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By Jake K.

You might be familiar with EVPL’s streaming media platforms, like Hoopla and Kanopy. You can browse our catalog or visit the apps or websites for Hoopla and Kanopy to get started browsing thousands of films, television shows, and more. You can also install apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and other devices for streaming these services.

Note: These platforms may contain content not suitable for all audiences or ages.

Did you know the internet is full of other great services that complement our offerings?

Pluto TV

Check out a streaming service that you can use for free and might remind you of a “classic” cable or satellite TV service. Pluto offers a full-featured program guide interface, whether online or on their app. As of writing, Pluto streams 190 different channels, supported by commercial advertising, featuring news, weather, sports, movies, newer and classic television series, and even highlights select series that are trending on certain premium channels. Being owned by ViacomCBS, Pluto has even added features from their popular cable “sister” networks Comedy Central, Nick, BET, Paramount Movie Network, and Showtime, just to name a few. Click here to watch free now.

Crunchyroll

According to How-To Geek, Crunchyroll is “an anime-streaming service that brings some of the most popular shows and mangas to your living room, no matter where you live.” The free version of this service is ad-supported, so if you can sit through a few advertisements in whatever you’re streaming, you’re good to go. They also offer paid plans.

How-To Geek also adds, “Crunchyroll is chock-full of animes, mangas, and Japanese dramas including new and old favorites. There is a show for every genre, with up-to-date episodes that hit the video service the day after release in Japan.” Click here to sign-up and watch with a free account.

You can also find anime and manga in our EVPL collections.

Peacock

NBCUniversal launched the Peacock streaming service in 2020 to complement the network television programs they air, as well as showcase new programs under development by Universal and highlight the classic programs in their archives. Favorites from NBC including 30 Rock and The Office are available to stream, as well as cable hits from NBCUniversal like Below Deck, Top Chef, and American Pickers. You’ll also find feature films and other titles that Peacock has current streaming rights for, like Downton Abbey. And we can’t forget about the kids at Bayside; you can watch classic Saved by the Bell from the beginning, or check out the new edition of Saved by the Bell that began in 2020, featuring some returning characters and a new class at Bayside. (Brace yourself, Zack Morris is now Governor of California!)

Peacock offers both free and paid options for streaming. Click here to sign-up and watch with a free account.

Roku Channel

If you have a Roku device, you might’ve seen The Roku Channel in your list of channels and wondered why there is a channel for the device itself. At least, that’s what I thought when I first noticed it. It’s certainly worth exploring if you want another free option to view content. Available on most recent Roku models, you can use The Roku Channel to view a live-TV style guide, like Pluto TV. You’ll also find on-demand titles of popular sitcoms and dramas and films from across the past few decades. You can find more information here.

NewsON

For you news junkies, check out the NewsON app for your mobile or streaming devices. NewsON offers streaming of local news from at least 275 different channels in markets across the United States. The best part? Logins and subscriptions are not required, and most content is available on-demand when you’re ready to watch. Click here to get started.

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Jake K.

Jake K.


Jake K. is a librarian at EVPL Central. He loves discovering answers to life’s pressing questions and helping people explore the amazing powers of the library.

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