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How to Watch Free Live TV on Android TV

The number of quality programs on cable TV has declined dramatically in recent years. Which is one of the reasons why cord-cutting has become so popular. However, even if you hate modern TV and you’re an experienced cord cutter, there will still be times when you want to indulge in a spot of mindless channel hopping.

If you have bought an Android TV device as part of your cord-cutting strategy, you’re in luck. It’s possible to enjoy free live TV on Android TV, completely legally, and without having to pay a hefty monthly fee to access live programming through streaming services like Hulu.

So, if you want to know how to watch free live TV on Android TV, keep reading. Here are some of the best free live TV apps for Android TV…

1. Pluto TV

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Pluto TV provides more than 100 TV channels across several categories. News, sports, movies, viral videos, and cartoons are all well-represented. It even offers some channels dedicated to single shows.

The company itself has been around since 2013. In that time, it’s built up more than 70 content partners, including cable TV staples like CNBC, MSNBC, and Sky News, as well as web-only channels like CNET, The Surf Network, Classic Movies, and IGN. The app does not offer any on-demand content.

In addition to Android TV, the app is also available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and some smart TVs. If you install it on the mobile version of Android, it is Chromecast-compatible.

Download: Pluto TV (Free)

2. Bloomberg TV

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If you’re interested in the world of finance and global markets, you’ll already know about Bloomberg. Along with CNBC and FOX Business News, it’s one of the go-to business-focused channels in the United States and beyond.

However, unlike CNBC and FOX Business, Bloomberg’s output is free to watch through the company’s app. You will have access to the network’s live streams, as well as a wide selection of on-demand shows from the last couple of days.

Download: Bloomberg TV (Free)

3. SPB TV World

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SPB TV World is similar to Pluto TV in that it offers a wide selection of legal channels rather than just being a one-channel app.

Formerly called MobiWorld Media, SPB TV World is headquartered in Zurich but has offices in Russia, the United States, Brazil, Switzerland, Singapore, and Thailand.

At the time of writing, it boasts more than 100 channels. This includes international channels (both premium and free-to-air) and some exclusive channels. Some of the most well-known channels that are available include France 24, Fashion TV, Deutsche Welle, and Russia Today. All of the channels are available in high-definition.

Download: SPB TV World (Free)

4. NBC

The NBC app offers a mix of live TV and on-demand videos. In order to access the live TV feature, you need to have a TV service provider that includes NBC in your package

NBC’s on-demand content is impressively expansive, making it one of the better Android TV apps around. You can watch the latest episodes of the network’s shows 24 hours after they air on regular TV, but can also view many TV classics such as Miami Vice, Battlestar Galactica, and Knight Rider.

Furthermore, unlike the other apps we’ve covered so far, NBC offers support for closed-caption subtitles. As such, it’s probably the best free cable TV app for Android for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Download: NBC (Free)

5. Plex

Plex is a well-known home theater app. It lets you stream content around your home, manage your media libraries, and watch content remotely.

In mid-2017, the developers introduced the live TV feature. This lets you watch local TV channels without cable in your area for free.

If you live in the United States, that means you’ll be able to enjoy all the major US networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and The CW. Plex Live TV also includes a DVR; you can pre-program recordings in advance and all the content you record will be integrated with your existing Plex libraries.

The feature is only available to Plex Pass subscribers and you’ll need to purchase a digital tuner and an antenna. We recommend the Mohu Leaf and HDHomeRun.

In mid-2020, Plex further expanded the feature. Today, more than 80 live TV channels are available over the web; you won’t need an aerial to tune in. Some of the most noteworthy free channels are the Fubo Sports Network, Yahoo Finance, and Reuters.

Download: Plex (Free)

6. TVPlayer

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If you live in the UK, you can use TVPlayer to watch 25 British channels for free. The available networks include BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, CBBC, and BBC News. You’ll also get free access to less popular networks like TLC, Discovery, History, and Crime & Investigation.

For £7/month, you can watch premium channels such as Comedy Central, MTV, and HGTV.

People who live outside the UK can use a VPN to access the service. We recommend ExpressVPN or CyberGhost.

Download: TVPlayer (Free)

7. BBC iPlayer

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Another perennial favorite of cord-cutters, the BBC iPlayer app provides live access to all of the BBC’s TV channels, as well as a vast catalog of on-demand shows, classic BBC shows, and straight-to-TV movies. Like TVPlayer, you’ll need to use a VPN to watch BBC iPlayer if you live outside the UK.

If you cannot find the content you’re looking for on iPlayer, check out Netflix instead. It carries some of the best BBC documentaries and plenty of other BBC shows for Americans to enjoy.

Download: BBC iPlayer (Free)

8. Tivimate

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Instead of using proprietary services to get live TV for free, you could use an M3U playlist. The playlists are comprised of links to free-to-air channels from around the world, and you can watch them all in a single app.

Many IPTV players are available, but the current market leader is Tivimate. The interface looks exactly like a cable TV interface, you can import an electronic program guide (EPG), set programs to record, and organize your favorite channels into custom lists.

The app itself does not come with any M3U playlists; it is an empty shell. You will need to find the content for yourself.

Download: Tivimate (Free)

Other Android TV Apps You Need to Install

These apps will help you watch free live TV on Android TV. Remember, if you live outside of an app’s region, a high-quality paid VPN could be your new best friend.

To learn more about other Android TV apps worth downloading, here are the essential Android TV apps you should install.

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7 Important Plex Settings All Users Need to Know About

If you have an extensive collection of locally-saved media, you’ve probably heard of Plex. Along with Kodi, it’s one of the best apps for managing, watching, casting, and exploring all of your content.

The Plex app can support video, music, and pictures, and works with a dizzying array of formats within each category. It also lets you access your media remotely, even on the free tier.

However, unlike Kodi, Plex is easy to set up and use. While customizing Kodi is a minefield of add-ons, repos, and settings, Plex works straight out of the box. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some options you should tweak.

Here are the most important Plex settings you need to know about if you want to stream media in the best way possible.

1. Organize Your Plex Agents

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Plex can automatically pull in metadata for your content. Although you need to format your Plex media files in a very precise way for it to work, it’s well worth doing.

Of course, Plex can add movie posters and TV episode names, but the metadata goes much deeper. It will know which actors were in a show, which TV channel the program aired on, who directed each movie, and what the various critics on the big-name review sites thought of the content. Once the metadata is added, you can even use it to find related shows, other movies certain actors starred in, and so on.

But none of this will work if you don’t set up your agents correctly. You need to make sure Local Media Assets is set below other metadata sources. Failure to do so will result in Plex using existing local metadata on the file as its primary source. In many cases, this metadata will be incorrect.

To change the order, go to Settings > Settings > Agents. Using the tabs at the top of the screen, head to Movies > The Movie Database. Drag Local Media Assets (Movies) below The Movie Database. Then go to Programmes > TheTVDB and move Local Media Assets (TV) below TheTVDB.

2. Restrict the Upload Speed

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One of the best features of Plex is its ability to stream content outside of your network. It has two primary uses: Letting you watch your Plex videos when you’re away from home, and giving server access to friends and family so they can enjoy your library.

Setting up remote access itself is easy. Just head to Settings > Settings > Remote Access and click Enable Remote Access.

However, you might also want to adjust the upload speed. This is especially true if you don’t have a fast upload speed from your ISP, or several people are going to be streaming content at the same time. Restricting the speed will prevent your home network from slowing to a crawl when remote users are tuning in.

Go back to Settings > Settings > Remote Access and scroll down until you get to Internet upload speed. You can set your internet’s maximum speed by populating the next box. Underneath, you can set how much of the maximum capacity Plex is allowed to use. Expand the drop-down menu to make your choice.

3. Manage Plex Transcoding

Plex can transcode your videos so that they are playable on other devices. For example, desktop PCs and laptops normally have powerful processors that can handle most file formats, codecs, resolutions, and subtitles. However, mobile devices and set-top streaming devices may struggle. Therefore, Plex can alter your videos on-the-fly to ensure they are compatible with other gadgets.

The drawback of transcoding is that it’s very CPU-intensive. If your Plex server is running on a non-dedicated computer, you probably don’t want all your CPU’s power to be eaten up. Even if you’ve got a dedicated server, you’ll eventually reach its limits if many items are transcoding at the same time.

The solution is to tweak your transcoder’s settings (Settings > Settings > Transcoder). There are three values you need to know about (click on Show Advanced to see them all):

  • Transcoder Quality: You can determine the quality of the transcodes using the drop-down menu. The higher the quality, the slower the transcode will be.
  • Background Transcoding x264 Preset: This setting determines the speed of background transcoding, for example when you’re using Mobile Sync, Cloud Sync, or the Media Optimizer. The slower the transcode, the smaller the file size, and the higher the quality, but the slower the time.
  • Maximum number of simultaneous transcode sessions: This is the most important setting for the majority of users. Logic dictates that the more simultaneous transcodes you allow, the bigger the strain on your CPU. Consider the power of your CPU, whether it’s a dedicated server, and how many people will be streaming at the same time, and set a number accordingly. It might require some trial and error on your part.

4. Optimize Your Plex Videos

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The Optimize feature is best thought of as a “pre-transcoder.” It lets you select certain videos and convert them to another format.

For example, if you know you want to watch Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, and Batman on your iPad while you’re traveling next week, you can optimize the video files in advance. It means they’ll be instantly ready to play on your chosen device. No further transcoding will be necessary.

Media optimization is also useful if you know lots of people will be watching a video remotely at the same time, as it will ease the pressure on your CPU.

You can optimize an individual show, a series, or even your entire library. To get started, navigate to the content you want to adjust, click on the three horizontal dots, and choose Optimize.

In the new window, you can select whether you want to optimize a certain number of videos or just the unwatched videos. More importantly, you can set the quality of the optimization. You can choose from Optimize for Mobile, Optimize for TV, Original Quality, or Custom. The Custom setting lets you specify a specific device, the resolution, and the bitrate.

If you set up a long list of items to optimize, you can manage the queue by heading to Settings > Status > Conversion. You can manage your already-optimized files in Settings > Manage > Optimized Versions.

5. Set Your Streaming Quality

Each Plex app has its own streaming quality settings. As such, you can choose different setups for your computers, mobile devices, streaming boxes, and so on.

The settings you choose determine the quality and resolution of any video played on the device. The lower the setting, the lower the video quality. However, it will load faster and use less bandwidth. Therefore, it’s worth taking the time to adjust these settings on every Plex client you use.

You have three settings to adjust: Local Quality, Remote Quality, and Online Quality.

  • Local Quality: Affects any videos watch over your local area network.
  • Remote Quality: Affects videos you stream from your server when you’re outside your LAN.
  • Online Quality: Affects the quality of video streamed from online channels and private Plex channels.

Mobile users can also adjust remote network streaming and remote Wi-Fi streaming individually.

6. Optimize the Plex Database

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Confusingly, Plex offers two forms of optimization. In addition to optimizing specific titles as discussed earlier, you can also optimize the entire database.

These two processes are not the same thing. By optimizing the Plex database, you can force Plex to clean up unused and fragmented data. It’s important to run the tool every time you make mass edits or change entire libraries—doing so will help the Plex server to run much more smoothly.

You can optimize the Plex database by heading to Settings > Manage > Troubleshooting > Optimize Database. Click the button to begin, and you’ll see an on-screen confirmation once the process is complete.

7. Delete Old Artwork

Downloading artwork is an important part of fine-tuning your Plex experience. Having all of the correct movie posters and series covers makes it much easier to find what you’re looking for.

Plex can download artwork automatically. If you later decide to change the artwork (perhaps because the studio released a new version or because Plex downloaded the wrong one), the old artwork will remain on your server, taking up space.

To get rid of old, unused artwork, head to Settings > Manage > Troubleshooting > Clean Bundles.

More Plex Settings to Tweak

We’ve introduced you to some of the most important Plex settings to adjust if you want to enjoy a smooth Plex experience, as well as offering some case studies for when it’s appropriate to change each setting.

For more help optimizing Plex, check out our list of hidden Plex settings you should be using.

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The Best Horror Series to Watch on Netflix Right Now

A quick look through Netflix will reveal a whole host of horror series worth watching. But selecting the right ones to watch is the hard part. Nobody likes horror that isn’t scary and sometimes you can pick a real dud. However, the best horror series on Netflix are not to be missed.

We’ve trawled through the streaming catalog to find you the best horror series to watch on Netflix right now. There is a wide range of different horror styles here, so, hopefully, everyone’s tastes will be catered for. So, without further ado, let’s see just how chilling Netflix can be…

1. Ju-On: Origins

Without doubt one of the best horror series ever to have landed on Netflix, Ju-On: Origins has everything a horror fan could wish for. Body horror? Check. Gore? Check. Psychological horror? Check. This series is just downright terrifying and features some of the most genuinely horrific moments this writer has seen in a long time. Nevertheless, we’ll warn you now, it most certainly isn’t for the faint of heart.

The story acts as a prelude to the original Korean Ju-On films. It opens the story right up and some of the CGI will have you curling your toes in terror. It still has a nice theatrical feel to it, which is something the American reboots of the originals lacked. The film has subtitles, so you may want to ensure you can concentrate on that—and the screen action—before watching.

2. The Mist

If you’re a fan of Stephen King, The Mist is a must-see. Why? Because it has all the hallmarks of classic King-style horror. Firstly, it has a chilling atmosphere that works well to instill a sense of foreboding. Secondly, it has dark, brooding characters that afford the series a mysterious feel. Thirdly, there is the mist itself, which adds to the winter chill of this horror.

Of course, Stephen King is a master of the genre. Fortunately, the team behind the series has done an excellent job of encapsulating the feel of the Stephen King novella of the same name. There is the odd bit of bloody violence or gore here and there, but this is all about the unknown and how that which we can’t see is often far more terrifying than that which we can.

3. Two-Sentence Horror Stories

Two-Sentence Horror Stories is a series that is short enough to binge in one afternoon. It comprises of nine 30-minute long episodes, all with a different storyline and characters. As you will have guessed, each 30-minute long vignette is based around two sentences. These sentences form a horror “story” and the production team has done a good job of building a half-hour story around each little tale.

Given that there are several different stories here, the series gives you a good range of horror genres to enjoy. Scare yourself witless with some creepy paranormal activity. Or disturb yourself with a psychological slant instead. The show also deals with some important topics such as terminal illness and LGBT+ issues, so it has a social element to it, too.

4. Locke and Key

Locke and Key is based on the Joel Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez comic book of the same name. It is a great adaptation of the comic, remaining faithful to the storyline. It also manages to give the live-action a vaguely comic-book feel. As a result, it isn’t the scariest horror on the planet, but it isn’t intended to be. It has lots of fantastical elements that fans of the original tale will recognize.

There are 10 episodes altogether, each one running between 45 and 57 minutes. Each episode develops the story nicely and doesn’t feel in any way jarring. It is fairly easy to follow, and, because it has that comic-book influence, it’s good for teenagers and adults alike. Recommended watching with your family (as long as your children are 14 or over as per classification).

5. Lucifer

Another good series for fans of graphic novels is Lucifer. Lucifer originally saw the light of day as a Neil Gaiman character in the Sandman books. If you don’t already know those, check them out because the artwork and storyline are both stunning. One minor issue that purists won’t enjoy is that the Netflix series isn’t necessarily as faithful to the books as you’d perhaps like.

However, it is a good series to chill out and watch. Especially as it isn’t particularly taxing. It has a drama feel to it, but with the addition of a few demonic powers tossed into the mix. Like Locke and Key, it is suitable for teens, so could be something cool to set the older kids up with when the weather is too hot or cold outside. They’ll have plenty of episodes to watch, anyway!

6. Kingdom

If plagues of undead are your bag, then South-Korean horror drama, Kingdom, should be on your watchlist. The enormity of some of the scenes in Kingdom is breathtaking. Fans of Game of Thrones will love the huge battles that take place. They’re even better than GOT’s “Battle of the Bastards” episode!

The series takes place in the 1500s and sees humans pitted against vile undead creatures. The cinematography is breathtaking as it incorporates a lot of South-Korea’s beautiful scenery. Plus, the costumes are epic. Highly recommended.

7. Castlevania

You have three exciting seasons of the brilliant Castlevania anime to catch up on if you haven’t already started watching them. Fans of the original game will love this series. It is pretty violent, so isn’t suitable for younger audiences. However, older viewers will love the mixture of supernatural darkness and bloody Hell that is unleashed throughout the series.

The beginning of the tale is told from the point of view of Dracula. Here, you’ll find out all of his motives for hating humans. There is plenty more lore to find out across the three seasons of Castlevania, interspersed with violent encounters and demonic happenings.

This is one of the best animated shows for adults on Netflix, nevermind just the horror genre.

The Best Horror Series to Watch on Netflix

It is so difficult to select the best series from this list. They all have their own qualities and approach to the horror genre. We’d recommend Ju-On for mature audiences and Locke and Key for more family-friendly horror-tainment. Hell, you should just watch them all and see what the fuss is about. Happy scaring.

If you fancy even more chills, why not take a look at some of the best Netflix documentaries about serial killers. Be warned, though, the details are all pretty macabre. However, they are fascinating to watch if you have a morbid curiosity in need of sating.

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The 7 Best Kodi Add-Ons for Gaming and Gamers

Most people think of Kodi as an app for streaming movies and TV shows. But while it’s true that streaming remains the app’s primary purpose, Kodi also has the ability to run games.

If you install the right gaming add-ons, you can play classic titles, Kodi-specific games, and more. So, for gamers everywhere, here are the best Kodi add-ons for gaming.

1. Retroplayer

Retroplayer is a native Kodi feature that made its debut in Kodi version 18 (codenamed Leia). Today, many game emulators require the add-on in order to work.

If you’re running an older version of Kodi, you can install the latest update by heading to the Kodi website and downloading the newest release (desktop) or upgrading via the app store (mobile).

We’ve written about how to play games on Kodi using Retroplayer if you’d like a more extensive walkthrough.

Note: If you’ve sideloaded Kodi, the update method is less straightforward. Read our guide on how to update Kodi on a Fire Stick for more information.

2. DOSBox

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To be able to play games on Kodi using Retroplayer, you’ll need an emulator.

One of the most popular is DOSBox. You can install the add-on by going to Settings > Add-ons > Download > Install from Repository > Kodi Add-on Repository > Game Add-ons > Emulators and selecting DOS (DOSBox) from the list.

DOSBox simulates an IBM PC running MS-DOS. It supports sound, input, graphics, and even networking.

Some of the classic games you can play through DOSBox include Pacman, Actua Soccer, Doom, and Wolfenstein. You can even use it to run Windows 2.x!

3. ROM Collection Browser

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As your collection of games grows, you’re going to need an add-on that lets you view, manage, and launch the games. After all, you don’t want to be jumping around multiple add-ons just to find the title you want to play.

As one of the best Kodi add-ons for gaming, ROM Collection Browser is the solution.

Not only will it list all of the games available on your Kodi system, but you can also use it to pre-define which parameters and emulator the game will use when launched, thus saving you time and stress. Many options are preconfigured; you can just select the correct option from the list.

The add-on is available in the official Kodi repo. You will find it in the Program Add-ons section.

4. The Internet Archive ROM Launcher

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ROM-based emulated gaming falls into a legal gray area. The situation is similar to the legality of IPTV and the difference between the IPTV player app and the IPTV feeds themselves.

In the case of ROMs, the ROM emulator is entirely legitimate, but the legality of the ROMs themselves can be called into question. Remember, copyright in the US lasts for 75 years (other countries vary), and issues such as fair use and copying ROMs for which you already own an original cartridge have never been tested in US courts.

There are loopholes, however. One site which offers unambiguously legal ROMs that will keep you on the right side of the law is The Internet Archive. In 2003, it was granted a DMCA exception to allow it to preserve vintage apps. Some of the classic arcade games you will find on The Internet Archive include Joust, Astro Blaster, Commando, and Pitfall II. Hundreds of games are available.

Of course, you could play the games directly via The Internet Archive’s site. However, if you want a Kodi interface that’ll let you run them all from within the app, you need to grab the Internet Archive ROM Launcher.

You will find the add-on in the Zach Morris repo. To learn more about how to install the repo and set up the add-on, refer to our full article detailing how to play The Internet Archive’s retro games on Kodi.

5. Twitch

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These days, gaming is about more than simply firing up a console and letting yourself become engrossed for a few hours.

Apps like Twitch have revolutionized the way gamers can find and absorb gaming content. The Amazon-owned company streams gaming competitions, esports, chat shows, and plenty more.

The Twitch add-on for Kodi is available in the official Kodi repo. To install the app, go to Add-ons > Install from repository > Kodi Add-on repository > Video Add-ons > Twitch.

6. Steam Community

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The Steam Community acts as a central hub for every game on Steam. It includes screenshots, artwork, videos, news, walkthroughs, reviews, live streams, and mods for every game on the Steam platform.

This Kodi add-on ports some of the Steam Community’s features to the Kodi app. The main focus of the add-on is the live broadcasts; it means you can tune into your favorite gamer’s feeds without leaving the Kodi interface. Only public streams are supported. You can also use the add-on for viewing screenshots and artwork; text-based content is not yet available.

Steam Community has filters for language, popular videos, and new videos, as well as a search feature, meaning you will able to find the content you’re looking for in a flash.

Once again, the add-on is available via the official Kodi repo.

7. Netwalk

If you can’t be bothered fiddling with emulators, ROMs, and third-party repos, you could try playing a standalone Kodi game that doesn’t require any extra installations.

In truth, there are very few such games around, but one that’s worth installing is Netwalk. The premise is simple—you need to join together the different colored pipes in order to connect two computers to the network is as few moves as possible. The game is surprisingly addictive.

The game is best played on a tablet or touchscreen laptop, though it is possible to play with a mouse, too.

You can find the Netwalk game in the official Kodi repo. Just navigate to the Program Add-ons section of the repo to locate it.

Learn More About Using Kodi Add-Ons

Gaming remains a slightly underdeveloped part of the Kodi ecosystem, but the situation is improving. As the Kodi add-ons for gaming we’ve looked at in this article prove, it’s possible to find old games, dedicated Kodi games, and a mass of related gaming content if you know which repos to use and where to look.

If you would like to learn more about Kodi add-ons, check out our list of the best legal Kodi add-ons for free movies.

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How to Group Watch Plex Together With Friends Online

The growth of movie downloading paired with the crippling consequences of 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic means fewer people than ever are watching movies with their friends. People just don’t go to theaters any more.

That’s had a knock-on effect on the social aspect of movie watching. Going to see a brand new movie in a packed cinema can be an exhilarating experience. You don’t get that experience sat on your sofa.

Thankfully, it’s possible to watch Plex together with your friends. The functionality is available from directly within the app using Watch Together, or from a third-party tool called SyncLounge.

Plex’s Watch Together Feature

First, let’s take a look at the native Plex tool for watching videos with friends. Called Watch Together, it’s officially still in the experimental stage. However, the feature appears to work flawlessly and the interface is easy to use. It definitely gets the MakeUseOf stamp of approval.

Who Can Use Plex’s Watch Together?

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While Plex’s Watch Together feature remains in beta, it’s free to use for all Plex users. However, this may change when it’s launched officially. Plex’s own documentation appears to suggest that Watch Together will remain free if you only want to stream content from Plex’s free, in-house, ad-supported streaming service. However, if you want to stream content from your own library, it seems likely that you’ll need to subscribe to Plex Pass.

At the time of writing, you’ll need to have an Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, or Roku device to be able to use Watch Together. You cannot use Watch Together from the web app.

How Many People Can Tune In Using Watch Together?

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Officially, Plex hasn’t named a limit of the number of users (although we’re sure one exists).

In practice, however, the amount who can sync content together will depend on the Plex Media Server’s hardware, your network connection, your disk speed, and the video quality.

Confused? Here’s how Plex describes the user limit:

“If your Plex Media Server and network could not handle that number of users streaming things individually all at the same time, then it would also not be able to support them for Watch Together.”

Beware, trying to add too many users will lead to playback issues and the video will be unwatchable.

How to Use Watch Together on Plex

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Assuming you’re using one of the supported devices, you’ll need to hit the More button (three horizontal dots) on a video’s pre-play screen, then select Watch Together from the list of options.

Next, you need to add people to your Watch Together session. You can only invite Plex users who you are “Friends” with. When you’re ready, click on the names of the friends you want to add and hit Done. To add a new friend, go to Settings > Users and Sharing > Share Libraries and enter the username or email address of the person you want to connect with.

(NB: If you just added a new friend and don’t see them in the list, you will need to restart your app to refresh the screen.)

If you’re being invited to someone else’s Plex Watch Together session, you’ll see a Watch Together row appear at the top of your app’s home screen, along with the video that’s been loaded by the host.

As users accept invitations, they’ll all appear together in a lobby. Once everyone has arrived, the host can begin playback. Only the host can control play/pause functionality once the video has started. Hosts also have sole control over different audio streams and subtitle tracks.

SyncLounge

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Formerly called Plex Together, SyncLounge is another great way to watch Plex together with friends.

Like Plex’s official Watch Together tool, SyncLounge will sync up your individual Plex apps so that you’re all watching the same footage at the same time.

SyncLounge Features

SyncLounge has some features that are not yet available in the official tool. For example, you can hide your Plex username when you sign into a room, you can rejoin recent rooms, and you can automatically play the next episodes when you’re binge-watching TV with friends.

We also really like the app’s user status indicators. Each user has a colored ring around their profile picture to denote sync distance, and you can even see the type of Plex client they are using if you hover over their name.

How to Use SyncLounge for Plex

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To begin, click the Get Started link on the Sync Lounge website and enter your Plex login details. If you don’t fancy handing over your credentials, you can download the app from GitHub and run it directly on your own server.

Hosts will need to create a room and invite other people to join them. Invitees just need to accept the invite when it arrives.

Like Watch Together, only hosts can play and pause the video, change the subtitles, and change the audio.

Signing Out of SyncLounge

Don’t worry, SyncLounge isn’t the type of app that requires you to revoke access if you ever stop using it; your Plex user details are not held on the developer’s servers.

Plex’s Watch Together vs. SyncLounge

SyncLounge has some benefits over Plex’s official Watch Together tool.

Firstly, you don’t need to be “Plex buddies” to sync your content. Secondly, the Plex servers of every person connected to the room are available, thus creating a super-repo of content.

The danger, of course, is that Plex might pull the plug on the backend API that makes a third-party app possible, especially once its own Watch Together feature comes out of beta.

Longterm, we’d assume Plex’s backing of its in-house tool will help to establish it as the better product, but for now, it’s easy to make the case for SyncLounge instead.

How to Watch Other Video Apps Together With Friends

Plex isn’t the only app that lets you watch content in sync with your friends far away. Netflix subscribers should check out how to use the Netflix Party Chrome extension, and there are also plenty of ways to watch YouTube with far-away friends.

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How to Organize Your Plex Library Using Collections

If your media collection is growing out of control, it may be time to organize your Plex library.

Content collections are a criminally underused part of the Plex app. Not only do they have massive organizational benefits, but you can also use them to customize the way your libraries look by using artwork and other metadata.

However, before you can use Plex collections, you need to understand how to enable them on your libraries, how to view them, and how to edit them. And some of the settings aren’t too easy to find.

Here’s how to organize your Plex library using collections…

How to Enable Plex Collections

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Before you can organize your Plex library, you need to enable Plex collections for each individual library on your Plex server. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Open the Plex Media Server app (you cannot enable collections from a Plex Media Player app).
  2. Locate the list of your Plex libraries on the left-hand side of the window.
  3. Find the library on which you want to enable collections.
  4. Hover over the library name and click the three vertical dots that appear on the right.
  5. Using the popup menu, navigate to Manage Library > Edit.
  6. Select Advanced in the left-hand panel.
  7. Scroll down to Collections.
  8. Set the option to either Hide items which are in collections or Show collections and their items.
  9. Hit Save Changes.

There’s an important difference between Hide items which are in collections and Show collections and their items.

The first option will prevent items that you’ve added to collections from showing in the main library; only the collection itself will show as a single item. The second option will show both the collection and each individual item within the collection in your library.

How to Create a New Collection

Once you’ve enabled collections in your library, it’s time to make a new collection and start adding content.

To make a new collection, navigate to the preplay screen of the first movie, TV series, or episode you want to add, then click on the Edit button.

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On the Edit screen, click on Tags in the left-hand panel, then scroll down to Collections.

In the text-entry field, type the name you want to call your new collection and click Add [collection name] in the popup box below the field. When you’re ready, hit Save Changes.

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(NB: Collections are locked to the library on which you created them. You cannot add content from two different libraries to the same collection.)

How to Add More Videos to a Collection

Once you’ve created a collection, it’s time to start adding more videos to it.

Two methods are available. You can either repeat the steps above to add content on a case-by-case basis, or you can use multi-select to add videos to your collection in bulk. For most people, multi-select will be the way to go as it’s a lot faster.

To get started, highlight all of the videos in your collection that you want to add, then click on the Edit button in the upper-right corner of the Plex app.

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In the Edit window, go to Tags > Collections and start to type the collection’s name. The field should auto-populate. You can add a video/series to more than one collection within the same library.

How to Browse Plex Collections

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As long as you’ve enabled collections in the way we outlined at the beginning of the article, you’ll see them appear in-line in your library. However, even if you left that setting on Disabled, you can still see your collections for a given library by clicking on the drop-down tab at the top of the Plex window.

The tab has three viewing options—Recommended, Library, and Collections. Needless to say, you need to choose the latter.

When you click on a collection, you will be able to see all of the content that’s held within it.

How to Customize a Plex Collection

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Now it’s time to customize your Plex collection. All of the same metadata fields are available that you’d find if you were editing the data of a standalone TV series or movie.

To start customizing, click on the collection’s name to open the pre-play screen, then hit the Edit icon. The four options in the left-hand panel that you need to pay attention to are General, Poster, Background, and Advanced.

  • General: Change the sort title of your collection and add a text summary of its contents.
  • Poster: With a bit of planning, you can make your collection posters look uber-slick. For example, why not use standardized fonts or iconography so that they all have the same style on your TV screen? If you don’t change the poster, it will default to the first item in your collection.
  • Background: You can set a background image to appear on the pre-play and buffering screens.
  • Advanced: This lets you override the default library settings for collection visibility and choose the order in which content appears within the collection.

Collections can also be shared with other users on a case-by-case basis, even if the library they are a part of is not shared.

Collections vs. Libraries

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Finally, a quick note on when to use a collection versus when to use a library.

It’s perhaps easiest to think of collections as sub-libraries. For example, you wouldn’t want to group your TV shows and movies into a single library; there’s a clear delineation and it would play havoc with Plex’s automatic metadata import tool.

However, it wouldn’t make sense to spin out Brad Pitt movies into their own library; you’d want them to be part of your wider film library. In these cases, a collection makes sense.

The area that most often falls under the microscope in the library versus collections debate is kids’ content. There’s no right answer, but keep in mind that you can restrict access to videos based on content rating, as long as you’ve taken the time to set it up correctly on each video (Edit > General > Content Rating).

Learn More About Using Plex

Only a small fraction of Plex users make use of the app’s full range of features. Remember, you can now use Plex to watch live TV for free and use Watch Together to host Plex viewing parties.

And to learn more about customizing Plex, check out our list of hidden Plex settings you should be using.

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20 Private and Hidden Roku Channels You Should Install Now

Roku devices come in a variety of different models and specifications, but at their core, they all operate in the same way: you add channels and watch the content you want.

There are two sources of Roku channels. One is the Roku Channel Store; it offers more than enough free Roku channels to keep you entertained. However, the Roku really comes into its own when you start adding private or hidden channels.

Keep reading to learn how to add private Roku channels and discover the best hidden Roku channels you can install right now.

How Do You Add Private or Hidden Channels to Roku?

Before you can add a private channel to your Roku box, you’ll need two things:

  • The channel’s code (we have included the codes in our list below)
  • A Roku account (set one up for free on the Roku website)

Once you have created an account and know the channel code, it’s easy to start adding channels.

To begin, head to your account portal and click Add a channel with a code. Insert the code, accept the on-screen confirmation, and you’re done.

The channel should immediately appear at the bottom of the channel list on your Roku’s home screen. If it doesn’t, you can force a refresh by going to Settings > System > System Update > Check Now on the device.

(NB: Some private Roku channels are restricted to certain countries or regions.)

1. RokuCast (CL9D5D)

RokuCast lets you stream HTML5 content from the Chrome browser on your computer to your Roku device. You’ll need the Chrome extension and this private Roku channel to make it work.

2. El Cartel TV (chibchombiatv)

El Cartel TV offers dozens of live TV channels from South America, with a particular focus on Colombian channels.

Popular channels such as TeleSUR, Canal Capital, and Canal Uno are all available.

3. AOL On (aol)

AOL On Roku channel

AOL On offers content from 17 TV networks, including BBC News, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, ET Online, Food Network, and HGTV.

It used to be in the regular channel store, but is now only available as a private channel.

4. EuroRoku (296XJKP)

EuroRoku is a paid private Roku channel that provides access to 24/7 streams of European TV stations.

The service costs $15/month and offers more than 300 channels, including networks from France, Germany, Bulgaria, Moldova, Spain, Holland, and Belgium.

5. Armchair Tourist (ArmchairTourist)

Branded as “Free HD Wallpaper for your Television,” Armchair Tourist is a live stream of tourist hotspots around the world. Each stream has a four-digit code that you can enter of the Armchair Tourist website for more information about the location in question.

6. FOX Business (FOXBIZ)

FOX Business Roku channel

Along with Bloomberg and CNBC, FOX Business is one of the three big American news networks about finance, business, and global markets.

7. RokuMovies (zb34ac)

Not to be confused with the official The Roku Channel, RokuMovies focuses on bringing you the world’s strangest and most outlandish low-budget films.

Give it a try if you like giant monsters and forgotten kung-fu flicks with ridiculous storylines.

8. Video Games (T6PH2V)

If you love video game walkthroughs, give this channel a try. It includes complete playthroughs of nine classic video games from 1988 to 2004.

The games available include The Legend of Zelda; A Link to the Past, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Metroid.

9. DISHWorld (DISHWorld)

DISHWorld Roku channel

Owned by Sling, DISHWorld is an international TV service that lets you watch live TV in more than 15 languages. In addition to the private Roku channel, the app is also available as an APK for Android.

10. Pro Guitar Lessons TV (ProGuitar)

Feeling creative? It might be time to learn a musical instrument. Of course, the web has no shortage of free resources for musical beginners, but Pro Guitar Lessons TV is worth adding to your list.

11. Food Matters TV (foodmatterstv)

Foodies need to install Food Matters TV. It has a selection of videos covering cooking shows, recipes, diets, healthy eating, and more.

12. Happy Kids (HappyKids)

Happy Kids Roku channel

Happy Kids TV offers a broad mix of kids programming, including music, rhymes, activity guides, and some popular kids’ TV shows and movies.

13. Relaxation Channel (Relax)

Soothing sounds paired with stunning imagery, the Relaxation Channel is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a peaceful few hours to themselves.

14. Kinda Classics (GK9NH5Z)

Kinda Classics is one of the secret Roku channels that everyone needs to have on their device. It offers a wide range of classic shows and movies from around the world.

15. Emby (Emby)

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Emby is an open-source alternative to media center apps such as Plex and Kodi.

If you’d like to learn more about how the app stacks up against its two rivals, check out our comparison of Emby, Plex, and Kodi.

16. Silent Night (SilentNight)

Silent Night is the first of two hidden Roku channels on our list that caters to silent movie fans. They both offer a different selection of films, so complement each other well.

17. Harvest Eating (harvest)

Another private channel for foodies, Harvest focuses on providing recipes using fruit and vegetables that are in-season during a particular time of year.

18. 5ik.TV (5ikTV)

5ikTV Roku channel

5ik.TV lets you watch live TV channels from the Far East, including China, Japan, and South Korea. The channel’s interface isn’t in English, but if you can recognize the logos of TV networks in the region, it’s relatively easy to navigate to the content you want to watch.

19. Spanish Time (spanishtime)

If you speak Spanish and would like to keep abreast of the latest goings-on in Latin America, you could subscribe to Spanish Time for $9.99/month.

It offers more than 150 live streaming channels from across the region, including all of the biggest networks in Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia. There’s also a broad selection of miscellaneous Spanish-language sports and entertainment channels.

20. Silent Movies (RLQXKG)

French movie The Artist might have cleaned up at the 2012 Oscars, but the real heyday of silent film was back in the 1920s.

The Silent Movies channel lets you relive the glory days of Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton.

How to Install Even More Roku Channels

Private Roku channels have something for everyone. If you’re not using them, you’re going to restrict your enjoyment and limit the potential of your Roku device. But they are only one piece of the puzzle.

To learn more about how to get the most out of your Roku device, here’s how to watch local channels on Roku for free.

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The 16 Best Documentaries on Netflix in 2020

It should come as no surprise that Netflix features an enormous number of documentaries in its catalog. Sadly, a lot of them simply aren’t worth watching. Hidden among the endless options, however, are some must-see documentaries.

So, whether you’re looking for war documentaries, space documentaries, sports documentaries, or something else entirely, keep reading. These are the best documentaries on Netflix that you can watch right now. All of which will enlighten and entertain you.

The Best War Documentaries on Netflix

Unfortunately, documentary makers have no shortage of material when it comes to wars. Many of the most important conflicts of recent centuries have a show about them on Netflix.

1. The Vietnam War

This 10-part documentary tells the story of the United States’ controversial 19-year conflict in Vietnam.

It features testimonies from more than 80 witnesses from both sides, never-seen-before video footage, and runs for more than 17 hours in total.

2. World War II in Colour

World War II in Colour is a British documentary that includes a vast amount of real video footage from the battlefields, cities, and oceans that saw action during World War II.

It has 13 episodes in total, covering everything from the North African campaign to the Japanese invasion of China.

3. November 13: Attack on Paris

November 13: Attack on Paris is a Netflix original about the terror attacks in the French capital during November 2015. The three-part series documents the timeline of that traumatic day.

For more options, have a look at our full list of war documentaries on Netflix.

The Best Space Documentaries on Netflix

If you’d prefer to be dazzled by scientific ingenuity rather than human suffering, check out some of the top Netflix documentaries about space and the universe instead.

4. A Year in Space

A Year in Space is a 12-part Netflix docuseries that follows American Scott Kelly and Russian Mikhail Kornienko during their year-long stay on the International Space Station.

It follows their mission from takeoff to touchdown, providing a fascinating insight into zero-gravity life and the scientific work that goes on while in orbit.

5. The Search for Life in Space

The Search for Life in Space is a short 32-minute documentary about how humans are searching for signs of life beyond our planet. It’s doesn’t go into complex details, so it’s perfect for anyone who may not have the same level of background knowledge as a seasoned universe fanatic.

For more content about the universe, make sure to also check out the best space documentaries on Amazon.

The Best Nature Documentaries on Netflix

If you’d prefer to learn about Earth-based lifeforms, you’ll be pleased to know that some of the best documentaries on Netflix cover the natural world.

6. Dancing With the Birds

Narrated by the ever-lovable Stephen Fry, Dancing With The Birds follows majestic birds as they try to find a mate.

Fry’s commentary adds an element of humor to what is already a fascinating subject matter, making this one of the most enjoyable nature documentaries ever made.

7. Chasing Coral

Coral reefs are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. They’ve been around for 485 million years and support more than one-quarter of all marine species; the NOAA National Ocean Service calls them “the rainforests of the sea.”

The climate emergency means coral is now dying at a faster rate than ever. This documentary investigates the devastating impact that coral death is having on our planet and our lives.

We’ve written about the best nature documentaries on Netflix if these couple of suggestions aren’t enough to satisfy you.

The Best BBC Documentaries on Netflix

The British television network is one of the foremost documentary makers in the world.

8. A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman

Aardman Animations—creators of the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, and Chicken Run—started life as a tiny animation studio in Bristol, England. A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman tracks the studio from its humble beginnings to its status as a company with more than $1 billion in revenue.

In addition to A Grand Night In, many more of the best BBC documentaries are available on Netflix. Check out our list to learn more.

The Best Travel Documentaries on Netflix

The “new normal” means it could be a while before many people feel comfortable getting on a plane again. After all, why bother when you can travel anywhere in the world from your own sofa thanks to Netflix?!

9. Dark Tourist

Tourism isn’t only about beaches and all-inclusive buffets. If you’d like to learn about the grittier side of the world, check out Dark Tourist.

New Zealand filmmaker David Farrier investigates some of the weirder travel spots you’ll find, including Pablo Escobar-themed trips in Colombia and nuclear disaster tourism in Japan.

10. National Parks Adventure

Narrated by Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes viewers on a tour of remarkable spots in the National Parks of the United States. The documentary covers Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches. The entire documentary uses IMAX 3D cinematography.

To learn more, have a look at our complete list of the best travel documentaries on Netflix.

The Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix

True crime documentaries on Netflix have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years.

11. Making a Murderer

Making a Murderer is arguably the Netflix documentary that kicked off the renewed interest in the genre.

It tells the story of Steven Avery. Avery was wrongly convicted of murder and spent 18 years in jail, only to be found guilty of a different murder upon his exoneration and release. Despite doubts around the second conviction, he remains in jail to this day.

12. Amanda Knox

One of the most famous convictions of the 21st century occurred in Italy in 2007.

American exchange student, Amanda Knox, was found guilty of killing a fellow student, Meredith Kercher, in a trial littered with controversies. Rumors of police incompetence, evidence tampering, and false testimonies circulated for years after Knox’s conviction. The Italian supreme court eventually overturned the decision in 2015.

This documentary tells the story of the night of the murder and the subsequent media frenzy surrounding the court proceedings.

The Best Sports Documentaries on Netflix

Some of the best documentaries on Netflix fall into the sports category.

13. Senna

Ayrton Senna is widely believed to be the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time. He won three world titles before being killed in a crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. He was 34 years old.

This docufilm charts his life and death.

14. The Last Dance

An obvious inclusion, the Netflix docuseries tells the story of NBA legend, Michael Jordan. Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, and Phil Jackson all feature.

The Best Music Documentaries on Netflix

And finally, a couple of brilliant music documentaries for you to watch.

15. Chasing Trane

Chasing Trane is about the life of the jazz icon, John Coltrane. Coltrane was one of the world’s foremost saxophonists before he succumbed to liver cancer in 1967 at the age of 40.

His legend lives on to this day.

16. Hip-Hop Evolution

Spread over four seasons, the Canadian docuseries explores the rise of hip-hop.

The series starts in the 1970s with Grandmaster Flash, then goes on to cover all of the major stars and storylines through to the early 2000s and the rise of 50 Cent.

More Netflix Shows Worth Watching

Documentaries form a large chunk of the Netflix library. And if you dig down into a specific genre, you’ll be able to find some niche content to suit your tastes.

And once you have watched all of the best documentaries on Netflix and want to watch something a little different, we recommend checking out the best interactive Netflix shows instead.

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The Best Netflix Documentaries About Serial Killers

People have a morbid fascination with the lives of serial killers. Often, we want to know the motives behind their evil deeds. Also, it is interesting to see how they respond to questioning. That is, of course, if they are still alive. Or if they have any recorded interviews that still exist.

How can you get your next gruesome fix? Well, Netflix is a great place to find documentaries about serial killers. There are lots available to watch, and we’ve rounded up the best serial killer documentaries. So, without further ado, here are the best documentaries about serial killers to watch on Netflix.

1. Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Would you like an insight into the macabre mind of this murderer? Then Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, will give you a glimpse into Bundy’s world. This one isn’t for the faint of heart. It features a lot of details about his killing sprees.

But, perhaps more disturbing is the glorified manner in which Bundy talks about himself and his acts. This is one of the best Netflix crime documentaries for fans of the serial killer genre.

2. Interview With a Serial Killer

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Another gruesome tale. Interview with a Serial Killer chronicles the crimes of Arthur Shawcross. Also known as the Genesee River Killer, he died in prison in 2008 while he was serving a 250-year sentence for his crimes. Like The Ted Bundy Tapes, this documentary features his crimes in disturbing detail.

However, the most gruesome aspect of this documentary is the interview with Shawcross. He comes across as the cold-hearted killer that he was, taking great pleasure in discussing his heinous acts. This is a fantastic documentary that gives a real insight into the often brazen way a serial killer will talk about themselves and their crimes.

3. The Confession Killer

This one is a little different from the others on the list. The Confession Killer focuses on the life and crimes of Henry Lee Lucas. Why is it different? Well, after a spate of arrests for murder, Lucas eventually confessed to dozens more. However, it is impossible to say whether he was telling the truth or not. This is all down to the unusual preferential treatment he was given while in prison.

We won’t go into too much detail here as it might spoil the series for you, but the bumbling authorities and Lucas’ manipulation of circumstances makes for a compelling watch. If you like to see how a sociopath/psychopath can turn situations to their advantage, then this is an ideal documentary.

4. Killer Ratings

Killer Ratings is a genuinely harrowing tale that highlights what happens when greed takes a stranglehold. It looks at Wallace Souza, who started out as a Brazilian politician, before becoming a cop. From there, he went on to become the host of true-crime TV series, Canal Livre.

Whether Souza was a serial killer per se is a matter of conjecture, but he did hire a hitman to kill five people in order to improve the ratings of his show. More of a serial killer by proxy, but still a greedy, heartless beast nonetheless. This is a brilliant series if you like to see how criminals are often hidden in plain sight.

5. Unabomber – In His Own Words

It is hard to say whether Ted Kaczynski is a serial killer or not. He was more of a “serial bomber”. However, he did kill three people during his bombing sprees. This fills the serial killer criteria, for sure.

What is most interesting about this case is the manner in which the Unabomber went from an intellectual young man—a mathematics professor, no less—to a cold-hearted bomber. The police eventually apprehended him in 1996. The Unabomber is currently serving eight life sentences in ADX Florence for 10 counts of transportation, mailing, and use of bombs, and three counts of murder.

Unabomber – In His Own Words is a great documentary, with details “straight from the horse’s mouth”.

6. Inside the Criminal Mind

Inside the Criminal Mind is a series spread over four 50-minute episodes. Each episode deals with a different form of criminal activity. But the first episode—Serial Killers—is what we’re looking for. The episode features expert analysis from professionals.

These range from criminal profilers to psychologists and neurologists. They leave no stone unturned in explaining the mind of a serial killer. If you are a fan of true crime documentaries in general, this is a great pick for your watch list. You can also watch episodes about kidnapping, cult leaders, and crime lords like El Chapo, too.

7. The Devil Next Door

From the producers of Emmy-winning documentary Wild, Wild Country comes the tale of Nazi Death Camp guard “Ivan the Terrible”. There is no doubt that this character will have murdered many people in cold blood during his time as a prison guard. This will earn him the title of “serial killer”.

The doubt in The Devil Next Door lies in the fact that the Cleveland grandfather, accused of being Ivan the Terrible, protests his innocence throughout. We’ll leave you to find out whether he did it or not, but this is a great documentary with an intriguing historical back-story.

8. I Am a Killer

Another series that deals with a range of crimes. I Am a Killer looks at the lives of murderers on Death Row. Not all of them are serial killers. However, episode four, “Sympathy for the Devil”, focuses on Miguel Angel Martinez, the youngest inmate ever to have graced Texas’ Death Row.

Martinez gives his account first hand, making it interesting as it offers his side of the story. Not that we should sympathize with him. He killed three people and all three murders were linked to Satanism. The whole series is worth watching, but this is a genuinely chilling episode.

The Best Netflix Documentaries About Serial Killers

If you love a good serial killer documentary, then the options above should be enough to give you several hours of viewing… pleasure? Perhaps that is the wrong noun to use here, but it will certainly fill your day with brutal binge-worthiness.

Plus, one of the great things about Netflix is that it will give you suggestions based on your viewing, so there’s a chance you’ll find the odd gem that way, too.

For out and out morbidity, though, Conversation with a Serial Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes makes for some truly nail-biting viewing. The manner in which Bundy tells his story is truly chilling. If you would like to share the tension remotely, why not check out how to watch Netflix with friends far away.

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The Best Music Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

The best music documentaries are wonderful to watch. Not only do they offer a glimpse into the ups and downs of celebrity, but they also let you see the creativity and expression that goes into making music at the highest level.

We’ve rounded up a list of the best music documentaries available to watch on Netflix. Whether it’s Taylor Swift, Oasis, or Bob Dylan, these Netflix music documentaries are all interesting and enjoyable character studies.

1. Miss Americana

Miss Americana explores the life of one of the biggest musicians on the planet: Taylor Swift. Usually cautious when discussing her private life, this documentary delves into Swift’s battles with the media, her body dysmorphia, her mother’s cancer diagnosis, and her political views.

It’s an interesting watch even if you aren’t a fan, though Swifties will especially love the moments of music-making magic in the studio.

If this documentary inspires you, here’s how to make music at home using Audacity.

2. What Happened, Miss Simone?

“Miss Simone, you are idolized, even loved, by millions now. But what happened, Miss Simone?” This quote opens this fantastic documentary about music legend Nina Simone.

The documentary tells her powerful life story; a woman not only known for her songs, but her contributions to civil rights. Combining rare archival footage and interviews, this is a must-see.

3. Gaga: Five Foot Two

At the start of Lady Gaga’s career she adopted an almost mythical status, often making headlines for her eye-catching outfits. This documentary strips that back, covering a year of her life while working on her fifth album, producing a Super Bowl halftime show, and acting on TV.

Gaga is clearly a determined and driven artist and it’s great to get this raw and unfiltered glimpse into her world.

4. Oasis: Supersonic

We all know that brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher are bitter rivals. Oasis: Supersonic touches upon that, but it also looks at the Britpop band’s formation, their wild success, and the electric power of their music. Using a wealth of archival photos and videos set against current interviews, this documentary offers a surprisingly soulful look at Oasis.

5. Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé

If you want a balanced or candid look at Queen Bey, then Homecoming isn’t the watch for you—the subtitle “a film by Beyoncé” should tell you all you need to know. What it is, however, is a wonderful insight into the production and performance of her stunning 2018 performance at Coachella festival.

Part documentary, part concert film, Homecoming highlights a performer at the very top of her game.

6. Quincy

No-one can accuse Quincy Jones of slacking. Over the course of his life, he’s shaped over 300 albums, won 28 Grammys, and worked with the likes of Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra. As you might expect, this documentary is packed full of tales from his illustrious career, and is co-directed by his daughter, Rashida Jones.

7. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story

Rolling Thunder Revue, named after Bob Dylan’s 1975 tour of the same name, isn’t Martin Scorsese’s first film about the American singer, but it is his weirdest.

Primarily made up of outtakes from Dylan’s own 1978 film, this documentary blends fact and fiction without ever distinguishing the two; some interviews are with real musicians involved in the tour, others are with actors. It’s an interesting and amusingly meta film.

8. 20 Feet from Stardom

20 Feet from Stardom moves the light away from the lead singer and highlights those supporting singers who often receive no public acknowledgment or recognition, despite being an important part of the overall performance. Some backup singers want more; others are happy with their role. This is an enjoyable, feelgood, and heartfelt documentary.

9. Amy

Amy Winehouse was a huge talent. With her distinctive voice and appearance, the sky was her limit. Until she sadly died at the age of 27 after succumbing to her addictions.

This documentary uses home footage to show Winehouse’s whirlwind life and career. It delves into her family and fame troubles, but most importantly shows what an outstanding musician she was.

10. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

Fyre Festival was meant to be the greatest festival of all time. Located in the Bahamas and promoted online by influencers like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, tickets cost up to $1500 each. Except the entire thing turned out to be a fraud, leaving hundreds of people stranded.

This documentary captures the entire bizarre story, which is so nuts that it has to be seen to be believed.

11. Rapture

Whether you listen to hip-hop or not, the genre has had a massive influence on every corner of popular culture. This documentary series studies a different artist each episode, like 2 Chainz, Nas, and G-Eazy, as they share their life stories and talk about their upbringing, inspirations, and art.

To broaden your musical horizons, check out these websites to discover new music genres.

12. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis is known as one of the most important jazz trumpeters of all time. He played by his own rules, constantly innovating and switching his style. Davis is smooth, cool, but most of all human—which means he could be complicated and difficult. This documentary explores all sides of him through uncovered archival footage and modern interviews.

13. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

Rush was a multi-award winning Canadian rock band and this 2010 documentary details its origins and changing sound. Lots of celebrities pop up to profess their love for the band, but it’s really the interviews with the members of Rush themselves that make this interesting, as they reflect on their time making music together.

14. Keith Richards: Under the Influence

After Keith Richards released his album Main Offender in 1992, it took him until 2015 to follow up with Crosseyed Heart. In this documentary we get a glorious look at Richards as he creates this album, while at the same time reflecting on his life and everything that led him to where he is now. Fans of the Rolling Stones will especially enjoy this for obvious reasons.

How to Watch More Documentaries for Free

No matter what genre of music you enjoy listening to, each of these Netflix music documentaries offers something different. And who knows, you may end up discovering a new favorite singer or band after watching a few.

If you’re in the mood for some more documentaries, here’s a list of the best places to watch free documentaries online.

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