TVs & Audio | July 8, 2023
Paid streaming platforms offer a wide variety of content, premieres, and access to documentaries that are not usually available through commercial channels. In addition to these paid experiences, there are also free platforms that don’t require user registration. You can simply access their app or website and start streaming their content directly.
Here is a list of several services and platforms to enjoy the best content in series, movies, documentaries, concerts, and more. These streaming experiences offer access to broadcast TV channels or other options that allow users to create their own platform based on their style and preferences.
With paid platforms like Netflix becoming increasingly restrictive in terms of screen usage, content availability, or playback quality, these free offers become unique opportunities to continue watching high-quality movies and series on the living room TV.
This platform offers over 80 channels, providing an experience similar to traditional broadcast TV. It is one of the best options for Spanish content on the list. It offers live content with different channels categorized as general, regional, or thematic. It also includes international channels to keep users updated on the latest news. There is one catch: channels such as Atresmedia, AXN, TNT, TCM, Calle 13, Motorvision.tv, and CNN require a paid subscription, so you’ll have to look for alternatives or make a payment.
You can access Tivify through its website or download its official application from the Samsung, LG, or other Android TV app stores. It is also available for download on Android or iOS devices, allowing access to its content from smartphones or tablets. Additionally, the free plan offers options such as linking up to 3 devices and recording certain programs.
This streaming platform stands out for its extensive content, including both live TV channels and on-demand content. It offers a total of up to 150 live channels from various categories, providing a broad viewing experience. However, there is a small drawback: users may need to search for Spanish channels, as many of them are in English or cater to the Asian audience. Nevertheless, it is a noteworthy option among the available free platforms. It is accessible through its website.
The Chinese manufacturer is following the lead of other brands, such as Samsung, by offering a series of live channels through Mi TV+. It also provides access to 60 international channels and Spanish content through on-demand programs in different categories. In total, there are 240 live TV channels, and now it is available on any TV with Android TV.
One great advantage of this service is that it does not require user registration prior to use. Xiaomi Mi TV+ has been expanding its Spanish content, although English content is still prevalent across various categories. It is one of the best streaming offers on the list, especially if you have an Android TV.
Pluto TV arrived a few years ago and currently offers more than 100 thematic channels. Its availability on mobile devices, tablets, and Smart TVs makes Pluto TV an excellent option for enjoying quality free content. It offers different channel categories, including cooking shows, music, comedy, and more.
Pluto TV is a platform owned by Paramount and relies on advertising to sustain itself, similar to traditional TV. Therefore, there may be occasional ads. Notably, it provides access to well-known TV series like ‘Star Trek’ or ‘CSI’. You can access Pluto TV through its website, Android app, or iOS app.
Rakuten TV now allows live channels to be streamed on Smart TVs, as well as on mobile devices and tablets. It offers a total of 100 channels, including programs, movies, series, and documentaries. It also provides access to news from other channels, making its TV lineup comprehensive.
Like Xiaomi Mi TV+, Rakuten TV does not require a subscription, as it provides full access through its website or Smart TV app. Users can also download the app on Android or iOS devices to enjoy its extensive collection of high-quality multimedia content.
Runtime is a relatively new platform that has managed to bring together a vast content library to compete with other platforms. It offers a total of 1,000 titles, including movies, series, and TV programs. One advantage is that users can enjoy all the content without a prior registration, making it a simple and quick streaming option.
Runtime is ad-supported, so expect to encounter advertisements at certain moments. Unlike other alternatives, it offers a total of 10 channels, well-curated in terms of content. Seven channels are dedicated to thematic movies, and the remaining channels focus on TV series. This platform is available through its website and can be installed as an app on Android or iOS. It can also be downloaded on Android TV, Google TV, Fire TV, Roku, or Apple TV.
ATRESPlayer allows access to Antena 3, La Sexta, Neox, Nova, Mega, and other channels from the Atresmedia Group in Spain. Users can access most of its content for free, although some exclusive content requires a monthly subscription. This platform has been around for a while and has improved over time, offering better mobile apps and a Smart TV app.
Samsung has also opened its streaming platform, Samsung TV Plus, to be available on Galaxy devices and some of its refrigerators. It is limited to Samsung devices, and this is where it differs from the Chinese brand’s proposition.
The Korean manufacturer is trying to expand the reach of its streaming platform by offering high-quality content. The streaming quality has been improved, and there is a wider variety of free channels. there are over 100 channels available, including those from the national broadcast TV (TDT) and some exclusive channels. ‘NatureTime,’ a high-quality nature channel, is highly recommended.
LG Channels is another service that offers the highest number of channels, with over 1,900 available. However, it is tied to LG TVs with webOS 5.0 or higher. This limitation is the main drawback, but it includes TDT channels and a wide range of content, including movies, TV series, documentaries, and more. As it is integrated into LG TVs, the app appears directly on the webOS home screen, so there is no need to do anything but enjoy the service from the start.
RTVE Play has improved over time and now offers a wide range of content. While it originally only provided live broadcasts, it now allows users to enjoy movies that are often difficult to find on other mentioned platforms.
Channels such as La 1, La 2, 24H, TDP, and Clan are available. All content can be accessed through their website without the need to register or go through any similar process, making access quick and simple. This service has evolved over the years to offer the sought-after on-demand content desired by many users in Spain.
Mi Tele offers a similar experience to the services provided by the previously mentioned Atresmedia Group. It is a website that provides access to all the programs found on Telecinco, Cuatro, FDF, and other channels owned by the MEDIASET group.
The experience is similar, offering on-demand content and programming from MEDIASET channels, with the exception of premium content that requires a subscription. Similarly, ATRESPlayer also offers premium content that would otherwise be difficult to access through a monthly payment.
These two services, which conclude this series of the best content platforms for series, movies, and more, have the great virtue of being customizable according to one’s own preferences. This means that you can access local content on a PC or computer and stream it on any screen in your home. Plex also offers over 100 free titles and a series of channels similar to those mentioned above.
Plex TV also offers series and movies in Spanish, but the rest is in English. However, due to the flexibility it provides, whether it’s local content or web content, it is a platform used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. It just takes a little time to set it up and configure it to enjoy its great experience.
It is similar to Plex TV with the added bonus of being an open-source platform. This platform was born in 2022 with XBMC, which started being used on the early Xbox consoles. In other words, it also pulls local content from your computer. It also has applications for most systems, such as GNU/Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, and Raspberry Pi.
Another great feature is that it is a modular app that can be customized with the interface, all kinds of add-ons for special functionalities, and other features. It also allows you to access the connection of other services like Plex or YouTube through web links, so with a little patience, it can offer a unique platform experience. It is available on its website with all the necessary downloads, tutorials, and much more.