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Best Streaming TV & Movie Apps For Androids

Mobile apps not only make it possible for you to do some work and stay in-touch while you are on the move, but are also great at keeping you entertained as well. With the right mobile app you can watch some of your favorite television shows, episodes and channels as well as media from the Internet and your hard drive.

You shouldn’t expect to have access to all the latest television shows or even all your favorites, but once you have a generous data service plan or WiFi you should be app to use these Android TV, movie and video apps to stayed entertained.

Be careful not to run up charges on your data plan by only using these apps on WiFi

if you don’t have an unlimited data plan.


This Android television app allows you to watch live TV from 150+ channels from more than 20 countries. Use SPB TV to watch live and video-on-demand TV channels from your Android over 3G or a Wi-Fi connection. This video-on-demand app sports the following features:

  • Picture-in-picture mode
  • Fast channels launch and switching
  • Has lots of TV channels
  • Quick channel preview
  • Integrated TV guide


This is a must have app for those who enjoy content from the best inspiration, and motivation speakers, game changers, researchers and innovations such as Bill Gates and Bill Clinton. Each TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) video is approximately 18minutes long and is great for discovering brilliant ideas, entertaining insights and thought provoking perspectives.


Use this app to watch videos, including full episodes, over Wi-Fi or your cellular data service. The app was developed by CBS so you have content from CBS, CBS News and CBS Sports and as well as content from your favorite channels and episodes including: The CW, CNET, ET, Showtime, and much more. Best of all, the videos are free, and no subscription is required to use the service.

VLC Stream and Convert

If you want to stream media from a hard drive to your phone a VLC player is a great solution – this app ports the solutions to your Android. “VLC Stream and Convert” is not easy to setup, but it’s definitely worth the pain once you get everything working.

Actually, there are some quirks that are built into the free version that seem to have been designed to motivate you to upgrade to the pro version. However, once you upgrade you will get playlist, Open m3u and pics support.


In many ways you can have the same video playback features on your Android that you enjoy when watching Youtube videos from your computer. The app allows you to play Youtube videos and playlists, read and respond to comments, see channel listings and subscribe to the ones you like.

You will be able to watch HD content and can simply rotate the screen in the horizontal position and the app will automatically adjust to allow you to watch your video in the wider format.

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  • Hunter

    Why shouldn’t I expect to have access to all of the latest TV shows or even all of my favorites? If these services and apps cannot provide what you want, I have one that can. I have everything I want with a combination of devices from DISH. I just got their Hopper DVR that has the ability to record up to 6 shows at once so I can always record my favorite shows. I recently picked up a Sling Adapter for about $30 and I connected it to my DVR. Now I can stream any live TV channel or DVR event to my phone, tablet or PC. Between live TV anywhere you go and a DVR that captures everything else you should be able to have your favorites and watch them too.

  • Steve McFarlane

    That sounds like an interesting solution. What solution do you use on your phone to access the content from your DVR?