5 More Sites to Discover Free Documentaries to Stream Online

In the past we’ve covered several places where you can watch documentaries for free, whether you stream them on websites or non-fiction apps. Well, that’s not the end of the list. These sites find documentaries by going to sources others dare not, or redefining what a documentary is.

Quite a few websites collect the best documentaries available to stream online. But that doesn’t mean they list every single one. As the sites in this list prove, you can still find more (and maybe better) documentation from random Redditors and by finding YouTube videos that wouldn’t be labeled “documentaries” by traditional standards.

1. Documentary Tube (Web): Huge collection of free documentaries to stream

As mentioned above, there are many websites that aggregate documentation from different places. However, some of them have become inactive or now update their collections irregularly. Documentary Tube is one of the few that’s still active, adding new must-watch videos every day.

The collection comes mostly from YouTube, Vimeo, and self-hosted videos on Documentary Tube. You can tell which of the three it is by the thumbnail showing a small icon for one of them. Each documentary has a brief description, a thumbnail, the category it belongs to, how many people have viewed it, and an audience rating.

In the right sidebar, you can browse through categories like crime, conspiracy, history, music, war, nature, sports, technology, and more. Documentary Tube also has a top 100 most watched documentaries list on their website, so you can find quality content quickly.


2. Veely (Web, Android, iOS): Live streaming documentaries on online channels

If you enjoyed flipping through channels like NatGeo and Discovery on TV, Veely is the next best thing you can get on the web. It’s a collection of 7-10 different channels that stream documentaries live on the web that you can watch in a browser or the mobile app.

Currently the channels streamed on Veely are Don’t Tell the Bride, Real Crime, Real Drama, Real Life, Real Royalty, Real Stories, Real Wild, Spark, “Timeline” and “Wonder”. Between all these channels, Veely covers all popular types of documentary genres, such as nature, crime, reality series, history, science and technology, and human interest. Most of these are from the Little Dot Studios network, one of the best educational alternatives to Netflix.

You don’t need to subscribe to Veely to start streaming documentary channels. However, if you want to watch on-demand shows from the catalog of episodes that have already aired, you will need to subscribe to do so. Veely also offers a handy TV guide for its streaming schedule.

3. Indocus (Web): Curated best indie documentaries on YouTube

Indocus only lists indie documentaries that you can stream for free on YouTube. These range from award-winning titles made on tight budgets to some longer videos by popular YouTube creators that could ostensibly be called documentaries.

The main page lists the top rated documentaries currently on the site and the newest ones being added to the directory. The Discover section is a better way to explore the directory. You can filter by categories like Money, Self Help, Psychology, Crime, Math & Science, Design & Art, Creating, Personal Stories & Vlogs, and History. You can also sort by short, medium, or long video length. All entries are listed by their upvote rank.

We’re thrilled that Indocus has chosen to expand the definition of “documentary” to include educational and binge-worthy YouTube creators like CGP Gray and Kurzsprechen. After all, several YouTube creators make the kind of videos that amateur documentarians make, but release them on a free streaming platform. As long as you get good, non-fictional content that expands your view of reality, consumers shouldn’t care if it’s technically documentaries.

4. Free Documentaries and Others (YouTube): YouTube’s largest documentary series

Since 2013, Free Documentary YouTube has been adding some of the best full-length documentaries that anyone can watch for free. The channel is created by Germany-based Quintus Studios, which regularly signs new deals to acquire non-fiction video content from leading independent producers and distributors worldwide.

It has grown so big and popular that Free Documentary now has multiple offshoot channels on YouTube. The list includes:

  • FD Real for true stories of everyday people
  • FD History for historical human documentaries
  • FD Survive how to survive in the wild
  • FD Nature for documentaries about wildlife and trees
  • FD Paranormal for videos about ghosts, UFOs and other unexplained phenomena
  • Pet Docs for our furry, feathered, or reptilian friends
  • ENDEVR for explainers on all kinds of topics

Of course, the main channel for free documentaries remains the flagship of the franchise. It covers different genres including those already covered by the other channels. On this channel you will find a new documentary video every two days and one of the other channels will be updated every other day.

5. r/Documentaries (Web): Discover documentation submitted by Redditors

Reddit’s r/documentaries is a thriving community that actively shares links to documentaries that you can stream online. The rules are clear that these must all be streamable videos and not FileLocker or torrent links. Most documentaries come from YouTube or Vimeo, so you can start streaming with one click.

Each post has a clear format that makes it easy to browse. The entry title includes the name of the documentary, the year it was released, a one-line description of the submitter, and the total running time of the documentary. Finally, most of the posts come with a flair that defines genres like crime, society, history, film/tv, science, nature/animals, tech/internet, war, music, and trailers. You can always filter the subreddit by these genres to quickly find something to watch.

Among all the places where you can find free documentaries to stream online, r/Documentaries is unique because of the power of the community. With nearly 20 million members, people have diverse resources to find new videos to watch. For example, a user dug up a new documentary from FIFA that was streaming on their official website. It’s a perfect example of how you’re likely to find rare documentaries on this subreddit that you won’t find on other popular documentary aggregator websites.

You’ll have enough material to watch for months with this massive collection of free streaming documentaries. But don’t forget to also check out popular streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime or Disney+ for more documentaries if you’re already subscribed.

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