Best Android apps for streaming on demand video

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You love movies. Moreover, you are also an obsessive-compulsive collector of videos. Just about any category, from action movies to chick flicks, you are crazy about them. But there is one problem – videos consume way too much storage space. The solution? The cloud! Thanks to the cloud, local storage is heading the way of VCRs, to be replaced by streaming on-demand video services, the current “finger-lickin’ good” option for movie buffs.

Unless you intend to horde gargantuan amounts of data on your Android smartphone or tablet, on-demand video streaming apps are the best way to watch your favorite TV shows, movies, and just about any video, while on the go. Of course, that’s provided you have a capable and steady Internet connection.

Without further ado, today, we bring you the best Android apps for streaming on-demand videos. Take a seat and grab some popcorn, okay?

Netflix

Netflix has been around for some time now, and it’s undoubtedly one of the best Android apps you can find for watching movies and TV shows. Netflix has the largest catalog of movies and TV shows for your viewing pleasure. Then, there is the nifty resume feature that lets you get back to previously watched videos precisely from where you left them. You can also share videos with your friends on Facebook and check out what movies and shows are popular with your buddies, as well. Although some are ambivalent about this app, we just can’t afford the luxury of excluding Netflix from our list. We just love it.

Crunchyroll

If you love watching Anime, like Naruto and Bleach, or the latest Japanese dramas, then Crunchyroll is definitely the best app around. With Crunchyroll, you will get access to the latest subbed or dubbed Anime and drama series, plus lots of extra content, all available with a subscription to this paid service. However, some of the video content is locked geographically, meaning that the selection of shows you can watch will depend heavily on where you are on the globe. But boy, just for giving you access to top Anime series such as Bleach, Beelzebub, and, everyone’s favorite, Naruto, Crunchyroll is definitely an answered prayer and an Android app well worth keeping.

Vimeo

Vimeo is definitely catching up to YouTube, with the video service putting at your disposal lots of high-quality content that you cannot find on YouTube or on Dailymotion. The Android app brings everything that Vimeo has to offer to Android users. By that we mean all-out access to Vimeo’s rich and awesome content. You can upload videos to your own account, comment on other people’s videos, and browse through the huge collection of videos in the Vimeo library. We have to admit that, most of the time, watching videos on Vimeo is more enjoyable than streaming on YouTube, especially if you have a good device with very high screen resolution.

 TED

 

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Who doesn’t love watching TED videos? With a huge number of cool and amazing presentations from some of the brightest minds in the world, the official TED app will make any geek very,very happy. Technology, Entertainment, and Design — that’s what TED is all about. And because ideas are worth spreading, TED has subtitles available for over 80 languages, which should appeal to anyone restricted by the language barrier. You can also download content straight to your Android smartphone or tablet, to view it later, or perhaps, just to share it with your friends. Cool, isn’t it?

Movies by Flixster

Flixster, the highly popular social movie site, is now available in Google Play. Now there are many things that we love about this app, first of all being the fact that it’s free. With Movies by Flixster, for Android you can watch movie trailers, get a list of the best movie theatres in town, and read helpful reviews from film critics and experts. The Flixter app will certainly help you make up your mind whether you want to buy the latest DVDs and Blu-rays on sale or not. Very similar to IMDB, Flixter for Android offers additional features, such as movie tickets purchasing or managing your Netflix account – all within the app itself. The bottom line: a great app for movie buffs.

Crackle

One of our favorites Android apps for video streaming is Crackle. Although Crackle is currently available only in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia, it’s definitely poised to take to the mainstream this year. Crackle lets you view full-length movies and TV shows straight from your Android tab. You can browse through Crackle’s wide library of flicks, ranging from comedy to drama, and from horror to action. It’s also important to note that Crackle uploads at least 20 new movies each month to ensure you’re duly updated with fresh content. If you are looking for a good on-demand video streaming app, Crackle is definitely an option to consider.

HBO GO

Watch the latest and greatest HBO shows, like “The Pacific” and “Game of Thrones” from your mobile device, with HBO GO. HBO Go is a new streaming service app that lets you access all of HBO’s excellent shows, both old and new, at spectacular resolutions. Personally, we love the “Watchlist” feature that updates you with the latest available episodes of your bookmarked shows. What’s more amazing is the set of bonus features and special behind-the-scenes features, which provide you the ultimate viewing experience. The app is known to have some minor issues with older devices, so we recommend that you check out for compatibility issues before trying this app. But overall, it works fine and it should help you keep track of the latest episodes of True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, and many more.

VEVO HD

Last but definitely not least is Vevo HD. Vevo HD is all about free entertainment and HD videos. Vevo HD for Android lets you watch the latest music videos from its huge pool of YouTube channels, with artists overflowing to the brim. We’re talking about 50 channels in one app, which will be enough to keep you busy for many days. If that’s not enough, we actually wonder if you’re human at all. As a side note, some videos are region-locked, which makes using the app irritating at times. But in regards to the video quality, Vevo HD is absolutely top-notch. And yes, it’s free.

This concludes our list of the best Android apps for streaming on-demand videos. We hope that you find it useful! Let us know which one is your favorite, and if we missed any good streaming app for Android.