Thursday, February 15, 2024

Best free streaming video services

If you've cut the cord, or are thinking about cutting the cord, you may have wondered how you watched TV for free without an antenna. Well, an antenna is a great thing to get, if you live close enough to stations to easily install one. But not everyone can or wants to do that. I would suggest that a reconsideration is in order, as the benefits of an antenna are great. But still, what about without an antenna?

There are a number of free streaming video services. Many of them have live streaming, as well as on demand. But which are the best?

Consumer Reports recently (late 2023) had an article on that. It's an interesting read, and gives good information about a number of services. And, of course, Consumer Reports (yes, I'm a member) is based on actual consumer reviews. Generally. You'll see what I mean shortly.

If you can't read the entire article (some can be read for free, others require a membership; I'm not certain which this is), or just want the summary, here are the top services:

  • Amazon Freevee
  • Amazon Fire TV Channels
  • Crackle
  • Hoopla and Kanopy
  • Peacock
  • Pluto TV
  • Redbox
  • The Roku Channel
  • Sling Freestream
  • Tubi
  • Vix
  • WBTV
  • Xumo Play

They also have more free streaming services for you to consider. I am bothered by the inclusion of WBTV, as there are no actual consumers of that, since it hasn't launched. Also, as I don't speak Spanish, I haven't watched Vix. But Vix doesn't bother me, of course, just WBTV. That seems wrong.

My Streaming Life uses a lot of free services. You should consider them as well.

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