As of 2016, most new-release movies are unavailable to watch for free legally online. Many websites claim to offer free new-release films but fail to explain that the films are copyrighted content. Government agencies regularly patrol these websites and may also issue fines for the illegal activity. Many other options are available to view films legally online in order to avoid these websites.
Amazon and Vudu are video streaming services that allow users to view new films legally by purchasing or renting the film digitally. Amazon also allows users the option of purchasing a new release film on DVD and Blu-ray. Both services provide the option to stream films on various devices, including tablets and smartphones.
Hulu and Crackle are video streaming services that provide free full-length films, but they do not feature any new-release movies, generally. Both services play video advertisements during the stream, which are paid for by sponsors that allow the website to provide the films for free. Hulu also offers an optional subscription membership to gain unlimited access to several other full-length films.
Public domains are websites that provide several classic films for free streaming and download. The films have either an expired copyright or are provided with the owner’s permission for free public viewing.