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Where to Watch Ghostbusters Movies

How & Where to Watch Ghostbusters in 2024: Plus Watch Order 

‘Ghostbusters’ is a movie multitudes know and love, but you might not be able to find it in your location because of geoblocking. If this is the predicament you’re in, read on for how and where to watch ‘Ghostbusters’ with a VPN.

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Reviewed by Sandra Pattison (Writer, Editor)

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Last Updated: 2024-05-28T14:36:32+00:00

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Key Takeaways: Where to Watch Ghostbusters

  • In the U.S., ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) is on fuboTV (which has a free trial) and Peacock Premium, but you can stream it for free with ads on CTV (Canada). 
  • If you’re outside Canada, you can access CTV by connecting to a Canadian server on a VPN. 
  • We recommend all-rounder ExpressVPN for streaming ‘Ghostbusters.’ Otherwise, NordVPN and Proton VPN are secure and reputable services. 

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During the spooky season, you simply can’t beat ’80s nostalgia. ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) is one of the most legendary modern classics in its genre, and it didn’t stop there. Two sequels and one reboot have been released and another movie is on the horizon for 2024. Get ready to bust some geoblocks in this guide on how and where to watch ‘Ghostbusters’ and its sequels. 

The ‘Ghostbusters’ collection can’t be found all in one place — it’s distributed across a number of streaming services in the United States and abroad. Before you sigh and think, “Ugh, geoblocks,” know that these regional restrictions don’t have to be an issue. 

With a subscription to a reputable VPN service like ExpressVPN or one of our other recommendations, you can unblock streaming services from around the world. We’ll tutor you on how that works further down after we’ve revealed where ‘Ghostbusters’ is available to watch in different countries. 

Where Can I Watch Ghostbusters Online?

In the United States, ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) is on Peacock Premium and fuboTV, or you can buy or rent it on platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Apple TV, YouTube, the Microsoft Store and Vudu. 

However, there is a way to watch it for free with a VPN, and we’ll look into how you can do that further down. Meanwhile, let’s explore where all the movies can be found online. 

Which Streaming Services Have Ghostbusters?

The ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise is available on various platforms in different countries, so here’s a roundup for your convenience. If you need to access one of these services, but they’re geoblocked in your location, scroll down to our VPN tutorial. 

Ghostbusters: Streaming Services and Watch Order

Movie🇺🇲 U.S.🇬🇧 U.K.🇨🇦 Canada🇦🇺 Australia
Ghostbusters (1984)Peacock Premium
fuboTV
NOW TV
Sky Go
Crave
CTV
Crave3
Amazon Prime2
Club illico
Foxtel
Ghostbusters II (1989)Peacock Premium
fuboTV
USA Network1
NOW TV
Sky Go
Club illico,
Amazon Prime2
Foxtel
Ghostbusters (2016 reboot)fuboTVNetflixCTV
Crave
Crave3
Amazon Prime4
Amazon Prime Video
Club illico
Netflix
Binge
Foxtel
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)STARZ
Starz on Roku
Amazon Prime2
DIRECTV
NetflixN/AN/A
1. With NBCUniversal profile (3 free credits)
2. Amazon Prime Video with STARZ
3. With STARZ
4. With Hollywood Suite

Does Netflix Have Ghostbusters?

You can stream ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016) and ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ (2021) on Netflix U.K. You can also watch the 2016 reboot on Netflix Australia. If you’re outside one of these two countries, connect to a British or Australian server on a VPN to get into these Netflix libraries. ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Ghostbusters II’ are not available on the platform, though. 

How to Access Other Netflix Libraries

Netflix is different in every country, so the content you see in one region might not be available in another. As explained above, the last two ‘Ghostbusters’ films are on Netflix U.K., but not Netflix U.S. If you look for these movies on Netflix U.S., you won’t find them. 

Streaming services know which country you’re in by your IP address, so changing your IP address means the service will think you’re in a different country. 

When you connect to a VPN, you are assigned a new IP address. This new IP address correlates with the country you connected to. For example, if you connect to a server in the U.K., you’ll get a U.K. IP address. In this case, you could open Netflix and see the content in the British Netflix library. 

To do this, subscribe to and download a VPN, connect to a U.K. server (or wherever your desired streaming service is available) and launch Netflix as normal. You’ll be in the U.K. Netflix library and able to watch the last two ‘Ghostbusters’ films. 

How to Watch Ghostbusters for Free

You have a number of options for watching ‘Ghostbusters’ for free. The first and third films are on CTV in Canada, and you can watch them there for free with ads. If you’re outside Canada, connect to a Canadian server on a VPN

As for the second and fourth films, you can get a free trial with one of the services that host them, but this will depend on your location and the individual service. Some services, like Amazon Prime Video (this includes with add-ons like STARZ, Hollywood Suite, etc.), fuboTV, Crave, Binge and Now TV offer free trials, whereas others don’t.

Bear in mind that if you go the free trial route, you may need a payment method linked to a country the streaming service is available in (for example, a U.S. service may require a U.S. credit card or another payment method linked to a U.S. address). You can also get a 30-day money-back guarantee with a VPN if you’re a new subscriber. 

How to Watch Ghostbusters With a VPN

Here, we’ll walk you through how to watch the first ‘Ghostbusters’ movie on free (with ads) Canadian service CTV with a VPN. You do not need to register with CTV. Our recommended provider, ExpressVPN, offers a 30-day money-back guarantee

Connect to a server in a country other than Canada if your desired streaming service is elsewhere, but remember that, unless it’s a free streaming service, you’ll need a paid account with that service. VPNs don’t make paid streaming services free, they simply let you gain access to your account from overseas.

  1. Get a VPN

    Subscribe to a VPN plan on the provider’s website. Plan types vary, but they typically range from one month to two years in length. Useful hint: The longer the plan, the cheaper it will be. Most VPNs also offer a money-back guarantee, including ExpressVPN.

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  2. Download the VPN App

    Check the provider’s website for the “download” prompt. Install the VPN on your device. You can download it on a mobile device via the Apple app store or Google Play store.

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  3. Connect to a Canadian Server

    Open the newly installed VPN app on your device and connect to a server in Canada.

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  4. Stream Ghostbusters

    Go to CTV, search for ‘Ghostbusters’ and click “play” to start streaming.

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The Best VPNs for Watching Ghostbusters

If you plan to get a VPN to unlock streaming services around the world, be sure to treat yourself to one of the very best — it’ll be worth it. Slow VPNs with security and privacy issues are about as useful as a chocolate teapot, so save yourself the hassle. 

1. ExpressVPN

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ExpressVPN is optimized for ease of use and has an unwavering security record. 

Pros:

  • Tight security
  • Very user-friendly
  • Diverse server selection 

Cons:

  • Pricey

In addition to expanding the selection of content you can stream, a VPN’s job is to keep your online data secure and private from prying eyes (hackers, ISPs, etc). Because it performs so strongly in both streaming and security, as well as in other areas like server selection and speed, we consider ExpressVPN to be an all-rounder. Read more in our ExpressVPN review

It’s also a great choice for those who are traveling and need to use public WiFi networks (snooper hotspots) and is ideal for beginners because it’s a breeze to use. 

There’s only one con we can think of: the price. If you’re on a budget, you might want to see our other recommendations, but bear in mind that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’d like to try it without the commitment.

2. NordVPN

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NordVPN offers robust security and an impressive plan selection. 

Pros:

  • Robust security
  • Cheap plan options
  • Fantastic speeds

Cons:

  • Finicky mobile interface 

If ExpressVPN isn’t your cup of tea, we’d say give NordVPN a go. Though we consider ExpressVPN to be the overall best VPN, NordVPN gives it a run for its money, especially in areas like speed, pricing and plan selection. Not only is NordVPN the frontrunner for speed, but it’s also very secure and its long-term plans come at a fair price. 

One area in which ExpressVPN streaks ahead is user-friendliness. NordVPN’s user interfaces are well-designed and easy to use, but on mobile, things have a clunkier feel. Additionally, if you want to set up advanced and extra features with NordVPN, they can take a bit more digging out than with ExpressVPN. 

Minor issues aside, we’ve always had an overall positive experience with NordVPN, and it also offers a money-back guarantee. Head to our NordVPN review for more. 

3. Proton VPN

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If you’re tempted by a free VPN, stick to reputable ones like Proton VPN.

Pros:

  • Unlimited free data
  • Decent speeds
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Only 3 free locations

Though Proton VPN’s free plan won’t get you into CTV (Canada), you can access U.S. streaming services like Peacock and fuboTV with its free U.S. servers if you’re traveling. Unlike many other free VPNs, Proton VPN doesn’t impose any data caps, so you have complete freedom to stream as much and as often as you want on the free servers.

However, if you’d like to unblock streaming services in countries outside the U.S., the Netherlands and Japan, you’ll need to get signed up with a paid plan as these are the only free locations. Learn more about what we like and what we think could be improved in our Proton VPN review

Free
  • Unlimited GB
  • 1
  • Yes
Plus
  • 1-year plan renews at $119.88; 2-year plan renews at $239.76
  • Unlimited GB
  • 10
  • Yes

Cast, Characters & Plot: Ghostbusters

The comedy-supernatural-sci-fi series hit theaters in 1984 with its first installment, ‘Ghostbusters,’ directed by Ivan Reitman. The movie tells the story of three paranormal researchers given the boot from their jobs at the prestigious Columbia University. Out of work, the three scientists join forces and go into business catching ghosts. Here are the main cast.

CharacterPerformer
‘Peter Venkman’Bill Murray
‘Ray Stantz’Dan Aykroyd
‘Dana Barrett’Sigourney Weaver
‘Egon Spengler’Harold Ramis
‘Louis Tully’Rick Moranis
‘Janine Melnitz’Annie Potts
‘Walter Peck’William Atherton
‘Winston Zeddemore’Ernie Hudson

The 2016 reboot welcomes new cast members, including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. 

Final Thoughts

With a worthy VPN, you can break through geoblocks and enjoy ‘Ghostbusters’ and other Halloween classics that aren’t available in your location. Our final piece of advice: Be careful when it comes to choosing VPNs. Some claim to be secure and private but really aren’t, so stick to one of our recommendations, like ExpressVPN, to make sure your data remains uncompromised. 

Looking for other shows to binge-watch? Find out how to watch ‘Grimm,’ it follows the story of a homicide detective who has supernatural abilities tasked to be a guardian of humanity against mythological creatures called Wesen.

What’s your favorite ‘Ghostbusters’ movie? Will you use a VPN to watch it this Halloween? Share in the comments below, and thanks for reading. 

FAQ: Watch Ghostbusters Online

  • You can watch ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) for free on CTV by connecting to a Canadian VPN server if you’re outside Canada. Alternatively, you can get a free trial with a streaming service like fuboTV or another, depending on your location.

  • No, ‘Ghostbusters’ isn’t on Max or HBO Max.

  • Yes, the first two movies are on Peacock Premium.

  • ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) is not on Amazon Prime Video for streaming in the U.S., but it’s on Amazon Prime Video in Canada and Australia via add-ons Starz (Canada) and Paramount Plus (Australia). You can buy or rent it on Amazon Prime Video U.S., however.

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