When you are talking about how to stream movies the many pirate sites that allow you to watch films that have just come out at the cinema immediately come to mind. But in reality things are changing and, even in Italy, you can watch movies on the Internet in a completely legal way.
In fact, there are more and more services that, thanks to the support of advertisements or the payment of small monthly subscriptions, allow you to play movies on PCs and devices such as tablets, Smart TVs and video game consoles with the highest audio / video quality (up to UltraHD / 4K resolution). How about if I point out some of the most famous and rich in content?
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Obviously, on free services - which are supported only by advertising - you cannot expect to find first-time films, but I assure you that interesting contents are not lacking there too. Try them and you will immediately realize it. All you need are a good ADSL connection (at least 7 Mbps to enjoy high-definition content, 20 Mbps for those in 4K) and a web browser with support for plugins such as Flash Player and Microsoft Silverlight. Although by now, fortunately, both plugins are falling into disuse thanks to the spread of HTML5 technology. Good vision!
- Netflix (paid)
- Infinity+ (payable)
- Chili (payable)
- NOW TV (paid)
- Disney + (paid)
- VVVVID (free)
- PopCorn TV (free)
- Paramount Channel (free)
- RaiPay (free)
- MyMovies Live (free / paid)
- YouTube (free / paid)
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When it comes to services for watch streaming movies you can only start with Netflix, one of the most famous video-on-demand platforms in the world. Netflix offers a huge catalog of films, TV series (some of which are world premieres), documentaries and cartoons suitable for all audiences.
The service allows you to choose between various subscription plans: the one from 7,99 euro / month offers SD content and access from only one device at a time, the one from 11,99 euro / month allows you to watch HD content and allows up to 2 simultaneous accesses, while the "top" one gives 15,99 euro / month offers 4K content and access from 4 devices at the same time. Depending on the periods, it can include an initial trial of variable duration, for example of 14 or 30 days.
The devices that support Netflix are numerous: PC / Mac (where the service can be used from any browser), smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, video game console, TIMVision set-top box, Apple TV, Chromecast, Blu-Ray players and much more. even more. Another very important thing to underline is that using the Netflix mobile app for Android and iOS or the official Netflix app for Windows 10 it is possible to download the contents locally and then watch them offline: I talked about it in detail in my tutorial on how to see Netflix offline.
For more information about Netflix, how it works and its prices, consult my tutorial on how to watch Netflix: there you will find really explained everything there is to know about this service.
Even after the arrival of Netflix, Infinity + remains one of the most complete streaming services on the Italian scene. In fact, it includes numerous films and TV series and also allows you to see the live channels of Mediaset Premium such as for example Premium Cinema, Premium Action e Premium Stories. The very first visions are available for free for a limited period of time, after which they can be rented. Furthermore, in its catalog there are many recent films, including some Hollywood blockbusters and highly successful Italian films.
Infinity+ is available on PC / Mac (can be used directly from any browser via its official website), Android smartphones and tablets, iOS / iPadOS, Smart TVs and some multimedia decoders.
Furthermore, the presence of numerous American TV series, Italian fiction and Japanese cartoons should be emphasized. All for a monthly fee starting from 7,99 euros, with a 7-day free trial for all new members, which can be activated by pressing the button Try Infinity + for free, after registering for free for the service.
Once you have activated the free trial you can start enjoying the multimedia contents of Infinity+ via its main screen, in order to locate the film or TV series present in the catalog which are divided into categories that enclose them according to the main genres (action, adventure, animation etc). Once you have identified the content of your interest, click on his playbill and possibly on season or onepisode (in the case of a TV series), to start multimedia playback.
For more info see my tutorial on how Infinity + works.
If you want to stream movies, don't want to subscribe and aren't satisfied with the free offerings mentioned above, try contacting Chili.
If you have never heard of it, Chili is a digital content distribution platform, available as an app for Android and iOS (compatible with Chromecast) and applications for Smart TVs from major brands (Samsung, LG, Philips, Sony, Panasonic, Hisense and Haier) or through the website www.chili.com which allows you to rent and purchase single films without subscribing.
Its catalog is made up of thousands of titles of every genre, era and nationality, including first-run films and films still present in the hall (which can be pre-ordered, often with special promotions), which can be accessed with the simple creation of a free account.
Film prices start at € 0,90 for rental and € 4,99 for purchase (in SD resolution, then they are also available in HD, Full HD and 4K). The accepted payment methods are: card, PayPal, Satispay and Chili balance (deriving from promo codes and gift cards). The rented content remains available for 28 days and then, after the first playback, must be consumed within 48 hours. The purchased films, on the other hand, can be viewed and reviewed at any time (on the Chili website or in the official apps of the service).
To create your account and start watching movies on Chili, connected to the official website of the service, click on the icon of thelittle man collocata in alto a destra e seleciona la voce Log in or register from the menu that opens. Then press the button Register for free and fill out the form that is proposed to you. Alternatively, click on the button Facebook and authenticate through your social account (the procedure can also be carried out from the Chili app for Android).
Once you have created your account, you can access the main Chili screen to browse the featured content (which is divided into specific categories). Alternatively, you can click on the ☰ button and access the sections dedicated to Videos e TV Series or, again, you can search using the icon of magnifying glass. If any of the steps are not clear to you or you want to know more about Chili, consult my tutorial dedicated to the service.
NOW TV (paid)
Another very interesting pay service is NOW TV which allows access to Sky contents - both live and in on demand mode - on PC, smartphone, tablet, video game console, Smart TV and on a special set-top box to be connected to the television. The service does not require the subscription to a satellite pay TV subscription and has no contractual obligations.
For new subscribers there are very tempting promotions that allow you to access all the main contents of the service for 14 days at no cost. After the initial trial period, you have to choose which "ticket" to subscribe to: the one for movies, the one for the TV series and the one for the television shows they cost 9,99 euros / month each, while that for the Sport which includes football (7 matches out of 10 of Serie A for each round, Europa League, Champions League, Premier League etc.) plus other sports costs 29,99 euros / month, 14,99 euros / week or 6,99 euros /day.
It should also be emphasized the possibility of watching content in Full HD, but only on some selected devices, such as NOW TV Box, NOW TV Smart Stick, video game console, Chromecast and Smart TV. To find out more, read my guide on how NOW TV works.
Disney + (paid)
Disney + is a licensed streaming service Disney, which allows you to watch a wide range of content suitable for the whole family: come on Disney classics e Pixar to the films of The Marvel movies, passing through the series FOX, the film saga and series inspired by Star Wars, and documentaries National Geographic and many originals made for the platform.
In fact, there is no shortage of contents dedicated to generalist entertainment lovers: the latter, in fact, is mainly addressed in the section Star of Disney +, strong in its television products Star Original, as well as a very long list of films and TV series of already proven success.
This Disney-owned streaming service is accessible not only from PCs, but also smartphones and tablets, Smart TVs, Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV HD / 4K (also via AirPlay) and video game consoles.
The subscription price is 8,99 € / month or 89,90 € / year for new subscribers (existing subscribers can renew the service a 6,99 euro / month or 69,99 euro / year, until the first renewal deadline after 22 August 2021), without renewal restrictions or penalties in the event of any cancellation.
In this regard, for more information on the use of the platform in question, I invite you to read my guide in which I explain in more detail how Disney + works.
Have you ever heard of VVVVID? I sincerely hope so as this is the best free Italian VOD service. Inside, in exchange for a simple registration that can also be made via Facebook, you can find films such as "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me", "Space Battleship Yamato", "The price of Hollywood" and collections of classic films like the comedies with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill and the films of the timeless Bruce Lee. Furthermore, by going to the sections of the service dedicated to TV Series and Japanese Anime, it is possible to find a wide range of series and cartoons, both in Italian and in the original language.
VVVVID is accessible from any modern browser (not even the use of Flash Player is required) and also from smartphones and tablets, through the official applications of the service for Android and iOS.
PopCorn TV (free)
Another good site for watch streaming movies without spending a penny is PopCornTV, a legal on-demand Web TV portal that offers a wide range of movies and cartoons to watch live with no recordings or additional software to install on your computer.
There are no first-rate films but many comedies, action movies, horror films and dramatic films from various countries around the world (even in the original language) among which there is no shortage of quality content that deserves to be seen.
Again, to start playing a movie, all you have to do is click on its preview. Don't forget to check out the anime available on the site, there are some really interesting ones.
Paramount Channel (free)
Paramount Channel is a free channel that broadcasts on both digital terrestrial and satellite. Its programming, which consists entirely of American films and TV series, is visible for free in streaming and some of the films broadcast by the broadcaster can also be watched in on-demand mode.
To access the Paramount Channel live stream, you need to connect to the channel's website and click the button Live that you find at the top center. To view the on-demand movies, however, you have to click on the button Video that you find at the top left and you have to select the item Movie in streaming give the menu to compare.
The contents are accessible from any browser with Flash Player support and also on the move, from smartphones and tablets using the appropriate app for Android and iOS. No registration or social authentication is required (in the app it can be bypassed by pressing the appropriate item available in the initial menu).
Another “television” site that I recommend you add to your favorites is RaiPlay, which hosts a rich cinema section with the best films broadcast by the Rai networks. To access the list of available titles, click on the button ≡ che si trova in alto a sinistra e seleciona la voce Videos from the bar that appears on the side. Then choose a movie genre from action and adventure, comedy, dramatic, thriller and crime, musicale sentimental or, if you prefer to browse the titles in alphabetical order, click on the item all.
RaiPlay works on all web browsers and is also accessible from Smart TVs, multimedia decoders and smartphones / tablets thanks to the apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. To enjoy on-demand content from portable devices, you need to create a free account using your email address, your Facebook account or your Twitter account.
In addition, there is the Rai Cinema website that hosts dozens of unreleased films made specifically for the Web: take a look and I'm sure you won't regret it!
MyMovies Live (free / paid)
If you are looking for arthouse films and are willing to symbolically queue up to watch them, try MyMovies Live which supports an original digital projection system through which you have to book a place to watch a film and you can only access it. on scheduled days and times (usually every day of the week at 21pm).
The service is free with the option to pay a subscription of 1,99 euros to bypass the time restrictions and requires the creation of an account. To create your own, click on the button Activate a free profile which is located at the top and fill out the form that is proposed to you.
When the operation is completed, consult the catalog i Film live and book a place to attend the “screening” of one of the available works. It will be a bit like being in the cinema… but just a bit considering that you won't have to move from the sofa! It only works on computers.
YouTube (free / paid)
You probably already know this, but let me point out that it is possible watch streaming movies also on YouTube. The famous video portal includes a store on which it is possible to rent / buy first-time films (as well as great classics of the past) and hosts several channels that offer free films in a completely legal way. A few examples? I'll settle you immediately.
- Movie On by YAM112003 - a channel of the YAM112003 network that contains several interesting films, some of them very recent. These are almost always films made in the USA, and there are also titles in the original language.
- Minerva Pictures Films & Clips - hosts quite a few horror films and comedies, as well as clips and trailers of very popular titles.
- KoreanFilm - a channel dedicated entirely to Korean classic cinema. It hosts over 100 films produced from the 30s onwards.
The films on the channels that I have just pointed out can be played on all YouTube compatible devices: computers, smartphones, tablets, Chromecast, Apple TV and so on.