What is FilmRise?
FilmRise is an on-demand streaming service like no other. Literally. Instead of relying on subscription plans or charging users, the platform hosts content online for free.
How? It’s simple, really. FilmRise acquires distribution rights for movies and TV shows. It’s become so successful that it now has over 20,000 titles that span from one end of the genre spectrum to the other.
FilmRise has a particular focus on indie titles, but that doesn’t mean its library is full of unknown talent. Expect to find the likes of Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, and Edward Norton in the movie selection. And when it comes to shows, there’s hugely popular reality TV from Gordon Ramsay and Bear Grylls, as well as classic series featuring some highly famous faces.
In 2019, the service signed deals with ITV Studios, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Warner Bros., paving the way for an even bigger catalog. With no subscription required, it’s a streaming option that shouldn’t be forgotten.
Here’s a full FilmRise review, from watch recommendations to a list of supported devices.
FilmRise plans and pricing
No fee equals no plans. Below, you’ll find the lowdown on how much content you can expect to find on FilmRise as well as other major features the channel offers:
|Number of TV shows and films||20,000+|
FilmRise supported devices
Thankfully, you won’t have to go far to find a device that works with the FilmRise app. Both Android and iOS devices support the streaming service along with certain gaming consoles and even social media platforms.
Here are all the devices that currently provide access to FilmRise:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android devices
- iOS devices
- Facebook Watch
What to watch on FilmRise
FilmRise splits its content into two categories: Films and Television. In the Films section, you’ll find:
- New releases
- Our library
And the TV list looks like this:
On certain devices, you’ll also be able to view titles by genre. There are too many to list — the A category alone includes everything from action and adventure to animated features. When you can’t decide what to watch, or just fancy something new, check out the editors’ weekly playlists for inspiration. Anything you do watch will be automatically added to your Recently Played list, so you can start a new episode or finish off a movie without having to search.
According to FilmRise, new movies and shows are added every single day. Movies tend to be a mixture of indie titles you may not have heard of, foreign language films, and both old and new Hollywood successes. The list of TV series has a similar combination with old-school faves and newer reality shows all competing for your attention.
Catch the award-winning 2003 hit, Monster, starring Charlize Theron as real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos or explore the horror of gay conversion camps with The Miseducation of Cameron Post. If documentaries are more up your street, you can get insight into what it’s like to be young with a lengthy jail sentence in 1275 Days, explore the controversy around Scientology with Going Clear, or witness the rise and fall of Janis Joplin via Janis: Little Girl Blue. FilmRise shows IMDb popularity scores next to movie titles to help you figure out what’s worth watching.
Switch to FilmRise TV shows, and you’ll have access to the original 21 Jump Street starring Johnny Depp and seasons upon seasons of popular hits like Roseanne. There are reality series from the likes of esteemed chef Gordon Ramsay and adventurer Bear Grylls. Plus, there are several documentary shows, including one that takes you behind the scenes of famous CIA operations and a selection that delves into humans’ impact on climate change. (That last one features a coterie of celebrity hosts, including Barack Obama, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, and Matt Damon.)
Although there’s little for children on the main FilmRise app, the company hasn’t forgotten about young viewers. It offers a special FilmRise Kids channel with hundreds of films and shows to browse. Look there for animated series classics, movies that the entire family will enjoy, and numerous fun titles.
FilmRise is a free service, so don’t expect too much when it comes to features. Since the service works as an app or channel within devices, its features often depend on the device you’re using.
For example, FilmRise doesn’t explicitly offer parental controls. But parents can set controls up on the likes of Roku and Amazon Fire TV to stop kids accessing certain channels and watching videos with mature age ratings.
Within the app itself, capabilities are limited. FilmRise movies and TV shows do feature ads, and there’s no way to get rid of them. (Though expect fewer commercials than you’d usually see on cable TV.) FilmRise also has no storage facilities as it’s a streaming-only service.
There’s no option to create separate user profiles on one account either — mainly because accounts don’t exist. The plus side of not having to log in, however, means you can theoretically watch as many streams at once as you like.
The final cut
For a free service, FilmRise gives film and TV fans an impressive variety of content. Suited to both those who like arty, obscure titles, and those who want to rewatch older shows, it’s an ideal streaming platform for entertainment purposes.
Plus, its emphasis on documentaries means you’re guaranteed to walk away with an appreciation for something new.
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