The entertainment industry is on the boom, and is divorcing the old way of watching movies/TV shows – the cable television.
We are leaps forward by virtue of streaming platforms and how!
As a significant progress, these streaming platforms are no more a thing about entertainment anytime, anywhere, and have entered our drawing rooms for the big-screen leisure.
We’ve listed out 5 streaming platforms with all the information you’ll ever need to make an informed choice.
Description: Netflix is a global streaming application with an unassailable lead over each of its counterparts in the industry. With a surfeit of movies and TV show content on Netflix, your family entertainment only knows the upswing. Netflix has an edge, as there are a number of record-spinning, well-acclaimed series, which are only exclusive to this streaming space. Besides the exhaustive list of content, Netflix is a lead-maker in terms of its easy build and sleek interface.
Supported Platforms: You just name it! Netflix is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows. It works a breeze on various gaming consoles, including Xbox, PlayStation and Wii. Not just this, you can have Netflix content on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Tivo and lots more. Some devices, like that of Smart TVs, come pre-loaded with the Netflix app. In totality, there are thousands of devices on which Netflix works effortlessly and provides entertainment on a grand level.
- Available for use in over 190 countries. It like almost the globe.
- A standardized interface the looks and feels alike on every device.
- Equipped with storage content for future viewing.
- A separate kid section with content, suitable for children.
- Content relayed in 1080p HD with 5.1 surround sound.
- An active subscription is your only means of access to Netflix. You cannot access Netflix’s library if your subscription ends.
- As Netflix needs an internet connection, it ends up eating the entire data sooner than you expect.
Google Play Movies
Description: Google Play Movies is pretty much a go-to platform, having scores of movies and TV show choices, which you can either purchase, or watch on rent. At first, it is digital entertainment hub for Android, but there is even a Google Play version for the iDevice users as well. As Google Play provides HD content, and also comes with the feature of 4K Ultra 4D video play for the hand-picked titles, it is an ideal proposition for home theatre enthusiasts.
Supported Platforms: Being a product by Google, which is also the creator of Android, Google Play works seamlessly on all Android devices, including the smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes and more. Fortunately, there is a separate iOS Google Play app for free downloads. While the iOS users are restricted to buy the Google Play content through app, they can always access the content on PC or an Android device, and transfer the files to their iPhones and iPads.
- Offers ease of use; sleek and minimalistic interface.
- The iOS app is also very convenient to handle.
- Highly scalable and open to all the comers looking for good stuff to watch.
- HD content, with some flicks presented with 5.1 surround sound.
- Allows saving the content for offline watching.
- Expensive, as rentals are sometimes too much depending upon the movie/TV show you’ve chosen for viewing.
- No blanket subscription plan. The more you watch, the more you pay!
- A more bendable approach while putting forth the content, as there are many movies and TV shows you can’t rent. Straight purchase is what you are compelled to do!
Description: Comparisons, on all levels, stop at Showbox, for the reason that it’s far, far better than its rivals by all measures. If there is any streaming pavement, capable of shaking up the Netflix’s dominance in the markets, it’s Showbox. With an extensive collection of movies/TV shows and excellent compatibility with different devices, it is certainly a choice to be made, losing no time at all. The content available is free, even the HD one.
Supported Platforms: Showbox ensures entertainment in full swing, for its ability to sync with a wide variety of devices, and deliver your favorite movies on your family couch. Apart from the iOS, Windows, and Android, Showbox APK is perfectly equipped to function on Blackberry, and with Kindle and Chromecast.
- User-friendly interface that makes you learn the ropes.
- Widest range of movies/TV shows, available for free.
- Support for HD content.
- Requires one-time installation only.
- Great download speeds.
- Instances when it crashed due to busy networks. But, that’s just a rarity.
- A good portion of your data goes into making Showbox run.
Description: Hulu Plus is synonymous to complete entertainment, with an expanded set of library, having complete episodes and original series. The steaming launcher makes a fantastic claim of having something for everyone, as it covers almost every genre under its ambit, be it the romance, thrill or kids. It’s a common favorite for allowing subscriptions that are easy to join and cancel anytime. Hulu Plus has both limited-ads and no-ad plans available for its users.
Supported Platforms: Hulu, the streaming lodestar, is accessible by a choice of devices powered by iOS, Android and Windows. Besides these, you can easily cast Hulu’s content using Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle Fire, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii U, PS Vita, Nook, Smart TVs and a raft of other devices as well.
- Simple to ease, easy to navigate.
- Brings all forms of entertainment under one umbrella, be it live, originals, on-demand or library content.
- Delivers remarkably a good mint of content – full-length episodes and original series.
- Both ad-supported and ad-prohibited content subscriptions.
- With a determined approach to bring the quality content on board, Hulu lacks the variety. It has less, but the best!
- Even ad-prohibited subscriptions have adverts. Not many, not coming in regularly, but there, to interrupt your viewing.
Description: Terrarium TV can be rightly touted as a headway in the sphere of streaming cinema, offering movies/TV shows in massive numbers for no charge at all. Using Terrarium TV, the best of global cinema is at your fingertips, available on the move, in high definition even with suitable devices. If Terrarium maintains its streak the way it has been for a while, it can easily overthrow the likes of Showbox and Netflix – something that would be fun to watch.
Supported Platforms: Terrarium TV works consistently well on devices, powered by iOS, Android and Windows.
- A constellation of movie/TV content for anytime watching.
- Build a list of favorites and watch, even when offline.
- Offers ease of usage.
- Subtitles available in many languages.
- Loud ads can be muted.
- Sporadic occurrences when subtitles appeared had no sync with the visuals.
- Consumes much of your phone’s memory.
- Slow downloads, but sometimes.