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For those who don’t know, there are websites found online that will stream movies and television shows for free. They are very strange sites unlike the common place websites.

But why pay for streaming when you can stream for free? Is streaming illegal to from these websites? If they are illegal, why are there so many currently operational?

Paid Streaming

Paid streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu are very popular nowadays. They are even beating out broadcast television in subscription count and viewership. Very well designed interfaces with constantly updating content is great. However, at subscription costs at around $10-15 USD per month, it can get a little pricey. It is important to understand that paid subscriptions are important as it supports the service and creation of new content. While it is not the most fun option, I encourage you to pay for the content you watch to continue supporting the creators behind the shows.

Free Streaming

Instead of waiting for the newest season to arrive on Netflix, why not just search it online for free? Free streaming sites are unlicensed viewing sites for TV shows and free movies online. However, you get what you pay for, or don’t pay for. The quality of picture and sound is subpar and ads are constantly bombarding you. It’s important to understand that these sites are illegal. Some cases it’s not illegal to view this content. Other times you are infringing on copyright policy. However, the risk of being prosecuted over watching an unlicensed stream is very, very low to the point of almost non-existent. However, sites like these are constantly being taken down, causing some sites to only act as a link farm to all the different streaming sites. It’s also important to note that not all devices work on these free streaming sites, compared to the paid ones.

How Free is Free?

Free streaming sites are exactly that, free to the use. Websites have to make money, it’s just a fact. Free streaming sites will make money by filling their sites with very unethical ads that try to disguise themselves as all sorts of things like play buttons or ‘skip to video’ buttons. Some even go as far to try to lure you into downloading the episode or movie to infect your PC with a virus. It is a very thin plank to walk while navigating these sites and it’s important to keep your guard up.

How do Free Streaming sites work?

For their actually streaming, they do a proxy system to keep from getting caught. They will send the information to a secondary server then that server will send it to your device. This allows an extra layer of protection causing most investigation to not want to waste time.


Free streaming sites are almost too good to be true. They are risky, illegal websites that will try their hardest to make money off of you. Instead, it’s important to pay for your entertainment to continue supporting the creators you love to watch.