the Internet and video streaming technology at the same time that long-form, episodic television series (Downton Abbey, Boardwalk Empire, etc.) are challenging the Hollywood feature film in popularity and critical esteem. Following are the top resources for viewing movies, TV shows and more for free - anytime and anywhere. 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) offer some episodes for free online viewing.
Crackle's partnership with Sony Pictures enables them to provide hundreds of free, full-length streaming movies, TV shows and original programming, uncut and unedited. You may have to sit through a few commercials, but they are short and infrequent.
Featuring free content from Hulu (which is now a subscription-only service), Yahoo View 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, which are available eight days after the original broadcast, along with day-after clips.
YouTube is no longer just a place to watch cute cat videos and movie trailers. You can browse YouTube Channels to find numerous free classic movies, film noirs, westerns, and documentaries that you can watch in their entirety online. Video Cellar's Classic Movies channel is one of the best for B-movies and cult films. And not all are just old public domain films; Paramount Pictures' official channel The Paramount Vault showcases a collection of their classic feature-length films.
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.
Visit Retrovision to watch classic TV shows and movies, including rare sci-fi and horror movies and vintage cartoons.
Classic Cinema Online
This site specializes in hundreds of old westerns, dramas, silents and movie serials that can be searched by title or by genre.