35 Best Streaming Services Without Subscription

When streaming services pop up one after the other, it gets harder and trickier to decide which caters best to your needs and preferences, especially when many of them demand considerable commitment. So if you're a casual viewer who enjoys zero-effort streaming, you'll be glad to know the best streaming services you can use without a subscription. 

This usually comes in the form of free services like Tubi, Xumo, and even Roku, which have an impressive array of content ready to be watched—no subscription needed. But you might also find video rentals offered by the likes of Amazon and YouTube pretty handy. Whatever your preferred mode is, rest assured that it is possible to watch your favorite TV shows and movies from popular and premium channels without even having to lift a finger.  

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Sun NXT is a streaming subscription service based in India. It offers 50,000 hours of live TV, movies, shows, and music videos in five Indian languages: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Bengali. It's a comprehensive service not just for Indian audiences and immigrants, but for anyone wanting to get to know more about the country's booming entertainment industry. Sun NXT has two subscription plans: the basic one is free, although it only allows you to stream through one device, while the premium plan gives you unlimited access for ₹50 or just $0.63 a month.

Price: free for 1 channels available

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Samsung Smart TV, Website

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Stremium compiles all fast channels, cable channels, and your personal media library into one cloud so you can access all your media content from one place. It records directly off streaming services, so you never miss your favorite shows. Stremium offers a free plan as well as a monthly and yearly subscription. This is for viewers who don’t want to jump from app to app to watch movies and tv series, and for those who prefer to have everything organized in one place. This service was launched in 2018.

Price: $5/month

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Roku

Stirr is an American ad-supported streaming service owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. It was launched in 2019. Not only is it free, but it provides access to live local news, 120+ TV shows, and 8,000+ hours of on-demand movies. This service is for viewers who don’t want to commit to a cable fee and don’t mind intermittent ads when watching their favorite movies and shows.

Price: free for channels available

Device availability: Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, Website

Sling TV is a paid cord-cutting service usually costing anywhere between $35 and $50/month. However, they also have a free tier, which allows you to watch live channels like CBS News and on-demand movies and shows for free.

Price: free for 8 channels available

Device availability: AirTV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, LG TV, Roku, Samsung TV, Xbox

Channel lineup: ABC News Live, AMC Presents, AMC Rush, CBSN, IFC, Tastemade, The Design Network, WEtv

Like most ad-supported streaming services, SelectTV offers hundreds of live channels and thousands of movies and TV shows for free. But more than just providing content, which is a good mix of recent and classic releases, SelectTV also manages all your existing subscriptions so that you can access everything—from its free titles to services like Netflix and HBO Max—in one convenient place. Everything is categorized and searchable through its unified search engine. If you're looking to unlock even more features, SelectTV also has a premium offering; for a one-time payment of $30, you can organize your payments on various subscriptions as well.

Price: free for 1 channels available

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, LG, Mi Box, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, TCL

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All Samsung Smart TVs come with a free Samsung TV Plus app, the company's own streaming service that offers more than 200 live TV channels and on-demand content to users around the globe. There's no need to subscribe or even sign up for an account to access the app. 

Aside from its TVs (specifically those released from 2016 onwards), Samsung makes its streaming platform available to all Galaxy Devices, mobile and tablet, as long as their operating systems are updated to Android 8.0 or higher. It's a worthy option for cord-cutters, especially if you want a fuss-free and cost-efficient way to watch your favorite channels.

Price: free for 216 channels available

Device availability: Android, Samsung Smart TV

Channel lineup: 21 Jump Street, 80s Flashback, 90s Throwback, ABC News Live, ACC Digital Network, ALL ACTION, All Reality WE TV, All Weddings WE TV, All-Out Reality, ALTER, Always Funny Videos, America's Test Kitchen, Anime All day, Antiques Roadshow, Are We There Yet?, Asian Crush, Backstage, BBC Food, BBC Hom, Bein Sports XTRA, Bloomberg Quicktake, Bon Appétit, Bounce XL, Brat TV, BUZZR, Canela.TV, Cars, CBS News, Cheddar News, Chicken Soup for the Soul, CHIVE TV, Cine Romántico, CINEVAULT: 80's, CINEVAULT: Classics, CINEVAULT: Westerns, Circle, CJ ENM, Clarity 4K, Classic Doctor Who, CNN Replay, CNN RESUMEN, Comedy All Day, Comedy Dynamics, Court TV, Crime 360, Crime Zone, Dallas Cowboys Cheer, Danger TV, Deal or No Deal, Degrassi, Documentary+, Dove Channel, Dr. G: Medical Examiner, Drama Life, Dry Bar Comedy, DUST, EDGEsport, ElectricNOW, Estrella News, Estrella TV, ET Live, Fail Army, Family Ties, Fear Factor, FilmRise Action, FilmRise Free Movies, FilmRise Western, Forensic Files, FOX SOUL, FTF, fubo Sports Network, FUEL TV, Game Show Central, GOLFPASS, Gravitas Movies, Grit Xtra, Gusto TV, Hallmark Movies & More, Halloween Movies, Heartland, Hell’s Kitchen, Hollywire, Home Refresh, Home.Made.Nation, HSN, Hungry, IGN, IMPACT Wrestling, INSIGHT TV, InWonder, ION, ION Mystery, ION Plus, Journy, Kidoodle.TV, Kitchen Nightmares, Law & Crime, LiveNOW from FOX, Loupe 4K, Love & Hip Hop, Love Nature 4K, Lucky Dog, Magellan TV Now, Maverick Black Cinema, MAVTV Select, MHz Now, Midnight Pulp, Midsomer Murders, Million Dollar Listing, MinecrafTV, Moonbug Kids, MOTORVISION.TV, MovieSphere, MTV Pluto TV, NBC News Now, NBCLX, NEW KMOVIES, NEW KPOP, Newsmax, Newsy, NHRA TV, Nick Pluto TV, Nosey, Operation Repo, Origin Sports, Outdoor America, Outside, Pac-12 Insider, Paramount Movie Channel, PBS Digital Studios, PBS Kids, People Are Awesome, People TV, Plated, Pluto TV Fantastic, Pluto TV Westerns, pocket.watch, Portlandia, PowerNation, PrendeTV Lo mejor de Liga MX, PrendeTV Novelas de Oro, PrendeTV Novelas de romance, PrendeTV Novelas en familia, Project Runway, Pursuit UP, QVC, Real America’s Voice, REELZ Famous & Infamous, Revry, Ride or Drive, RiffTrax, Rock On, Rotten Tomatoes, Shades of Black, Shout! Factory, Skills + Thrills, Sony Canal Comedias, Sony Canal Competencias, Sony Canal Novelas, SportsGrid, Stadium, Stingray Naturescape, Stories by AMC, SURF NOW TV, T2, Tastemade, Tastemade Travel, TED, Telemundo Al Día, TG Junior, That Girl, The Asylum, The Bob Ross Channel, The Challenge, The Design Network, The Hotel Inspector, The Jack Hanna Channel, The LEGO Channel, The Movie Hub, The New Detectives, The Pet Collective, The Preview Channel, The Walking Dead Universe, This Old House, This Old House Makers, Tiny House Nation, TODAY All Day, Toon Goggles, Top Gear, Tu Cine, TV Land Drama, TV Land Sitcoms, TYT Network, Unsolved Mysteries, USA Today, Vevo 2K, Vevo Country, Vevo Hip-Hop, Vevo Latino, Vevo Pop, Vevo R&B, Vice, ViX Grandes Parejas, ViX JaJaJa, ViX Villanos de Novela, Waypoint TV, WeatherNation, WeatherSpy, Whistle TV, Wild 'N Out, Wipeout Xtra, World Poker Tour, XITE Just Chill, Xplore, Yahoo! Finance, ZooMoo

"Watch more, search less," is Rlaxx TV's official motto, dedicated as it is to making streaming as easy and relaxed as possible. The free, ad-supported streaming service offers up diverse titles for viewing, which are all easily accessible in its clean and simple interface. It also has functions such as restart and watch later, making it familiar to those subscribed to other major streamers like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Aside from movies and series, Rlaxx TV also features lifestyle, entertainment, news, sports, music, documentary, food, and comedy content, among others. Currently, the service is only available in most of Europe and some parts of South America and Oceania, but the company says it is expanding its coverage. 

Price: free for 1 channels available

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Hisense, iOS, LG, Panasonic, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Sharp, Telefunken, Website, Xbox

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Revry is a streaming service for LGBTQ+ content. It offers a free selection, consisting especially of four "channels" that play their content back to back: Revry One, Revry Her, Revry News, Revry Latinx, and Revry Brasil. They also have a premium subscription that allows you to access more on-demand movies and shows.

Price: free for channels available

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Samsung TV, Website

RetroCrush is a free streaming platform fully dedicated to vintage anime. If you're a hardcore fan in desperate search of a discontinued series, a 90s classic, or an obscure show that practically no one has heard of, chances are you'll find all of what you're looking for and more in this treasure trove of a platform. RetroCrush gives you access to a number of shows without charge, but if you want to stream even more titles ad-free, you can opt to sign up for a premium account that costs $4.99 a month, with a free 14-day-trial. 

Price: free for channels available

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, iOS, Roku, Website

Rakuten TV (previously wuaki) is a Japanese-owned online streaming service that provides access to movies and TV shows—a heady mix of high-profile and independent media—either for a subscription fee or a rental fee.

Currently, it's only available in Japan and select countries in Europe, so if you're in the area and want a streaming service similar to Netflix, then this is for you. Launched in 2009, Rakuten TV offers subscriptions for $4.99/month for ad-supported content and $9.99/month for an ad-free plus pass.

Price: $4.99/month

Device availability: Android, Android TV, Chromecast, iOS, Website, Xbox One

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