Best Android Apps for TV Series and Movies

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Stop your search. And read on for the best Android apps for TV series and movies.

What’s your preference? Do you like to consume content on a small screen or a big screen?

Well, if you were not able to answer that question then don’t be surprised.

Why?

Because plenty of people do not know their own preferences.

Thanks to VCD and VOD online streaming services such as Mubi, Vudu, Hulu and Netflix people have a ton of options to choose from in terms of how they consume their content.

With modern streaming services, you no longer have to get up from your couch and go to an expensive movie theatre to get your entertainment needs met.

Now, you can stay home and stay safe while watching the stuff that you want to watch instead of the stuff that your local theatre wants you to watch.

The platforms that we have mentioned above all offer users designated applications that they can quickly download to their internet-enabled devices.

It doesn’t matter if you have an iOS and/or Android device.

What does that mean in practice?

Well, it means that you can stream high-quality content from your mobile device no matter where you are.

If you like to consume the majority of your content on the go then so be it.

Modern devices such as,

  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Smartphones
  • TV-set-top boxes

all allow you to do that.

Therefore, if you consider yourself a movie buff and have installed applications such as Google Play Store on your Android device then you will want to get a hold of this guide.

More specifically, in this guide, we will talk about all the best Android apps that you can use on your device in order to watch your favorite movies as well as TV series.

Best Android apps for TV series and movies

Netflix

You probably saw this one coming.

There is just no way for us or for anyone else to form a list of best Android apps for TV series and movies without mentioning the name Netflix.

We hope we do not have to prove to you that Netflix, for all its faults, is now the biggest streaming service app out there available in the market today.

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Netflix is an American VOD or Video on Demand, streaming service.

But it did not start out this way.

In the beginning, Netflix was nothing but a rental store and relied on DVD sales to sustain itself.

Back in 1998, Netflix represented a one of its kind services.

Then came the year 2007.

This was the year when Netflix decided it would jump straight into VOD by taking advantage of an open field on the internet.

Since then, it has not bothered to look back even for a moment.

Fast forward to today and you have Netflix offering movies and tv series to over 150 million subscribers located all over the world.

If we are talking about the US only then the number is around 60 million.

Netflix, because of its huge success in the entertainment industry, also started to produce a ton of original content which the streaming service labeled as Netflix Originals.

It started that service back in 2012.

In other words, Netflix is not only a streaming service anymore.

It is also a distributor for both TV series and films.

If you go to look at the charts for top TV series and movies, you will find that many items would have come from Netflix Originals i.e films and TV series that Netflix has produced.

There is no doubt about the fact that Netflix truly went global no earlier than 2010.

Yes.

It was only eight years ago that Netflix started to offer its streaming services in countries such as Canada and others.

Today, Netflix can confidently mention that it operates in around 190 countries depending on how you count them.

So much so that Netflix has recently said that the streaming service is looking to expand into countries such as China by providing another service there.

However, you still cannot watch Netflix in places such as Crimea, Syria and North Korea.

Why?

Because the government in the US has put restrictions on various American companies and does not allow them to do business with these countries.

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So enough about Netflix’s history.
What are the current charges?

Well, our research shows that the current subscription fee structure goes something like this,

  • Premium for $15.99
  • Standard for $12.99
  • Basic for $8.99

As for payment methods, Netflix offers users to pay for their subscription packages via debit and credit cards.

It accepts Discover, Amex, Mastercard, and Visa.

In addition to that, Netflix also accepts a Netflix gift card and PayPal.

How to easily install Netflix on my Android phone/tablet?

In order to download the official Netflix app for free, you will have to go to the official Google Play Store website.

Then search for Netflix there and then proceed to install the app after you have downloaded it.

When that is done, you need to follow the steps that we have mentioned below:

  1. Make your way to the official Google Play Store.
  2. Then go to the search box and type ‘Netflix’ without the quotes.
  3. Then choose Netflix from the search results page.
  4. After that click on the button that says Install.
  5. Then hit Open.

And that is it.

Let’s quickly move on to the next item.

Hulu

Hulu, just like Netflix, is one of the many American streaming service giants.

It provides VOD services for anyone who is willing to pay the service a monthly fee.

Now, as for the name Hulu, it comes from Chinese.

Or more like Mandarin.

More specifically, it comprises of two Mandarin words.

Those words are Hulu and Hulu, spelled slightly differently.

But we will not go into that here.

If you want to know more about how Hulu came up with its name then you need to listen to the former CEO of Hulu Jason Kilar.

Click here to see him explaining the term Hulu.

And you should listen to Kilar while you have the chance.

After all, he was one of the important founding executives back in 2007 when the company started its journey to the top of the streaming world.

It may surprise you to know that today, Walt Disney fully controls Netflix as it is the majority owner of the streaming service.

Hulu can give the likes of Netflix and others a good run for their money for the simple reason that it houses some of the most well-written and produced programs and TV shows currently available on TV.

It draws its content from premium channels such as,

  • AMC
  • Disney
  • ESPN
  • FX
  • Fox
  • ABC
  • NBC
  • CBS

And just like Netflix, Hulu also has started to offer its own original high-quality content which the service likes to call Hulu Originals.

Similar to Netflix, if you look at the current lot of top TV shows and movies, you will find that Hulu has one or two of its top shows in there as well.

Some of its shows have garnered close to a total of eight Primetime Emmy Awards on their own.

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In fact, just recently Hulu managed to become the very first streaming service to have won an Outstanding Drama Series.

Not only that, but Hulu has also won two prestigious awards in the form of Best Actress in a Drama TV Series and Best TV Drama.

That happened at the 75th edition of the Golden Globe Awards.

What we mean to say is that if you have never given Hulu a try then now is the perfect time to do it while the streaming service has so many great TV shows on air.

How to subscribe to Hulu

Currently, Hulu offers users a total of two subscription packages.

The first one is called Hulu.

This package costs users around $5.99 each month.

If you do not want to view any ads then you have to pay Hulu around $11.99 per month.

The second package is the Hulu + Live TV package.

This comes to you at a sweet monthly rate of just $44.99.

If you want this package with no advertisements then you will have to come up with $50.99 for your Hulu + Live TV subscription package.

As with Netflix, Hulu is pretty smart about which payment methods it should allow users to use.

More specifically, Hulu accepts payments via debit cards as well as credit cards.

If you want even more specifics then Hulu accepts,

  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express

As for digital payment services, Hulu works with,

  • AMEX Express
  • Venmo
  • PayPal

There is also an option to pay for your package via Hulu Gift Card.

That is always a relief for those people who do not have any of the payment methods available to them for one reason for another.

How do I install Hulu on my Hulu device?

Just like with Netflix, you will have to first get the free official Hulu app from the official Google Play Store app.

Then you need to follow the instructions that we have mentioned below.

  1. First, you need to go to Google Play Store
  2. From there click on the Search box.
  3. Then type the text ‘Hulu’ and do not include the quotes.
  4. Then you need to click the button that says Install.
  5. The last step is to confirm by clicking the button that says OK.

HBO Go

If you expected Netflix and Hulu to make it to this list then you should have expected HBO Go as well.

HBO Go is not a legitimate enough streaming service that everyone has heard of it.

And you do not even need to have an introduction for HBO Go if you know what HBO has done for the world of entertainment.

This same network (for all the low-quality and aimless TV shows along with movies) has brought us some pretty good and addicting shows.

One only wishes that it would provide good quality content on a regular basis rather than just sometimes.

If it is the drama that you want, there is no other place for you other than HBO.

We’re not huge fans of Game of Thrones but apparently, the whole world likes it.

If you literally have nothing else to do and still want to watch something, then we guess there is nothing wrong with giving Game of Thrones a try.

Though we still think you should do so by making use of the forward function on your remote often to just skip the useless and boring stuff.

HBO Go launched only nine years ago in 2010.

Since then, it has gone on to become one of the best streaming services that offers users VOD content.

If you have HBO available via your cable subscription package, then HBO Go is pretty much free for you.

However, there is a high chance that you are reading this guide and you are a cord cutter.

For you, HBO wants a subscription to HBO Now.

HBO Now does have a standalone option as well which only costs around $14.99 per month.

However, in all the cases, HBO allows users to stream content while they are moving and/or not in their home.

Of course, things were not this simple in the past.

There was a time when if you wanted to have access to HBO GO content, you had to get Verizon FiOS as well.

Over the years though, HBO Go has managed to expand the list of providers.

Now you can have access to HBO Go if you have subscriptions to services such as,

  • Google TV
  • Charter Communications
  • SuddenLink Communications
  • Dish Network
  • DirecTV
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Cox Communications
  • Comcast
  • AT&T U-verse

How to install the official HBO Go app on your Android device?

  1. Go to Google Play Store
  2. Search HBO Go
  3. Download the app by selecting HBO Go: Stream with TV Package
  4. Click Install
  5. Click Open once the installation is finished.

Other streaming options about which we do not want to write in this guide

Now we will list out some streaming services for Android movies and TV series that we simply do not have the time to write about in this one guide.

They are not necessarily better or worse than the ones we have mentioned before.

We just think that you should know about them if you want to make sure that you have exhausted all your streaming options before settling down for one.

Here is the list of other streaming apps that we did not go into the details of in this guide.

Is Kodi the real best Android app for movies and tv series?

Maybe.

First, let’s talk more about what Kodi is and how does it work.

Kodi is your only open source, free and award-winning cross-platform entertainment hub as well as a media player.

It is perfect for those users who are looking for an application that can act as their Home Theater PC or HTPCs.

Kodi is so popular amongst the online community of people because it comes to them from a non-profit technology consortium by the name of Kodi/XBMC Foundation.

As for platforms, Kodi supports almost all hardware platforms and operating systems.

The latest version of Kodi actually supports a 10-foot easy-to-understand user interface.

This means that Kodi users should now have no problems in using Kodi with big television screens and remote controls.

The official Kodi GUI or Graphical User Interface enables Kodi users to easily and quickly view and browse videos.

Kodi can also organize your podcasts, photos, and other audio/video files.

Users have the option of viewing content either from local storage or network storage.

Not only that, the latest versions of Kodi allow users to stream content from the internet with the help of nothing but a couple of clicks.

Now, with that said, there are a couple of more things you should know.

First, Kodi on its own does not provide you with any kind of content or media.

Secondly, all Kodi users have a responsibility to provide either their own content or install a third-party plug-in for their content.

Thirdly, Kodi has absolutely so affiliation with any and all of the third-party Kodi add-ons or plug-ins.

Fourthly, Kodi in no way endorses Kodi users who stream copyrighted material from the internet without proper permission from the creator of the content in question.

Lastly, if you want to upgrade your Kodi setup from a previous version then you have to make sure that you have installed a Kodi version that was released by none other than Team Kodi.

If you do not ensure that then your upgrade process may fail badly.

How to get Kodi on my Android device?

We have already established that Kodi is the ultimate entertainment center for the simple reason that it is open source and is 100 percent free to use.

Kodi also provides users with a lot of customization options.

That is not something you can say for any other media player available on the market today.

Add to that the fact that Kodi works seamlessly on a ton of devices running on platforms such as,

  • Linux
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Android
  • OSX
  • iOS
  • Windows

Now, if you manage to install Kodi on your internet-enabled device and then use it to watch TV series as well as movies, then all the best to you.

For the rest of us, we have written this short guide.

  1. First, go to the official website or app page of Google Play Store.
  2. Then use the search bar and search for Kodi.
    The search bar should appear near the top of your current page.
  3. Then from the list of results, you need to select the item that says Kodi.
    So how would you know that you have downloaded the right one?
    Well, you can know that by looking at the developer.
    If the Kodi app that you are trying to install has Kodi foundation listed as its developer then you are on the right track.
  4. Then you need to click on the button that says Install.
  5. From there click on Open and start streaming for free.

How to have complete access to various Android app by making use of a VPN

Because of some annoying licensing issues, the majority of the channels which are available on Kodi via official and unofficial Kodi add-ons are geo-blocked.

If you do not live in the US, you cannot view any of their content.

Example of such Kodi add-ons and streaming services include HBO Go and Hulu.

You cannot stream a single TV show from these services if you do not live in the required countries.

Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are much more liberal and offer different content libraries to different people in order to protect their values and history.

Occasionally though, if a user tries to access any of the apps that we have mentioned above from outside the United States and supported territories then he/she will get a pop-up message on his/her screen.

The message will talk about some kind of error.

If you go to the HBO Go website right now and try to access something, the page will inform you that you are not in a service area.

The same page will also mention that HBO Go is currently only offered to people in the US and certain other territories.

The simple fact is that if a given app makes use of geo-restrictions then you will see this message time and time again.

These services are able to determine your price location via your machine’s IP address.

So basically you need to hide your IP address and your real identity on the internet.

In order to do that, you need the services of a VPN.

If you want to know more about the best VPNs for Kodi then click here and save a ton of time.

 

Zohair

Zohair

Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.

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