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With its revenues falling, Netflix is making noises about allowing advertisements and cracking down on shared passwords. If that’s enough to send you looking for free options, here are four — two with ads, two without.
Kanopy and Hoopla
If you have a card from a Bay Area library, you probably have access to free movies on Kanopy or Hoopla.
Both have monthly limits, which vary by library, but the offerings are ad-free.
To see if you have access, check the website of your library, or go to the site of Kanopy or Hoopla Digital. Kanopy lets you search for partner libraries right from the homepage; Hoopla requires you to create an account first.
Kanopy has a lot of classic movies (including a Criterion channel), documentaries and U.S. art house favorites. It’s not heavy on G-rated options. It has a selection of “credit-free” movies, including everything in Kanopy Kids, that won’t count against your monthly limit.
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Hoopla is more of a grab bag than Kanopy. It’s strong on mainstream Hollywood releases back to the ‘30s, Lifetime (and Lifetime-type) movies, and content for kids. You have to hunt to find the gems, and you can’t really go by the category tags. Listed under Art House, for instance, is “An Awkward Sexual Adventure.”
Five to start with:
Tubi.tv
The first row of recommendations — “Porky’s,” “Showgirls” — is not promising, but if you dig deeper, there are some decent offerings. Unexpectedly, it has most of Werner Herzog’s canon (including the truly odd “Heart of Glass,” in which all but one actor performed while hypnotized). It will ask you to create an account. Ads are interspersed in the stream.
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Peacocktv.com
Beware the purple feather logo: That means the title is “premium,” and you have to pay $4.99 a month with ads or $9.99 without. But this NBC-affiliated site has plenty of free movies and TV shows, too, all with ads.
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