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Best Android Apps for Streaming TV & Movies

April 9, 2011

The one reason that Android is gaining so much popularity around the world is because of the incredible diversity of applications it offers. The Android market is full of apps capable of doing amazing things. TV/Video streaming apps are always hot favorites, for who doesn’t love watching a bit of media on the move? Everyone loves to watch videos and their favorite TV series while on the go. We here at Android Authority have brought you an awesome list of some of the best TV/video streaming apps available at the Android market now! Check it out below.

Giant Bomb Beta


Giant Bomb has an impressive database of gaming news, commentary, reviews and videos. Giant Bomb has become a highly sought after app in the Android Market, firstly because of its huge database and secondly because it is a free app. The app is free and there is no paid version.

Download Giant Bomb Beta here

VLC Stream and Convert


While it may be one of the most difficult apps to set up, it’s well worth it. It’s a great app for every fan of the versatile VLC media player as the app gives the same power to your phone. Even better, it’s free, with a few nags/limits to encourage an upgrade to the paid version. While some will have instant success in creating a connection, others may be fiddling with router ports to great dismay. It is definitely worth the pain, trust us.

Youtube Mobile

It is amazing to see how one app manages videos from the world’s most popular video service. You will get better results by letting your browser handle the links. Your videos will stream in Flash-free WebM/HTML5 format, and you’ll sometimes have your pick of higher-quality streams. Compared to the memory size, battery use, and load time of Flash, it’s a pretty nice alternative. If your YouTube links are automatically loading in the YouTube app, head to your Settings, into Applications, then click the YouTube app and press the “Clear Defaults” button.

It’s also a free app in the market, download it here.

An app developed by CBS Interactive, the app allows you to watch television on your Android phone. You can see episodes of your favorite programs for free. There are plenty of TV channels you can choose from, some of which include CBS, CNET, Showtime, CBS News and many more. An incredible app which allows you to watch your favorite episodes when you don’t have a TV near you.

It’s a free app in the market. Download it here.

TV Show Stream


Finally, you can watch full TV Shows directly on your Android device, including full episodes using a  full-screen video player, with a lot of them being in HD.

The application scours the internet for hundreds of TV-shows episode links capable of being played on your Android phone. The search results are shown in an easy to understand format, and sure, it’s 5 bucks, but it’s well worth it in our opinion. It should be known that there is debate regarding the legality of this particular app, so just so you know, you can’t expect it to work forever.

I think this app is perfect for anyone and can be used just about anywhere. Just remember, this app does require streaming videos over the Internet, and it’s quite data intensive at that – so if you don’t have an unlimited data plan, you may want to access some nearby WiFi. Also, keep a charger nearby–this application can, and definitely will, drain your battery.

Mother TED


Everybody loves watching inspirational TED videos. Now watch these awesome videos on your Android phone by loading this application. Watch the latest TED videos based on Themes, Talks and Tags.. The best part is, you don’t have to pay anything. Enjoy TED videos without paying anything.

It’s a free app in the market, and you can download it here.

So that’s some of the best streaming apps for Android currently available. Any we missed? Any that you love especially?