It’s Friday night and you’re too tired to go out (same). You know how this conversation goes. Should we watch a movie? What’s on Netflix?
But halt, dear reader, because there is so much more you could be doing to maximize your home movie viewing, and we here at Mashable can no longer bear it.
So, movie fans, if you’re serious about this whole staying-in thing and catching up on the latest releases, let us offer you a few non-Netflix and chill options for streaming movies online. Although yes, Netflix is in there too. On a budget? Be sure to check out our guide to watching movies online for free — legally of course. Read more…
BEST FOR A WIDE SELECTION
Amazon Prime lets you access almost every movie out there, and many are free with a membership.
- Price: $99/year or $12.99 monthly
BEST NETFLIX ALTERNATIVE FOR MORE MOVIES
Hulu is known for TV, but actually has a ton of great movies, too. You’ll just have to use search instead of its cluttered interface.
- Price: $5.99/month
BEST FOR EASY STREAMING
Netflix owns the market for a reason, but lately has been prioritizing original content over other movies.
- Price: $7.99 – $13.99/month
BEST FOR DISNEY FANS
Hands down the best place to catch Disney movies, Disney+ is also your place to go for Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic content.
- Price: $6.99/month
- Price: $69.99/year
BEST FOR POPULAR MOVIES
HBO Go/HBO Now
HBO offers high-quality films and the best documentary selection, and the ability to browse alphabetically and by genre.
- Price: $15/month
BEST FOR TOTALLY FREE MOVIES
Sure, lots of the movies available are totally random, but you can’t argue with free, can you?
- Price: Free
BEST FOR DOWNLOADING FILMS
If a movie is available to rent or buy, iTunes probably has it, but you’ll have to download it if you don’t have Apple TV.
- Price: Per-movie basis
BEST FOR INTERNATIONAL STREAMING
YouTube works better on devices than on smart TVs, but you can often find hidden free gems, especially in the foreign film genre.
- Price: Free, with some movies priced on a per-movie basis
BEST FOR HIDDEN GEMS
Popcornflix is another great free service with a lot of filler to sift through, but lots of good movies, too.
- Price: Free
BEST FREE SERVICE (WITH ADS)
Vudu has movies for rental, but also a good selection of free movies with ads.
- Price: Free (with ads), with some films for rent
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