Watching free online TV legally on mobile or PC is becoming easier and easier. There are several websites and services that offer TV shows, soap operas, football games, movies and series to watch, either completely free of charge or using a credit card to guarantee a trial period. In general, I do not have to shell out even $ 1 and, like the right smartphone, nor the necessary Internet connection. Platforms work on desktop or Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. Here are six ways to watch Internet TV legally.
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Globoplay subscription service has several free functions. One of them is the live broadcast of TV Globo. Real-time programming is available in the metropolitan regions of Rio de Janeiro, So Paulo, Recife, and Minas Gerais; besides the city of Braslia and the state of Amazonas. You can watch the content from your computer, smartphone, tablet, Apple TV or Android TV, always giving you the location of the device to allow access.
Learn how to use Globoplay's main functions on mobile Photo: Paulo Alves / TechTudo
Major Brazilian TV stations release free content on sports, entertainment and journalism on YouTube. In general, just search for the favorite show and select the option from the official channel, identified by a seal next to the name. Although not common in Brazil, YouTube can also serve as a platform for broadcasting live content: in 2015, the site made available football matches for Copa del Rey, Spain.
There is also YouTube Premium, a paid platform that offers three months of free use. At this time, you can watch Netflix-style own productions of the service.
YouTube Premium has three months to use Photo: Divulgao / YouTube
There are also several free TV content on Facebook. Interactive Sports, for example, usually broadcast international football matches on the social network. In general, just follow the channels and wait for the broadcast of a game scheduled to be broadcast online. To search for content, go to the Watch tab and filter for live video.
Facebook Watch has live football videos and more content. Photo: Nicolly Vimercate / TechTudo
4. Streaming Platforms
Virtually all movie, show and sports streaming services offer free tasting periods. Netflix, HBO Go and Dazn, which offer 30 days free, or Amazon Prime Video, which lets you explore the catalog for seven days before claiming any payment. Globoplay offers a vast collection of miniseries, soap operas and national variety shows, as well as foreign series, broadcast of Seleo games, and music festivals. You can explore the entire library too for a week without paying.
It is common for each service to require at least registration of the credit card to allow access. The idea is that nothing is charged within the trial period, but it is important to create a mobile alert to remind you to cancel your account if you do not wish to subscribe. On some platforms, such as Dazn and HBO Go, you can immediately cancel and continue using until the end of the headache free period.
HBO Go and other services offer free tasting period Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa
Digital TV phones are another way to watch your favorite open TV shows on the go. However, access is not via the Internet, but by capturing the radio signal emitted by the antennae of the broadcasters and identified by a receiver installed in the apparatus. Standard 1-sec smartphones can stream in lower quality, while Full-seg-compatible phones display in Full HD resolution as long as the TV channel provides content in this format. Some phones that have the feature are the LG K9 TV, Moto G6 Plus and Galaxy A30.
LG K9 LG mobile TV with Digital TV sold in the $ 500 range Photo: Divulgao / LG
The main cable TV channels in Brazil already offer online mode to watch anywhere. They have the habit of accepting the login from the TV service provider to allow access in the browser or mobile app. This is true, for example, for Premiere Play, Telecine Play and other Globosat channels, either via the app itself or Globosat Play. This means that if you subscribe to a television package with these channels, they will be available for free on the internet, just go to the channel's website or download the app and enter your login and password.
Pay TV channels offer free mobile access if you are already a subscriber Photo: TechTudo