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The world of online TV and movie streaming is a constantly growing, changing, and evolving one. In fact, when it comes to the digital streaming of content online, we have really just begun. Who knows where this industry will be headed in the next 10, 20, or 50 years into the future? It is still largely a fledgling industry, even though it can sometimes feel like we have been streaming movies and TV shows online for as long as we can remember. Streaming is such a convenient and beloved way to watch movies and TV series that it is easy to forget how relatively new it is.

That being said, there are new streaming platforms going up all the time. Disney Plus, for instance, just took the world by storm in the last year, immediately becoming a cultural phenomenon thanks to, of course, their iconic library of classic Disney films, but also thanks to a smash hit original Star Wars episodic series, The Mandalorian. HBO Max, too, just finally launched a few months ago. And NBC is poised to release its own streaming platform in the summer of 2020 called Peacock. It is safe to say, the streaming industry is booming, and it will only continue to grow in the coming years.

However, choosing a single streaming service can be a stressful endeavor. The more specialized the industry becomes, with each network and production studio putting forth its own streaming option, the more segregated content will come to be. Each network, after all, has the right to its original programming. And, unfortunately, it’s looking like each network also wants a slice of the streaming pie.

Sooner or later, streaming is going to become indecipherable from the original cable TV model, where each network exists as its own separate channel and many of them require special (and costly) cable packages in order to access them. It is beginning to look like cable with extra steps. This is disappointing, especially if you turned to streaming platforms because of how convenient and relatively affordable they once were when compared with traditional cable TV.

If you want access to multiple streaming services, it does not come cheap these days. Each one, of course, has its own separate monthly price tag. But if you want to be able to access all of your favorite shows and movies, unfortunately, it is commonly seen as the only option. Just having subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, and Disney Plus, for instance, can run you upwards of $60 or maybe even $70 a month. Streaming is, in many cases, no longer an affordable alternative to cable TV.

Which is a shame, too, because there is nothing better than coming home after a long day of work and just turning your brain off, turning a show on. Entertainment should not be reserved for only the affluent. I believe that movies and television should be available for all, no matter what socioeconomic situation you may be in. This is why I am happy to report that, in addition to the main, big-name, popular premium streaming platforms, there are countless free streaming sites to choose from as well.

Before you get too excited, though, there are also plenty of potential pitfalls when it comes to free streaming sites. First of all, they run a gamut in terms of legality. In other words, some are legal, others are not. So long as the free streaming site you choose does not host copyrighted content directly on the site, though, you should be safe from a legal standpoint. The best free streaming sites link to other sources that host the content but embed the videos for free. I love me a loophole!

Another issue with free streaming sites comes in the form of quality, which directly correlates with internet safety. Far too many free streaming sites exist as little more than ad space, for instance, and although they may be safe, they are not going to be very useful. Others, though, can be a bit more malicious. I have been to my fair share of free streaming sites that are dens of viruses, trackers, and trojans. You definitely have to be careful and beware when you are looking for a new free movie and TV streaming site.

I highly recommend – no matter what you do online, but especially if you are in search of a free movie and TV streaming site – that you load your online artillery with solid lines of defense. Everyone, if you don’t have one already, should get a Virtual Private Network (VPN) in order to protect their anonymity and data online, for starters. Pair a good VPN with a reputable antivirus program and an ad blocker and you should be more than prepared to delve into the wilderness of free streaming sites. You can find some valuable internet safety programs elsewhere on streamingsites.com.

But at the end of the day, once you have found a free streaming site that is safe and has been vetted (no worries, I vet all of the sites that I list for safety before I review them), there is still no guaranteeing that the site will be any good or worth your time. But that is precisely why I do these reviews. I weed through the garbage so that you don’t have to. Because even though a site may be safe, that does not mean that it is good – nor does it mean that it even truly is a free streaming site. A great deal of these sites does not even hold up their end of the bargain. They may claim to be a free streaming site, for example, but not actually have anything to stream!

So, where, then, does the site Go Watching fall on this spectrum? Well, let’s take a look and see for ourselves, shall we?

Design

From the moment I land on Go Watching, I get a good first impression. The site looks good. It is understated, introducing itself in a sleek grayscale theme with little more than a search bar in the middle of the page. This is a solid start. I can already tell that Go Watching is not going to suffer from a common problem of free streaming sites: subpar, cluttered, or sloppy site design. It has a very professional feel to it.

Once you conduct your search, the site continues to impress. Search results will be listed in the middle of the page. To the left, you’ll find a few filtering options. Filter by genre, content type (movie or TV), and year of release (choose a year from a convenient grid). The site is very user-friendly and easy to use. And it doesn’t appear to be too overwhelmed with ads. There are, however, a suspicious number of Amazon Prime ads. But more on that in a bit.

Content

So, this is where Go Watching starts to lose some major points for me. Instead of offering links to sources that allow you to watch content without subscribing or signing up for a free trial, Go Watching’s entire model appears to be built around providing you with links to streaming services that will allow you to watch what you want, but only if you sign up for a free trial. In other words, to call this site a free streaming site is not entirely accurate. What might be more fitting would be to call Go Watching a free trial streaming search engine.

And that explains the weird concentration of Amazon Prime ads. Go Watching seems to be little more than a database of films and TV shows, all of which link to Amazon Prime. Although this is annoying, especially if you came to this site looking for a free resource to actually watch movies and TV shows, it can be viewed as a potential alternative to using Amazon Prime in order to find what you’re looking to watch – a streaming service that has a notoriously bad interface.

However, it looks like Go Watching also links to Discover Channel, Hay U, MGM, and ITV Hub Plus.

Pricing and Plans

Well, sure, Go Watching is technically free to use. But if you want to watch anything, after your free trials expire, you will have to pay whatever monthly fee is associated with the streaming service in question. Amazon Prime Video, for example, is $8.99 a month. So, “free” is unfortunately rather misleading in the case of this site.

Suggestions that I have for Go Watching

Well, I would definitely like to see Go Watching become more useful as a free streaming service. Even if they offered just a few titles that I could stream without signing up for a third-party service, that would be great. Until then, I cannot say that this site is extremely useful.

Likes & Hates:
Decent site design
Pretty good database of titles and credits
No actual free streaming
Basically, it’s just one big Amazon Prime Video ad
Some notably missing titles