As of 2015, the latest feature films are unavailable for free legal downloads online. Many websites claim to provide free new release films, which mainly contain illegal copyrighted films. These websites are regularly patrolled by government and private agencies looking for illegal downloaders. Getting caught might also require the downloader to pay a fine for the illegal activity. Many other options are available for users to get legal access to new release films online.
New release films are available to purchase and download for offline use through services such as iTunes and Vudu. Both video streaming services also allow some new films to be rented for a limited viewing period.
Public domains are websites that provide free classic movies that are available for legal streaming and downloading. Most of the films have its copyright expired or are provided with the owner’s permission for free public viewing. Some of the films are also available to be downloaded for use on various devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
Hulu and Crackle are free video streaming websites that provide full-length movies with some video advertisements. The commercials are paid for by sponsors, which allow the websites to provide the films for free. Netflix and Amazon Prime are video streaming websites that require a subscription membership to gain unlimited access to several full-length films.