There are countless comic book conventions that occur all the time, all around the world, but none come close to rivaling the popularity, size, and awesomeness of San Diego’s annual Comic-Con. This international comic book convention has, over the last 50+ years grown to transcend your typical nonprofit convention. San Diego Comic-Con has taken on a life of its own. In fact, it would not be too far off to say that this particular comic book convention has inspired its own subculture of comic book and multi-genre entertainment super fans.
Even if you have never been to Comic-Con – as a matter of fact, even if you have never had any desire to go to Comic-Con – I am willing to bet that you can close your eyes and conjure an image of what Comic-Con looks like. This international comic book convention has pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a fan of a comic book, show, or movie series … it has also raised the bar of cosplay all around the world. Perhaps you have seen some of the insanely impressive, intricate, and creative character costumes that have made their debut at San Diego’s Comic-Con. Personally, when I picture Comic-Con, this is what comes to mind first.
Comic-Con has come a long way over the years. It was initially founded as the Golden State Comic Book Convention in 1970 by an all-star group of comic book lovers from San Diego, including (most notably) Shel Dorf, Richard Alf, Ken Krueger, and Mike Towry. It quickly evolved into a 4-day event (typically from Thursday to Sunday) in the Summer (July, specifically, since 2003) at the San Diego Convention Center.
Comic-Con, however, is not the only convention that has been founded by this same organization. Comic-Con International also puts on the annual Wonder-Con (held in Anaheim), as well as SAM: Storytelling Across Media, which launched in 2016 and is now held annually (as of 2018) in the Comic-Con Museum in San Diego. As you can see, the people behind Comic-Con International keep themselves quite busy.
This is especially true when you add a free TV and movie streaming site to the mix. I am talking, of course, about CON TV, one of the best free streaming sites on the web. Offering hundreds of hours of on-demand entertainment, TV series, movies, documentaries, and even several live TV channels available to stream for free, CON TV offers so much more than your average TV streaming site.
Viewers of CON TV are able to enjoy plenty of classic movies and TV series, sure, but they are also able to take advantage of a growing list of CON TV original series, as well as exclusive Comic-Con footage. This is especially useful come convention season, as CON TV serves as either a supplementary way for guests to enjoy the convention, or a means to connect with the convention in the case that you are unable to make it.
CON TV is technically a free streaming site. However, it does operate on a freemium model. So, anybody can enjoy much of CON TV’s awesome, unique content without even needing to log in; however, to take advantage of everything that CON TV has to offer, you will need to subscribe as a premium user and pay a monthly fee. Premium CON TV members enjoy access to all of the site’s movies and TV shows, as well as a completely ad-free experience. For serious fans of comic book culture, sci fi, horror, and action, this might just be the premium TV and movie streaming site that you have been waiting for. What’s great about it, either way, is that you can get a feel for it without having to pay, as the base level version of the site is free for everyone.
There are countless free TV streaming sites out there … is CON TV worth your time and energy, or is it one that you may be fine with simply skipping over? Well, ultimately, of course, that decision will be yours. I am here, though, to walk you through CON TV, to give you a better sense of the content, user experience, and overall quality of this free TV streaming site – this way, you don’t have to waste a minute of your time.
So, does CON TV truly deserve its spot on my list of the best free TV streaming sites? Well, let’s take a closer look and figure that out once and for all, shall we?
Even though Comic-Con has been happening annually since 1970, CON TV did not launch until much more recently. In fact, the streaming site went live in March of 2015, and is a joint venture between Wizard World and Cinedigm. It was a hit almost instantly.
In only 2 years upon launching, CON TV struck a deal with Twitch. CON TV’s first ever ‘Always On,’ 24/7 streaming TV channel. This went live in November of 2017. This would be just one of 3 live channels available on CON TV today: Bambu TV (offering Chinese movies and TV), Anime TV (that’s pretty self-explanatory, I think), and the flagship Live TV, which airs content that is also available on-demand on CON TV, but in a linear fashion.
In just under 6 years, CON TV has become one of the largest and easily one of the highest-quality free TV streaming sites available on the internet. One look at the home page will tell you that. Speaking of first impressions, let’s take a look at the site design and user experience that CON TV has to offer.
CON TV breaks with tradition when it comes to the typical streaming site design. Almost every TV and movie streaming site that I visit offers up some spin on the iconic Netflix layout – you know, movies and TV shows separated by category, each with some sort of side scrolling menu? CON TV, on the other hand, is designed more like a comic book than a traditional TV streaming site.
This is true both in the colorful and somewhat disorienting (but still orderly) layout of the site. But it is also true when you look at how the site asserts itself in pages (or perhaps it would be more accurate to say slides). Instead of scrolling down a static page, in other words, CON TV allows you to click through, up and down, from one slide to the next. Each click of the arrow brings you into a whole new world, in a sense. Instead of breaking up their library of titles by “Popular Releases,” “Latest.” “Trending,” etc., CON TV allows for one title to be featured at a time. This single title takes up the entire page.
Alongside this featured show or movie, you will find a more familiar side-scroll of related content. Click the “down” arrow in order to have everything – the background, theme, and browsable library – change to accommodate the next featured show or movie. I don’t think that I have ever seen a more dynamic, responsive, or downright fun free TV streaming site design before.
Even though the site is somewhat cluttered and disorienting at first, it is not less intuitive or user friendly. Although I don’t normally like a cluttered site design, I think that it works in this case – partially, like I said, because user experience is not hindered by it at all … but also because it fits the content. Comic books are somewhat chaotic and all over the place. Site design borders the realm of art when it mirrors or echoes the content it delivers.
Content and Features
Speaking of content, there is a ton of it here. The majority of what you can expect to find on CON TV will fall into the genres of action, anime, animation, fantasy, horror, martial arts, sci fi, or video games. But you will also find plenty of behind-the-scenes series dealing directly with Comic-Con, as well as classic films and TV series (not to mention quite a few original series too).
Mobile and Desktop Experience
CON TV is one of the most widely available free TV and movie streaming services on the market. In addition to offering an excellent desktop experience, there are great apps, too, for iOS, Android, Roku, Xbox, Apple TV, and most Smart TVs out today.
Pricings and Plans
Although you can certainly get a great experience out of CON TV without paying a dime, serious fans may want to consider becoming VIP members in order to access everything and get rid of ads. For just $4.99/month, you can unlock the ultimate CON TV experience.