If you’re looking for alternatives to Netflix for your family, here are some ideas.Disclaimer: Some of the following links are affiliate links. I make a small commission from some of the links on this site. You can read my full disclosure here.
By now, you’ve probably seen the outrage surrounding the Netflix film “Cuties.”
A lot of the outrages I see on social media are based on things taken out of context, straight-up lies, exaggerated, people causing unnecessary drama, etc. – and I try to avoid them.
But after seeing a few clips from the movie Cuties, I’m shocked and disgusted. Netflix had another recent controversy similar to this, but in the case of Cuties, Netflix has produced it. I won’t rehash the movie (you can find more about it here), but even if the sexual content was justifiable, if you ask Netflix if they support pedophilia, you will receive a canned response stating they support a wide and diverse variety of opinions. Yikes.
Anyways, I wanted to share a few Netflix alternatives I’ve found.
Alternatives to Netflix – Kids Only
YouTube Kids isn’t perfect, but it’s a free app designed for kids and filters some of the raunchier side of YouTube that kids can accidently come across.
Curiosity Stream has a variety of great educational documentaries for kids, at $20 a YEAR.
There is also Pureflix, a Christian based streaming platform. Honestly though, I found a lot of their movies have bad acting/the same plot lines.
Redeem TV has free Christian movies, including the animated Torchlighters series, about great missionaries.
I do NOT condone illegally downloading/watching movies as a way to get around paying for services like Netflix, but there are free (legal) movies available on YouTube and IMDb. Most of the movies are junky but I’ve found a few good ones on there.
There’s also the filtering service VidAngel. I love VidAngel because YOU are in control of what to filter.
Amazon Prime has a variety of free movies if you have an Amazon Prime account. I’ve been thinking of canceling my Prime membership since I don’t use it as much as I used to, and there is a lot of overlap with Hulu in their free movies. If you already have an Amazon account, this is a great option.
I rent movies and tv series for free from my library, which is great and a way to support your local library. (They also have new releases for sale for $2-5, a great deal.)There are also tons of non-Christian movies that have tons of great lessons and values, or are just fun and not full of smut. Here is a list of 100+ character building movies for teens.
I don’t expect every company I purchase from to support my views 100%. There are tons of companies I shop at and I know they don’t match my views 100%. Expecting anything different means…well, you’ll never shop anywhere. But Netflix is a business, and millions of people canceling WILL affect their bottom line.
On another note, when a movie comes out that DOES support your values – go support it in the Box Office. I rarely go to the movie theater (it’s expensive!), but the films I’ve seen tend to be ones I want to financially support: The Dropbox, Downton Abbey movie, American Sniper.
Some people are fine living without any TV and while I love books, I love having TV on in the background as I work (it also helps me focus haha). There are a lot of alternatives to Netflix though. If you have canceled Netflix this week, I hope one of these alternatives are helpful.