Video streaming has never been that easy, thanks to the technology that now we can enjoy all our favourite content every time everywhere while on the go. Online content has almost replaced the cable subscriptions, furthermore technologies like; 4K and HDR and other future technologies have outlawed the conventional cable viewership.
With different streaming services, now you don’t need to sit in front of the TV and wait for hours to watch your favourite content, rather just download a streaming app in your favourite Android screen and eliminate your boredom while sitting or travelling alone.
Now almost all the streaming apps are easily available on the most widely used mobile OS. Here, in this article, we have mentioned five best streaming apps for your Android. But, before we proceed, let’s consider the key influencers in making the right choice.
Criteria To Compare Different Streaming Apps
These are the basic factors that need to be considered to utilize the best bang for your buck while choosing the best apps for streaming on Android:
- Titles – The bigger the content library, the better it is.
- Streaming Quality – Quality varies between devices and many streaming sites offer quality control.
- Download Ability – Only a few service providers allow you to watch your favourite series without internet.
- Cost – Do watch out for pricing plans and any options for the free trial before paying for the service.
- Ads – Pre-rolls, post-rolls and how long would it take to skip an ad, these all factors are to be considered.
Needless to say, it will be expensive to sign up different services and decide the best among them. Hopefully, this guide would help you in choosing the right streaming app to spend your hard-earned money on.
1. Movies Anywhere
Movies Anywhere is a revamped version of Disney Movies Anywhere that launched back in late 2014 which features a range of films from Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Universal and Warner Bros. Movies Anywhere is a cloud-based US-only OTT streaming platform. You can stream Movies Anywhere content from participating services on Android like; Google Play Movies & TV, VUDU, and Amazon Video. This is more a portal than an app, you don’t need to rent or buy content, rather you can access the content that you purchased from Disney, Play Movies, VUDU, and Amazon; although you can purchase from Movies Anywhere website as well in case you have no former purchases.
In addition, you can stream five movies free if you link your two accounts with Movies Anywhere. You can also download movies for later use after streaming and it has excellent Chromecast support. You can also redeem digital copies from codes found in home media releases as well.
One of the widely-used most trusted and loved online movie streaming apps is Showbox, used by more than 70 million users worldwide. The users’ ratio is high due to its user-friendliness and it is a free streaming app; you don’t have to pay to access and stream unlimited content of Showbox in HD. You can download your favourite movie instantly while streaming via Torrent using Showbox platform. The best thing about Showbox is that you will never miss newly released content, Showbox continuously updates their library to ensure that the users can get all the updated content. This one of the safest streaming apps, requiring no personal details or device jailbreaker.
At times you get stuck at app installation, as company use .apk and .ipa files, due to which device security blocks installation. You don’t need to sweat, just turn the “Allow Unknown Sources” on in your device security options and download the app conveniently.
Kodi is the best option when it comes to streaming TV shows and on your Android device along with movies; Kodi is popular and with add-ons, it allows you to stream all kinds of content. Hold on! Kodi is not only a video-streaming app but also an app that allows you to stream music, sports and videos from other streaming services too; an app for all your entertainment needs. It’s important to note the add-on you are using on Kodi is active or inactive.
This app is entirely free, you don’t need to pay a single buck to watch your favourite content.
Since Kodi is a media centre itself, therefore, it has multiple add-ons and repositories; you can switch anytime if one is not working. One of the most popular Kodi add-ons was Exodus, which has stopped but replaced with another popular add-on named Covenant, but that too got shut down just recently, but covenant alternatives or repositories which have huge content libraries are always available at your disposal.
If you are a gamer and want to stream live video game games, eSports competitions, real life (creative content) and want to know the latest news and trend in the gaming arena, then twitch is the best option for you. Twitch is designed specifically for gamers, recently Razer announced their new Razor Phone on twitch with subscription options. Even if you are a YouTube gamer, twitch is the best space to portrait your gaming skills. You can also stream music broadcasts as well on Twitch.
VRV pronounced as ‘verve,’ is the home for your favourite events, channels, and communities celebrating anime, animation, comedy, fantasy, horror, sci-fi, games, and technologies. VRV is the largest anime streaming services in the world offers an a la carte media service for the Comic-con set. VRV is the hub of your all favourite channels and your favourite shows including; HarmonQuest, Bravest Warriors, and Bee & Puppycat.
VRV offers free yet limited and Go-Premium offers for complete access of all the exclusive series, allowing you to enjoy offline viewing and experience ad-free content. You can stream new and updated content on all your favourite screens simultaneously.
All the above-mentioned apps are easy to download and install on your favourite android screens. These apps are user-friendly and do not require additional developers to download. All the streaming apps offer content-guarantee, but the privacy of your device is still within your control.
Some countries may not have access to some of the mentioned apps, we apologize if we recommend something that is not available where you are. However, you can use a VPN and get access to all the geo-restricted content from anywhere. If we missed out any of the best streaming apps, do suggest in the comment box.