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The best places to get free digital movies, TV, music, books, and more

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25.09.2019

From stalwarts like Netflix to newcomers like Apple TV , more companies than ever are promising digital entertainment riches in return for a monthly fee. And that’s just video. Digital music, magazines, books, audiobooks, and even comics are all on tap, for a price.

But beyond all the services trying to get you to fork over money for content, there’s a wealth of binge-worthy content that’s available for free. Some of it is ad supported, like Pluto TV and Spotify Free. Others offer items in the public domain, such as Project Gutenberg and LibriVox. And apps and sites such as Kanopy, Hoopla, Libby, and RBDigital let you use a library card to borrow oodles of commercial-free media.

You may not get everything you’re looking for—only Netflix has Stranger Things, for instance—but the more open your mind, the more you’ll find for free. What’s more, you can enjoy the content virtually anywhere. All these services are available via the web and on Android and iOS devices, at a minimum. Smart TVs, set-top boxes, car audio systems, and e-book readers are also widely supported. Here are our top picks in every category.

Library: Kanopy
Kanopy offers a rich catalog of free movies through many U.S. library systems (although no longer New York City’s). Searching for a specific title is a long shot, but scrolling through the offerings unearths plenty of recent hits and classics, such as Ladybird, Moonlight, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Charade, and Murder on the Orient Express. The TV lineup is thin, but Kanopy also offers voluminous educational videos, including a selection from The Great Courses. (Kanopy’s video lineup is the same, regardless of which library is providing access.)

[Source: Kanopy, Inc.]Available on: Android, iOS, Fire tablet, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, FireTV, Samsung Smart TV, Roku, web

Ad supported: Pluto TV
Pluto TV has scores of premium films, easiest to find under the Most Popular Movies and Award Winners categories. You can also drill into standard categories like Action and Comedy, or specialized ones including Anime and LGBTQ. A sampling of hits: American Beauty, Chinatown, Dances With Wolves, Spotlight, and The Terminator.

On-demand TV shows include American Chopper, Antiques Roadshow, and Roseanne. Pluto offers........

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