How Do You Legally Watch Movies for Free Online?


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As of 2015 Crackle.com and Hulu.com allow users to legally watch free movies online. The content is provided for free by sponsors who advertise commercials during the films. Crackle provides its free films through a partnership with Sony Pictures, while Hulu has its partnership through Miramax and the Criterion Collection. Both services are also available for streaming on various devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

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Hulu.com provides the option of subscribing to its membership service for a monthly fee. Members enjoy HD video quality, when available, and access to limited or no commercials. The service also includes access to other video content, such as TV shows and documentaries.

Crackle.com offers users the option of creating an account with the service. Accounts are not required to watch free movies but do provide access to other features. Setting up a free account allows users to add videos to a watchlist and share favorite videos with friends on Facebook.

Archive.org features an extensive archive of public domain media, including music, television and movies. Movies available on the site include unlicensed films uploaded by their creators, as well as feature films in the public domain, which occurs when the copyright on them lapses or isn't renewed. Certain movies are available for free on YouTube. These movies include those in the public domain, as well as movies produced by major studios that have been made available for a variety of reasons.

Public domain websites also allow users to watch a variety of free classic films and TV shows. These websites provide expired copyright content and content provided by the video’s owner. Most videos are available for streaming online and provide the option to download videos free for offline use.

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