Amazon Prime Video
Price: Free / $12.99 per month / $119.99 per year
Amazon Prime Video is Amazon’s video streaming service. It comes included with their Amazon Prime service. That means you get video stuff, 2-day shipping, some cloud storage, and music streaming stuff all in one. The service is above average and includes modern touches like HDR and 4k streaming. In addition, it gained Chromecast support in 2019, making it a must have for video streaming apps. You can also add other content like HBO for additional fees if you want to.
Crackle and Tubi
Price: Free (with ads)
Crackle and Tubi are the two best free video streaming apps out there. It features a variety of movies and TV shows. The app lets you sort and search by category and the streaming quality isn’t all that bad for its price tag. There are some pros and cons, though. The app does drain a bit more battery than its competitors and the app itself is a bit glitchy from time to time. Tubi, on the other hand, is a lot cleaner of an experience and it also offers completely free streaming. You can go with either one or both if you want to. Crackle is linked at the button below and Tubi is available on Google Play here.
Price: Free / $6.99 per month / $69.99 per year
Disney+ is Disney’s official streaming service. It has a ton of content, including most things from the Star Wars and MARVEL universes. Plus, it has The Simpsons, tons of kids shows, Disney movies, and more stuff. Disney ripped all of this content off of competing streaming services, a tactic we’re not fans of. However, with its backlog of content and its originals like The Mandalorian, there is a lot of content here for Disney fans. Additionally, you can get ESPN+, Hulu, and Disney+ for $12.99 which is, admittedly, the best deal in video streaming right now.
Price: Free trial / $5.99-$39.99 per month
Hulu is one of the more diverse video streaming apps. It has the usual streaming experience with a bunch of old TV shows, movies, anime, and other stuff. It also offers live television for $39.99 per month. The $39.99 per month price also covers regular Hulu stuff. That kills two birds with one stone. Their selections are fairly diverse. The service also offers over 50 channels with an option to expand that for extra money. It should work for most people. It does come with a free trial as well as Chromecast support.
Price: Free / Movie prices vary
Movies Anywhere is one of the newer video streaming apps. It consolidates several movie services under one roof. It includes support for iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, and Amazon Video. You simply sign into the services. Then you have access to all of your movies between them. This lets you shop movie sales or take advantage of special offers, but manage your library all in one spot. There should be more apps like this. It also has Chromecast support. However, it does not have some unique features, like 4k movies from Google Play Movies. You still need the official apps for stuff like that.
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Price: Free trial / $8.99-$15.99 per month
Netflix is the most popular streaming service out there. It’s available in most countries, have a diverse range of titles, excellent original series content, and support for 4K, Chromecast, Miracast, most smart TVs and game consoles, HDR10, and Dolby Vision. That makes both excellent for regular stuff and forward thinking. The prices vary, but the highest it goes is $15.99 per month. There is also a separate DVD app with its own separate price (starting at $4.99) that ships you actual DVDs and Blu-Rays to watch and send back.
Price: Free trial / $20-$25 per month
Sling TV was one of the first live TV streaming apps. It features many of the basic features, like local sports channels, some popular news channels, and other stuff. The basic package is reasonably priced, the app supports Chromecast, and you more channels are available for a nominal fee. We really like the a la carte style channel selection. You can find and subscribe to various bundles with various types of channels. The design is a little basic, but it gets the job done.
Price: Free / $4.99-$24.99 per month
Twitch is a video streaming service for gamers. There are several video streaming apps for gamers. However, Twitch is pretty much the best. You watch people play video games, live e-sports, and even some news coverage. Companies often make big announcements on Twitch and events like E3 get heavy Twitch streaming. There are subscription options for those who want it. YouTube Gaming Hub (part of the YouTube app) is also pretty good in this space. You can enjoy it either way.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
VRV is one of the newer video streaming apps. It houses Crunchyroll, HiDive (dubbed anime), Rooster Teeth, and several other popular channels. It’s probably the best legal streaming service for both dubbed and subbed anime. In addition, the other stuff is good too. Those signing on for Rooster Teeth get content the same day as Rooster Teeth First subscribers and we imagine it’s the same with the other services. This is an outstanding streaming service for independent content, classics like old Nickelodeon shows, and hands down the best streaming service for anime.
YouTube and YouTube TV
Price: Free / $12.99-$40 per month
YouTube is quickly becoming a for real streaming service. Its regular content is getting better all the time. Additionally, its YouTube Red Originals is entertaining for some people. It rounds out the experience with YouTube Gaming (a Twitch competitor) and YouTube Kids. It also has music videos, tutorial videos, and lots of other stuff. YouTube TV is the company stretching into the live TV arena. That service contains over 70 channels, the best cloud DVR of any live TV app, and, of course, Chromecast support. YouTube Music finished up the little family with a dedicated music streaming experience separate from the rest of YouTube’s stuff.
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