Okay, E.T. isn’t strictly a Christmas movie, but you would have to have a heart of stone to fail to appreciate its heart-warming awesomeness in the season of eating, drinking and being merry with family.
In case you are from E.T.’s home planet, and have never come across E.T. the movie, you should know that this is a Steven Spielberg family classic. A troubled child called Elliott summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. Drew Barrymore takes her bow, and once you have wiped away your tears you will feel that all is well with the world. As indeed it will be.
Every family Christmas should include a group viewing of E.T. It won four Oscars and that is many too few. Here we explain how to watch E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial online, on TV or on any mobile device. (See also 'How to watch every Christmas movie online'.)
Watch E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial on Now TV for free
The easiest (and legal!) way to watch ET online for free is to sign up for the 7-day free trial of Now TV. You can cancel at any time, otherwise, the service renews at £11.99 per month.
Rent E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial on DVD or Blu-ray for free
But the good news is you don't have to buy a physical copy if you want to enjoy the film, since E.T. is also listed by rental subscription service Cinema Paradiso - sign up here for a free 30-day trial.
Cinema Paradiso has over 80,000 films and TV series. The company mails the disc to your door and you can keep it for as long as you need to. After the trial it's only £5.99 per month
Watch E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial on Netflix (US)
US Netflix subscribers can watch E.T. as a part of your subscription. If you're not a member, it costs $8.99 for basic quality streaming (480p) and $13.99 for standard quality (1080p).
Rent E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in digital format for cheap
There are loads of options if you want to rent a digital copy of E.T for a small fee or for free online:
- Amazon Prime - Rent for £3.49/US$3.99. Sign up for a free 30-day trial.
- iTunes/iTunes (US) - Rent for £3.49/US$3.99
- Google Play/Google Play US - Rent for £3.99/$3.99
- YouTube (UK)/YouTube (US) - Rent for £3.99/$3.99
- Vudu (US) - Rent for $3.99
Buy E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in digital format
If you want to own the film forever in digital format, you can buy the film from the same services at these prices:
- Prime Video in HD - Buy for £5.99/US$14.99
- iTunes/iTunes (US) - Buy for £7.99/$14.99
- Google Play/Google Play US - Buy for £7.99/$6.99
- YouTube (UK)/YouTube (US) - Buy for £7.99/$6.99
- Vudu (US) - Buy for $14.99