The Google Pixel 3 is one of the hottest phones of 2018, primarily because it was launched only recently. Being a deserving successor to the Pixel 2 lineup, the Pixel 3 has significantly improved over the predecessor, making it one of the best Android phones available in the market today. If you recently got your hands on this flagship, you would be aware that the phone has a lot of features built-in, including a bunch of Google apps that make your life easy. What the Pixel 3 (or any smartphone for that matter) lacks is enough options to watch free TV shows.

Thankfully, the Play Store is filled with enough apps that can let you enjoy TV streaming for free. Some apps require a subscription, while some are completely free to use without any hidden caveats. Keeping this in mind, we’re going to talk about some of the best free TV show apps for the Google Pixel 3.

5 Best Free TV Show Apps For Pixel 3


Crackle is one of the first names that pop up when we talk about free TV shows and movies streaming apps. It is owned by Sony and is home to a wide number of movies and TV shows, including original programming that you won’t find elsewhere on the internet. You won’t find any of the globally recognized TV shows here, however, as the platform is still building up its content library. However, you can watch shows like Seinfeld, with TV reboots of movies like Snatch among other things.

The developers recommend users to make an account and/or sign-in with their credentials to enable syncing between multiple devices. This, in essence, means that you can pick up where you left off on multiple devices. So what are the caveats here? Well, Crackle is completely free to download and use, but there are going to be ads sprinkled across the content. This is a small sacrifice to make for the users given that you’re not required to shell out any money. The app has no in-app purchases.


ABC is home to some of the best TV shows out there. Its dedicated app can be downloaded from the Play Store, which will give you access to some of the most popular TV shows at no cost. However, newer content will require you to have an account with any of the listed providers mentioned by ABC. The app also offers live TV content, pending a subscription from your provider, so while the app will give you some free content, you will be required to shell out a few bucks to make full use of the ABC app.

The app makers recommend users to get a free ABC account in order to access all their TV shows and watched history from any logged in smartphone or tablet. The app’s user interface is very refined, and navigating to your favorite TV shows is fairly straightforward. The ABC app is free to download, but comes with ads. There are no in-app purchases, however. The app requires smartphones running on Android 5.0 and above, so you’re good with the Pixel 3.

The NBC App

NBC is yet another popular TV channel that offers a myriad of content, including exclusive rights to live TV events like the Olympics. The app’s description mentions that you can watch some live TV for free, although no caveats are mentioned. It is recommended to create an account here to save you some valuable time each time you want to search for your favorite TV show. The app offers countless “Throwback” shows for free. These are TV shows that were released several years ago and are currently off air including but not limited to shows like Amazing Stories, Miami Vice, Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider etc.

Users of the app will also get free credits to use towards watching three full episodes. Naturally, The NBC App only works within the United States. Since there’s no offline viewing feature here, the app will be rendered unusable when you leave the country. The app will stream video on Wi-Fi as well as 3G/4G networks, although it is recommended to use it only on Wi-Fi to preserve your mobile data cap. The NBC App is free to download and comes with ads on board.


Yes, we mentioned free apps to watch TV shows, and technically, Netflix is free for a month (if you’re a new user). Designed to give users a taste of what the platform has to offer, new users can take advantage of Netflix for up to a month. In terms of content, Netflix is highly rated by experts and users alike, so a month’s usage is definitely not enough to experience the platform fully. However, the benefits to Netflix are that you can use it offline by downloading TV Shows and movies beforehand.

But speaking as a Netflix subscriber, I highly recommend getting the recurring subscription given the amount of content that’s added regularly. Netflix Specials are particularly interesting as they cannot be found anywhere else on the internet. The app is free to download, but is devoid of ads. There are in-app purchases, however.

Amazon Prime Video

This service is offered by free if you have a Prime membership in some regions. If you’re not a member, Amazon also lets you sign-up for a free trial to give the platform a go. It comes with a large database of movies and TV shows, while American users can also purchase channels like HBO, Showtime etc by paying only for the channels they want. This is perhaps why Prime Video is making a significant dent in the video streaming business.

You will have access to a bunch of “Prime Original” content, including a bunch of Emmy winning titles. If you’re looking to rewatch some of the legacy TV shows, it’s likely that you’ll find what you’re looking for on Prime Video. The app is free to download on the Play Store. It comes with ads and in-app purchases. Be sure to check it out.



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