Chances are you’ve heard of “Project Free TV”, or the idea of free TV sounded intriguing. But you might be wondering, what exactly is Project Free TV? Is it safe? Is it legal?
The idea of watching anything you want for free sounds too good to be true… So is it? I did the research for you and I’m offering you both the answer, as well as 15 good alternatives to Project Free TV.
What Is Project Free TV?
Project Free TV is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a popular website that allows you to watch TV shows and movies online for free. It’s one of the oldest video streaming websites out there, so it has a lot of competition and often gets buried under other options.
Unlike other streaming platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion, Project Free TV doesn’t take any responsibility for copyright infringed content available on its platform. Since many companies don’t take kindly to this practice, there have been a number of petitions filed to try and block Project Free TV. From the current petitions filed, it was successfully banned in the United Kingdom in 2013.
As of December 2020, it still operates normally within the United States. Your mileage might vary depending on where you live, but you could always use a VPN to access the site.
How Exactly Does Project Free TV Work?
If you’re familiar with Netflix or Hulu, it’s very similar to those. You select a title you want to watch, and after waiting for it to load, you can watch without having to download the whole file in advance. The difference with Project Free TV is you don’t have to pay a subscription fee since everything is completely free. (Hence why it’s named Project Free TV.) After selecting the movie or tv show you would like to watch, you’ll be redirected to a different website that hosts the actual video file.
Project Free TV has a wide range of shows and movies, from decades past as well as newly released titles. You’ll most likely find exactly what you’re looking for. But if not, I’ve added some alternatives you could look at below.
Is Project Free TV Even Legal?
“If it’s too good to be true, it probably is” the adage goes, and Project Free TV sounds too good to be true. So is it legal?
You’ll be relieved to know that yes, it is legal. But it’s only legal to watch and stream these shows. You won’t receive a nasty letter in the mail from the DMCA asking you to quit using this site. Project Free TV simply acts as a search engine for all these video files, it isn’t a hosting website in and of itself.
It is extremely important to know that uploading or hosting files yourself is illegal. Simply watching or streaming content won’t get you in trouble. Project Free TV only gives you a link to stream this content, so what they do is completely legal.
Downloading these files is illegal, and trying to sell the content to make money is illegal as well.
Additionally, laws and regulations vary from country to country, so it wouldn’t hurt to double-check your local laws on streaming.
Are There Any Alternatives?
Even though Project Free TV is completely legal, you might be hesitant to use it yourself, and that’s perfectly fine! There are many other options available, and I will go ahead and list 15 of them. All of these will be free as well, so you don’t have to spend a dime.
List of Project Free TV Alternatives
- Tubi TV
- TV Duck
- WatchSeries HD
Top 15 Legal Project Free TV Alternatives
Number one on the list is a given that most people already know about: YouTube. It’s ubiquitous in this day and age. I use YouTube every single day, and I’m sure you do too! It’s completely free to use (with ads, of course) and completely legal. There’s a never-ending list of content you can watch, so you’ll never run out! Anything from short comedic skits, to full-length movies, will be on here.
YouTube is very strict when it comes to copyright, however, so you most likely won’t find free movies on here. If something isn’t available to watch for free, it most likely will be able to be purchased. YouTube allows you to buy or rent movies and shows.
There is enough content to watch for the rest of your life, but if you’re looking for something specific, it probably won’t be free.
Vimeo is just like YouTube, completely legal and free. Vimeo has a much smaller content offering than YouTube and doesn’t allow you to rent or buy movies and TV Shows. It’s much better suited for independent creators who want their content to stand out more, as it also has much less competition. Vimeo does have paid options though, in case you want to upload content yourself. If you’re looking for higher-quality content that’s still completely free, Vimeo might be what you’re looking for.
Another user-created content star. This one is arguably the least known of the three, but that doesn’t mean you should skip over it! Dailymotion focuses on exploring the world. In their words: “A place where you can discover content you love from around the world, live or on-demand: sports competitions, music festivals, comedy skits, political debates, fashion shows, gaming live-streams… Our viewers can follow, watch, and share the events and the ideas that keep the world surprising and diverse as they happen.” Just like how YouTube used to be.
Another perk is that Dailymotion is a European-owned business, so they have more authoritarian rules when it comes to privacy, security, and copyright.
4. Tubi TV
This is the most similar to Project Free TV. Just like Project Free TV, it has an enormous backlog of movies and shows available for you to watch. However, ads are far more intrusive than the previous three entries.
The streaming service is hosted in the United States, and it’s completely legal. The only drawback is that they don’t regularly update their database, so you might not be able to find the newest shows and movies.
What’s also great about Tubi TV is that it has apps available for your smartphone (for both iOS and Android) and it even works on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
Considering there are more than 50,000 titles, you’re bound to find many things to watch.
If you enjoy Korean Dramas, this is the site for you! This site isn’t limited to Korean shows either, since it focuses on all Asian content. You will also be delighted to know that they offer English subtitles on just about all of their shows and movies.
If you’ve been wanting to watch any Chinese, Japanese, or Korean shows, this is the place for you!
KissAsian and KissAnime share a similar name, but it’s clear that this website is focused on anime. Now you’ll finally be able to binge-watch all 950+ episodes of One Piece! They also have full-length animated movies, if those are more your style. All available anime have English subtitles as well, and many are available with English dubs.
Another website that’s hosted in Europe, but this one focuses on Sports. Soccer, football, basketball, you name it! While their main content is popular sports, they also have a nice variety of less popular sports, like darts and handball.
They offer two main features, namely Live Sports and Live TV. While that might sound a little confusing, there is a difference between the two. Live Sports are recorded games that you can watch on-demand and live TV is what is being broadcasted from anywhere around the world in real-time. Currently, they’re offering more than 400 Live TV channel streams. That’s definitely enough sports for one person!
As its name implies, this streaming site focuses on retro or “old-timey” movies and shows. Retrovision offers you a wide variety of classics to choose from, and they’re all neatly organized in categories such as “Adventure”, “Movies“, “Cartoons“, “Classic TV“, “Comedy“, “Crime“, “Drama“, “Horror“, “Sci-Fi“, “War”, and “Westerns“. These are, of course, completely legal to watch.
There is a slight drawback with this one, that being the quality might be a bit sub-par for some content, given that some movies are nearly a century old. As long as that doesn’t deter you, then you’ll be happy to watch all the classics on here!
Popcornflix’s strength lies in its ease of use. It’s by far the best looking, and easiest to use Project Free TV alternative on this list. They have a beautiful front page that makes locating titles easy and efficient. They claim you can start to watch a movie in as few as two clicks.
Not only that, but they also offer an app available on the Xbox One and newer, so you can watch all these shows and movies on your console too.
Although, there is a reason why it’s halfway down the list: they don’t offer nearly as many shows and movies as Project Free TV. While there is still plenty of content to watch, you might not be able to find your favorite shows or movies.
This gives you a great opportunity to discover some new favorites!
MoviesJoy, as the name implies, focuses on movies. This website has the largest variety of movies. Any movie you can think of, it’s most likely here! From classics to new releases, they’re all here. It’s got a beautiful design, and it’s fairly accessible. It’s my personal favorite because of its sheer range of movies and ease of use.
Don’t let the name fool you, Gomovies has both movies as well as TV series. It has just as many movies as MoviesJoy, while also offering TV shows. It’s lower on the list, however, as the website has far too many ads, and the user interface isn’t nearly as appealing as MoviesJoy’s. If the dated design doesn’t bother you, you’ll be able to find just about any movie or show on here.
A side note to consider is that adblockers will occasionally break the video playback system.
Vumoo is similar to Gomovies in that it boasts a wide range of movies as well as TV shows, but its design and user-friendliness leave a lot to be desired. The site can be confusing to navigate, and you might run into some streaming issues if you use an ad blocker. The blinding bright white backgrounds can also really impede the experience. Despite all of this, it’s still a useful resource for watching movies and shows for free, wherever and whenever you want. If I sound too harsh, it’s only because there are (in my opinion) better alternatives, but in a vacuum, it’s a functional website.
13. WatchSeries HD
Unlike the last several contenders, this streaming website focuses on TV shows and series. They will have just about any show you can think of, available to stream for free. All shows are organized by genre, and additionally, you can search by year.
The only reason it’s rather low on the list is because it’s riddled with intrusive ads. Quite often you’ll find yourself clicking in the search bar and getting a pop-up for something else. Ad blockers can’t seem to prevent this either. It’s an amazing website with the best variety of series, but the ads do make it difficult to use.
Don’t give up on this one yet, there does seem to be a fix! If you sign up, they claim you won’t get any ads anymore. I signed up just to test this out. Creating an account is free and easy if you don’t mind sharing your name and email address. Pop-ups seem much less frequent, but banner ads will still show up. If you’ve been wanting to watch a certain tv series for a while, take a look for yourself.
And second-to-last on this list, CMovies. (As in “See movies”, pretty clever!)
The website is pretty nice and streaming is fairly easy. Upon closer inspection, the host files and streaming locations appear to be very similar, if not identical to MoviesJoy. The difference lies in its orange and grey skin, as opposed to lavender and black. The website works flawlessly, but anything you couldn’t find on MoviesJoy, you won’t find here. If you like the interface more than MoviesJoy, then this one will definitely work better for you.
And last on this list, 123Movies. Anything you couldn’t find on the other sites, you’ll find here. 123Movies focuses more on niche movies, so it’s the perfect companion to the other streaming sites. On its own, it isn’t that great of a website due to its lack of user-friendliness and a limited variety of movies and shows. If you can pair this up with the other sites on this list, it’s a great addition to your arsenal.
Bonus Addition: PopcornTime
Here’s a little bonus treat!
PopcornTime is a bit different from all those other streaming sites. For starters, it requires you to download a program to get started. Internet Security 101, never download anything if you don’t know what it is!
PopcornTime’s users can vouch as it is free and open source. Anyone can look at the code and make sure nothing shady happens behind the scenes. If you consider yourself a techie, you can take a look at the source code for PC, Android, and iOS right here.
PopcornTime works on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and Linux. Unfortunately, consoles aren’t included this time.
It may take a bit of a time investment, but what PopcornTime lacks in ease of use, it definitely makes up for in offering the widest variety of shows and movies available. You’ll be able to find anything you want, in any language you want.
Remember what I said before? If it’s too good to be true? Here is the caveat. It works not by streaming, but by downloading the torrents. Downloading these torrents means you’re downloading copyrighted material. As stated earlier in the article, this is illegal in a lot of countries. If you want to watch any show available, offline, completely free, then this would be the way to do it. However, it’s imperative that you exercise caution and research your local downloading rights laws.
If you’re not comfortable investing time and research to use this resource, you could simply use any of the aforementioned streaming sites, which are completely free and legal.
A Few Closing Words
While streaming content shouldn’t be illegal, it’s important that you also do some of your own research in regards to laws in your country. We do not condone committing crimes, and all information here is purely for personal entertainment.
With laws and regulations changing often, it’s important that you try and stay up-to-date with the legalities of streaming copyrighted entertainment.
Regardless of this, there are still many ways to find and enjoy content online safely and legally. Take some time to go through the list, and find the site that offers you what you want to watch. I’m sure there’s something perfect for you.