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Here’s how to watch the Star Wars films and series online

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For many (okay, for some),Star Wars Day isone of the biggest holidays of the year. Each May, diehard fans and franchise devotees gather together, get out their Imperialknickknacksand Rebel tchotchkes, and set to debating one of life’s most vexing questions: Who shot first, Han or Greedo? Jokes aside, the Fourth is both a day of celebration for existing fans and a great opportunity for others to join the club.

Of course, for many supporters of the series, May the Fourth is simply an excuse to re-watch their favorite films (and, of course, the animated series). And who could blame them? There’s nothing quite as inspiring as watching a band of Ewoks destroy a legion of stormtroopers with rocks, sticks, and the power of teamwork. To keep your thirst sated, we’ve put together a quick-and-dirty guide to watching the films and cartoons online, broken down by services, so you don’t have to spend your favorite holiday scouring the internet for rusted droids and machine parts. Read on, padawans, and may the Force (and fourth) be with you.

(Note: These recommendations are for U.S. residents.International availability will vary by region.)

BEFORE WE GET INTO IT: TBS is running a Star Wars marathon all day today (May 4, of course). If you’ve got a pay TV subscription or a subscription to a cord-cutting platform (Sling, PlayStation Vue, etc.), flip to TBS immediately, you scruffy nerf herder. This marathon is limited to Episodes IV through VII, though, so if you wantRogue One,The Last Jedi, or any of the prequel films, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Streaming via subscription

Netflix

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It would be great if we could all just log into our Netflix accounts and queue up our favorite Star Wars films. Unfortunately, Disney/LucasFilm knows how valuable the franchise is, and has pulled most of its movies from the popular service. In fact, Disney iscreating its own streaming service, set to debut in 2019 to further cash in on the franchise, among its many other properties. Once that’s up, we expect all (or at least most) of the Star Wars movies to be available there.

For now, when it comes to feature-length films, just Rogue One: A Star Wars Storyis available on Netflix.

That’s not all, though: If you’re a fan of theStar Wars: Clone Wars animated series, you can stream all six seasons with on Netflix.

As far as streaming platforms go, that’s about it. Sadly, none of the Star Wars films are available with subscriptions to Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Playstation Vue, or Sling TV either. If you want ’em, you’re gonna have to buy ’em.

DirecTV

Like most cable companies, DirecTV allows customers to stream content on demand in addition to watching them live on television. With a DirecTV account, you can stream Disney’s animatedStar Wars Rebelsat no additional cost. The service offers 58 episodes total — most of the first three seasons, plus a bit of the fourth — 57 of which are available online, so you canalmostbinge your way through the whole series.

Disney XD

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If you’re a cable or satellite customer, but you don’t have DirecTV, there’s another option for watchingStar Wars Rebels: Straight from the source. Head over to Disney’s XD page, sign in with your cable or satellite provider (assuming you pay for a package that gets the XD channel), andvoil! You’re now able to watch every Rebels episode ever aired, save the four “shorts” released in 2014 ahead of the series premiere.

Purchasing digitally

Now that we’ve covered all of the(extremely limited) options for streaming Star Wars content, let’s move on to the most feasible method: Just buying it. If you’re a big fan, purchasing the films digitally isn’t such a bad idea — if you’re going to watch them every year in anticipation of the newest release, the investment will eventually pay off. If not, well, you don’t reallyhave a choice — although sites like iTunes and Amazon usually offer movie rentals, the first six Star Wars movies are noticeablynowhere to be found (the newest films can be rented in some places). Evidently, Disney decided that offering rentalswasn’t in itsbest interests.

That said, theMovies Anywhere initiative allows users to watch any Disney films purchased digitally from one platform, regardless of where you buy them — it’s a cool program for library consolidation purposes, though we expect that if you’re buying one movie from Amazon, you probably buy most movies from Amazon.

Amazon

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Amazon is the first place most people go to buy stuffonline, and it’s a fine choice for Star Wars fans too. Each of the nine feature-length films is available for digital purchase; pricing for HD purchases ranges from $15 to $20, depending which movie you want and which version you want (bonus content, etc.). If you don’t own any of the films, Amazon also offers a digital HD collection of Episodes I through VIfor $100 (but it’s cheaper below).

You can also buy the animated series — bothClone Wars andRebels— via Amazon for $3 per episode or by season (prices vary), or rent the three most recent films ($3-$6).

Youtube

Youtube’s Movies section also offers all the official Star Wars content for purchase. Despite our earlier comments, youcanactually rent some Star Wars films from Youtube — unfortunately, you can only rentEpisode VII, Episode VIII, andRogue One, for between $4 and $6. Otherwise, you’ll have to take the plunge and buy. As with Amazon, pricing varies between $15 and $20.

If you want to watchRebels, Youtube is a good place to do it — the whole seriesis available for purchase, either by season or by episode. High definition is a bit more expensive, as you might expect.Clone Wars is also here, if you don’t have a Netflix subscription or if you’d just rather own the content.Someone also uploaded a compilation of the 2003Clone Wars series, created by Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack) — it’s not canon, but you can watch it here for free.

Google Play

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Like Amazon and Youtube, Google’s gotall nine movies for you to buy — in HD, they’re all between $15 and $20 — plus the option to rentRogue One, The Force Awakens, andThe Last Jedi. If you want the digital collection ofEpisodesIthroughVI, it’s “just” $80 in HD.

Rebels is also here — all four seasons — for $3 per episode, or you can buy full seasons for slight discounts. Thesame goes forClone Wars.

iTunes

Just like the other options above, you can buyall the movies via iTunes, as well as Clone Wars andRebels, or you can rent one of the three newest films.Not all the content is available in standard definition, though, and there are no options for renting rather than purchasing. For $100, you canalso get the aforementioned six-film collection.

Microsoft

As you’ve probably surmised by now, most of the options here are fairly similar — it simply depends which ecosystem you prefer to invest in. Microsoft’s store is actually a bit more limited; neither of the animated series are available here, though all nine films are at similar pricing as the choices mentioned above.


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