The 9 Best ShowBox Alternatives

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The ShowBox streaming app has been discontinued, but there is no shortage of options for watching free movies and TV shows. Here are the best alternatives to ShowBox available on AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android, and iOS.

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Best Organized: Tubi

Tubi movie and TV streaming service website
What We Like
  • Thousand of titles sorted into detailed categories.

  • British and America TV shows.

  • Subtitle support for most movies.

What We Don't Like
  • No recent releases.

  • Frequent ad interruptions during movies.

Tubi has been around for a while and boasts an impressive selection of movies and shows from the US and UK. If you're having trouble deciding what to watch, browse through highly specific categories such as "Highly Rated on Rotten Tomatoes" and "Not on Netflix" for inspiration. Tubi is available as an app for smart TVs and mobile devices.

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Best Live TV App: Pluto TV

Pluto TV movie and TV streaming service website
What We Like
  • Watch live TV and streaming programs.

  • Easy-to-use programming guide.

  • Save your favorite channels.

What We Don't Like
  • Frequent ad breaks.

  • Not available in all regions.

Pluto TV is like having a cable television package without the cable bill. In addition to on demand movies, you can watch more than one hundred live channels including CNN, BET, and ESPN. You'll even find channels that you can't get with a standard TV package. There's also Nick Pluto TV, which offers free classic kid's programming from Nickelodeon.

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Most Family-Friendly: Dove Channel

The Dove Channel movie and TV streaming service website
What We Like
  • Family oriented programming safe for all ages.

  • Easy to understand movie rating system.

What We Don't Like
  • Sign up required to watch free programming.

  • Paid subscription required to access all content.

Dove Channel is a religious-based streaming service designed for families with young children. All movies have clear ratings indicating age appropriateness, and you won't find any violent or offensive content. It has tons of free movies, but if you want to access original programming with no ads, then you must pay a monthly subscription fee.

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Old and Obscure Movies: Old Movies

Old Mvoies movie and TV streaming service website
What We Like
  • Remove ads without a subscription.

  • Well organized categories.

  • Powerful search feature.

  • Descriptive movie summaries.

What We Don't Like
  • Mobile app is exclusively available for Android.

  • No new releases.

  • Videos aren't hosted on the website.

Most of the movies available from Old Movies were made prior to 1970, so it's a great option if you're into nostalgic films. You won't find a lot of mainstream movies, but there are many cult classics that you can't find anywhere else. Although this free service is supported by advertisements, you can get rid of the ads on the Android app by giving it a positive review on Google Play.

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Best Roku Channel: The Roku Channel

The Roku Channel movie and TV streaming service website
What We Like
  • Watch new releases in HD.

  • Customizable captions.

  • Available on the web.

What We Don't Like
  • Ad supported

  • Only available in the U.S. and Canada.

  • No mobile version.

You don't actually need a Roku TV to watch the Roku Channel. The high video quality makes up for the ads you have to sit through to watch free movies and TV shows. You can also pay to watch live TV. The web version isn't optimized for mobile devices, but this is a minor complaint since you can still watch the Roku Channel on your phone or tablet.

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Best Indie Movies: Free Movies Cinema

Free Movies Cinema streaming service website
What We Like
  • Most movies are ad-free.

  • Short films you won't find anywhere else.

  • Constantly updated with new content.

What We Don't Like
  • Different video player options for different videos.

  • Some broken links.

Free Movies Cinema specializes in independent movies, so you'll find a lot of shorts and documentaries that aren't available on any other streaming site. There are tons of parodies, knock-offs, and even VHS-exclusive cult classics. Along with detailed movie information, there are also exclusive interviews with directors. Many movies are hosted on other websites, but video quality is usually high.

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Best Public Domain Films: Internet Movie Archive

The Internet Movie Archive website
What We Like
  • Impressive mix of genres.

  • Download movies to watch offline.

  • Sort movies by views, creator, or date archived.

What We Don't Like
  • Adult content isn't clearly labeled.

  • No modern mainstream movies.

The Internet Archive is a digital library of public domain films, news broadcasts, books, music, and software run by a non-profit organization. The site has movies from almost every decade dating back to the early 1900s, and new content is frequently being added. Follow the Internet Archive blog for updates and in-depth information about classic and current movies.

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Just for Adults: Adult Swim

The Adult Swim TV streaming app website
What We Like
  • 24-hour marathons of popular shows.

  • Daily interactive live streams.

What We Don't Like
  • On-demand streaming only available for select shows.

  • Extended ad breaks.

Put the kids to bed and enjoy binge watching seasons of your favorite adult oriented cartoons including Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies. You need a cable subscription to watch the latest episodes as they air, but there's more than enough free content to keep you entertained until the newest episode of Rick and Morty becomes available.

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Best Documentaries: Filmrise

Filmrise movie and TV streaming service website
What We Like
  • Lots of nostalgic sitcoms and blockbuster movies.

  • New independent films and documentaries.

What We Don't Like
  • Frequent, repetitive ads.

  • No option to watch in a web browser.

In addition to seasons upon seasons of old TV sitcoms and reality shows, Filmrise has recently released documentaries from HBO, the BBC, and independent film studios. The selection ranges from long-form investigative journalism to biopics of musicians like Janis Joplin. While the ad breaks can be annoying, they're a small price to pay for an otherwise free streaming service.

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