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How to Watch Free Movies Online Legally

David Smothers June 30, 2013
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If you do a search for “free movie downloads” on any search engine, you’ll likely get millions of results that promise fast downloading of the latest Hollywood blockbusters. The Internet is overrun with web sites that make it all too easy for you to load your personal computer with illegal, copyrighted movies – movies that are still in the theatres or haven’t even been released. It’s tempting.

What these sites don’t tell you is that not only is it illegal to download, watch and share these movies, there are also government and private agencies regularly patrolling these sites looking for illegal downloaders. The risk of getting caught and fined is real…and completely pointless given the number of sites that let you legally enjoy free, feature-length movies and the latest TV episodes anytime you want.
Public Domain

If you’re in the mood for classic movie, many sites offer free public domain content. A movie in public domain means that its copyright has expired or the film’s owner has contributed it to the public for viewing without charges or royalties. These movies can be downloaded and played on computers, MP3* players, Androids*, iPods*, iPhones*, iPads*…all completely free of charge.

On public domain sites, you can get your fix of “oldies but goodies” like; His Girl Friday, Little Shop of Horrors, The Man Who Knew Too Much and even Night of the Living Dead. All free, all legal. Sites like, The Internet Archive*, Retrovision*, Uncle Earl’s Classic TV Channel*, and Shocker Internet Drive-In* are home to over 500,000 public domain “moving images” including movies, TV, cartoons, sports, documentaries and more—a virtual haven for classic movie buffs everywhere.

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Another way to legally watch movies and TV online is by visiting video streaming sites. These sites typically feature an impressive selection of free content. This content is “free” because the shows are regularly interrupted by commercials that “pay” for it. Sites like Hulu*, YouTube*, Google Video* and Sony’s Crackle*, allow you to legally stream shows directly on your computer.

Paying is an option too
While Amazon Prime*, Xfinity’s Fancast*, Netflix*, and Hulu Plus* offer the latest current release movies and television titles, you will be required to set-up an account and pay a monthly fee to watch their premium shows. Some services, like Netflix*, offer a variety of monthly plan options. As you compare them all side-by-side, you’ll notice some slight differences in pricing and what they have to offer. However, the movie lovers in you will be happy to know, they all come with unlimited streaming.

If you don’t want to pay for a monthly subscription, sites like Vudu*, Blockbuster’s On-Demand* and Best Buy’s CinemaNow* can be alternatives to other on-demand video services that require a subscription fee. Once you sign up, these sites allow you to simply pay as you watch for each movie or TV show you want to rent or own.

What makes these streaming and downloading options even more appealing, is that you can take all your entertainment with you wherever you go. At less than an inch thick, the Ultrabook®, with its ultra sleek, ultra responsive design, is the perfect device for movie lovers on the go. Plus, included with the Ultrabook is Intel® Insider™, a new way to experience uninterrupted, wireless HD quality playback, exclusively for computers powered by an Intel® processor. Your PC is now your front row seat at the movies.

Whatever your tastes are in movies—action, romance, horror, comedy—with the online movie sites mentioned above, and numerous sites out there just like them, there’s really no reason to put yourself at risk by downloading illegal and copyrighted movies to your computer. You’ll always be able to find great movies online while being completely legal and without spending a dime.

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