TV series are one of your biggest passions but do you think pay TV services - where the most interesting ones are broadcasting - have become too expensive? How about, then, to turn to alternative solutions, completely legal, which allow you to watch TV series over the Internet at a fraction of the price of "pay" or even free? There are more of them than pictures!
The alternative solutions I am referring to are the so-called VOD (video-on-demand) services that offer vast catalogs of content - TV series but also films, documentaries, cartoons and more - in exchange for a small monthly fee that is almost always lower. at 10 euros, without contractual restrictions and with a video / audio quality of the highest level.
The paid VOD services offer a free trial month in which they can be used without obligation, but there are also completely free services that are supported by advertising: it is up to you to choose the one that seems most interesting to you based on your budget and your tastes as a spectator. I would say, therefore, not to waste more time and immediately see what the sites to watch TV series that are more suitable for you. Good fun!
Netflix is one of the most popular video on-demand services in the world. Its main strength is its TV series, many of which are available exclusively (as self-produced).
Among the most interesting titles in its catalog - and there are so many! - I would like to point out the timeless "Breaking Bad" with the spin-off "Better Call Saul", "Sherlock", "Doctor Who", "How I Met your Mother", "Dexter", "Dr. House ”and then the hugely popular Netflix original series“ Stranger Things ”,“ Daredevil ”,“ Jessica Jones ”,“ Narcos ”,“ Marco Polo ”, and the list could go on and on. To discover them all, subscribe to the service and choose the voice TV Series from the drop-down menu at the top left.
Netflix offers various subscription plans: the 7,99 euro / month one offers standard definition video and access from a single device; the 9,99 euro / month one unlocks high definition content and allows access from 2 devices at the same time, while the "top" 11,99 euro / month plan enables viewing of UltraHD content and allows access from 4 devices simultaneously.
To create your account, connected to the Netflix home page, click on the button Provalo prays and fill out the form that is proposed to you. You will be asked to provide a valid payment method (credit card or PayPal). You can then deactivate the subscription without restrictions or costs at any time.
From a technical point of view, Netflix can be used in all the most modern browsers without the need for Flash Player or other plugins. It is also available as an app for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Apple TV, game console, Smart TV and Chromecast. More details on how the service works are available in my tutorial on how to watch Netflix: read it and you will find all the information you need.
Mediaset Infinity is another video on-demand platform that can count on a truly remarkable catalog of TV series. Among the most important titles I point out “Mr. Robot ”,“ The Big Bang Theory ”,“ Ash vs Evil Dead ”,“ Person of Interest ”,“ Arrow ”,“ Flash ”,“ Shameless ”and“ Fringe ”, but the list could go on and on.
The subscription costs 7,99 euros / month after an initial trial period of 30 days (which can be followed by 2 or more months of subscription at a discounted price, depending on the offers available at the moment). The contents are almost all in Full HD resolution and those with the latest generation Samsung Smart TVs can also take advantage of the UltraHD resolution at no extra charge.
Infinity is accessible from all browsers with Microsoft Silverlight support. The only exception is Chrome for which HTML5 video playback (without plugin) has been enabled. The service is also available in the form of an app for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Smart TV, video game console, multimedia decoder and Chromecast. You can use up to 2 devices at the same time, but only of different types (therefore not 2 tablets, 2 PCs or 2 Smart TVs).
To activate your free trial of Infinity, connected to the home page of the service, click on the button try free and fill out the registration form that is proposed to you. Alternatively, if you want to do this first, click on the button Registrati with Facebook and authenticate through your Facebook account. During the registration process you will also need to provide a valid payment method (credit card or PayPal) but, don't worry, you will not be charged before the end of the trial, the important thing is to disable the automatic renewal of the subscription within 29 days . More details about this can be found in my post on how Infinity works.
NOW TV (paid)
Now I want to talk to you about NOW TV, the on-demand video service signed by Sky Italia which in its catalog can include series such as “The Walking Dead”, “Fargo” and some prominent Italian productions such as “Gomorra” and “Romanzo Criminale”.
The service is divided into various thematic tickets: the one with TV series costs 9,99 euros / month, the same pay price also for those with films and TV shows, while the ticket for sports (which includes 7 matches on 10 for each round of Serie A, Europa League, Champions League, Formula 1, MotoGP and other sports disciplines) costs 29,99 euros / month, 14,99 euros / month or 6,99 euros / week. The subscription is totally unrelated to the satellite pay TV subscription, does not provide for mandatory restrictions or renewals and can be activated free for 14 days, except for the Sport packages for which free trials are not available.
If you want to try NOW TV at no cost, connected to the home page of the service, select the item TV Series located at the top left and click on the button Try now 14 days at 0 €. Then fill out the registration form that is proposed to you (or click on the button Connect with Facebook to log in via your Facebook profile) and enjoy the show.
NOW TV, like Netflix and Infinity, also requires you to add a valid payment method (credit card or PayPal) but doesn't charge before the end of the 14-day trial. However, remember to deactivate the automatic renewal of the subscription before the trial expires.
Content plays in standard definition on only one device at a time. The devices compatible with the service are: PC and Mac via browser (and player for Windows and macOS), iPad, Android devices, Samsung Smart TV, NOW TV Box (a proprietary set-top box based on Roku 2) and NOW TV Smart Stick (other proprietary Roku-based device). The contents can be watched in SD or HD. For more information see my post on how NOW TV works.
Chili is a platform that differs from those mentioned above, as it does not require a subscription and allows you to buy (and sometimes rent) single episodes or complete seasons of the most popular international TV series in the world, such as "The Throne of Spade ”or“ True Detective ”. It also gives access to a wide range of anime, all first-run films, just out of cinemas and a huge catalog, for all tastes.
The service is accessible not only from PC (via one of the many supported browsers), but also from smartphones and tablets (via Chili applications for Android and iOS) and televisions (using the official Chili app for Samsung Smart TVs, LG , Philips, Sony, Panasonic, Hisense and Haier or using Chromecast). It should be emphasized that the contents can also be downloaded offline on smartphones and tablets.
The prices of the series, on average, are around € 2,50 for the purchase of individual episodes and € 10-20 for the purchase of entire seasons. It is possible to pay by card, PayPal, Satispay and Chili balance (deriving from promo codes or gift cards). The rental contents are available for 28 days (even if they expire 48 hours after the first viewing), while those purchased can be viewed and reviewed without limits. The available resolutions are SD, HD, Full HD and 4K.
To register with Chili and access its catalog of TV series, connect to the official website of the service and click on the icon of thelittle man located at the top right. Then choose the item Log in or register from the menu that opens, click on the button Register for free and fill out the form that is proposed to you. Alternatively, click on the button Facebook and log in via your social account.
At this point, press the ☰ button of Chili and select the item TV Series from the menu that opens, to access the list of TV series and cartoons available on the platform. Then select the content of your interest and choose a episode or a season to buy / rent. Then click on the button Look now, choose the resolution in which to withdraw the series and click on the button Watch it now or on that Add to Cart to view the content immediately or add it to your cart.
Upon payment, you will find the episode or series in the section My chili by Chili. More information on this can be found in my Chili tutorial.
Go in search of sites to watch TV series completely free? Then I suggest you try VVVVID, what currently can be considered to all intents and purposes as the best free video on-demand service.
VVVVID is best known for its wide range of Japanese anime and movies, but also in the context of TV series it manages to offer interesting content. Among the titles currently available in its catalog we find "Ascension", "The Lost Room", "Little Britain", "Shameless", "Life on Mars", "The Office", the live action adaptation of the anime "Death Notes ”and more. All free and 100% legal.
To access the contents of VVVVID all you have to do is connect to its home page and create a free account. The account can be created using the registration form on the home page or the button Registrati with Facebook which is located at the bottom. When the operation is complete, you must select the tab TV Series located at the top, choose the series to watch and that's it. The service is accessible from any browser (even without Flash Player enabled) and with Android / iOS devices (through special apps).
Amazon Prime Video (for a Fee)
Amazon Prime Video is a great streaming service accessible from computers, Android devices, iPhones / iPads, Kindle Fire tablets, and some models of Samsung, LG, and Sony Smart TVs. Its catalog is not yet as rich as that of Netflix, but inside it is already possible to find historical series such as "Seinfeld", important titles such as "The Shield" and "Fear the Walking Dead" and exclusives such as "Mozart in the Jungle" . There are also many films available both in the original language and dubbed in Italian.
Prime Video is part of the Amazon Prime subscription (which currently costs 36 euros per year or 4,99 euros per month after a 30-day free trial), so it does not require the payment of a monthly fee. To access the service, you must therefore subscribe to Amazon Prime, then you must connect to its home page and click on the button Log in which is located at the top right.
Once logged in with your Amazon account, click on the item TV Shows located at the top left, select the series you want to watch and click on the image of preview episode you want to play. That's all. On smartphones and tablets you can also download content locally and watch it offline. If you want more information about it, consult my tutorial on how Amazon Prime Video works in which I have explained to you in detail how the service works.
Disney + (paid)
Disney + is a streaming service that gives access to all the most important titles in the catalogs Disney/Pixar, The Marvel movies, FOX e Star Wars plus documentaries by National Geographic and originals made exclusively for the platform, including TV series and films.
It is accessible from a wide range of devices: PC, smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV HD / 4K (also via AirPlay) and game consoles. The contents are in various languages (including Italian) with a quality up to 4K with Dolby Vision.
You can try free for 7 days, then it costs 6,99 euro / month or 69,99 euro / year. For more information, read my tutorial on how Disney + works.
Apple TV + (paid)
Apple TV + is Apple's streaming service, featuring original TV series such as “The Morning Show”, “See” and “Snoopy in Space”. It costs 4,99 euros / month after 7 days of free trial, but those who purchased a new Apple product in the months close to the launch of the service (in November 2019), can take advantage of 1 year of free trial.
Apple TV + is accessible from browser, application for iOS / iPadOS and macOS, Apple TV, Smart TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick. To access it, it is of course necessary to create an Apple ID.
TV Broadcaster Sites (free)
Another Internet site that I strongly advise you to keep in your bookmarks is RaiPlay, which allows you to access in on-demand mode some of the best TV series broadcast by Rai channels: "American Gothic", "Criminal Minds", "Castle ”And many other American and Italian series. To view the complete list of titles, scroll down the home page of the service until you reach the section TV Series and use the arrows located on the sides of the screen to scroll through all the contents.
Also, I point out that by pressing the button ≡ and accessing the TV Guide of RaiPlay you can review some of the TV series broadcast by Rai channels over the last week. Just select their titles and that's it (the grayed out ones are not viewable). RaiPlay is also available as an app for smartphones and tablets (it is compatible with Android and iOS), where you are asked to create a free account to access TV series and other on-demand content.
Another Italian broadcaster that broadcasts various television series and allows you to watch them in streaming is Paramount Channel, which in its catalog has titles such as "Fear the Walking Dead", "Sex and the City" and "The Librarian". The contents are accessible for free without any registration.
On smartphones and tablets, the contents of Paramount Channel can be viewed via a browser or via an application for Android and iOS.
If you are interested in Italian fiction, I suggest you take a "jump" also on the Mediaset website which allows you to review all the Italian fiction in its section On Demand. The service is also available as a free app for Android and iOS. Requires registration in order to be used.
Article created in collaboration with Chili.