Watch the best TV boxsets and films online for free!

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Fed up with the World Cup? Looking for a free way to watch your favourite films and TV series on your laptop or tablet? We round up the best movie and TV streaming services so you can sit back, relax and press play… for free!

Increasingly it looks like the days of DVDs and Blu-Rays are numbered, as more and more people now ‘stream’ TV and films online. TV streaming services allow you to completely legally watch the latest films and TV shows on your PC, laptop, tablet, or Smart TV (i.e one with an internet connection).

Haven’t got a Smart TV? Don’t worry – you can still stream films to your TV by:

We’ve listed the best film and TV streaming services below – they all offer a wide selection of programmes and good customer service.

Best movie and TV streaming services

Here’s a quick list of the best movie and TV streaming services available here in the UK. You can usually enjoy a free trial period, that helps you save money while testing out which service best suits you and your family.

Amazon Instant Video – Try it for free

Amazon Instant Video (formerly LoveFilm) is one of the more popular streaming services, backed by online retail giant Amazon.

Who will love it?

A great free trial if you’re not too bothered about the latest films. This service has loads of movies and a fair few TV series, too. It has a decent selection of recent films, but to stream the very latest movies that have been released in the last 12 months you need to pay an extra fee.

How much does it cost?

There are two payment options:

  1. You can pay £5.99 a month just to stream movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video, OR
  2. You can pay a flat fee of £79 per year to join Amazon Prime. This not only lets you stream all their movies and TV shows, it also gives you free one-day delivery on purchases you make from Amazon.

The second option only costs £7.12 more a year than the first option, though you do have to pay the £79 fee upfront (whereas you can cancel the £5.99 monthly payment at any time). If you do a fair amount of shopping on Amazon, the second option is quite good value.

Is a free trial available?

Yes – you can get a FREE 30-day trial. You can easily cancel within those first 30 days if you don’t want to continue with the service and not pay a penny.

Some popular highlights currently showing:

Game of Thrones, Inception, The Dark Knight, 24, Sherlock, We Bought a Zoo, Toy Story 3, Peppa Pig

What can you watch it on?

You can watch your shows and movies on any device on which you are signed into Amazon Prime – your smart TV, laptop, tablet, PC, or Xbox, Playstation and Wii games consoles.

 

TRY IT NOW FOR FREE

 

NowTV – Try it for free

now tv free trialThe NowTV streaming service is powered by Sky and offers plenty of choice, including movies, TV shows and sports programmes.

Who will love it?

NowTV is for movie buffs and TV addicts. The good thing about NowTV is that it gives you access to the very latest movies and TV series that you often can’t get anywhere else.

Some of the latest movies and TV series tend to appear on NowTV 12 months before they appear on Amazon or Netflix. NowTV tends to be first with the latest TV series like Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Modern Family, for example.

You can also stream a range of Sky Sports games as and when you want them for an extra fee.

How much does it cost?

A NowTV Monthly Movie Pass costs £8.99 per month, while a Monthly Entertainment Pass (for TV shows) costs £5.99.

There’s no contract, so you just pay for the month(s) that you want to use the service. You can cancel at any time.

Is a free trial available?

Yes, you can enjoy 30 days for FREE. If you don’t want to continue, just cancel before the end of those 30 days and you won’t pay a penny.

Some popular highlights currently showing:

The Heat, Captain Phillips, Thor, Gravity, Despicable Me 2, World War Z, Modern Family, Game of Thrones, Glee. Also option to stream Sky Sports (including Forumla 1, ATP Tour Tennis, Premier League football and international cricket)

What can you watch it on?

Just sign in on any internet-connected device – smart TV, laptop, tablet, PC, or games console.

 

TRY IT FOR FREE

 

NowTV Box – Special Offer!

If you haven’t got a smart (internet enabled) TV, then this NowTV box is a fantastically affordable option. The NowTV box lets you:

  • Catch up on programmes from BBC iPlayer, 4oD and ITV Player on your main TV
  • Use Facebook and Spotify on your TV
  • As an added bonus, you get to watch Sky Movies for 3 months (normally £8.99 a month – a saving of nearly £27!)

The NowTV box and Sky Movies Pass is available for just £24.99 from Argos (or you just get the box on its own for £9.99 with no movie pass)

 

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Netflix – Try it for free

This is the service you are probably most likely to have heard of, with Netflix being popular with kids and adults alike. It is an American service which has been operating in the UK for several years now.

Who will love it?

Netflix is most popular for watching box sets of TV shows – particularly American TV programmes. It is also made even more popular by the fact that it also produces some TV series of its own (like House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey) that you won’t find anywhere else!

How much does it cost?

£5.99 a month, although you only pay on a month-by-month basis – there are no contracts, so you can quit or pause the service any time.

Is a free trial available?

Yes – get one month free when you register with Netflix. If you cancel during the first month, you won’t pay anything.

Some popular highlights currently showing:

Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Modern Family, Spongebob Squarepants

What can you watch it on?

You can access Netflix on any internet-enabled device – your smart TV, computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone or games console.

 

TRY IT FOR FREE

 

Best movie and TV services on demand

Blinkbox If you just want to watch the latest blockbuster movie or see a TV series that’s just come out – without paying a regular monthly fee – then there are plenty of online services where you can pay to stream just one film or TV episode.

There generally isn’t much price differences between these services, as rental prices are often set by film studios. However some of these services are much better than others, particularly in terms of the variety and number of movies and TV shows they have available. The best ones are:

Blinkbox – £5 FREE credit offer

Blinkbox: this is your best option for catching the latest blockbuster movies soon after they have left cinemas, as well as TV shows such as Game of Thrones. Plus right now you can get £5 FREE credit to watch movies or TV shows!

Also try:

  • iTunes: Apple’s iTunes service has grown from a music store to offering a range of TV shows, movies and music videos for streaming on demand. Just pay for the individual show you want to watch from your iTunes account, and hit play!
  • Sky: Sky lets you stream movies, TV shows and even sports coverage on demand, so you can watch something as a one-off without paying a monthly subscription charge.

 

Stream films and TV for free

You don’t need to stick to the schedules of the major broadcasters – some streaming services allow you to watch movies and TV for free – any time, any where! Sure they tend to have a limited choice of programmes, but hey – they’re still free to access and give you more flexibility than regular TV!

The major ones currently serving the UK are:

  • Tesco Clubcard TV: Tesco has teamed up with BlinkBox to offer Clubcard TV. It’s a simple and easy process to sign up to, and then you can watch movies and films free of charge. It’s quite a good option for families, given it does have a number of family movies and cartoons for the kids to enjoy.
  • Viewster: Most of Viewster’s content is cult classic-type shows and movies, the majority of which are free to watch. And it isn’t just for adults either, there are great cartoons.
  • Classic Cinema Online: This service is dedicated to golden oldies, so the kids (especially younger ones) are unlikely to be interested. But parents and older kids can enjoy a trip down memory lane with some of their favourite old movies.
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    Streaming films and your broadband allowance

    Streaming is a relatively new means of accessing movies and TV shows. Instead of using your aerial or DVD player, streaming allows you to view video content over the internet – giving you instant access.

    The only real limit to video streaming comes down to your broadband internet plan. If you have a fixed limit on the amount you can download each month, you shouldn’t go crazy streaming films – it will quickly blow out your download limit, and cost you a lot more if you go over it!

    As a rough guide, streaming a two hour movie in standard definition would use up around 500-800MB of your download allowance. So if you do have a download allowance in place, don’t go over it – internet service providers tend to charge a couple of quid extra for each gigabyte (1,000MB) you go over it by.