How to Watch Full Length Movies Online
By Aaron Charles
Updated September 22, 2017
Items you will need
Windows XP or higher
A newer browser
128 MB of RAM or more
500 MHz processor or more
Broadband Internet connection, at least 500 kbps
(requirements subject to variance)
"The answer is 'yes'," said media writer Tom Volotta to the question, "Are movies and TV becoming more like the Internet?". There are multiple ways to watch full length movies -- not just movie clips -- online. Some are free, while others require payment. In most cases, you usually get what you pay -- or don't -- pay for. So determining the best way to watch movies online depends on what you want to watch and how much money you want to spend.
Watch Movies For Free
Watch full length movies online for free. Visit either Hulu (hulu.com), Crackle (crackle.com) or OVGuide (ovguide.com). As of August 2012, all three sites provide free online movies, allowing you to browse or search by category or title.
Search for a movie title or browse through movie listings on each site to find a movie you might want to see.
Be aware that each site, since it offers its content for free, may offer mostly older titles and few or no new releases. In addition, each site typically interrupts movies with brief commercials lasting usually no more than 20 seconds.
Rent Or Purchase A Movie
Rent or purchase a movie to view online. Visit YouTube (youtube.com), Blockbuster (blockbuster.com), Amazon (amazon.com) or Vudu (vudu.com) and browse movie selections offered at various prices, usually no more than $5 per viewing as of 2012.
Download iTunes as another option, create an account or log in and search the iTunes Store for available movies. Be aware that iTunes, YouTube and Vudu give you the choice to either rent or purchase certain titles.
For rentals, be sure to finish watching the movie within the time specified, 24 hours for most sites. But also consider Netflix, which lets you watch unlimited movies from its selection, for about $8 per month, as of 2012.
Use Your Cable Or Internet Provider
Watch movies online through your cable television or Internet provider. Check with your provider to see if it offers Internet-streamed movies to watch on demand.
Visit your provider's website and log in to your account if you have one; otherwise, create an account and then log in.
Select a movie from the on-demand titles available, and then follow additional instructions. Most likely any charges, if imposed, will simply be added to your monthly bill.
Downloading or streaming movies from disreputable websites may infect your computer with viruses or malware. Also, be aware that some full-length movies available online violate copyright laws.
The movie selection that NetFlix offers on DVD is not the same as the movie selection offered for streaming online. There are fewer titles streamed online.
Aaron Charles began writing about "pragmatic art" in 2006 for an online arts journal based in Minneapolis, Minn. After working for telecom giant Comcast and traveling to Oregon, he's written business and technology articles for both online and print publications, including Salon.com and "The Portland Upside."