The days of surfing television to find a show or movie of one's liking are history. There's a silent rebellion brewing against the idiot box. Viewers are increasingly veering towards streaming platforms to satiate their appetite for good content. A study by Leichtman Research Group revealed that the number of Netflix subscribers in the US surpassed the number of American cable TV subscribers earlier this year. Although India is primarily still a cable/DTH country, streaming services are catching up among the discerning audiences. Apart from the two most popular over-the-top service providers Netflix and Amazon, there are several others - Hotstar, Eros Now, Airtel TV, Reliance Cinema and HooQ - that showcase local and international TV shows, movies and even original content. Most of these work on a subscription model - you pay a monthly fee to access content. If you aren't keen on spending, here are four international streaming services for movies, TV shows and documentaries that you can enjoy for free. Just register and start streaming.
A robust streaming destination that offers over 2,000 movies, TV shows and documentaries. The site has clearly segregated genres that make it a breeze to browse through content. Choose from award-winning documentaries, classics, films from the realms of politics, faith and spirituality, sports, military and war, history, climate change and more. Hover the mouse over the name of the movie for details such as the year of release, duration, plot synopsis and the cast. There are trailers that one can take a look at before playing the full movie. The streaming works seamlessly, without any lag. Other than the web browser, SnagFilms is available on Android and iOS platforms.
Popcornflix has over 1,500 full-length movies across different genres, along with TV shows, documentaries and original web series. Take your pick from titles in the action, comedy, drama, horror, thriller and romance genres, among others. You could also scroll through lists such as new arrivals, featured movies, most popular, featured shows and staff picks. The Popcornflix app is available for iOS and Android devices.
The website is very easy to navigate, and offers parental control settings. You can start watching instantly or add a title to the queue to watch it later. There is also an option to resume watching from where you last left. One can choose from a range of content - horror, drama, documentaries, reality TV series, stand-up acts, indie films and pre-school videos, among others. Other than the web browser, the Tubi TV app can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.
Top Documentary Films
If you are into non-fiction content, this site has a lot to offer. There are 3,000 free documentaries to choose from, most of them full-length documentaries. They are arranged under 25 categories such as 9/11, biography, crime, technology, economics, health, nature, military and war, among many others. There is a write-up accompanying every documentary that helps understand the topic better. Indepth analysis of the dangers of genetically engineered foods to riveting insights into submarine warfare, find it all here.