Video streaming is a big deal. That old cable subscription is looking less and less like a good deal and there are now tons of ways to enjoy content online. The revolution will be streamed, not televised. Here is our list of the best video streaming apps for Android. Please note, the availability of these services may be different based on your region. We apologize if we recommend something that’s not available where you are.
- Play your local content with the best video player apps for Android!
- Or check out the best Chromecast apps for even more video streaming options!
- You can also watch TV with the best TV apps and best live TV apps for Android!
[Price: Free app, $99/yr subscription]
Amazon Prime is probably one of the most underrated video streaming apps out there. For $99 per year (or $10.99 per month) you get free 2-day shipping along with a host of other features. One of them is Amazon Instant Video. Many pundits will tell you that the collection pales in comparison to the likes of Netflix or Hulu, but they generally don’t take into account that Netflix doesn’t offer 2-day shipping on Amazon. You can also purchase TV shows and movies that are available on Amazon but not on Instant Video and then watch them using this app. The installation process is a little wonky and the UI is a bit clunky, but it does work. Please note, the installation methods for smartphones and tablets are different. Use the button below to get the smartphone version. Click here to get the tablet install instructions.
[Price: Free app / $6.95 or $11.95 per month]
Crunchyroll is one of the most popular anime streaming apps out there right now. The service boasts 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of content that you can watch. You can actually engage with most of this content completely free but you’ll have to deal with ads. You can then pay up the subscription cost to remove those ads. It has some heavy hitting shows including many fan favorites. The only problem is the service tends to lean towards subtitles so dub fans may to look to other services such as Hulu or Netflix. There are also smaller companies with independent streaming apps, such as Funimation. Even so, Crunchyroll is one of the best video streaming apps for anime fans.
Owners of Chromecasts or Google Home should definitely have this app in their app drawer. It is required in order to set up the hardware, but you can use it afterwards to do a variety of things. For starters, you can browse content on video streaming apps that have Chromecast support (which also helps you find apps with Chromecast support) so you can build your streaming library. It’s a completely free app which means there is no harm in trying it out. You can also control your Chromecast and Home with the app.
[Price: Free (movies and TV shows require purchase)]
Google Play Movies and TV is Google’s in-house video streaming app. With this, you can watch any content that you decide to buy from the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, it’s not a service like Netflix but more of a content purchasing system similar to iTunes. Once purchased, you can use this app to watch them on your Android devices. It comes with Material Design, Chromecast support, and it’s most likely already installed on your device. It’s had some problems, but it’s not a terrible experience. Some streaming apps, including Disney’s Disney Anywhere app, also plug directly into Google Play Movies and TV which makes for a fun little network of video streaming apps.
[Price: Free app / $14.99 per month subscription]
HBO has not only been a fan of all-caps for a long time, but they’ve also been very forward thinking when it comes to video streaming. This has culminated in HBO NOW, HBO’s very own streaming service. With it, you can access pretty much anything you want on HBO’s network including Silicon Valley, Sex and the City, VICE, The Wire, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, and more. The only potential caveat is that it’s far more expensive than other services despite providing less content. It’s one of the more expensive video streaming apps, but how else are you going to watch Game of Thrones?
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[Price: Free app / $7.99, $9.99, $11.99 per month subscription]
Netflix is such an iconic streaming service in our culture that “Netflix and chill” is a thing that exists. Absurdities aside, Netflix is a fantastic streaming service and one that virtually all other streaming services are compared to. The service is generally rock solid with support for a ton of devices. You’ll also have a good mixture of movies, TV shows, anime, comedy stand up, and other genres. If you don’t have it, you should definitely consider it. It’s one of the most iconic video streaming apps for a reason.
[Price: Free app / $7.99-$11.99 per month optional subscription]
Hulu and Netflix have been “the big two” in video streaming apps for quite sometime and that remains true today. Hulu focuses primarily on television shows and has quite a large selection of shows to choose from. Unlike most subscription services, Hulu gets shows relatively quickly for streaming. With this one, you have two streaming subscription options. There’s the $7.99 for limited commercials and a newer, slightly more expensive $11.99 for no commercials at all. There are also additional add-ons, such as the Showtime package which adds to the overall cost.
[Price: Free app / $19.99 per month subscription]
Sling TV is a bold attempt to create a television network that exists entirely online. It’s a move pretty much every cord cutter applauds. The basic package includes about two dozen channels for its admittedly steep $19.99/month charge. You can add additional packages for more money per month that includes Spanish TV, sports, kids stuff, and more. The app needs a bit of work, but the service is solid and it should get better over time. There is also a seven day free trial if you want to try it out first.
Twitch is the standard for watching and streaming video games and, overall, one of the better video streaming apps on this list. With it, you can follow and watch all of your favorite content creators and maybe one day become inspired enough to become one yourself. There isn’t too much to say about the service because it really is just a bunch of really entertaining people playing video games. You do have the option to subscribe to a channel and watch ad-free in exchange for money, but that varies based on the number of channels you want to subscribe to.
[Price: Free app, $9.99/month optional subscription]
YouTube has been slowly evolving over the last few years and it’s now a force to be reckoned with. On top of being the world’s most popular “shoot and share” streaming site, it’s also the de facto space for things like music videos, independent news, and a bunch of other fun stuff. There is also YouTube Gaming, a competitor to Twitch, as well as YouTube Kids, which is YouTube but geared for children. You can pick up YouTube Red for $9.99/month which will remove all advertising and add some additional features, including a Google Play Music subscription. The service is also working on creating more original content for YouTube Red so stay tuned for that one.
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