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How to Find Out If a Movie or TV Show Is Streaming

It's Actually Super Easy to Find Out If a Movie or Show Is Streaming — Here's How

LITTLE WOMEN, from left: Emma Watson as Meg, Florence Pugh as Amy, Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Eliza Scanlen as Beth, 2019.  Columbia Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

There are so many streaming platforms now that it can be frustrating to sift through tons of info to try to figure out where a movie or TV show you love is streaming — or if it even is at all. Fortunately, there are several easy hacks to find out if a movie or show is streaming without having to log in to a bunch of accounts or crowdsource on social media.

The easiest way to look up the streaming status of your favorites is JustWatch, an independent site that functions as a search engine of sorts for everything that's available for streaming. It's unaffiliated with any of the streaming giants, and it's simple to use: just plug in the title of the movie or show you're looking for, and the site will pull up a list of where you can find it for streaming and for purchase or rental. Two separate rows denote places where you can buy versus places where you can stream, and users can also sort by price or HD availability.

JustWatch also offers more info than just where to stream each title. Sidebars on every page offer user ratings — from the JustWatch community and from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes — as well as information on genre, rating, number of seasons, run time, and more. Plus, just like your favorite streaming platforms, the site also offers recommendations based on what you're searching for.

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Of course, there are other sites as well that offer similar services. ReelGood, for instance, requires you to sign up for a free account, but it then allows you to search for upcoming and new releases from a database of around 60 different streaming and digital rental services, including the big ones like Hulu and Netflix, but also including smaller services, niche platforms, and legal free streams from networks themselves. Up until recently, GoWatchIt was a similar option, but it has been folded into the JustWatch site. The streaming world is getting bigger by the day, but it doesn't have to be frustrating if you use the tools that are out there!

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