What do you think when you hear the phrase “free movies online”? Is it suspicion of copyright infringement, shadowy looking download sites, or excitement over the tremendous viewing possibilities? While the checkered past of free movies online has some people cautious, let's set the record straight about the right places to watch free movies online.
Some of the new players are Crackle, EPIX, Fancast, and SlashControl. Crackle is backed by Sony Pictures and has hundreds of free movies such as Ghostbusters, Godzilla, and St. Elmo's Fire. EPIX is the new movie site from Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate, and is the perfect place to watch Ironman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and many more popular movies. Fancast is backed by the cable giant Comcast and has hundreds more movies, such as Chaplin, Captain America, and Naked Gun 2.5.
SlashControl was started by AOL TimeWarner, and has many more movies such as Sparticus, Ronin, and the classic western Hang 'em High. Those sites join the other mainstays of free movies, including Hulu, Veoh, and Joost. Even YouTube has jumped on the bandwagon and legally hosts free movies online, such as classic Shirley Temple films like The Little Princess and Heidi.
Several TV sites also have films online, including American Movie Classics (AMC), Syfy, ABC Family, and TNT. If you have a Netflix subscription, the Watch Instantly feature comes free for the Owner account. Top films to watch online include Wall-E, Bolt, The Nightmare Before Christmas, as well as the extensive list of STARZ play. So, if you are going to watch a movie on a computer, here are a few quick tips:
1. Turn the screen saver and power save features to longer than the length of the movie.
2. If watching via an inexpensive wireless router, like the ones AT&T U-Verse hands out for free, make certain the router is well ventilated, as extended viewing could cause some minor over-heating, causing the router to reset, thus causing the movie to take an unexpected intermission.
3. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy.