How to Watch TV Online for Free

December 4, 2017
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Cable television comes at a high price:

Financially: $55/month, compounded over 10 years at 7% interest, equals roughly $10,000 spent.

Intellectually: According to a recent Nielsen study, Americans spend 34 hours a week, or 1768 hours per year, watching TV. About 30% of that time, or roughly 530 hours per year, are spent watching advertisements. Not only do you pay thousands for the cable service, you’re persuaded to continue spending through excellent advertisements.

How to Get it for Free

You can find any television program on the internet for free, which means cable television can be completely replaced by a high-speed internet connection.

A few favorite streaming sites of mine are Series Cravings and TV Box. Neither charges any fees or requires you sign up for an account (although you’ll need an ad blocker on your internet browser to combat the annoying pop-ups). Also note that the sites have DMCA (copyright) compliance policies listed, which makes them seem legitimate.

For the most part, individuals in other countries host the files. It’s a bit of legal gray area, but as long as you don’t download any of the files, the general consensus is that you have not violated any internet/media agreement laws.

If you still can’t find what you are looking for, you can simply type in what you want to watch in Google. Try various terms like “(Your Show) Season 1 Episode 5” or “(Your Show) S1e05” or “(Your Show) Season 1 Online”

If you aren’t comfortable streaming the content online, how about buying an antenna to enjoy free programming? We own this HomeWorx HDTV Digital Antenna and it pulls in 25+ High Definition channels for free.

Other cheap options include:

  • Amazon Prime includes a huge number of TV shows and movies at no additional cost
  • Netflix is around $10 per month
  • Huluis $8 or $12 per month
  • Sling TV: Offers 150 channels starting at $20 per month
  • Roku streaming player: a streaming hardware device that makes streaming across multiple platforms simple. Devices cost about $110.

Getting Internet Shows on the Big Screen TV

All of these internet based video options can easily be connected to your primary TV using one of the following methods:

1) The Best Method  Buy a streaming device like the Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick. These work great, and everyone in our family has one. Then install Kodi on the Fire TV. Kodi allows you to watch almost anything through the internet for free, including live TV streams.

2) The Easiest Method – Run an HDMI cable from your computer/tablet/phone to the television. All newer laptops (and many other electronics) have an HDMI out port. Desktop computers can be outfitted with a cheap graphics card to create an HDMI out port.

*Disclaimer* Many people have asked us for this information, so we decided to share it publicly. If you don’t agree with anything written, feel free to ignore this article and move along.

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40 Comments on "How to Watch TV Online for Free"

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Liam
Liam

Any suggestions for CBS NFL games. I cannot get Sunday Ticket (streaming) in my area. Antenna signal strength websites say I cannot receive a good signal in my area. Thank you.

Zeric
Zeric
I’ve been cable/satellite free for 15+ years, and before that I was only using one or the other about half my adult life. The cost savings really adds up over time, even with the additional hardware I use for my setup. I stream Netflix/Amazon Prime and use Kodi for some content (all legal), as well as streaming from NextPVR on my PC that records off the air using a HDHomeRun Connect receiver. I also agree the Amazon Fire TV works very well, I have three of them. For the technically inclined, there are *many* free/low cost options, far more than… Read more »
Tammy Mills
Tammy Mills
We recently cut the cable. I have my laptop attached to my TV with an HDMI cable and am running Phoenix OS which is an android OS that runs on a pc or laptop. I have a great app called USTV. The pro version has no ads and when I bought it, it was a one time fee of less than $2. It has a ton of channels and is an extremely reliable app. It has the 3 major networks, Discovery, Lifetime, HGTV, History, HBO, and tons more all live channels. When people come to our house, they think they… Read more »
Jerry
Jerry
Thanks for the the tips. I want to cut my cable after 20 years at age 80 we enjoy our tv shows and our DVR. We don’t need many channels offered by comcast. We have netflix, chrome cast, roku now. We need a inexpensive internet/wifi servise , DVR,modem/router antena to purchase plus any free software to receive programs.We have a flate screen TV with HDMI inputs, smart blueray player 3 other small flat screen tv’s with HDMI inputs. we don’t know how to tie all this together to when we cut our expensive unaffordable cable bills!! Can you help us… Read more »
Jennifer
Jennifer

I have been researching this for months and I’m about ready to take the plunge and cut the satellite off and buy an antenna. My question is is there an option for watching animal planet and discovery channels, and if so how behind are the available episodes? Also, can someone give me a kindergarten level breakdown of how to set up your tv with the computer and to get multiple tv’s to work with the setup?

susan blacker
susan blacker

Thank you for the great tips and interesting article.

Boogerman
Boogerman

Nothing is free

Joey Parks
Joey Parks

watchseries.to has almost every tv show for free

Sandyjeanie
Sandyjeanie

Unfortunately, watchseries is now asking for credit card info. They WERE my favorite site until recently…and now they are dog squat!!

Bill
Bill

You got the wrong end of the stick. I’m not sure what you clicked, but watchseries does NOT require a credit card.

Jimbo
Jimbo

I watch tv on frankschannel.tk They have their own tv programming schedule and movies sometimes and are just great for watching tv online without any hassle

Cembie
Cembie
I really enjoy using the net for my shows. I am trying to get my dad to stop his cable because it costs him a fortune for it, but he likes his nascars live and is stubburn towards change. It certainly is challenging to find shows you like that are on cable and not so popular online. I love watching CW and ABC but I also like anime and online wise it is a bit of a juggle to find a show with all the episodes and not having to read subtitles. It is also hard to find any free… Read more »
Anya
Anya
My favorite method: find someone spending a fortune on cable already and ask to use their user name and password. DH and I got rid of cable about two months ago because the only thing watch is our premium channel shows (HBO and Showtime) and couldn’t justify the cost anymore. Prior to that, we purchased a Roku with a gift card we received for Xmas and fell in love with it. It has Showtime and HBO apps in addition to YouTube, Netflix, and many others. We asked his parents if we could use their login in exchange for paying half… Read more »
Shawn R
Shawn R

Hello, this is all new to me. I don’t even have a face book account yet.
I have recently lost my job and am looking to cut expenses, i can probably figure out how to watch TV without the cable bill but my concern is the inter-net at home for my daughters lap tops.
Can you help me with that?

MarianL
MarianL

Wanna share it with me? ??