Ten Apps for Getting Free TV and Movies on iPad

iPad screenshot with video apps

More and more people are finding movies and TV shows to watch on their iPads. Of course there are pay sites like iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video, but I’m a cheapskate; I like the apps with totally FREE shows and movies.  So, I compiled a list of m favorite iPad apps for getting totally free TV and movies on the iPad (most of these work on iPhone as well).  Are you ready?

PBS for iPad

The PBS app is outstanding, with a good selection of quality full episodes of shows like “American Experience”, “Antiques Roadshow”, “Frontline”, and “Nova”.


Of course, everyone knows about home-made You Tube video snippets, but I was able to find some old episodes from the Discovery Channel, some really good stand up comedy, and the occasional full movie here.


I like the fact that it has a button labeled “FULL EPISODES”.  Shows include “The Office”, “Jay Leno”, “Jimmy Fallon”, “30 Rock”, and many other.

The History Channel

This app full episodes of shows like “Pawn Stars”, “American Pickers” and “Ax Men”.  Interface is very easy to use and straightforward.

Crackle Movies & TV

OK, this app definitely has “B”-level movies, but they are totally free!  “Starship Troopers”, “District 9”, and “Underworld” are some examples of the better movies on there.  The app itself now has ads, which is mildly annoying.


This app eatures full episodes of “Storage Wars”, “Hoarders”, and “Flip this House”.


The ABC app has been flakey (or more accurately, the servers providing the video to this app have been flakey).  Otherwise, I would have given this app a higher rating for the full episodes of quality shows it offers.  When it works, it’s great.. After a re-install, it seems to be fine now.

HGTV to Go

This app has good full episodes of shows like “House Hunters”, “Curb Appeal”, and “Income Property”. Simple and easy to use.

The CW Network

I don’t watch shows on the CW very much, but I like the fact that they provide lots of full episodes.

Air Video Free

My last pick is not a source of free video, but rather an app that allows you to stream video from your computer to your iPad wirelessly. If you have lots of, say, ripped VHS video on your computer, this app would allow you to watch them on your iPad. You’ll have to install software on your computer as well. The only downside is that it requires you to install Java, which is not difficult, but it’s another piece of bloatware on your computer.

What are your favorite apps for free TV and movies on iPad?  Please leave a comment below! – Brian

  • Thomas Green

    Here I watch free movies in high quality video http://viooz.one/

  • Mickey

    I like your dedication. Can u tell me what apps that r on ipad1 , that can be streamed to my analog tv. I can stream Netflix and coke&popcorn. Thanx , mickey

    • Brian

      Hi Mikey,

      Thank you for your question. I assume you are using the iPad A/V cable to connect to your TV. The only way to tell if the apps use that output is to try them. Unfortunately, I don’t have that cable, so I can’t do it. If you get around to it, let me know what you find out and I’ll add the results to this article for everyone to see.


      • I have that cable and can tell you that Amazon and Netflix work. We use it over the in-car entertainment TV. Really eats up our data plan on longer trips though.