We found all the places we can watch movies online during this coronavirus pandemic. We hope that the list will be useful to you and your family.
Everyone who is stuck at home, and honestly that’s pretty much all of us at this point, are begging to find things to do for ourselves and our families. If you have Netflix, we have a post of 200+ secret codes that seriously helps to find new things to watch on the platform. We use it all the time.
Watch Movies Online
We’re looking for free and paid movies that you can watch online, but you’ll notice that lots of these sites also have FREE tv, so be sure and take full advantage of everything they have to offer.
Comcast NBC Universal – BIG NEWS
You may have heard whispers of this, but we’re excited to tell you they are true. You really can watch movies that were meant to be released in theaters but can now be viewed in your home. Yes, they are more expensive than some other rental options. BUT, think of what you pay for popcorn, movies, and snacks when you go to a theater NOT TO MENTION, the price of a ticket for everyone in your family. That means $19.99 is a steal.
NBCUniversal today announced that Universal Pictures will make its movies available in the home on the same day as their global theatrical releases, as current circumstances have made it more challenging to view our films. Beginning with DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour (opening April 10 in the U.S.) the company will also make movies that are currently in theatrical release available on-demand starting as early as Friday, March 20. Titles from Universal and its specialty label Focus Features, including The Hunt, The Invisible Man and Emma, will be available on a wide variety of the most popular on-demand services for a 48-hour rental period at a suggested retail price of $19.99 in the U.S.
Featuring full-length movies, TV shows, and original programming. There are commercials, but no complaints here.
SnagFilms – FREE
SnagFilms has over 2,000 movies, TV show episodes, eye-opening documentaries, and exclusive original comedy shorts. There are plenty of older and foreign films for adults, but it’s not necessarily great in terms of family content.
YouTube – FREE and PAID
It can be pretty difficult to find free movies on YouTube these days, but they’re there if you try to find them. Meanwhile, you can rent some awesome current for $3.99 and $5.99. Two to consider: Hotel Transylvania 3 and Jumanji The Next Level.
VUDU – FREE and PAID
Here you’ll find over 150,000 movies. There are also 10,000 movies and TV shows that are free. No subscription required so you’ll only pay for what you watch. You will need to create a free account. Two to consider: Frozen II and The Flying Machine.
Pluto TV -FREE
Tubi – FREE
IMDb TV – FREE and PAID
You’ll need to register for a free account to watch, but it’s worth it. They have the Smurf’s Movie and lots more for families.
Popcorn Flix – FREE
PBS – FREE and PAID
Don’t underestimate this site for great content the whole family can enjoy together. That said, what you see from your PBS station may be different than what we see on ours. There is free programming, but you can dial it up a notch by paying a few bucks a month to get a Passport to watch NOVA shows.
Watch Movies Online FREE for 30 DAYS
Lots of services are offering their content for free (for a little while, anyway). Many will require you to sign up for a subscription account that switches to a paid account in 30 days. To take advantage of those offers right now, set a reminder on your phone to remind you 2 days before the free period is over.
Acorn TV – Okay, so not a movie platform, but plenty of TV.Use code FREE30 when you sign up.
Sundance Now – It’s not going to be your go-to place for family movies, but when you put them to bed there is lots of good stuff here. Use code SUNDANCENOW30.
Shudder – Speaking of putting the kids to bed and watching grown-up stuff, this site is all about horror, thrillers, and suspense. Use code SHUTIN.
Don’t Forget The Big Three to Watch Movies Online
Netflix, HULU and Amazon Prime are always good for a bargain. Each is a little different, and each features its own exclusive content. If you don’t have them, sign up for a free trial to see if you like it. Click here to get a 30- day trial of Amazon Prime Video. You won’t regret it.
Sher Bailey is a writer in the Midwest who believes the power of humor, Mod Podge, and grandkids can fix most problems in life. You can find her at SherBailey.com.