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Is Abema really free?

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 | 10 Minutes Reading
This paper will introduce the appeal of Abema TV, how to watch it and how it works for free, but it is surprisingly easy to use, so if you are interested in Abema TV, please take a look at it.

I often see on social networking sites and advertisements that "Abema TV is free 24/7, but is it really free?" But is it really free? In this article, we will introduce the charm of Abema TV, how to watch it, and how it works for free, but it is surprisingly easy to use.

What is ABEMA TV?

Although it is a video streaming service, in fact, unlike U-NEXT or hulu, Abema TV is an Internet TV station, so it provides real-time news, dramas, animations, etc. just like terrestrial TV. Moreover, "TV" has 25 channels that constantly broadcast programs 24 hours a day. In a word, it is like a "portable TV.

You can enjoy it anytime, anywhere on your TV, as well as on your smart phone, PC, tablet, or other devices. Moreover, anyone can use it immediately without registration, so don't worry even if you are a beginner.

What's more, more than 20 channels are broadcasting 24 hours a day. You can enjoy it more than terrestrial TV, which has fewer channels, to pass the time from late afternoon to early morning. In addition to news programs, sports, dramas, and animations, mahjong, Japanese chess, sumo wrestling, and live broadcasts of famous singers and artists are actively broadcast over the Internet.

Is Abema TV free?

Abema TV is completely free for real-time TV viewing. Moreover, you can enjoy it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere without the need to register. There are a variety of genres, such as romantic dramas and variety shows, and three channels are available in the anime genre alone. The channels that are always on the air are as follows.

The reason why you can watch programs for free on Abema TV is that the programs that are broadcast usually include about 15 seconds of commercials. It is said that about 500 brands of advertisement companies are placed on the TV each year, and these commercials generate advertising revenue, so you can enjoy multiple channels for free.

Monthly Fee for Abema Premium

Abema TV is basically free of charge, but there are some disadvantages to free use, such as the inability to skip commercials and download videos. If you don't like commercials, we recommend the "Premium Plan" for 960 yen/month (tax included). With the Premium Plan for 960 yen/month (tax included), you can watch past programs and Abema Video content at any time.

When you register for Abema TV "Premium Plan," you can skip advertisements, have a download function, and use various other convenient features. Moreover, there is a 2-week free trial period only for the first time registration of Abema Premium. If you cancel within the trial period, you will not be charged any fees, so it is a good idea to register and give it a try.

Here is a comparison chart between the "Premium Plan" and the "Basic Plan (free).

== Abema Premium

Abema Premium


Basic Plan


Monthly Fee

960 yen (tax included)

0 yen

Free Trial

2 weeks

No registration required

Unlimited viewing of premium movies


✖ (for free)

Real-time TV viewing

○ ○ ○

○ ○ ○

Download function

○ ○ ○

Chase playback function

○ ○ ✖

✖ ✖

Video function (missed streaming)

All available

Partial viewing available

Comment on programs on air

○ ○


Viewing comments on programs missed

○ ○ ○




Abema Recommendations

From here, we will start to introduce the charms of Abema TV. There are many, but let's look at them one by one.

Many programs are always on the air.

As mentioned above, more than 20 channels are broadcast 24 hours a day, so you can enjoy more than terrestrial TV in real time.

There are programs that can only be seen on Abema TV

It is nice to see original programs that are not aired on commercial TV stations or VOD. There are also a wide variety of other genres such as romantic dramas and variety shows like "Boku dake wa 17 na mikoto de sekai de", "Tsuki to wakami-chan ni dekasanai", "GENERATIONS High School TV", etc.

Even if you are watching alone, you will feel as if you are watching with everyone! Lucky comment function

Anyone can freely comment on the TV show while it is on the air. Of course, if you don't like the comments, you can hide them. Also, in the case of live broadcasts, there is a possibility that the performers will read and reply to the comments, which is quite exciting, isn't it? Interacting with users who share the same interests through comments, even if you are alone, can be just as interesting as watching it together.

Convenient double-speed playback

In addition to normal playback, Abema Video allows you to adjust the playback beat to 1.3x, 1.5x, 1.7x, or 2x speed. Double-speed playback is very convenient when you are short on time and want to watch only the scenes you are interested in, or when you want to quickly watch a foreign movie with subtitles.

Notification settings are available.

With Abema's notification function, you will be notified before the program starts airing on your phone so you don't miss out on your favorite shows!

How to watch Abema TV

Abema TV is multi-device compatible and can be used on TVs, smartphones, tablets, and PCs. If you want to enjoy together on a large screen, we recommend using a TV or PC. If you want to enjoy alone on the train during your commute, we recommend using a tablet or smartphone.

Here is how to watch Abema TV. First, let's take a look at how to watch on a PC.

How to watch on PC

It is very easy to watch Abema TV on a PC. You can either click on the official Abema TV URL or open a browser on your PC, search for the official site, and access it directly. It is so easy to start that you don't even need to register to become a member.

Just like watching on TV, you can only watch programs that are currently airing, so if you want to watch missed programs (some of which are free), please register for a Premium membership.

How to watch on your smartphone or tablet

Of course, if you want to use Abema TV on your smartphone or tablet, you can watch in your browser, but it is more convenient to download the corresponding app, so we recommend installing it first! The app does not require membership registration and is easy to use.

The following is an explanation of how to use the app.

  1. Download the dedicated "Abema" app

Download the "Abema" app from the App Store or Google Play.

  1. Watch videos on the installed "AbemaTV" app
  • Tap the icon of the app installed on your phone or tablet to start it up.
  • Confirm the terms of use and tap "NEXT" → "START
  • Tap "Watch TV" in the lower right corner of the screen to watch the video.
  • Slide left and right to switch between 25 different channels.
  • There is a menu button in the upper right corner. Tap "Program List" to check the list of programs, or "TV" to return to the original TV screen.

How to watch on the big screen of your TV

If you want to watch alone, a smartphone or tablet will suffice, but if you want to enjoy your favorite programs with family or friends, of course you should use the big screen of your TV.

For smart TVs such as Amazon Fire TV and AndroidTV, open the store on the TV while connected to the Internet, then search for "ABEMA" to download the app.

In addition to SMART TV, streaming such as Amazon Fire TV makes it easy to connect with your TV. Check out the link below to see which devices are supported!

What devices can use ABEMA?

There is another option. That is to use a media streaming device such as ChromeCast.

Chromecast (Google Cast): Launch the ABEMA app on your phone or tablet, display the program on Chromecast, and tap the icon in the upper right corner to select the device to connect.

Watch videos on any device with a single choice

Above, we introduced three ways to watch Abema TV. Next, we will show you how to watch Abama TV videos on any device with only one method. Watching Abema TV shows on any device is impossible without downloading the videos; to download Abema TV videos, you need specialized download software. Here, we would like to introduce a download software called KeepStreams. With this software, you can easily download videos from Abema TV and even other streaming services.

What is KeepStreams?

KeepStreams is a software that allows you to freely download your favorite videos from not only popular Japanese streaming services such as Abema TV, paravi, and dtv, but also Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and other big hit streaming services around the world. KeepStreams has a specialized downloader for Abema TV, KeepStreams Abema.

What do you recommend KeepStreams for Abema?

  • Download videos from Abema TV in 720p, 1080p, and other great quality.
  • You can download videos in the versatile MP4 format and freely convert between devices.
  • Download multiple videos from Abema TV at once.

How to download videos from Abema TV?

First, visit the official KeepStreams website and download KeepStreams for Abema to your PC.

2. Launch KeepStreams, click on the "Abema" icon in the vip service, and access Abema's official website.

3. Find the video of your choice. Once downloaded, enter the playback page.

4. In the window that appears, select the Ebisode you want to download. Then click "Download Now" to start downloading.

5. Then click "Download Now" to start downloading.


In this article, we have introduced the features of AbemaTV and how it works and how to watch it for free. Let's review the features of AbemaTV introduced in this paper here.

  • Many programs are always being broadcast.
  • There are programs that can only be watched on Abema TV
  • Even if you are watching alone, you will feel like you are watching with everyone! Happy comment function
  • Convenient double-speed playback
  • Notification settings are available.

 Therefore, we recommend the use of Abema TV to those who want to watch TV on the Internet and who like anime and Korean dramas.

 Also, if you want to watch TV for free and don't need to register, I recommend the Basic Plan, and if you don't want commercials and want to watch all original shows and dramas at once, I recommend the Abema Premium Plan! The Premium Plan has a 2-week free trial period, so be sure to give it a try!

Jessie Smith
Jessie Smith
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