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5 Places to Watch TV for Free Online

When I revamped my budget years ago, I decided cable and subscription services were not a priority for me to include. But I still love to watch the current shows out there and because of that, I’ve found there are a number of legal ways to watch TV for free.

With Amazon Prime rates going up along with everything else, it can never hurt to learn about new ways to save money. There are an endless number of paid subscription sites out there to watch TV on, but there are also some great free options too.

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Where to Watch TV for Free Online

Whether your motivation is to save money or to avoid Amazon Prime price increases (and therefore avoid supporting Bezos in dismantling historic bridges), there are a number of places online to watch TV for free.

These websites usually also have a paid version to get rid of commercials, but I’m all for sitting through a couple of commercials to save money.

Here is a list of my favourite websites for watching TV for free:

1. CTV

CTV’s website not only has current shows, but also has a number of “throwback” series that you can stream. There is a wide variety of movies available to watch too.

Watch CTV here: https://www.ctv.ca/video

Something to note if you are wanting to watch current TV shows on CTV.ca is that they are uploaded to the site the day after general broadcast on TV. The show will be available to watch for one week after the broadcast date.

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2. Global TV

Global TV lists the network’s current shows. Similar to CTV’s website, if you are wanting to watch current TV shows on globaltv.com, they are uploaded to the site the day after general broadcast on TV. The show will then be available to watch for one week after the broadcast date.

Watch Global TV here: https://www.globaltv.com/shows/

3. City TV

City TV also lists the network’s current TV shows like the previous two sites do, as well as some seasonal and Hallmark-style movies.

Watch City TV here: https://www.citytv.com/vancouver/shows/

Similar to the previous two websites, if you are wanting to watch current TV shows on citytv.com, the shows are uploaded to the site the day after general broadcast on TV. The show will be available to watch for one week after the broadcast date.

4. CBC Gem

CBC Gem has a ton of Canadian and foreign content on their site. If you sign up for a free account, you get access to additional seasons of TV shows. There is a large variety of movies and documentaries on the site as well.

Watch CBC Gem here: https://gem.cbc.ca/

If you love Netflix, I find a lot of the same content on CBC Gem–especially Canadian content. I was watching Schitt’s Creek on CBC Gem before it was on Netflix and have noticed a number of other shows appearing on both websites. The difference is, you can watch tv for free on CBC Gem and Netflix has a monthly fee.

5. Knowledge Network

Knowledge Network has loads of documentaries, dramas, and performing arts shows available with a free account. The website will cycle through shows regularly and lists “expiry dates” for when certain episodes will be going offline.

Watch Knowledge Network here: https://www.knowledge.ca/

If you’re scrolling through the documentaries on The Knowledge Network site, I highly recommend watching Just Eat It, which focuses on the problem of food waste by following a Vancouver couple as they decide to eat only rescued food for six months. It’s a very eye-opening show!

Other Online Options

Some of these websites for watching TV will be local to my area, but there’s a good chance your local stations have free options for watching TV too.

Do you have favourite websites to watch TV for free online where you live?

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8 Comments

  • Helen

    never heard of these options but you are right with the rise of prices (*cough netflix *cough) it’s much more sustainable to watch tv for free. I personally like peacock . it’s basically like netflix but free and you get a lot of movies & shows.

    • A Sustainably Simple Life

      I heard Netflix is going up too with everything else. Peacock looks like a great option! Not available up here in Canada, but looks like it’s free for the USA. Thanks for sharing!

  • Vanessa

    How nice. Thank you for sharing these. I didn’t know any of them. It’s nice to have some entertainment but prices have been on the rise and quality is not always served too. I’m these options will help lots of people saving money.

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