As Android devices get bigger and displays get sharper, watching movies and TV shows can be a lot of fun. Today we’re going to be looking at the Top 10 Best Free Movie and TV streaming apps you can download for your Android phone or tablet and watch free movies online from the comfort of your home.
Edit: A lot of people ask about apps like Popcorn Time & Showbox, and look for the APK files to download them. However, we don’t recommend using apps which stream illegal content onto your devices. If you want to legally stream Movies and TV shows, try the apps listed below.
Since Hulu became available on Android, we’ve recommended it to everyone as one of the best entertainment apps for watching movies and TV shows on both Android phones and tablets. While the full subscription costs $7.99 a month, there are plenty of classic movies and shows which can be watched for free. However, the Hulu streaming service is not available in all countries, so you if you’re outside the USA, you might have issues.
#2. BBC iPlayer
If you watch BBC for your favourite shows like Sherlock, you need to get BBC iPlayer for Android. The app allows you to watch live TV on your phone or tablet and even catch up with episodes you miss up to 30 days. However, you may face some connection issues and the video streaming does stutter on some devices. Nevertheless, it’s a great app you can’t pass on if you’re into BBC.
#3. Crackle – Movies & TV
Crackle is a great app for streaming TV shows and Movies on your Android phones and tablets. The app, which is now owned by Sony, allows you to take your pick from a good selection which includes both new releases and classics. On the flipside, you will have to bear through ads during your streaming, but that shouldn’t be a surprise since it’s a free app.
#4. Flipps HD
Flipps is not a bad app for video streaming on your Android or your tele. We say not a bad app, because it’s not perfect either. On the bright side, the HD version of the app is now free and has a fair collection of movies and TV shows with high quality streams. However, you may experience connection issues, which can be a bit annoying, but for a free app, it delivers good entertainment.
#5. ITV Player
Like the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player lets you catch up on your favourite ITV channels and shows you missed over the last week. You can also steam those channels live on your Android phone or tablet with the app, but it’s not very stable nor fully compatible with all devices. If it does work for you though, it’s worth keeping.
#6. Viewster – Movies, TV & Anime
Want to stream Anime on your Android? Viewster is your friend then. While most of its selection is far from top-class, it is great as a free entertainment app. You can also stream TV shows and movies, though most of the titles on offer are B-grade and some of them have passable video quality. Still, it has a good Anime selection and even B-grade movies can be fun sometimes.
4oD let’s you watch your favorite shows from Channel 4, E4 and More4 over mobile and Wifi networks. While users have reported performance issues, the performance depends on your device and internet connection speed. The app is getting better with updates and there is a good selection of series and original short shows to watch. One thing you need to remember though is that the app does not work on rooted Android phones or tablets.
#8. Demand 5
Just like 4oD, Demand 5 brings you the best of Channel 5 right on your Android phone or tablet. While the app is far from perfect, it is free and lets you watch a good selection of programmes. We could do with better streaming quality, because BBC’s iPlayer does way better, but still, Demand 5 is worth a try if you need to watch or catch up with Channel 5 on the go.
#9. SBP TV
While most of the apps on this list are restricted to their respective regions. SBP TV brings global channels to your Android devices. However, if you’re expecting to watch top-notch channels for free, you will be disappointed. But if you’re looking for a free streaming app for your phone or tablet for killing time on the side, SBP may just do the trick. Be warned though, some of the channels you come across may not be suitable for kids.
NetFlix is unrivaled in terms of streaming quality and the selection of movies and shows at your disposal. However, it is last on this list only because it is a paid app – but all first-time users get one month for free provided you use a valid payment method. You can always cancel your subscription before the first month ends to avoid getting charged for it. But if you are really serious about streaming movies and TV shows on your Android phone or tablet, you may want to consider paying for this.
If you run into issues with any of these apps, please remember that most of them are region specific, so if you are residing outside the US or Canada, issues are normal. Moreover, the performance of any streaming Android app depends on your internet connection speed and the device you use. Do let us know if there are any other good Android apps for streaming movies and shows.
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