Fantastic video-streaming services that are not named Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu

Netflix has become a verb (“let’s netflix tonight”), everyone knows about Amazon, and Hulu is a force to be reckoned with. You could even refer to them as the new Big Three, given their growing influence over the industry.

As these behemoths flex their muscles by repeatedly raising prices, consumers looking for alternative sources for online movies, TV shows, and other forms of video entertainment would be wise to sample some of these alternative services. Most of them target niche audiences, but they’re all inexpensive—indeed, some don’t charge any fees at all.

Incidentally, there are a few sites operating in the darker corners of the web that we don’t recommend visiting. We’re talking about the ones that offer Hollywood movies that are still playing in theaters. All the services listed here—in alphabetical order—are completely above board. 

Updated February 6, 2019 to let readers know that the all-new Criterion Channel is now accepting charter member signups. The service won’t actually launch until April, but signing up now will not only net you a discounted rate, but you’ll also get to watch a new movie each week as part of the service’s pre-launch “Movie of the Week” series. You’ll need to provide a credit card number now, but when the service launches on April 8, charter members will get a 30-day free trial. The Criterion Channel says your card will not be charged until the end of the trial. Scroll down to our description of the service for more details. 

Archive.org

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Archive.org offers free, public domain movies.

This amazing resource is absolutely huge, with billions of sound files, ebooks, and video files, all of it free and in the public domain. A huge number of both cheesy and quality movies are available, ranging from Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space to the Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn thriller Charade. The “Feature Film” section alone promises more than 5,000 titles. Because of the sheer number of files, searching for things can be a headache, and there are many duplicates, but patience pays off. All files can be downloaded and saved in various formats. Archive.org

Big Five Glories

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Big Five Glories curates several free public domain movies.

Big Five Glories is another public domain site, but it’s a little better organized, focusing mainly on feature films. Highlights on the homepage include F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise and Jame Whales’ The Old Dark House. Viewers can search by any number of criteria (including silent-era films and color films), and the site has a clean, simple design that gives screenshots of the movies as well as opportunities to buy the actual DVDs if the need arises. The videos are powered by YouTube, plus there’s no need to sign up or log in. It’s all free. Big Five Glories

Boomerang

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Boomerang is a service for cartoon lovers.

If live-action entertainment doesn’t provide enough escape, here’s Boomerang, for cartoon lovers only. It includes a generous, but sadly not complete, selection of classic theatrical Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Popeye, and Droopy cartoons, plus TV shows like Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, Garfield, Bunnicula, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and many Hanna-Barbera shorts (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, etc.). The service also offers a small number of feature-length films, and many holiday specials. It runs $4.99 per month or a yearly fee of $39.99 (an average of $3.33 per month). It’s a lot of fun, but the content doesn’t appear to be updated regularly, so it might be a bit pricey for what’s actually here. Boomerang

Britbox

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Britbox is essential for fans of BBC programming.

Anglophiles will want this streaming service, consisting entirely of fine TV series from the BBC. Highlights include Brideshead Revisited (with Jeremy Irons), Pride and Prejudice (with Colin Firth), Prime Suspect (with Helen Mirren), Blackadder, Father Ted, Fawlty Towers, The Office, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, State of Play, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Miss Marple, Hammer House of Horror TV specials, plenty of Doctor Who, and much more. Subscriptions for U.S. customers are $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually (roughly $5.83 per month), with a seven-day free trial period. Britbox

Crackle

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Crackle has a selection of Sony movies streaming free, with ads.

Owned by Sony, Crackle is free, and you don’t even need to register, unless you’d like to keep a queue. There are ads every so often during streaming, which is annoying, but depending on your pocketbook, it can be a worthy exchange. Their selection isn’t huge, but what they have is fairly high profile, and the percentage of good movies vs. bad ones is pretty solid. They also offer some sitcoms (Married, with Children, Just Shoot Me, etc.) and a selection of anime. They are producing more and more original content, like the series Snatch (starring Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint) and StartUp (starring Martin Freeman), or the original movie Party Boat (not that we really needed the latter). Crackle

The Criterion Channel

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The Criterion Channel promises an impressive selection of all-time great movies. Pictured: Ingmar Bergman’s Persona.

Scheduled to launch in spring of 2019, this is the mother lode for film fans, likely with access to most of Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman’s films, as well as the cream of the crop of world cinema and many of the greatest films in history. Criterion had previously collaborated with FilmStruck, but it shut down at the end of November, 2018.

Criterion says it will be entirely in charge of its new direction, which sounds like great news. The price tag is still shocking, but it’s a few pennies less than FilmStruck’s premiere price was. Viewers who sign up now to be a “charter subscriber” will get discount prices: $9.99 per month or $89.99 annually (or $7.49 a month), plus a whopping 30-day free trial period. Regular prices will be $10.99 a month or $100 annually. The Criterion Channel

DC Universe

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DC Universe offers animated shows and movies, feature films, and eComics for superhero fans.

A cornucopia for comic book fans, DC Universe not only includes just about every DC related TV show, cartoon, and movie you can think of—from the 1940s full-color Fleischer brothers Superman animated shorts to the animated feature Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. It also offers original content, such as the currently-running Titans TV series, and the upcoming Swamp Thing. Subscribers also have access to an enormous library of eComics, a social media site to connect with other comic book fans, and tons of other nerdy, fun stuff. It’s $7.99 per month or an annual subscription for $74.99 (an average of $6.25 per month), with a seven-day free trial period. DC Universe

Disney+

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Disney+ promises streaming heaven for all fans of the Mouse. Pictured: Wreck-It-Ralph.

Not much is known yet about Disney+. It could just be a niche market for Disney nerds, but if it succeeds, it could be as big as—or bigger than—any of the Big Three. There are no pricing plans as of yet (some pundits are guessing that it will be cheaper than Netflix), and not even a firm launch date. But the website displays logos for Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, which seems like a pretty good mix. As of now Disney has a deal with Netflix, so expect a lot of that content to shift over to the new service. Also expect lots of original content, starting with a proposed Star Wars series, set before the events of Rogue One. Here’s more of what about Disney+ we know so far. Disney+

Epix

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Epix offers newer must-see movies, such as A Quiet Place.

Though Epix has an impressive selection of movies from Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM—Fences, Arrival, and A Quiet Place are available—users must sign in with their cable account, if they have one. But anyone can sign up for a free 14-day trial to check it out. Epix appears to have some original content, including the Get Shorty series, and there are even sections for LGBT and erotic films. Epix

Fandango Now

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Fandango Now allows viewers to rent or buy new releases not yet on Netflix.

The service boasts that it has titles not available on Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Netflix, with thousands of them available for individual rental or purchase, with no paid subscription necessary. But Fandango Now is essentially like Vudu or the iTunes store, with virtually the same selection and prices. A major difference is that viewers can join the Fandango VIP+ club and get points toward free movies. Not to mention that it could appeal to those that are not fans of Apple or Walmart, Vudu’s parent company. Fandango Now

Fandor

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Fandor has been a place for hardcore cineastes to stream non-mainstream fare.

Based in San Francisco and launched in 2011, Fandor is for hardcore cinema buffs. It specializes in arthouse films, weird cult and horror flicks, indie cinema, and foreign titles, as well as a massive silent era library, but nothing mainstream. It allows users to write their own reviews and keep and share movie lists, and it also includes well-produced online movie magazine with original articles and videos. Viewers can buy a yearly plan for $49.99, which averages to about $4.17 per month, or pay $5.99 per month on a month-to-month basis. (Note: Fandor was recently sold to a new company, and it’s unclear as to how or if the service will continue.) Fandor

Film Movement Plus

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Film Movement Plus will offer a large collection of unsung international cinema.

Film Movement began as a DVD-of-the-month club, sending its members interesting foreign and indie films in the mail. The company moved into distribution, built a fine library, and launched its first streaming service in 2018. Titles include the excellent, Oscar-nominated adventure film Theeb, the wonderful coming-of-age film Alamar, and After the Storm, by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda. Film Movement Plus also has bonus features and exclusive content, including the premiere of Takeshi Kitano’s new Outrage Coda (the third chapter in his Outrage action series). Categories include “Family,” “Directed by Women,” “LGBTQ,” and many others. Pricing is $5.99 per month, with a 14-day free trial. Film Movement Plus

Hoopla; Kanopy

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Hoopla allows library card holders to “check out” and stream movies for free.

These amazing services are connected to your local public library. Once you sign up (free) with your library card, you can “check out” a certain number of titles per month, which then expire after a certain amount of time. Kanopy is for more serious movie buffs, with plenty of high-class, arthouse films, and a limit of eight checkouts per month. Hoopla has a wider range of services, including audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and music, and 20  checkouts per month. Kanopy is more family-friendly, with a wider range of lesser titles to comb through before finding the good stuff. There are no ads on either, and both services offer Roku apps now, for easy streaming. Hoopla; Kanopy

MUBI

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MUBI lets subscribers view a great, personally-chosen movie each day.

With offices in San Francisco, London, Munich, and Istanbul, MUBI is one of the most acclaimed movie sites for serious cinephiles. It operates on a subscription-based service, either $8.99 per month or a discounted yearly rate of $71.88 (an average $5.99 per month). There’s also a seven-day free trial period available. Their content is comparable to Fandor, with classics, cult movies, and art-house movies, as well as current items like Quentin Dupieux’s Keep an Eye Out. The MUBI staff offers a “film of the day” each day, and the site also carries an online magazine called the Notebook. MUBI

Open Culture

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Open Culture is a blog that curates lists of free movies available on the web. Pictured: Charlie Chaplin in Shoulder Arms.

Yet another site that curates public domain movies, Open Culture simply has a long list (1,150 titles) of free movies with links and descriptions; many of the links go back to Archive.org, but there are others. If you’re up for browsing through the list, there are some surprising picks, such as Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s wonderful A Matter of Life and Death, or one of Natalie Portman’s more daring efforts, Free Zone, as well as a curated selection of free Charlie Chaplin films. The site also contains a plethora of information relating to cinema, free online courses, lectures, books, and other stuff. Open Culture

Ovid.tv

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Ovid.tv is an upcoming service that combines the libraries of six indie film companies.

This service, intended for hardcore cineastes, is scheduled to launch in March, 2019. It assembles the film libraries of no less than six independent distributors—Bullfrog Films, Distrib Films US, First Run Features, Grasshopper Film, Icarus Films, and KimStim—with “more companies expected to join soon.” If filmmakers like Chantal Akerman, Pedro Costa, Claire Denis, Eric Rohmer, Raul Ruiz, or Jean-Marie Straub and Danielle Huillet stimulate your palate, then keep an eye out for this one. Pricing and other details are not yet available. Ovid.tv

PopcornFlix

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PopcornFlix offers free movies for those who don’t mind ads.

Here’s another free service for those budget-minded viewers who don’t mind watching ads. PopcornFlix has its own Roku app and a wide selection of used-bookstore-type movies. Even if you can’t find something you’re specifically looking for, odds are you’ll find something pretty good. As a bonus, the service offers an “Asian Action” section and a Spanish-language section, as well as the first eight Friday the 13th movies! The TV section is skimpier, offering Rosanne and a bunch of other stuff you’ve probably never heard of. PopcornFlix

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How to use Microsoft Word's Resume Assistant to look for a new job… on LinkedIn

While polishing your resume is still as much about relevant experience and skills as ever, finding a job now involves targeting the right keywords and SEO, too. That’s how Microsoft Word’s Resume Assistant can help: tapping LinkedIn to assist your work experience.

Resume Assistant is now part of Microsoft Word, assuming you have an Office 365 subscription and subscribe to LinkedIn. It’s part of Microsoft’s combination of apps and services, and a key part of justifying Microsoft’s $26 billion purchase of the business networking service.

It’s important to note that Resume Assistant doesn’t actually alter or correct your resume; it merely suggests ways to improve it. Resume Assistant can tap into other LinkedIn profiles and mine them for what made them successful.

Be aware that there’s far more assistance further down the Resume Assistant column. Scroll down to see suggested skills, helpful articles to assist your resume writing, and a list of open jobs near you in that specific field. Finally, there’s a link to LinkedIn to submit your resume, and let the world know that you’re looking for a job.

If that seems like a lot of LinkedIn references to a feature within Word—well, you’re right. It’s probably fair to say that Word’s Resume Assistant (“powered by LinkedIn”) is geared more toward uploading your profile to LinkedIn than to helping you ship your resume around the web…and away from Microsoft’s services.

How to get started with Resume Assistant

Though you can manually turn on Resume Assistant within Word, the easiest way is to launch Word, then select an existing resume template. Resume Assistant should launch in a sidebar to the right. If you have an existing resume, you can also open it within Word. If Resume Assistant doesn’t open automatically, you may launch it manually via the Tell me what you want to do search box, where you can type in Resume Assistant. Also, make sure you’ve enabled LinkedIn integration via File > Options > General > Show LinkedIn features in my Office applications).

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Resume Assistant is the big, blue sidebar—you can’t miss it.

When you’re ready to move on, click the Get Started button in the blue Resume Assistant pane to the right. It’s here that LinkedIn will begin suggesting ways to frame your work experience.

LinkedIn will autofill your most recent position as a way to start hunting down relevant information, but you can select whatever title and industry you’d like. (If you don’t identify one on the list, though, LinkedIn won’t be able to suggest any examples.) Click the Read More link for the full listing.

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Resume Assistant provides real-world job experience descriptions from people with similar positions, as a guide to assist you with your own language.

What Resume Assistant first does for you is anonymously suggest language to help you write your own resume, specifically work experience. For example, in this snippet, the employee responsible for leading the ThinkPad X-series delivery team lists their accomplishments. The idea isn’t for you to copy them, but to think about using similar language in describing your own skills.

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You can click on each one to get the full description.

Directly below the work experience examples are a suggested list of relevant skills. This is all about SEO: Not only are you telling a prospective employer that you can perform as expected, but these are also the search terms that prospective employers may be using. From there, Resume Assistant and LinkedIn jump into the good stuff: available jobs, and how to apply for them.

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Resume Assistant will tap LinkedIn for a list of jobs close by.

Based on your stated position and location, Resume Assistant will tap LinkedIn to suggest nearby jobs that may be a good fit. You can then click on the job position to open a LinkedIn page, where you can do everything that LinkedIn allows you to do: read more information about the position, and even apply—where you’ll share your information that you’ve already stored within LinkedIn.

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Clicking on an available position will take you right to a LinkedIn page…

Finally, at the very bottom of the Resume Assistant column, you can also click into LinkedIn, to a separate page that signals your interest to allow recruiters to contact you.

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…where you can apply and share your “profile”—which is essentially your resume.

At this point, you may wonder: What good is my resume, exactly? You know, the whole reason I began the process? That’s an excellent question. In fact, Resume Assistant doesn’t really facilitate the formatting or uploading of a resume anywhere in the process that I could see.

Instead, you’re tacitly encouraged to take your newfound knowledge and apply it to your LinkedIn profile—what you might call a traditional resume in LinkedIn’s lingo. “Applying” for a position within LinkedIn simply signals the prospective employer that you’d like to be considered as a candidate, and makes your profile available to the recruiter. 

Sure, you may submit a resume at some point in the process, and perhaps to an employer who doesn’t use LinkedIn’s network. But the implicit suggestion is: Why would you want to work there?

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Sam Neill doing yoga with his pig is the only thing worth seeing on the internet

We’ve heard of cat yoga, kilt yoga, and even naked yoga. But, there’s one thing we haven’t seen before and that’s a pig doing yoga. Well, until now, that is. 

Sam Neill, of Jurassic Park fame, tweeted two photos of himself and “The Pig” doing their “stretching routine together.” 

On the right, Neill is showing the pig how to do “Upward Facing Dog.” 

According to Neill, the piggy is “more yoga than pilates.” 

Same, tbh. 

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Stephen King is straight up trolling Trump on Twitter now

Another round of King vs. Trump took place on Sunday.
Another round of King vs. Trump took place on Sunday.
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For a while, Donald Trump had Stephen King blocked on Twitter.

Not anymore, though. A judge ruled back in May 2018 that the President couldn’t block people, so these days the horror master is free to hit that reply button as often as he likes.

And that’s exactly what he does. Not only does King regularly tweet about the President, but he also occasionally responds to Trump’s tweets directly.

Trump’s “WITCH HUNT” tweet over the weekend was the perfect example.

Here was King’s Sunday night response.

That’s not the only time King’s opted for the direct reply, either. Here’s a memorable one from last year.

Trump has yet to get into one of his famous Twitter feuds with the horror master, but surely at this stage it’s only a matter of time.

Then again, maybe he saw what happened after Ted Cruz tried to take King on.

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Singapore says personal details of 14,200 HIV patients were posted online

For the second time inside a year, private health information belonging to people in Singapore has been compromised.

Following a hack disclosed last summer that affected the patient records of up to 1.5 million citizens, Singapore’s Ministry of Health revealed today that personal details and the HIV-positive status of 14,200 people were posted online by a convinced fraudster.

Unlike last year’s data breach — which was caused by what appears to be a targeted cyber attack — the details this time around where exposed by unauthorized access to the ministry’s HIV Registry, which occurred in person.

Mikhy K Farrera Brochez, a U.S. citizen who spent over eight years in Singapore before being deported last year over fraud and drug-related offences, is said to have posted the information on the internet after he gained access to it via his partner Ler Teck Siang, a doctor who once led the Ministry of Health’s National Public Health Unit.

It isn’t clear where the details were posted, but the ministry said access to the leak has been “disabled.” However, since Brochez is believed to have retained details in person, it is entirely possible that they may appear again. In a bid to mitigate that threat, the Singapore government is “working with relevant parties to scan the Internet for signs of further disclosure of the information” and ” “seeking assistance from… foreign counterparts.”

“We are sorry for the anxiety and distress caused by this incident. Our priority is the wellbeing of the affected individuals. Since 26 January, we have been progressively contacting the individuals to notify them and render assistance,” the ministry wrote in an announcement.

It urged anyone who comes into contact with the information to turn it in and “not further share it.”

The registry lists the name, ID number, phone number, email address, HIV test results and related medical information for 5,400 Singapore nations who were diagnosed with HIV up to January 2013. It includes the same details for 8,800 foreigners as of December 2011, and the details of 2,400 related contacts up to May 2007.

The government introduced system safeguards in September 2016 to limit the potential for rogue access to the data. That included a two-person approval process for data downloads, a dedicated workstation to prevent unauthorized access, and the disabling on portable storage devices that could be used to transport information.

Police were first alerted that Brochez was in possession of the data in May 2016. It wasn’t until two years later that they were told that he had retained the information. Despite an investigation, they learned Brochez had disclosed the details online just over one week ago.

Brochez is currently located outside of Singapore. He worked in the country between 2008 and 2016, but was charged for faking his HIV test result using Ler’s blood and using fake qualifications to earn a work permit. After completing a two-year sentence, he was deported in May 2018

Ler is waiting on an appeal after he was handed a two-year jail term for abetting Brochez, providing false information to authorities and failing to take care of confidential information.

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