40 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.  

If you have an Air TV streaming device, you'll automatically have free access to 1oo local channels from affiliates like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS all in HD. To be clear, the local channels are free in the sense that you don't have to pay a monthly bill to watch them, as you would on a cable or live TV subscription, but you do have to pay a one-time fee that sets you up with an Air TV device and an HD antenna. Depending on the bundle you pick, that can cost you anywhere from $150 to $250. It seems like a lot, but it makes sense when you consider that it comes with DVR, the ability to watch local channels anywhere, and for Sling TV subscribers, seamless integration in all your devices. 

Although you don't need to be a Sling TV subscriber to start using Air TV, the two are perfect complements that save you a lot of money, in the long run. Sling TV has live TV channels equipped for sports, entertainment, and nationwide news, while the one-time-payment Air TV gives you constant and uninterrupted access to your local channels. If you do combine them, Sling takes care of any overlaps to ensure you're getting the best of both streaming worlds in all compatible devices.

Price: free for 3 channels available

Device availability: AirTV Mini, AirTV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, Roku

Channel lineup: CBS local channels, NBC local channels, PBS local channels

Formerly known as the Military Channel, AHC or the American Heroes Channel specializes in programs related to history, military, warfare, and science. Some of its most beloved shows include Blood and Fury: America's Civil War and Gunslingers. All these and more are made available in AHC TV, an on-demand service that comes free with most pay TV subscriptions. You just need to sign in to your TV provider and you're good to go.

Price: free for channels available

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Sling TV, Xbox

7 Plus is a free, ad-supported streaming service that gives viewers the very best from Network Seven, one of Australia's major broadcasters. It has entire seasons of popular shows, movies, live coverages, and old and new content alike as the service's library is constantly updated. Because Network Seven is comprised of many channels, including those entirely dedicated to news, films, and sports, 7 Plus also has one of the most extensive catalogs of content out there. It's also fairly easy to use and available on a number of devices. 

Price: free for 1 channels available

Device availability: Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, LG, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Samsung Smart TV

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The streaming services on this page were chosen by our editors. If you choose to subscribe to a streaming service we recommend as a result of our research, analysis, and curation, our work is sometimes (but not always) supported by an affiliate commission from the streaming service when you make a purchase.