Most Americans are looking for free or low-cost entertainment options, with most places closed or offering limited services and a continuing diminishment of financial security. Keeping up with your favorite TV shows can be one way to get through these stressful times. But it means paying for streaming or cable services, and with a tight cash flow, you may want to kick your subscription bills out the door. Fortunately, there are apps for just about everything. Here are nine free TV apps to watch your favorite shows. And you won't be stuck watching TV only on your iPhone or Android screen as most of these apps can be played on other devices.
1. IMDb TV
A member of the Amazon communications company, IMDb TV helps you stay current with all your favorite shows plus watch your favorite classics and movies. You can upgrade to avoid the ads, but IMDb TV is free if you don't mind them.
2. Tubi TV
Part of FOX Entertainment, Tubi TV has an extensive library of films from major studios such as MGM, Paramount Pictures, and Lionsgate. If you like foreign films, you'll find plenty to select from in Tubi's regularly updated library. You can watch Tubi TV on your smartphone, Samsung Smart TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or your Xbox.
As you might have guessed, Peacock is a streaming service owned by NBCUniversal. It's the new kid on the block, launching in the summer of 2020. If you enjoyed the weekly sitcoms and dramas, you'll be happy with Peacock. The service also features trending and classic TV shows, movies, programs for the kids, and news channels. You have the option to pay for premium services, but you'll get a lot out of the free plan.
4. Pluto TV
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Considered by some reviewers to be one of the best free movie and TV apps of 2020, Crackle offers a modest selection of movies and cable television shows. It doesn't have the most current library, but if you're a Charlie's Angels, Starsky & Hutch, or Unsolved Mysteries fan, you'll be happy with Crackle. You can watch episodes on your smartphone, tablet, desktop, or TV.
You'll be able to access new, trending, and classic TV shows with the FlixTor streaming app. There's a VIP package, but you'll find plenty to like with the free version. The ad placement is not annoying, and the website is easy to navigate.
This app began as a platform for storing and organizing content on your desktop, but it has evolved into a free streaming TV platform. Collaborating with Crackle, Plex offers thousands of TV shows and movies, covering all genres. You can stream on Android, iOS, Apple TV, or Roku.
The good news is that you don't need a Roku device to access programming on the Roku Channel. You can easily download the app from Apple or Google Apps and start streaming live TV and on-demand movies. The free version comes with lots of features, or you can upgrade to premium to access more titles.
If you have kids or love indie films, you might want to download Popcornflix. There's plenty of family entertainment, plus a good selection of TV shows, movies, and documentaries. You can watch your favorite shows on a web browser, smart devices, Roku device, or Xbox.