Your library determines the total number of movies you can borrow each month. Hoopla is a streaming service you may have access to through your public library. Hoopla What you can watch: It's hard to get a bead on how many movies Hoopla has available at any given time, but you can browse a huge range of genres -- everything from animation to westerns. There's also a generous selection of family friendly content.
Some noteworthy picks available at this writing: A Fish Called Wanda, Chinatown, No Country for Old Men, The Commitments and Scream. Where you can watch: Hoopla content can be viewed on your PC in a browser, or on Android or devices. The service now supports most streaming devices as well, including current-generation Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku devices. Surprisingly, Hoopla's mobile apps offer not only streaming, but also a download option for offline viewing. Internet Archive The is home to all things public-domain, including thousands of feature-length movies. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there's no cost to use the service, nor do you need an account (though you can create one if you want to mark favorites and such).
Many classic movies and TV shows can be found on the Internet Archive. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET What you can watch: 'Public domain' is code for 'old' or 'mostly black-and-white,' making this the place for folks interested strictly in classic films. Thus you'll find the likes of His Girl Friday, Plan 9 from Outer Space and Gulliver's Travels. Where you can watch: The Internet Archive exists solely on the web, so you'll need a browser to access it. However, most mobile browsers (including Safari on iOS) can stream the content. Kanopy If your library doesn't offer Hoopla, maybe it has?
This commercial-free (yay!) service, which began life in Australia, has made its way to thousands of college campuses worldwide and, more recently, various US libraries. Check the website to -- and ask for it if it doesn't. Here's hoping your library subscribes to Kanopy, because the commercial-free service has a growing selection of top-quality films. Kanopy What you can watch: Given its educational bent, it's not surprising that Kanopy offers a large selection of indie films and documentaries from the likes of PBS and The Great Courses. But its sizable library also includes titles from the esteemed, which is code for 'films.'
There are also some fairly mainstream titles to be found, including Donnie Darko, Ex Machina, Lady Bird and Moonlight. Where you can watch: Kanopy has Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku channels and apps for Android and iOS. It's also available on Chromecast. Pluto TV A relative newcomer, is noteworthy for offering not only on-demand movies, but also live TV channels including CBS News and, ahem, CNET.