The Top 5 BEST Online Streaming Sites
Chris, a UK-born media connoisseur, is an expert in watching international TV. Known as "The Global Screen Wanderer", he has travelled extensively across the globe with long stints away from home. With over 10 years of experience he has become the go-to guru for streaming content from home and abroad.
The way we access entertainment has completely changed to how it was 10 years ago, in fact, it’s even changed massively in the past 5 years. Online streaming has now become massive and accessing content online when you want it is no longer a thing of the future but of the present.
That said, finding the best online streaming sites can be difficult and with so many illegal streaming sites it’s often a game of chance when you click on a link on Google.
In this guide I’m going to show you the Top 5 best streaming sites across the world.
I’ve often seen a site that sounds reputable and been hesitant about clicking it because if you’re like me you might of experienced getting a trojan or virus on your computer from a site that promises the world but offers nothing but annoying adverts.
Luckily I’ve learned a lot since that occasion and have decided to put together an essential guide to the best online streaming sites. So if you’re looking for the best online streaming sites from around the world that are free to view and free of viruses then keep reading!
How to access worldwide streaming sites
Some of the best content comes from international sites and if you’ve tried to access them before like I did you’ll know you’re often blocked or restricted from viewing. However, it is possible to access all free streaming sites from around the world and bypass those region blocks.
All you need is a service called a VPN. A VPN is a tiny piece of software that allows you to pretend you’re in another location.
So if you want to watch a US streaming site you simply click to connect to the United States on the VPN software and then visit the US streaming site. You’ll no longer be hit with a message restricting you, you’ll just be streamed the shows as if you were in the US.
A VPN service from the company ExpressVPN costs around US$5-$10 per month and they give access to over 90 different countries meaning you’ll be able to watch all of the most popular worldwide streaming sites with one five dollar service, you can’t get much better than that!
There are also other providers who are worth checking out such as IPVanish and NordVPN.
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VPN services are available for Windows PC, Mac, Android and iOS devices and are super easy to set-up.
The BEST Online Streaming Sites
So you want to know what are the best online streaming sites, let’s take a look.
Netflix is the only site I’m going to list that requires a subscription. However although it is a paid for service it is the king of content. When it comes to watching the latest movies online and exclusive series then you can’t beat Netflix.
Netflix has expanded rapidly around the globe and is now available in nearly every country on the planet.
Netflix movie and TV show catalogues vary by region but it’s possible by using a VPN from a provider such as ExpressVPN to access other regions of Netflix with your regular account details.
For example, if you’re in Canada but want to access the US version of Netflix you would simply connect to a US server with ExpressVPN and then visit the US Netflix site. With your Canadian account you can now stream all the movies from the US Netflix site.
Netflix carries exclusive content such as Better Call Saul and Orange is the New Black so if you love movies and series then Netflix should be your number one option.
Netflix costs $7.99 in the US, £5.99 in the UK, CA$7.99 in Canada and A$8.99 in Australia.
2. BBC iPlayer
The BBC from the UK is one of the most well known television institutes in the world and locally in the UK TV shows can be viewed on the online streaming service BBC iPlayer.
Popular BBC shows that have been available on BBC iPlayer include Sherlock, Dr Who, The Office, Merlin and classics such as Fawlty Towers, Yes Minister and Mr Bean.
BBC iPlayer allows viewers to watch live TV shows from the BBC and offers a 30 day catch-up service for shows that have aired within the previous month. There are often specials and occasional movies shown on BBC iPlayer that have aired on BBC TV recently.
If you like British drama, comedy and other shows made by one of the most well known TV institutions worldwide then BBC iPlayer is definitely worth checking out.
If you’re outside the UK you’ll need access to a VPN service such as that from ExpressVPN as explained earlier in this guide.
CBS is to the US what the BBC is to the UK. If you’ve never heard of CBS you’ll certainly of heard of some of the shows they produce.
Classics like Two and Half Men, Frasier, CSI, Everybody Hates Chris and a whole host more have been aired on CBS. Even if you’re outside the United States it’s likely that some of their bigger shows have been shown on your local TV station.
If you want to access some of the best American drama and comedy then CBS is the website to visit. If you’re in the US you can watch a selection of free shows without any subscription.
If you’re outside the US then you’ll need a VPN service as explained earlier in this guide but once you have one you’ll be able to access the full range of US TV shows on the CBS website.
Live TV is available on their website via their CBS All Access service. This is a paid for service but allows you to try 1-week free. If you’re a resident of the US but outside either travelling, in the military or for whatever other reason you can use your US billing details and a VPN service to view live outside the US.
One that may be overlooked is SBS from Australia. SBS carries a wide and varied programme range. You’ll find plenty of international shows from the US and Britain, but you’ll also find exclusive stuff too directly for the Australian market.
As well as having a large selection of catch-up TV SBS also cover sport in a big way. With dedicated sections to both Cycling and Football (Soccer) SBS cater for sports fans. If movies are your thing then there is also a large selection of movies that can be streamed completely free directly from their website.
Australians can access the site directly but if you’re outside of Australia either travelling or never even stepped foot in Australia then you can use a VPN service from the likes of ExpressVPN as mentioned earlier in this article, connect to an Australian server and then stream SBS anywhere in the world.
5. Film 4
Film 4 is a site you might not have heard of unless you live in the United Kingdom. Film 4 is a dedicated movie station from the UK broadcaster Channel 4.
Although you can’t watch movies on demand you can watch live as they’re aired on British TV. Film 4 is a station made up entirely of movie screenings and while they may not be movies from within the past 6 months they do have a big bag of classics and more recent movies being aired all the time.
It’s actually a great way to watch some of your favourite movies and take in ones you haven’t seen before and best of all, it’s entirely free.
The service is open to UK residents, but those outside the UK can use a VPN service to connect to the UK and will be able to watch movies completely free on Film 4. Take a look at the top of this articles for details on a decent VPN service from ExpressVPN.
So there you have it, my 5 best online streaming sites from around the world.
I would love to hear your suggestions so please feel free to post in the comments. Don’t forget you can access all the services above with one VPN package from ExpressVPN. So if you want to have access to worldwide content just follow the link below.
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