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Review of Yidio – The Free and Premium Online Streaming Platform  

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Review of Yidio – The Free and Premium Online Streaming Platform

Yidio is a free movie streaming platform with a concept similar to that of many piracy and streaming sites. Rather than hosting most content, Yidio simply links to it, aggregating free and legal movies and TV shows you can view via the app or your browser.  

If you’re considering using Yidio, there’s a lot you should know. For example, not all of the movies are free and many link out to Google Play and iTunes, where you will be expected to pay a rental fee. Most also don’t play in the app – instead you’ll have to follow a link to the source content –where you will watch it on Viewster, Crunchyroll, or another similar platform.  

Yidio offers both good and bad features, and you should know both  

Yidio Interface

Yidio’s interface allows you to filter movies and TV based on filters such as Netflix, Free, or trending, as well as live schedule and most popular. From there, you can sort by over 40 genres, search by name or title, or other details. You can see reviews from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, including scores and actual user reviews, add items to a watch list and  

Overall, the Interface is fast and easy to use, but doesn’t really hold up when compared to an interface like Netflix or Amazon Prime, where you can filter and search with more variables, favorite and star items to watch later, and synchronize across devices.  

Yidio’s biggest interface flaw is that most of the films and shows are not hosted locally. Instead, you’ll be linked out to another website or browser tab. On the app, this gets even more annoying as you will sometimes be forced to install additional apps just to open a link.  

What About Viewing Quality?

Yidio primarily offers medium quality films and movies, usually right around DVD quality. While you will see HD and even 4K films, these are always premium and typically only available through subscription sites like Netflix or for rent through Amazon or Google. This can be a disadvantage if you’re looking for high quality films, but considering they are free, we can’t actually complain too much.  

Yidio also offers significantly better quality than alternatives like Viewster – so that is an advantage as well.  

Yidio Advertisements

If you’re not a fan of advertisements, you probably don’t want to use Yidio. While free, the site supports itself with massive ads, including potentially risky “download” button ads which can link you to software and apps you don’t actually want. Every movie also includes frequent ads, so you will have to pause your viewing experience quite a bit.  

The ads are annoying and you wouldn’t want to click on most of them without an antivirus program installed – but most are fairly harmless. You could also use  Adblock – but if everyone blocks ads, Yidio will stop making money and will eventually shut down.  

What Else Should You Know?

Yidio allows you to sort video’s by “Free” but the filter isn’t always accurate. Sometimes this happens when a free source vanishes or becomes premium – but many of the movies and shows listed in the free section only link out to premium or rental options. Therefore, you actually have to click on a film to see if you can really watch it for free, which is a hassle but not a big one.  

Yidio’s biggest advantage is that it offers an easy way to search through over a million TV shows and movies on one app or website. This can make it significantly easier to find free content to watch from dozens of other websites. You can also search on premium sites if you have subscriptions for them and Yidio will point out the cheapest option. It’s also nice to see Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB ratings in one place, which can give you a better idea of what you’re looking for.  

What’s the final verdict? Yidio can be a great service, but it does come with hang ups, and you should be aware of them before you start using it. If you don’t mind the ads or the links, there’s no reason why you won’t love it.  

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