A Review of the Free Streaming Movie Website Yidio

My thoughts on Yidio, a free movie & TV show streaming service

Yidio is a unique website to offer free movies because, in addition to hosting its own content, it also shows you where to go to watch other free films and TV shows on the internet.

Read more of this review to learn how to find free movies and to read our experience with advertising and video buffering, among other details.

Some Movies & Shows Aren't Free

Because Yidio gathers movies from Amazon, Netflix, Crackle, Hulu, Vudu, and other sources, not every movie on the website is free to watch—some demand a one-time payment and others require a subscription to the service.

Fortunately, however, there is a Free section of the site that shows just the free movies. Some of the genres you can look through are Romance, Classics, Horror, Animation, Documentary, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comedy, Western, Action, Adventure, and Drama, among several others.

List of free movies at Yidio

You can also apply a rating filter to show just R, PG-13, PG, G, NR, or NR-17 movies, which is a unique feature that I haven't found in many other movie streaming websites. Other filters include decade, metascore, and IMDb rating.

Something I really don't like about Yidio is that even after you've filtered out the movies that cost, all the remaining films aren't necessarily free. Yidio claims that this is the case but it's definitely not.

To find free movies on Yidio, you have to, unfortunately, click on the movie and look for a title under the cover image that says Totally Free!. If there isn't one listed, then it's not free to watch, regardless of it being in the results of the free list.

Yidio free movie buttons

If there is a section for free movies, you'll either be able to watch the film on Yidio's website or a link will take you elsewhere to watch the movie, like Popcornflix, Vudu, or IMDb TV. There's even a dedicated portion of Yidio's website that shows you free movies on Netflix.

Yidio's TV shows are a bit similar to the movies except that it's much easier to explicitly list just the free shows versus ones that cost. You can select a TV show by its genre or channel, like Syfy, ABC, Nick, NBC, Disney Channel, Comedy Central, Lifetime, USA, A&E, HBO GO, AMC, TLC, or History, and many others.

Once a TV show is selected, you can choose Free Sources from the dropdown box to be shown websites that host episodes for free, which is normally the website of the channel that originally aired it.

Yidio's listing of free Criminal Minds episodes

The majority of the TV shows I tried watching from Yidio didn't have every episode available to watch, though there were many that had several.

Popular and newly added videos can be viewed from Yidio's home page.

Yidio Has DVD Quality Videos

All of the movies we tested at Yidio that were hosted on Yidio's website were of standard quality, much like a DVD.

Some of the films and TV shows that were linked to other websites, and not Yidio's, seemed to be of a higher quality.

Yidio's Player Options

There aren't many specifically interesting features of the video player for movies hosted on Yidio's own website like you may find in other movie streaming services. Instead, much like Popcornflix, there's volume control, a full-screen button, and video scrubbing capability to rewind and fast forward.

However, there is also a handy button you can click to rewind the video 10 seconds. This is useful if you want to replay what you just watched but without having to use the video scrubber.

You can also share the video over Facebook or Twitter and copy the embed link if you wish to embed the video into your website.

There may be more video player options like subtitles for the movies and TV shows that are hosted on a website other than Yidio's.

Advertisements Are in Every Video

Likely every website that offers free movies can only do so through the use of displaying advertisements, and Yidio is no different.

Longer movies will have more advertisements than shorter ones, but there are still multiple ones in any video you decide to watch. For example, a few of the movies we watched that were 1 hour 30 minutes long had eight to ten advertisements.

We didn't find any of Yidio's advertisements to be overwhelming, though, and none lasted too long, which is good.

My Video Buffering Experience With Yidio

We didn't run across any buffering issues while using Yidio. We tested out several videos and none of them resulted in a random pause or skipped playback.

The main reason any video streamed online will have buffering problems is if your browser, computer, or internet connection is slower than recommended, which means the experience will vary from person to person.

If you're having buffering issues with videos, it could also mean Yidio's website is having issues, and not necessarily your own computer or network. Though again, of the several times we've used Yidio, we haven't had any difficulties.

Yidio's Mobile App

Yidio has a dedicated free movie app for watching videos, but because some of the content is hosted on other websites, you'll sometimes be told to install another app to watch the movie on your device.

This can get annoying and may seem like a hassle, but it's actually nice that Yidio provides one place to visit to find free movies from all over the internet.

Just like on the website, you can filter the videos by website source and show movies only of a particular MPAA rating. Among other things, you can also filter the films by premiere date and hide ones you've already seen.

Yidio: Final Thoughts

We like Yidio because it's more useful than most other video streaming websites. Instead of just showing movies and TV shows Yidio alone is hosting, it tells you what many other websites have available as well, and links directly to them, which means you don't have to spend loads of time searching through other websites for free films and shows.

We also like that you don't have to have an account to watch videos. You can open the app or website right now and begin finding tons of free content. Sometimes, though, you may have to provide your date of birth to verify that you can watch a film intended for mature audiences.

As we mentioned above, not all the movies Yidio lists as free are in fact free, which means although the site as a whole is intended to save you time in finding free movies, the fact that you can't trust the Free filter is disappointing.

With that being said, it's still a great platform for putting tons of movies and TV shows together in one place. If you have to click on a few movies only to find that they aren't actually free, we think using Yidio is still worth it considering much of the content is indeed free.

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