What are the best resources for downloading movies legally and for free?

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    #1Amazon Prime Video

    Amazon Prime Video

    Amazon Prime Video is an internet video-on-demand service where users can watch exclusive Amazon Originals as well as popular movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere. The service contents are either for rent or purchase.

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    Jeremy Reed
    Written on October 8, 2017
    "Amazon Prime is my go to for a variety of new shows and Amazon exclusive content. In particular, The Grand Tour, a spinoff of the show Top Gear, is only exclusively available through Amazon Prime. I also like other shows available on Amazon Prime video, including The Man In High Castle. Amazon Prime also includes free shipping on many items in the Amazon store, so it's worth while to have it for that reason as well."
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    Vimeo is home to the web's most supportive community of creators. It offers high-quality tools for hosting, sharing, and streaming videos in 720p up to 4K video resolutions with no ads.


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    Ai Tang
    Written on June 5, 2017
    "Obviously, you aren't going to get blockbuster videos here for free. But it's a great platform to find some indy filmmakers work. Perfectly fine to use the free version as long as you don't plan on uploading stuff."
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    Netflix is a video-on-demand platform where you can watch movies and TV shows and start streaming from your Windows or Mac computer, smart devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as on your home gaming consoles.

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    Israel Valle
    Written on February 25, 2017
    "Netflix is really the best place to legally watch your shows. It has a huge variety of movies and shows and it even has their own original series. I like Netflix a lot because of this. There is so much content and you will never get bored. "


Did you know the harmful effects of digital piracy is still expected to worsen in the future? Non-profit archive sites like The Internet Archive and ArchiveIt.Org are allowed only to archive their copies of books, movies, music, television shows, but downloading them from the sites makes it an online crime. Yes, downloading movies for free is a crime! Even websites which offer to stream or watch new movies at home (still in theaters) is piracy. Moreover, free movies sites and applications can only allow the legal downloading of content that is already considered public domain, or material that they have secured permission to share to the public. Because of this, the latest content procured from archive sites is still considered pirated, which is critically harmful to the industry, particularly in show business.

According to Digital TV Research, the television and movie industry will take the brunt of the financial losses caused by intensified pirating of content online, as the visual entertainment industry is expected to suffer a whopping $52 billion loss in potential revenue. The study was based on numerous factors, including the skyrocketing of piracy-related losses from $6.7 billion in 2010 to $31.8 billion six years later. Do you want to do your part? Well, you are on the right page! You won’t probably get to see the latest episode of your favorite show or the freshest installment in that awaited superhero movie franchise, but you can find hundreds of other good shows and your conscience will be in one piece! 

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    Hulu is a video-on-demand service offering a huge catalog of exclusive programs, Hulu originals, and many more. It launched its live television streaming service in 2017, but it is only currently available in the United States and Japan.

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    Joshua Shaw
    Written on February 25, 2017
    "Well if you are looking for a great legal way to watch and download movies then Hulu is defiantly your best bet. It has a ton of new shows unlike Netflix and you can pretty much watch every new shows episode the day after it streams on TV. It's pretty much a no brainer. "
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    iTunes by Apple Inc. is a media player and a library, as well as an internet radio broadcaster, file manager, and a store where users can browse and buy different types of apps and entertainment products like movies and songs.

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    Vibhore Mistry
    Written on August 18, 2017
    "Well if you are looking for a great place to get movies legally and maybe even some for free then you should use iTunes. It has all the latest episodes of new shows and it has hard to find full seasons of other shows. It's a really good place to find your shows. "
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    #6Sony Crackle

    Sony Crackle

    Sony Crackle is an over-the-top service of Sony Pictures Entertainment. It offers movies, TV series, and original content. It's available in 21 countries and accessible on devices like smartphones, smart TVs, computers, and gaming consoles.

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    Yidio is a platform that collects TV shows, movies and more from many sources:  Netflix, HBO, Amazon, etc - so that you can watch them all in one place.  Find your favourite shows and movies, discover new content, and watch anywhere.



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    #8[TUTORIAL] How to Legally Download Movies for Free to Watch Offline

    [TUTORIAL] How to Legally Download Movies for Free to Watch Offline

    MakeUseOf provides legal ways of downloading movies for your devices. The platforms used for this tutorial are Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, TED, Google Play Movies and TV, YouTube Red and Vimeo.



    Victor Otti
    Written on March 16, 2019
    "it's free"
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    #9Google Play Movies & TV

    Google Play Movies & TV

    Google Play Movies & TV is an on-demand video service operated by Google. It allows you to rent or purchase movies and series directly on your device for watching them offline. It has a large library and offers both SD and HD quality.

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    Jesse Butler
    Written on September 25, 2017
    "I could watch movies and tv shows all day and night!! I sadly don't think that is every going to be a reality for me but Google Play has given me the opportunity to always find and download a huge variety of movies so I have choices when I want to watch something. Last weekend, my wife and I wanted to watch a movie so we went straight to Google Play, was able to view all the new releases, and then quickly buy and download to watch! The best thing is that these movies can be viewed on mobile devices as well as long as you have the Google Play app. Try this today!!"


Best What are the best resources for downloading movies legally and for free
1Amazon Prime VideoStreaming Services 13 Paid
2VimeoWebsites 12 Free
3NetflixStreaming Services 9 Paid
4HuluStreaming Services 8 Paid
5iTunesStreaming Services 0 Paid
6Sony Crackle Streaming Services 0 Free
7YidioWebsites 0 Free
8[TUTORIAL] How to Legally Download Movies for Free to Watch OfflineArticles 0 Free
9Google Play Movies & TVStreaming Services -1 Paid

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