You have decided to do without classic TV but you do not want to give up the idea of seeing your favorite TV series. You are looking for a solution to continue watching all the episodes you want directly from your computer, tablet and, why not, from your smartphone via your home internet connection. Did I guess? Then do not worry, because in this guide I will show you how to stream TV series.
There are numerous solutions that you can consider and that will allow you both to access rich catalogs with current TV series, lesser-known titles, Italian fiction and soap operas. The cost? Well, there are solutions for all budgets: from completely free tools to subscription services (with a trial period) and, in most cases, without contractual restrictions.
What are you waiting for? Let's not waste any more time and get into the merits of this tutorial! Make yourself comfortable, take five minutes of free time and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. I am sure that you will be able to find the solution that best suits your needs, thanks to which you can permanently leave the TV and continue watching your favorite TV series. Happy reading and good viewing!
Watch Streaming TV Series for Free
I start this guide dedicated to TV series in streaming recommending some of the best solutions that allow you to see everything for free without having to subscribe. You can find titles of all kinds: from renowned and acclaimed television series to fiction made in Italy, up to telenovelas and soap operas.
The first site to consider to watch streaming TV series for free is VVVVID which, in its catalog, in addition to films, Japanese anime, shows and programs for children, offers television series with titles such as “The office”, “Psycoville”, “Casual”, “Little Britain” and many others. It is usable from the web and available as an application for Android and iOS devices.
After logging into the site, you can start watching the available TV series by clicking the button TV Series (present above). From the bottom menu, choose the television series to watch by pressing one of the items present: Recommended with the titles of the moment; Popular with the most famous series; New releases with the contents just arrived on VVVVID; Genres to choose a TV series by genre from Action, Dramatic, Fantasy, Horror etc.; AZ for the list of TV series in alphabetical order or Random to see a title in random mode.
Once you have found the TV series you are interested in, click on its cover image to access the description sheet and the episodi list, then presses on the season and the episode to see to enjoy the vision.
Another valid solution to watch TV series for free in streaming is RaiPlay, the official Rai portal. It allows you to access the live programming of all the state TV channels, to consult the TV guide, to review the programming of the last seven days and to access a rich catalog of on-demand content.
RaiPlay is a completely free service and using it is really child's play! You can access some features, such as consulting the TV guide, without registration but to take advantage of all its functions (such as watching television series) you must necessarily create an account. Then connect to the RaiPlay site and tap the button ≡ present at the top left. Now, tap on the item Login / Register and choose one of the registration methods available: Accedi con Facebook o Log in with Twitter, to connect your social account to the service, or Subscribe, to register via email by entering your data (name, last name, e-mail etc.).
Now that you are logged in on RaiPlay, you can start watching the contents you prefer! In the home of the State TV portal, scroll down until you find the section aimed at TV series and choose the one to look at in the list proposed in evidence (scrolling it with the button arrow), otherwise click the button Go everyone to access the complete list.
Numerous television series are available on RaiPlay with titles such as "Game of Thrones", "Criminal Minds", "Orange is the new black" or "X Files". Click on the cover image of the TV series to see, then press on the item Episodes to view available seasons and episodes. At this point, click on title of the episode to see and enjoy the viewing.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to see one of the Italian fiction, press the button ≡, click on the item Fiction and select one of the genres present (Comedy, Dramatic, Sentimental etc). Alternatively, tap on the item All pants to access the full list of available titles or click on the magnifying glass (top right) to search for a fiction by title.
Finally, you must know that if you want to see an episode of your favorite TV series on the day of airing but you don't have a TV available, you can access the live streaming. Press on the button ≡, click the option direct and select il channels on which the TV series is broadcast. If, on the other hand, you missed an episode that aired in the last 7 days, you can review it on-demand by accessing the section TV Guide / Replay. Click on the day it aired, scroll through the schedule of the channel you are interested in and locate the episode you missed. At this point, click on his title to start playback. To learn more about the subject, I leave you to my guide on how to see RaiPlay.
The service is also available for Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile devices. Operation via application is similar to that described for computers
Broadcast TV Shows
With a lower catalog than the services offered previously and with some titles visible only on the day and time of the television broadcast, you can also take into consideration the TV stations that broadcast in streaming. Here is a list that might be right for you.
- Mediaset.it: is the official Mediaset portal on which you can watch all the channels of the Lombard group live. In addition, it offers a rich catalog of on-demand content with numerous Italian soaps, telenovelas and fiction (there are no international TV series). It is also available as an application for Android and iOS devices. To learn more, you can read my guide on how to review Mediaset fiction.
- Paramount Channel: Focused mainly on American films, Paramount Channel also offers television series such as "ER Medici on the front line", "All in the family" or "Sex and the city". In addition to broadcasting on digital terrestrial and satellite, it is available in streaming on the Web: it is possible to access live programming and, in the case of TV series such as “Father Brown”, episodes are available in on-demand mode. From mobile devices it is visible through the compatible app for Android and iOS devices.
- LA7: is channel 7 of digital terrestrial, also available on satellite. On its website it allows you to access live programming and review the programming for the last seven days. There are TV series such as "Inspector Barnaby", "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice". On the LA7 website it is also possible to access the programming of the last week of LA7d.
- SuperGuida TV: a single solution for accessing the on-demand content of numerous Italian TV stations. In addition to the main Rai and Mediaset channels, it allows you to see the programming of the last seven days of LA7, Nove, DMAX, Real Time, Giallo, K2 and Focus TV. It is also available as an application for Android and iOS devices.
Watch Paid Streaming TV Series
If your craving for a TV series is not satisfied with the services mentioned above, you can decide to rely on one of the many paid video on-demand services. By signing up for a subscription (with free trial) you will have access to the TV series of the moment, the most successful titles and have the vision of original and exclusive series. Here is a list of services for watch paid streaming TV series.
Netflix is the reference point for all lovers of TV series. In its catalog it offers original and exclusive titles such as "Thirteen" or "Stranger Things" but also historical series such as "Breaking Bad", "Lost" and "Prison break". In addition to being usable on the web, it is available on Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile devices.
Before going into detail and seeing how to create an account and how to play content on Netflix, it may be useful to know the subscription prices. Netflix offers subscriptions for all budgets: from the cheapest plan Basic (€ 7,99 / month) which allows you to view standard definition content from a single device, at the most complete level Premium (15,99 euro / month) which in addition to offering maximum video quality (UltraHD / 4K) allows simultaneous access to up to 4 devices. Also, you can consider the plan as well Standard (11,99 euro / month) which unlike the previous one offers contents in Full HD and up to 2 devices simultaneously.
You can choose one of the three subscription plans, connect to the Netflix site and click on the red button Provalo prays, then presses on the voice See plans, choose which subscription to try and press on the item Continue. Now, insert e-mail e password in the appropriate fields to create your account and, as a last step, set the payment method by choosing between credit card, PayPal e Netflix gift card.
You are ready to watch your favorite TV series! On the Netflix main page you can choose a title from those proposed in the various sections (Netflix Originals, Titles of the moment, I più dressed his Netflix etc.) or click on the item Shop by Department present at the top and press on the item TV Series to access the section dedicated to television series. Now you can choose one of the available subgenres (Action, Commedie, Horror, Italian TV series etc) and, having identified the TV series to watch, press on its cover image to start playing it from the first episode of the first season. Alternatively, you can pause with the mouse pointer on the series of your interest to access the description sheet and click on Episodes to see the complete list. You can learn more about how Netflix works by reading my guide about it.
Among the functions of the service, you should know that there is the possibility of watching TV series in offline mode through the function of download for free, which allows you to download content locally (only in apps for Android, iOS and Windows 10). To download an episode of a TV series, you can press the icon of arrow positioned next to its title and that's it. You can learn more about this feature in my tutorial on how to watch Netflix offline.
I remind you that the subscription will be renewed automatically: you can deactivate it at any time by clicking on you don't know (top right), by selecting the item Account e pigging your pulse Cancel subscription present in the section Subscription and billing. In some promo periods, an initial free trial of varying duration is also available (eg 14 or 30 days).
NOW TV is the online service launched by Sky which, without subscription restrictions, allows you to watch Murdoch pay TV channels and access many on-demand content. In particular, by subscribing to the TV Series package (9,99 euros / month), it offers the possibility of watching live TV channels such as Fox, Fox Crime o Sky Atlantic and access to series titles such as "The Walking Dead", "Gomorra" and "Lost".
You can try the service for free for a period of 14 days. To do this, connected to the NOW TV site, press the button Try 14 days in HD for 0 € and select the item Activate the trial. Now, click the button Connect with Facebook to create a new account by connecting your social account to NOW TV, or register via email by entering your data in the fields Email address e Password. Then press on the button Subscribe to access the next step and enter the required data such as name, last name, fiscal Code, city etc. Finally, choose the payment method between credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Visa Electron, American Express e Diners Club) e PayPal, pigia sul pulsating Continue and enter your card or PayPal account details to complete the registration.
With the activation of the free trial, you have access to the packages Entertainment, TV Series e Cinema: if your interest is TV series, click the button series at the top and choose the title to be played by selecting one of the items from Recently added, New episodes, Complete seasons etc. Once you have identified the series to watch, click on his cover image to access the descriptive card, press on the season of your interest and click on the episode to play. Alternatively, you can press on the item Channels on air to access live programming of TV channels dedicated to television series. For more information about it, I leave you to my guide on how NOW TV works.
At the end of the free trial, the subscription will be renewed automatically. If you want to prevent it, press on the voice My Area (top right) and click the option Manage tickets, then press the button Modification present next to each active ticket and give confirmation to disable automatic renewal.
In conclusion, you must know that you can see the TV series on NOW TV also through the application available for Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile devices.
If you are not thrilled by the idea of subscribing to a monthly subscription, you can consider Chili: a platform that allows you to buy and rent TV series, cartoons and movies and watch them on a wide range of devices.
Chili hosts the best international TV series (many of the directly Hot from US), such as "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "American Horror Story" and allows you to watch them on PC (via one of the supported browsers), smartphone and Android tablets, iPhones / iPads and televisions (via app for Samsung, LG, Philips, Sony, Panasonic, Hisense and Haier Smart TVs or with Chromecast). The contents are available in SD, HD, Full HD and 4K resolutions and on mobile devices it is also possible to download them offline.
Prices, on average, are around € 2,50 for the purchase of individual episodes and € 10-20 for the purchase of entire seasons. The accepted payment methods are the most varied: card, PayPal, Satispay and Chili balance (deriving from promo codes and gift cards). Purchased contents can be viewed at any time and for as many times as desired, while those rented are available for 28 days and must be "consumed" within 48 hours after the first reproduction.
To access Chili's content, a free account is required. Therefore, connected to the official website of the service, click on thelittle man located at the top right and choose the item first Log in or register from the menu that opens and then the item Register for free from the next page. You can choose whether to register via email address, by filling out the form that is proposed to you, or via Facebookby pressing the appropriate button.
Once you have your account, press the ☰ button on Chili and select the item TV Series from the menu that opens, in order to see the complete list of series available on the platform: once you have identified the one you are interested in, select it, then click on the episode or season to buy / rent and press the button Look now relating to the latter.
Then choose the resolution in which to download the content and click on the button Watch it now or about that Add to Cart to watch it now or add it to your cart. More information on how Chili works is available in my tutorial dedicated to the service.
Disney + is a Disney-branded streaming service that gives access to all the classics of the historic American company (including those Pixar), plus movies and series The Marvel movies, the series and film FOX (eg "The Simpsons"), the entire film saga and series of Star Wars, and documentaries National Geographic and much more, including originals made exclusively for the platform.
Disney+ è accessibile da PC, smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV HD/4K, PlayStation 4 e Xbox One.
You can try free for 7 days, after which it costs 6,99 euro / month or 69,99 euro / year. For more information, I invite you to check out my tutorial on how Disney + works.
Infinity is another valid platform that allows you to watch TV series, but also films, fiction and cartoons. In its catalog it has over 2500 titles and series such as “The Big Bang Theory”, “Ash vs Evil Dead”, “Arrow” and “Fringe” stand out.
If you are a new user, you have the opportunity to try the service for 30 days and get a discount on the price of the first month's subscription, paying 5,99 euros (instead of 7,99 euros). To activate the free trial, connect to the Infinity website and press on the voice try free present at the top right. Now, press on Registrati with Facebook to connect Infinity to your social account, otherwise enter your data in the fields e-mail e password and click sul pulsating Confirmation to proceed with the traditional email registration. In the next step type the you don't know and fiscal Code in the appropriate fields, choose a payment method between credit card e PayPal and enter the relevant data to complete the activation of the free trial.
By activating the 30-day trial, the automatic renewal of the subscription is also activated: you can deactivate it at any time, without any obligation, by clicking on the button Hello [name] present at the top and pressing on the voice Manage accounts. Then click on the option Modification and presses on the voice suspend automatic renewal.
You are ready to watch all Inifinity content without limitations! In the top menu tap on the item series to access the section dedicated to TV series and choose the content to see by genre (Animation, Adventure, Action, Comedy etc) or opt for one of the titles recommended for you. Once you have chosen the series to see, pause with the mouse pointer on its cover image and press one of the available items: Season and episodes to choose the season and episode of your interest; favorite to add the title to your favorites list; Already seen to mark the series as already seen. Alternatively, tap on the cover image of the TV series to watch to start playing it from the first episode of the first season.
Infinity is also available as an application for Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile devices, where it allows you to download content offline just like Netflix. If you want more information on how the service works, you can read my guide on how Infinity works.
Other Services to Watch Streaming TV Series
I conclude this tutorial dedicated to TV series in streaming, with a list of other sites and services that might be right for you. In addition to finding other subscription solutions (with free trial), you can consider one of the media players that allow you to play streaming content.
- TIMvision: is the video on-demand service launched by TIM, which allows you to watch series such as “Lost”, “The magicians” and “Teen Wolf”. New users have the opportunity to try TIMvision for free for 4 weeks, after which it is necessary to subscribe for 4,99 euros / month. For TIM Smart customers, the service is instead included in their telephone plan. You can learn more by reading my tutorial on how TIMvision works.
- Amazon Prime Video: is the response of the giant founded by Jeff Bezos to services such as Netflix. In its catalog you can find original series such as "The Grand Tour", "Mozart in the Jungle", "Transparent" and "The man in the high castle", as well as acclaimed series such as "Fear the Walking Dead". The service is included in the subscription of Amazon Prime customers (36 euros / year or 4,99 euros / month): new users can try it for free (including Amazon Prime Video) for 30 days. For more information about it, I leave you to my guide on how Amazon Prime Video Italy works.
- Apple TV + - is Apple's streaming service, the highlight of which are the original TV series, such as “The Morning Show”. It costs 4,99 euros / month after 7 days of free trial (or 1 year, for those who purchased an Apple product in the months prior to the launch of the platform, which took place in November 2019). It is accessible from browser, iOS / iPadOS app, macOS TV app, Apple TV, Smart TV, and Amazon Fire TV Stick.
- Premium Online: is the online version of Mediaset Premium, included in the well-known digital terrestrial pay TV service. It offers valuable content with TV series of the caliber of "The 100" and "Arrow". More info here.
- VLC: is one of the most famous multimedia players, compatible both for Windows, macOS and Linux systems as well as for Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile devices. In addition to playing TV series locally, it allows you to play videos via the Web simply by copying your URL address. To find out more about it, you can read my guide dedicated to VLC Media Player.
Article created in collaboration with Chili.