The constant struggle to get the most out of the things you’ve paid for is something everyone can relate to, no matter their age, location, or life experience. Even more so is the struggle to avoid paying more for what you can get for free, especially in today’s consumer-focused online market where corporations will find any excuse they can to throw extra charges your way. The tech-savvy consumer can find innovative ways to bypass these attempts and obtain entertainment for free, changing the intended purpose of their devices and being wise about the websites they visit.
If you’re looking for some insider information, maybe to watch a show for free you know is available in other countries, or perhaps stream the latest episodes of a popular anime online for free, you’re in the right place. Test out some of these tips, and you’ll be watching brand new, completely free programs in no time.
1. Know Which Websites You’ll Want to Visit
Luckily, there are already a large number of websites out there that allow viewers to stream all kinds of content. If you’re looking to stream anime, consider a website like Crunchyroll or Kissanime. If you’re looking to stream cartoons, you might want to watch Kimcartoon or Vudu, or even the main site of Cartoon Network, as Cartoon Network tends to have a variety of their titles up for free streaming as well. Prioritize the sites with the fewest ads and the least likelihood of a paywall being introduced, and you’ll be watching free content for as long as you can handle it.
Some of these websites, while perfectly legal, are not available in certain countries. You might need to use a virtual private network (or VPN) to access them.
2. Jailbreak Your Tech
Jailbreaking is the deliberate rewriting of your device’s programming to bypass manufacturer restrictions and allow for third-party programs to be installed and used. While not necessary for some set-top systems like Roku, the Amazon FireStick comes loaded with manufacturer restrictions that will keep you from accessing free content channels that other systems let you access. If you want to Jailbreak your FireStick, there are step-by-step guides available on reputable websites that show you how to do this easily and safely.
3. Use a VPN to Cross Geographic Borders
A VPN is already an essential purchase for anyone looking to protect their data from hackers, corporations, and the government, especially with over 155 million people having their information hacked up until last year. Basically, a VPN is a private server that users can connect to that will then create an encrypted, private channel, changing your IP address so you are unrecognizable and untraceable. It’s an asset for a number of reasons, but aside from protecting your data while you search out the most scrupulous free-streaming sites, it’s especially useful for our purposes because of its ability to alter your IP address.
Certain titles are available to stream for free only in certain countries; just take a look at how Netflix’s catalog varies from region to region, and you’ll understand. Say you want to view a particular title only available in France or Britain; employ the services of a VPN, and change your IP address to reflect an address from any given country. You’ll be streaming that title from the comfort of your home in no time.
Take What You Can, Give Nothing Back
A final note to leave you on is to avoid anything that might be seen as piracy. Aside from the security risks associated with such sites, the illegality of piracy and the heavy consequences you’ll incur if you get caught, and the direct way you’re affecting content creators and not corporations… well, isn’t worth it, especially when there are so many ways to get content for free. Be smart, follow the tips listed above, and avoid pirating, and you’ll find plenty of legal, safe ways to get content for free.