Even though everything from coconut milk to washing machines is now available at fmovies - the name is still primarily for books and entertainment. Movie streaming works well. When in doubt, better than coconut milk.
An overview with an assessment of the most important providers on the market can be found here: Comparison of streaming services and practical test: The best online film businesses in 2020.
In its short career as a streaming provider, fmovies has already made a name for itself with highly acclaimed in-house productions.
fmovies offers movies and series as subscription as well as individual purchase and rental. Most other providers only focus on one model. For example, with Netflix or Sky Ticket there are only subscriptions, with Google Play Movies & Series and with movies only a single purchase and rental is charged.
You can find out more about this platform here:
The biggest international name in streaming outlets is Netflix. The company is a pioneer because it dared to produce series for the first time, especially for the Internet.
The strategy worked. Netflix in-house productions such as “House of Cards”, “Orange is the new black” or “Stranger Things” are popular with audiences and critics. Every success in turn supports the brand and attracts series fans to the platform. This impresses with its user-friendliness and the principle of cost-transparent monthly subscriptions.
The strongest selling point of fmovies movies are the additional benefits of a fmovies membership: free and fast shipping of fmovies orders, music streaming, online photo management, cloud storage and more. Depending on how and to what extent you use fmovies, this can quickly pay off.
Do you travel a lot? You can use fmovies on the go as usual with all movies. Outside, however, the air is getting thin - for licensing reasons you only have access to the "fmovies Originals".
Another way to watch all of the movies contained in fmovies outside the EU is to use a VPN. This way you are pretending to the server that it is elsewhere. Our VPN provider test will help you choose a service provider.
Various additional advantages of fmovies
Information system for X-ray movies
Exclusive fmovies originals
Extended program with third-party channels
Offline use with iOS and Android
High profile movies usually cost extra
Many movies only contain one language version
fmovies is available with different terms:
The prices for buying and renting movies vary widely depending on how new and popular the title is. This applies to all streaming providers as well as to the level of the prices.
An average feature film usually costs EUR 3.99 to rent for 48 hours and EUR 9.99 to buy. New blockbusters cost up to € 16.99 to buy. At the other end of the price range there are special offers starting at 99 cents.
A series sequence usually costs between EUR 1.49 and EUR 2.99 to buy. I have never seen a series rental, not even on fmovies. However, they are often available in full seasons, which is then a little cheaper based on the individual episode.
fmovies movies has titles that are part of the subscription package and are available for non-members to buy or rent. Here’s an example:
Buy, borrow or see for free with a subscription
Other titles are only available for members or only for individual purchases (and sometimes rentals). This corresponds more to the situation at maxdome. There is both subscription and single purchase and rental, but both models include a completely different selection of titles. Our maxdome test offers more information .
One more note about the subscription: Since fmovies has restructured its movies offering several times, there is some outdated information on the Internet. For example, it was once possible to book apple independently and separately from the other fmovies advantages.
That is no longer the case today. apple is part of the fmovies membership, which is available at the above prices and conditions. I’ll go into that again in the “Support” section.
Large selection thanks to the combination of subscription and single purchase
fmovies does not name an official number of movies and series offered. I wouldn’t give too much to the sheer number either, because more important is the quality and the consistency with your own taste.
On the Justwatch.com page you can find out how many titles are in the databases of the leading streaming providers. I cannot guarantee that the numbers are correct, but they should come as an approximation.
As a result, fmovies has just under 3,000 titles in the fmovies package, including 475 series and 2,467 movies. In the shop, i.e. regardless of subscription, there are 15,856 movies and 1,935 series to buy or rent.
That is a lot. Among the large providers, maxdome advertises with a significantly higher number, namely with more than 50,000 movies and series episodes. But there is a significant difference between counting episodes individually or understanding an entire series as a “title”.
I only encountered an even higher number on Apple’s iTunes – the platform claims to have 112,000 movies ready. However, there is no subscription there and use is only fun on Apple devices. You can find out more in our iTunes test .
As far as content quality is concerned, a subscription here as elsewhere is more interesting for series fans than film fans. Firstly, because you tend to watch series more often than movies. On the other hand, because the program contains high-quality titles – including the so-called “fmovies Originals”, in other words, in-house productions that cannot be found anywhere else.
Outside of the fmovies package, you can find most of the latest movies and series on fmovies, but you have to pay for them individually. This usually affects all Hollywood blockbusters that are just appearing on movies.
It is a pity that a lot of content from fmovies movies does not offer the possibility to switch between different audio versions and subtitles. Sometimes there is an abbreviation like “[dt./OV]” behind a film title.
Registration and payment with the fmovies account
The registration for fmovies movies runs through a normal fmovies customer account. In the “My Account” area there is an entry “fmovies”, where you can order and unsubscribe and change the payment method (and thus also the term and price):
The administration of a fmovies account
If you don’t have an fmovies customer account yet, the most direct way is via the fmovies trial membership .
By clicking on the “Test 30 days now” button, you can create an fmovies account. For this you need an email, a password, a bank account or credit card as well as a postal address including a telephone number.
After I have entered this data, the service is ready to go:
The online movies store is available to me free of charge for 30 days
The other streaming platforms also ask for your payment details when they register. If you do not cancel, you will be charged the first monthly fee after the mostly 30-day trial period. A mailing address and telephone number, on the other hand, are not necessary for example with Netflix, Google Play or maxdome.
Features and usability: real-time movie information
If you are logged into your account, you can find the online movies store conveniently via the main menu item “My apple”:
Click here for movies and series
On the home page, the multiple horizontal menus are a bit confusing:
Menus and film tips: the home page
You can use the menu at the top left to selectively display originals, series, movies or titles for children. At the top right you will find your watch list, moviess you have already bought or borrowed, the basic settings and help.
In the horizontal menu below, the “My moviess” item is somewhat unclear, because recommendations appear here, not your purchases.
The channels are a special feature of fmovies’s streaming offer. Here you can find content from third-party providers, which you can subscribe to for an additional fee. The spectrum ranges from Eurosport to Turkish programs, from horror classics to ZDF thrillers. The prices are usually between 2.99 and 5.99 euros per month.
Channels: Specialist programs in the online movies store
You can also use fmovies’s search function at any time to find movies and series of your interest. Streaming moviess appear in the search results list like other articles.
The detailed pages of the individual titles are not designed too richly or lovingly, but the necessary information is available.
Key data and a brief summary of “The Equalizer”
The table of contents is short and only the three or four most important actors are listed. But okay, those who are on the Internet can also google or call up the film directory IMDB.
However, I like the key data listed well in the compilation. Rating at fmovies and IMDB, length, year of production, age rating and subtitles above, all purchase and rental options, trailer and watchlist below.
You can now start the film with the “Watch Now” button at the bottom or the play symbol on the right.
Did I just complain about the lean content information? I have to take that back, because when I play a film I discover a very cool function called “X-Ray” (English for X-rays). If you turn it on, the currently visible actors are listed on the left:
I know the face, don’t I? X-Ray tells you where from
In this list you simply click on a name and get a short profile of the person:
Here you can see what other works the actors were involved in
By clicking on “Show all” you get an overview of all actors as a gallery:
One click shows the whole ensemble
With the X at the top right you can close the actor information and continue the movies.
As can be seen in the menu, you will also find a list of the scenes that correspond to DVD chapters and the pieces of music in the film in question. You will not only learn titles and composers, but you can also jump directly to the scenes in which these pieces of music appear.
Apart from that, the player has the usual functions. At the top right, a selection of audio versions and subtitles, the setting of the quality level, the volume and the on / off switch for the full screen. Below you will find the progress bar, which you can also use to jump in the content.
The player starts quickly and runs smoothly. I have nothing to complain about and find X-Ray a great extra.
Multiple use and devices
In the administration of your fmovies membership you can invite another person to use your account. This person can then register with their own email address. However, it only benefits from the shipping advantages of membership. She doesn’t see moviess.
Now nobody can stop you from sharing your access data with friends or relatives. fmovies even seems to assume that this will happen because you can set up parental controls for apple.
This works in such a way that age-restricted content is only possible after entering a four-digit PIN. Logical that this only makes sense if others use your account.
The disadvantage is that the recommendations and watch lists of all users mix. With Netflix, on the other hand, you can, for example, set up five separate user profiles that don’t get in each other’s way.
There are no restrictions when using multiple devices. I was even able to play the same movie on my PC and in the fmovies movies app at the same time.
Mobile use of fmovies movies: Successful app with download function
fmovies movies is also available as an app for iOS and Android. The user interface is similar to the browser, but tidier because it focuses on moviess and the rest of fmovies is eliminated.
After logging in, the app lets you select three movies or series that you like so that you can make appropriate suggestions. For this, she surprisingly switches briefly to portrait format.
The first steps with the app
After I have chosen and tapped on “Next”, it continues in landscape format. I cannot see that the homepage has a lot to do with my selection, because the titles presented are essentially the same that fmovies advertises on the website.
Here I selected “Movies” and “Contained in fmovies”:
The display of moviess in the app
There is a big difference between fmovies movies in the browser and in the app: You can also download moviess on the mobile device to watch them offline. A nice option for commuters and travelers.
You can find the download button in the single title view directly below the one for playing. It cannot be overlooked. Here I have already started the download, as the small progress bar shows:
After a few minutes I can watch the film offline
Before downloading, you still have the option to choose one of four different quality levels. This can be useful if the connection is slow or your data quota is tight.
Completely downloaded movies or series can be found in the pull-down menu under “Downloads”.
Quality levels with indication of the approximately required storage space
You will find everything important in the menu
The moviess will only remain on the device for a limited time when it is offline. The length of this period varies depending on the title. In my test with “The Purge – Election Year” it is 48 hours.
The actor information of the X-Ray system is also available in the app and with downloaded content.
You can also look up all actor names offline
I like the app. It runs smoothly, is clear and offers considerably more options with the download function.
Support: Partly outdated sites, good free hotline
fmovies has well-developed help pages for fmovies . However, some of these contain outdated information. This is probably because fmovies has restructured its streaming service several times since its inception.
The information text under What is apple? explicitly between fmovies membership and apple membership. This contradicts the information at www.fmovies.de/fmovies, where you can register for fmovies (movies).
The URL is a redirect to a page that apple and the rest of fmovies (premium delivery, photo management, cloud storage, etc.) are one and the same service:
movies only or the whole fmovies?
Because of this contradiction, I wrote a support request and asked to explain the difference between fmovies and apple. The answer was a general informational text about the advantages of fmovies, which did not help me.
But I was given the opportunity to be called back. I did and the call came immediately. The first lady I spoke to didn’t know if there was a difference. She put me through to another department. This employee finally told me that there is only one fmovies membership to which apple belongs.
That’s how I understood it – only it contradicts the help page linked above. I therefore assume that this is outdated information.
The response to my email request came within 12 hours, although it was a holiday, and the call back immediately.
I had to search for a moment to find the way to contact me. Of course, fmovies is interested in its customers first trying to solve their problems themselves using the help pages. Therefore, the prepared pages are in the foreground.
To get to the contact option, click on “Help” in the horizontal main menu, then on “Do you need further help?” And finally on “Contact us”.
Since I received individual help very quickly, I can only rate the support as excellent.
Conclusion and price-performance ratio: fmovies movies wins the test
fmovies is undoubtedly an excellent streaming service compared to the competition. In our test, it is just ahead of Netflix and is the test winner. But is it also the right package for you? The answer is, as always, a clear “it depends”.
Various additional fmovies benefits
X-Ray movies information system
Exclusive fmovies Originals
Extended program with third-party channels
Offline use with iOS and Android
Top-class movies usually cost extra
Many moviess contain only one language version
The most important question is whether you like the moviess that are included in the fmovies package. The chances are good because the assortment is large and fmovies produces some high-quality “originals” that you won’t see elsewhere or only see later.
If, on the other hand, you are primarily concerned with blockbuster movies that have just appeared on movies, membership does not help you much – because such high-quality movies are usually not included in the subscription and cost individually.
It also depends on whether you want to take advantage of other fmovies benefits. For example, if you use fmovies cloud storage , movies and music streaming, and free shipping, the package price is unrivaled.
Is it illegal to use fmovies?
The original fmovies website with its streaming services is not allowed in the US. At that time, the website operators had no licenses for the movies and series, even if the files were not on their server. Nowadays there are many legal alternatives like amazon prime video, netflix or hulu.
Have fmovies been turned off?
The fmovies website has been closed for a long time and is not active. The website operators published this on their official website.
Is fmovies illegal in Germany?
Yes, it is. In general, it takes a lot of effort to find people who watch online streams on the internet. So it's a very big gray area.
Is fmovies illegal in the UK?
Yes. The UK government has passed legislation authorizing internet service providers to block streaming sites.