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Stream free TV online: The best free TV apps and sites for iPad, iPhone, Android, and PC’s

Stream free TV without a cable television subscription on iPhone, iPad, Android, or a computer. All of the major broadcast networks and several popular cable networks stream free TV episodes on their apps and websites. Availability of specific shows and when recent episodes are released online vary by network, see below for all the details. Also see our list of the top free shows, updated weekly.

Stream free TV with broadcast network apps

  • ABC iPhone | iPad Android | Kindle FirePC | Apple TV
    • Availability: All shows generally released the day after they air, with 5 most recent episodes available for free
  • CBS:  iPhone | iPad | Android | Kindle Fire | BlackBerry | PC
    • Availability:  All shows generally released the day after they air, with 5 most recent episodes available for free
    • CBS also has a new streaming subscription with live streaming and full current/past seasons. Try it for free!

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  • CW:  iPhone | iPad | Android | PC | Xbox
    • Availability:  All shows generally released the day after they air, with 5 most recent episodes available for free
  • FOX:  iPhone | iPad | Android | Windows Phone | PC | Apple TV | Roku | Xbox | more
    • Availability:  On mobile only select episodes available for free. On PC all shows generally released 8 days after they air, with 5 most recent episodes available for free
  • NBC:  iPhone | iPad | Android | BlackBerry | PC
    • Availability:  All shows generally released the day after they air, with 5 most recent episodes available for free
  • PBS:  iPhone | iPad | PC | Apple TV
    • Availability:  All shows generally released the day after they air, the number of episodes varies by program with some full seasons available

Stream free TV online: The best free TV apps and sites for iPad, iPhone, Android, and PC'sHulu has the rights to stream free TV shows from ABC, CW, FOX, and NBC. On computers, the most recent episode is usually available for free 8 days after it airs, with 5 total episodes available for free. Select shows are available free on the Android app. A few shows from smaller cable channels are also available, but it varies by network. A Hulu Plus subscription is required to watch on iPhone or iPad, or get faster access to new episodes. Free trials are available.

Stream free TV with cable network apps

  • A&E: iPhone | iPad | Android | Kindle Fire | Windows Phone | PC | Apple TV
    • Availability: Recent episodes of select shows available for free, a few episodes from past seasons available for most shows
  • Bravo: iPhone | iPad | PC
    • Availability: Recent episodes of selectshows available for free, episodes from past seasons available for additional shows
  • Comedy CentraliPhone | iPad | Android | Windows Phone | PC | Xbox
    • Availability: Recent episodes of select shows available for free
    • The Tosh.0 app for iPhone, iPad, and Android has ‘episode highlights’ which are essentially full episodes loaded with commercials
    • Hulu has some recent Key & Peele episodes free on computers
  • Discovery Channel: iPhone | iPad | Android | Kindle FirePC
    • Availability: select few shows have recent and past episodes available for free
  • Food Network: iPhone | iPad | Android | PC
    • Availability: select few shows have recent and past episodes available for free
  • HGTVPC
    • Availability: Recent episodes of select shows available free on PC only
  • History: iPhone | iPad | Android | PC
    • Availability: Recent episodes of select shows available for free, a few episodes from past seasons available for most shows
  • Lifetime: iPhone | iPad | Android | Kindle Fire | Windows Phone | PC
    • A select few shows have recent and past episodes available
  • MTV: iPhone | iPad | Android | Windows Phone | PC
    • Availability: select episodes available on mobile, recent episodes from more shows available on PC
  • TLC: iPhone | iPad | Android | PC
    • A select few shows have recent and past episodes available for free
  • VH1: iPhone | iPad | Android | PC
    • Availability: select episodes available on mobile, recent episodes from more shows available on PC

Several children’s networks also stream free TV shows, but the selection is generally quite limited.

Most other top cable networks do not stream free TV shows, and require a cable TV login to watch full episodes (AMC, FX, TBS, TNT, USA, HBO, Showtime, etc), but there are ways to watch some of their programming for free or without cable.

AMC and Showtime typically make season premieres of all their shows available free.

Full episodes of the Conan O’Brien show on TBS are free with the Team Coco app for iPhone/iPad or Android or from a PC on the desktop site.

Hulu also has some cable networks included on their free and paid service, but it is generally limited to the free networks mentioned above for recent episodes. Past-season episodes from additional networks are available, just as they are on Netflix.

Stream free TV from past seasons

Crackle has past seasons of a few notable older shows:  Seinfeld, The Shield, Rescue Me, Married With Children, and some original series.  Stream free TV with the Crackle app for iPhone, iPad, or Android, or their website.

If you’re willing to pay a little, Hulu+, Amazon Prime, and Netflix all have large catalogs of past seasons of TV shows, including shows from AMC, FX, and other top cable networks. Amazon stands out by offering most older HBO shows. They all produce original content as well, and Netflix’s top shows rival some of the best cable dramas. All three services have free trials, try them out and see what’s best for you.

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  1. Thanks for the article. Hulu, etc is great on iPad. If live outside USA, you can use tools like UnoTelly to get Hulu, etc on your iPad.

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