Although the average speed of our connections continues to be not exciting (especially when compared with that of other European countries), video streaming platforms are also starting to develop in Italy. There are now numerous sites that allow you to watch movies, TV series, and cartoons over the Internet. But which are the best? Are there any valid ones for free? Let’s try to find an answer to these questions together. In this article, we will give you a complete guide about free live streaming websites.
Below is a list – I hope exhaustive – of the best free live streaming websites currently available on the Italian market. Among these, there are both free services supported by advertising ( fortunately, they exist! ) And paid services, which instead require the subscription of a monthly subscription or the rental/purchase of individual works. Almost all of them are accessible from computers and other devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and Smart TVs.
Identify the ones that seem best suited to your needs (i.e. those that offer the content you find most interesting) and try them out. In some cases, not even a registration is required to start enjoying the show: click on the film’s poster or series to watch and wait for it to start playing. Better than this?
Free Live Streaming Websites
VVVVID is one of the best video-on-demand services available for free in Italy. It allows you to watch Japanese movies, TV series, and anime free from any PC, smartphone, and tablet. It works on all popular browsers and portable devices equipped with Android and iOS.
The films are all relatively recent, but there are also great classics like the comedies with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill and the Bruce Lee films. As far as film genres are concerned, you can find everything: action title, horror, fantasy, crime drama, etc. Depending on the series, the anime can be in Italian or the original language with subtitles, and the same goes for TV series.
To use VVVVID, connect to its home page and create a free account on the site. You can choose whether to register with Facebook (by pressing the appropriate button) or whether to fill out the standard registration form and register with your email address. When the operation is complete, select the type of content you want to watch ( Film, Anime, TV Series, or Show ) from the bar at the top. Select the preview image of the movie or series to watch. And click on the Watch button to start its reproduction.
Free Live Streaming Websites: PopCorn TV
Among the best Free Live Streaming Websites, there is also PopCornTV. Which allows you to watch numerous films, Japanese anime, and soap operas at no cost. It does not need to sign up and works on any modern browser (you don’t even need Flash Player support). To immediately access the contents of the service, connect to its home page and choose an item between Cinema (if you want to see films), Telenovelas (if you want to watch a soap opera), and Anime (if you want to see Japanese cartoons) from the bar located in tall.
Then select the title of the series you want to watch (in the case of anime and soap opera) or one of the film genres available (in the case of films) and click on the poster of the content to be played. The films on Popcorn TV are all in Italian. At the same time, soap operas and anime can also be in the original language with subtitles. All the contents of the site are also accessible from smartphones and tablets using browsers. Such as Chrome and Safari, no particular app needs to be installed.
Free Live Streaming Websites: Kilos
Chilli is the ideal solution for all those who want to watch movies on free live streaming websites: are looking for recently released films (or, in any case, titles of a certain thickness). But do not want to commit to signing up for a subscription. It is, in fact, a site that allows you to rent or buy individual films. And then have the opportunity to see them on a wide range of devices.
It is accessible from PC (via compatible browsers ), Android smartphones and tablets, iPhone / iPad, Samsung Smart TVs, LG, Philips, Sony, Panasonic, Hisense and Haier, and Chromecast. On smartphones and tablets, it also allows you to download content locally to view them offline. Film prices start at € 0.90 for rental and € 4.99 for purchase. The resolutions available for the use of the contents are SD, HD Full HD, and 4K.
The service catalog includes recently released films, great classics, and other films of every genre, era, and nationality. It is also possible to book films still in the room by taking advantage of special promotions and to buy/rent TV series and cartoons. To access all the contents, create a free account. To create your account on Chili, therefore connected to the service’s official website, click on the icon of the little man located at the top right. Select the items. Log in or register and Register for free and fill out the form.
Free Live Streaming Websites: MyMovies Live
Certainly, MyMovies Live also deserves attention, which stands out for the freshness of its contents – it offers the viewing of international films, even very recent ones. But above all, for the content distribution system. It is, in fact, a sort of virtual cinema, within which there are various rooms. Each room has a limited number of seats and shows films only at set times.
This, translated in simple terms, means that to watch a movie on MyMovies Live, you need to subscribe to the service (by clicking on the Activate a free profile button ), identify the works that still have free places for viewing (in the Film Free section ) and return to the site on the days and times in which the “screening” of the film takes place. There is also a paid plan of the service which, for € 1.99 per week. Allows you to view a more significant number of titles without constraints on times or seats available.
Free Live Streaming Websites: YouTube
I want to point out, then, the possibility of watching streaming movies on YouTube. Well yes! Some channels allow you to watch free movies on YouTube in a completely free and legal way.
They are accessible without making notable recordings (you can use them even if you are not connected to your Google account!) And their contents can be played on all YouTube compatible devices: computers, smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs, video game consoles, Chromecast, etc. . But what are these legal streaming channels? Let’s do a couple of examples right away.
- Movie ON of YAM112003 – a channel of the YAM112003 network. It offers numerous titles, mostly relatively recent American films, belonging to various film genres. But there are also some films in the original language.
- Minerva Pictures Films & Clips – a YouTube channel run by Minerva Pictures, on which you can find a variety of comedies, horror films (not exactly top-notch), and quite a few sequences from famous films. It is one of the cinema channels that are updated most often.
- KoreanFilm – another channel for those who love classic cinema, in this case, Asian. It contains over 100 Korean films produced from the 1930s onwards, all in their original language (sometimes with Italian subtitles thanks to the collaboration with AsianWorld).
- YouTube Film – is the official YouTube channel dedicated to films. It allows you to rent all the films that have just arrived on the home video market.
As well as some shows explicitly designed for the Web.
Free Live Streaming Websites: streaming TV
Staying on the subject of TV, here is a quick list of the best streaming sites to watch Italian channels in streaming and, in some cases, their broadcasts in on-demand mode.
- RaiPlay – an excellent Rai portal, through which it is possible to watch all the broadcasters of the group in streaming and review the on-demand programs (including films ). It is also available as an app for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. On smartphones and tablets, on-demand content is only available after free registration.
- Paramount Channel – is a free digital terrestrial (and satellite) channel that broadcasts many American movies and TV series. It can be seen in live streaming, and some films are also visible in on-demand mode. All for free and without registration. The site is accessible both from PC and smartphones, and tablets.
- Mediaset Play Infinity – allows you to watch the live broadcasts of all Mediaset channels in the clear and to review, in on-demand mode, all programs, films, fiction, and TV series of the Mediaset networks, after creating a free account. The service is also available as an app for Android, iPhone, / iPad.
- TV8 – it is a free Sky Italia broadcaster that broadcasts on digital terrestrial. It broadcasts many American movies and shows, plus some sporting events and some Italian shows. You can watch it for free in streaming by connecting to its official website.
- CieloTV – Sky Italia’s public broadcaster on digital terrestrial. It is also visible live streaming on the Internet but does not offer on-demand movies.
- La7 – the official website of La7. Allows you to watch live streaming of the channel and review all the programs on-demand.
Paid streaming sites
In conclusion, here is a quick review of all the best Italian streaming sites that offer paid content: I’m not just talking about movies but also TV series, shows, and sporting events.
Is the most popular video-on-demand service in the world. It has the unbeatable streaming quality and plans suitable for all budgets: it allows you to choose between the basic plan, which for 7.99 euros/month allows you to watch standard definition content on only one device at a time, the intermediate plan, which for 11, 99 euros/month offers the viewing of contents in Full HD on a maximum number of 2 devices at the same time and the “Premium” plan which for 15.99 euros/month allows you to watch UltraHD content on four devices at the same time.
So it is compatible with all popular web browsers (does not even require Flash Player) and all major models of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and video game consoles. Its catalog contains many TV series (some of which are exclusive, such as “Daredevil”), films of all genres and eras, documentaries, and cartoons. Depending on the promotional periods, it can offer a free trial of 14-30 days. If you want to know more, read my tutorial on how to watch Netflix.
It is the Mediaset on-demand cinema and TV series service. It offers numerous multimedia content such as movies and TV series, and the price starts at € 7.99 / month after a 7-day free trial. So, it can also be used on smartphones and tablets, through the Mediaset Play Infinity app for Android and iOS / iPad, and Smart TVs by downloading the app from the virtual store of your device. For more information, read my guide on how Infinity + works.
3. NOW TV
It is a service that allows you to watch Sky Entertainment, TV Series, Cinema, and Sports channels via the Internet, all without subscribing to pay-TV, without contractual restrictions, and having the ability to access hundreds of on-demand content ( both in SD and HD). It works from a PC, smartphone, tablet, video game console, or via a Sky proprietary set-top box. Its offer is divided into packages: the Cinema, the TV Series and the Entertainment one cost € 9.99 / month each, then there is the one for Sport that allows you to watch Serie A (7 matches out of 10 for each round of championship), Champions League, Europa League, and other disciplines which costs 29.99 euros/month, 14.99 euros/week or 6.99 euros/month. New subscribers can try the Cinema and TV Series + Entertainment tickets for free for 14 days. How NOW TV works.
Best Paid streaming sites
1. Amazon Prime Video
This is the Amazon video streaming service. In its catalog, which is still relatively sparse than that of Netflix or Infinity, you can find numerous international films and several exclusive TV series (the Amazon Originals). The service is accessible from PCs, smartphones and tablets, and Smart TVs. It does not have a fixed monthly cost but is included in the Amazon Prime subscription, which currently costs 36 euros/year or 4.99 euros/month. For more details, see my tutorial on how Amazon Prime Video works.
The on-demand platform of TIM (formerly Telecom Italia). Allows you to watch movies, TV series, and other shows for rent or subscription for 5 euros/month. It can be used by computers, Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, and TIMvision / Cubovision decoders.
3. Apple TV
Apple’s streaming service is accessible from the web, iOS / iPadOS, macOS, Apple TV, Smart TV, and Amazon Fire TV Stick. It costs 4.99 euros/month after seven days of free trial (which becomes one year. If you buy an Apple product in the months close to the platform’s launch, which took place in November 2019). In its catalog, there are many original TV series, such as “The Morning Show”, “See” and “Snoopy in space”.
Is Disney’s streaming service. In addition to giving access to all the Disney and Pixar classics, it includes all Marvel movies and series, Star Wars movies and series, content from FOX and National Geographic, and various original content made exclusively for the platform. It is accessible from all devices (PC, smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, Chromecast, game console, etc.). For new members, the subscription price is 8.99 euros/month or 89.90 euros/year. On the other hand, those who already have a subscription will continue to pay € 6.99 / month or € 69.99 / year; the subscription of those who are already customers will not be increased. More info here.