The Ultimate Guide to Finding Something to Watch Online

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The world has changed. Instead of being forced to align our schedules to network television or movie theater listings in order to catch our favorite shows, we can go on the web to watch nearly anything we want.

We can even do so in a way that's most convenient for us, like from home on a computer, or from a bus or car via a tablet or smartphone.

Let's take a comprehensive look at the best ways to watch TV, movies, and other videos online.

Free Online Movies

Believe it or not, some of the best free movies online are full-length films. There are several websites that let you watch full movies online for free. Some of those websites you've probably heard of, and some you haven't, so you're bound to find some interesting movies to watch.

Are you in the mood for movies that fall under a specific genre only? Check out our lists of the best websites that have comedy, drama, horror, action, and Christmas movies. There are also plenty of sites that offer free educational movies.

Finding something to watch online doesn't have to be restricted to older kids or adults. There are also kid-friendly movie sites that offer a wide variety of films, videos, and cartoons all aimed at the younger set.

If streaming isn't a requirement, you can also download movies online. There are several websites that offer completely free movie downloads so that you can store them on your laptop, phone, or any other device and watch them even without an internet connection.

Like to stream movies from your mobile device? There are movie streaming apps that make watching free movies on the go super easy.

Full TV Shows

In addition to free movies are entire TV shows that can be streamed online. If you're not sure what, specifically, to watch online, a TV channel can do the picking for you.

For example, Tubi has lots of series available, so you can select one and then choose an episode to watch. This is on-demand, and works any time. There also also TV network channels that stream shows all day long on a set schedule; Pluto TV is one example.

Check out this list of the best places to watch free TV online for some inspiration.

Other Online Videos

More people are watching free videos on the web than ever before. Just visit any video sharing website to see the massive catalogs of free videos that you can watch over and over again. YouTube is by far the world's largest, most well-known video sharing site, but others exist, too.

There are music videos, funny videos, sports clips, casual conversations, viral videos, and everything in between. In fact, video sharing websites often overlap movie and TV streaming sites, so you'll also find documentaries, short films, and other videos.

Social media is another good sources of free videos. When it comes to finding free videos on social networking sites, look for ways to determine which videos are the most popular at any given time:

Public Webcams

With all the tools at our fingertips to broadcast ourselves live on the internet at any time for anyone to watch, it makes sense that there are websites you can visit to watch other people live streaming.

RealLifeCam is one example of a website that displays several apartments full of 24/7 webcams. Watch people come and go all day long, make food, invite friends over, and even sleep. There are other at-home webcams and location-based webcams, too, that aren't as personal but still fun to watch.

Movie Previews

Other things to watch online include movie previews. There's no better way to prepare yourself for a visit to a movie theater than to watch previews of upcoming new movie releases.