The series that you will not be able to see on HBO, you will have on these free streaming platforms

The platforms to watch series and movies have become essential for many homes today, and the possibility of being able to see everything you want from a subscription is very tempting. Platforms such as Netflix, Prime Video, HBO or Disney+ have opened up the on-demand audiovisual market, but At present there are other possible cheaper alternatives.

There are many companies that are looking for a way to attract the public by offering an alternative to the classic subscription companies, now the offer is to provide a free service but at the same time it is economically profitable. As? With the inclusion of online advertising. The ads accompany the content and with it the platforms offer free content and they can be maintained.

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Watch series and not pay for it

Sometimes the series offer is so wide that we cannot cover all the platforms that we would like, and the fact is that the expense at the end of the month would be very important for a Spanish home. However, there is an alternative that we have overlooked this time and that it will solve our problem: streaming platforms.

These spaces are free and legal, and are financed by advertising inserted in the web itself. The truth is that these platforms are less known to the majority of the public and are much smaller than the popular subscription platforms, but they are developing better every time.

Free ad-supported streaming (FAST) is in full expansion, so much so that in the United States The HBO subscription platform, in order to cope with the financial cuts it is going through, has decided to sell the rights to some of its popular series to these free spaces. Content that you previously only saw on HBO by paying for it, now you can find it for free.

The commotion and the success achieved by the FAST is such that platforms such as Disney + or Netflix have begun to take action on the matter. Now, both companies have decided to confront them by offering cheaper rates in exchange for including advertising at the beginning and during the broadcast of their content.

These are the free platforms to watch series and movies

The rise of this type of platform is such that according to the consulting firm Comscore, in the United States during 2022 there was an increase of 29% compared to 2020 of households that used these FAST spaces. The expansion has not been long in coming and in Spain we can also enjoy this service totally free.

Pluto TV

This platform belonging to the Paramount group is absolutely free and does not require prior registration. It is accessed through its website or application, or Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or Chromecast. You can enjoy all its content for free, yes, with advertising. Of all the FASTs, Pluto TV is the benchmark in the market, and it is present in more than 30 countries.

The operation of the platform consists on the one hand of offering 100 channels with live broadcast and on the other hand, it offers an on-demand content service. In addition to series, it also offers movies that are dubbed into Spanish and does not give the option to change them to the original version.

In it we can find classic literary adaptations from the BBC that cannot be seen on other pay services, such as ‘Up and Down’ or the miniseries based on the novel by Elizabet Gaskell, ‘North and South’; and series like ‘Doctor Who’.

Rakuten TV and Rakuten VIKI

Rakuten is a Japanese company that offers free content since 2019, through its more than 80 television channels and hundreds of movies and series. Although it is free, unlike Pluto TV, Rakuten does require prior registration. In addition, the platform offers a store and the option of subscriptions for premium content. In 2021, Rakuten VIKI was released, a free platform oriented towards Asian cinema, which does not require registration and which has a wide range of films from China, Korea and Japan.

Among its offer we find original sports productions such as ‘Matchday’ or ‘Campeonas’, or documentaries focused on the figures of the Spanish athletes Ona Carbonell or Seve Ballesteros.


This platform is more of a free live television where you can watch more than 150 live channels. Among its features, it allows recordings of up to 60 hours, has access to the programming of the last seven days of RTVE and the regional channels, and allows the connection of three devices.


This is a very complete platform, which allows access through registration but also without it. Offers 200 live channels and a total of 50,000 titles between series and movies. Plex allows you to order multimedia content and has an additional premium section.


The Spanish platform offers its own content that has already been broadcast but also has an access service to Spanish and European series such as ‘Call my agent’ or ‘Hipócrates’. You have access to programs and series dedicated to the youngest through RTVE Playz.

The free streaming market is very broad and already moves numerous platforms that offer a great offer to users, making them direct competition to companies that are based on subscription. In this sense, the numbers speak for themselves, and Pluto TV is the leader in free streaming with more than 68 million users active per month or Rakuten TV already has more than 9 million users annually in 42 European countries.

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