The New Year is just around the corner. As 2019 comes to a close, you might find that you’ve signed up for every streaming service under the sun–and are paying just as much as if you had a cable bill. Ouch!
But the new year brings new competitors to the streaming space–and some are even offering their services for free. Tightening your budget in 2020 might mean saying goodbye to pricey streaming services, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to say goodbye to entertainment all together.
Though some of these services have been around for a while, some are new–which makes them at least worth checking out.
Here are the top five free streaming services to sign up for in 2020:
If you want to watch movies and television from big-name production companies like Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM, then Tubi should be your go-to free streaming service. The platform has major titles like Kill Bill, Annabell and Good Burger–making it arguably one of the most valuable streaming services out there.
Since it’s free, there is a tradeoff. Tubi is supported by ads, which means viewers will have to tolerate commercials while watching both TV shows and movies via the platform. Some reviews say the ads are light, with only one or two shown throughout an entire movie. Only spending about 45-seconds of your time is arguably cheaper than pulling out your credit card for the more popular streaming services out there.
2. The Roku Channel
The Roku Channel is a perfect, free option for those who have a Roku TV or other supporting devices. The service offers free movies, TV shows and live TV streaming like ABC News, Hancock, Journey to the Center of the Earth and more.
For a fee each month, Roku Channel viewers can add-on premium content from networks like HBO, ShowTime, Starz and more.
Plex, an ad-supported free streaming service, launched in December of this year and poses a challenge to the Roku Channel. According to an earlier StreamEasy story, Plex is the largest-reaching streaming service available (besides YouTube); it streams in some 220 countries worldwide.
If you’re worried about the fact that Plex is supported by ads, the goods news is that it won’t slow viewership down. The service promises 50-60% less commercials than what’s shown on traditional TV.
Plex offers classic movies like The Terminator and a range of other shows and movies, including documentaries.
Streaming isn’t just confined to movies and TV–it also includes audio streaming. If you’re tired of paying each month to listen to your favorite tunes, consider using SHOUTcast for your music needs instead.
SHOUTcast is a free audio streaming service that gives listeners access to over 50,000 radio stations across the world. Radio stations included on the platform include Fox News Radio, Radio Disney and more.
What’s even more interesting about SHOUTcast is the platform also offers free broadcasting tools to those wanting to start their own radio station. Maybe 2020 will bring you a new hobby, too!
IMDbTV is a free streaming service available on IMDb and Fire TV devices. The service includes programming like the hit show Chicago Fire, Degrassi and Gravity. To access the content, users can log on to the IMDb app, website or log on to their Amazon Prime Video app or Fire devices.
Like other free streaming services, IMDbTV is supported by ads.