Use Hulu for Free Online Movies and Streaming TV Shows

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Update 8/26/16 - Unfortunately, Hulu is no longer free. Here are some other free online movie websites where you can still enjoy free content.

Hulu is a website where you can watch free online movies as well as free streaming TV shows. Shorts, movie trailers, and documentaries are also available at Hulu. Many people use Hulu as one of their free content providers after ditching their cable service.

Hulu has a huge collection of TV shows and movies available but you'll have to watch advertisements placed like commercials throughout the shows or movies you are viewing.

My Experience Watching Free Movies on Hulu

Visit Hulu for Free Streaming Movies & TV Shows

When you visit it will appear to only have content available for subscribers of Hulu Plus, with a free one-week trial. That is an enticement to join Hulu Plus. But if you create a free Hulu account and then access your account page, you can browse for free movies and shows from there using the menus at the top of that page. There is a limitation, however, you can only watch full episodes on a computer, they will only show clips for free on mobile devices.

Hulu's Free Streaming Movies and TV Shows

Hulu has free streaming movies and TV shows in genres like Drama, Documentaries, Comedy, Action and Adventure, Animation and Cartoons, Anime, Arts and Culture, Classics, Family, Food, Gay and Lesbian, Health and Wellness, Horror and Suspense, International, Kids, Lifestyle, Music, News and Information, Reality and Game Shows, Science fiction, Sports, Video Games, and Korean drama.

If you don't want to spend time browsing through a genre at Hulu, you can view the movies and shows by most popular, recently added, staff picks, and those in the Criterion Collection.

Hulu also has some collections available like "School's in Session" and "Gotta Have Faith," that often change. This is a really fun way to get to know content that you may have normally passed up.

Hulu's Video Player

Hulu's video player lets you do all the normal player functions including watching the video full-screen. There are some additional features here though including a 10-second rewind button and options to lower the page's background lights or watch the video in a pop-up window.

Where Hulu Gets Its Movies and TV Shows

Hulu is a legal free streaming movie website and has a partnership with over 500 content companies where it gets its TV shows. They include FOX, ABC, The CW, NBC, A&E Networks, BBC, MTV Networks, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, National Geographic, Sony Pictures, and Time Warner.

Hulu's movies and documentaries come from Miramax and the Criterion Collection.

Get More But Pay More With Hulu Plus

Hulu Plus is the subscription part of Hulu with a monthly fee to view the Hulu Plus content. There is a 1-week free trial if you'd like to try it out. They have two tiers, one with limited commercials and one with no commercials.

With Hulu Plus you'll get more movie and TV show content and the ability to view them on your laptop, tablet, gaming console, TV, and mobile device. You'll still have to view limited advertising.

Requirements to View Content at Hulu

No download is required to view the movies and TV shows at Hulu.

You'll need to have an Internet connection and an Adobe Flash enabled computer. You must have a broadband connection, if your connection is too slow, Hulu won't stream. You can only view clips rather than full episodes or movies on mobile devices for free.