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FAQ: How to Watch & Download Free Movies

These FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) can help you improve your success to watch and download free movies on the Internet.

There are a few sources on the web to watch and download free movies. Movies and videos that are in the public domain can be played free over the Internet and downloaded anywhere around the world without charge.

This resource section is updated often with new information as technology changes.

Free Movie Catalog

These movies are available to watch streaming online with a PC or mobile device, and can be downloaded and transferred to other devices.

Streaming Movie & TV Services

These subscription services provide a free trial period to watch their selection of streaming movies and television programs.

  • Vudu offers the newest titles available before Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. Choose from more than 200,000 new releases and catalog movies and TV shows to rent or buy, including the most extensive collection of 4K UHD titles, plus thousands of titles to watch for free no subscription required. New Customers get 30% off their first purchase on Vudu. (Advertisement)
  • Amazon Prime Watch and stream commercial free TV shows and movies anywhere- at home, work on the road (with cellular or Wi-Fi connection).

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What movies are free?

When the U.S. copyright has expired, movies and books are available to the public for non-commercial use. These movies can be played anywhere, in any format for personal or commercial use. Learn more about public domain movies.

Watching & downloading tips

On almost any PC with a broadband connection, streaming movies can be played immediately. Find out how to watch free movies. Often, movies can be downloaded for free. Find out more how to download movies.

Watching on a mobile device

On a mobile device, it is recommended to either use a Wi-Fi connection, or download the movie first. Then, synch the file to your mobile device to play. If you use a wireless carrier, you might be charged for cellular time. Find out tips on using mobile devices.

Movie download playing tips

Watch Full Screen Tip: Some movies can now be enlarged to fill your entire PC monitor or TV screen viewing area. Click on the screen icon on the lower right corner, if available.

Mash Your Movie: Edit your downloaded movie file, insert a green-screen chroma-key and other techniques to modify your movie. See Movie Mash Up FAQ.

Sources to watch free movies online

There are a few web sites that still offer free movies to stream without downloading. These outlets mostly provide free trailers and public domain movies.

Amazon Movie Blogs

With Amazon Instant Video watch and own commercial free instant streaming recent TV shows and movies anywhere- at home, work on the road (with cellular or Wi-Fi connection). Stream or download on Amazon Fire TV and on hundreds of TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, and on the Web. Visit Amazon Instant Video.

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