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TOP STREAM­ING DESTI­NA­TIONS FOR A FREE DOSE OF EN­TER­TAIN­MENT.

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Top stream­ing desti­na­tions for a free dose of en­ter­tain­ment

The days of surf­ing tele­vi­sion to find a show or movie of one’s lik­ing are his­tory. There’s a silent re­bel­lion brew­ing against the id­iot box. View­ers are in­creas­ingly veer­ing to­wards stream­ing plat­forms to sa­ti­ate their ap­petite for good con­tent. A study by Le­icht­man Re­search Group re­vealed that the num­ber of Net­flix sub­scribers in the US sur­passed the num­ber of Amer­i­can ca­ble TV sub­scribers ear­lier this year. Although In­dia is pri­mar­ily still a ca­ble/DTH coun­try, stream­ing ser­vices are catch­ing up among the dis­cern­ing au­di­ences. Apart from the two most pop­u­lar over-the-top ser­vice providers Net­flix and Ama­zon, there are sev­eral oth­ers – Hot­star, Eros Now, Air­tel TV, Re­liance Cin­ema and HooQ – that show­case lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional TV shows, movies and even orig­i­nal con­tent. Most of th­ese work on a sub­scrip­tion model – you pay a monthly fee to ac­cess con­tent. If you aren’t keen on spend­ing, here are four in­ter­na­tional stream­ing ser­vices for movies, TV shows and doc­u­men­taries that you can en­joy for free. Just regis­ter and start stream­ing.

SnagFilms

A ro­bust stream­ing des­ti­na­tion that of­fers over 2,000 movies, TV shows and doc­u­men­taries. The site has clearly seg­re­gated gen­res that make it a breeze to browse through con­tent. Choose from award-win­ning doc­u­men­taries, clas­sics, films from the realms of pol­i­tics, faith and spir­i­tu­al­ity, sports, mil­i­tary and war, his­tory, cli­mate change and more. Hover the mouse over the name of the movie for de­tails such as the year of re­lease, du­ra­tion, plot synopsis and the cast. There are trail­ers that one can take a look at be­fore play­ing the full movie. The stream­ing works seam­lessly, without any lag. Other than the web browser, SnagFilms is avail­able on An­droid and iOS plat­forms.

Pop­corn­flix

Pop­corn­flix has over 1,500

full-length movies across dif­fer­ent gen­res, along with TV shows, doc­u­men­taries and orig­i­nal web series. Take your pick from ti­tles in the ac­tion, com­edy, drama, hor­ror, thriller and ro­mance gen­res, among oth­ers. You could also scroll through lists such as new ar­rivals, fea­tured movies, most pop­u­lar, fea­tured shows and staff picks. The Pop­corn­flix app is avail­able for iOS and An­droid de­vices.

Tubi TV

The web­site is very easy to nav­i­gate, and of­fers parental con­trol set­tings. You can start watch­ing in­stantly or add a ti­tle to the queue to watch it later. There is also an op­tion to re­sume watch­ing from where you last left. One can choose from a range of con­tent – hor­ror, drama, doc­u­men­taries, re­al­ity TV series, stand-up acts, in­die films and pre-school videos, among oth­ers. Other than the web browser, the Tubi TV app can be down­loaded on iOS and An­droid de­vices.

Top Doc­u­men­tary Films

If you are into non-fic­tion con­tent, this site has a lot to of­fer. There are 3,000 free doc­u­men­taries to choose from, most of them full-length doc­u­men­taries. They are ar­ranged un­der 25 cat­e­gories such as 9/11, bi­og­ra­phy, crime, tech­nol­ogy, eco­nom­ics, health, na­ture, mil­i­tary and war, among many oth­ers. There is a write-up ac­com­pa­ny­ing ev­ery doc­u­men­tary that helps un­der­stand the topic bet­ter. In­depth anal­y­sis of the dan­gers of ge­net­i­cally en­gi­neered foods to riv­et­ing in­sights into sub­ma­rine war­fare, find it all here.

CON­TENT FROM TH­ESE FREE STREAM­ING SITES CAN BE WATCHED ON IOS AND AN­DROID DE­VICES TOO

Il­lus­tra­tion by AJAY THAKURI

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