Top 10 Best Movie and TV Streaming Apps for iPad & iPhone

Published:9:03 am EDT, June 25, 2013| Updated:2:30 pm EDT, September 19, 2013|

Watching movies and TV on your mobile device is the best way to pass time. Here's a look at the top movie and TV streaming apps for iPad and iPhone.

1. Hulu Plus


While most television shows have ended, fans eagerly anticipate their return in the Fall. Hulu Plus offers users the ability to instantly stream current hit shows like Modern Family, Community, The Vampire Diaries, and classic series and acclaimed movies. Resume watching from where you left off, and watch over WiFi, 3G, and 4G networks. Users can try out Hulu Plus for one week, and then it will cost $7.99 a month. While the price goes up after the trial, it's well worth it price, as Hulu Plus is the perfect app for TV lovers. You can download Hulu Plus from the App Store here.

2. Movies By Flixster


By downloading Movies by Flixster, users can create their own "must-see-list" of movies coming soon to theaters. Watch full length trailers, catch movie showtimes, and read reviews. With reviews gathered from aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, you can pick the best movie to watch with your family or friends. You can download Movies by Flixster from the App Store here.

3.Watch ABC


ABC Network refurbished their app in May. As long as you're a resident of New York City or Philadelphia, you can now live-stream local programming. While this is an added benefit for residents of those states, viewers can keep following their favorite shows like Modern Family or The Middle. Pause shows  and resume from where you left off. Closed captioning is also available. You can download Watch ABC  from the App Store here.

4. Netflix

TV lovers and film buffs can both agree that Netflix is the best streaming site that offers the best of both worlds. As long as you subscribe to Netflix, you the ability to watch movies and television from any location. Content is constantly added so you will always find something new. Catch up on  new shows like Hemlock Grove and House of Cards. You can download Netflix from the App Store here.

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5.Funny Or Die


Funny or Die is a nice alternative compared to the traditional streaming apps. Funny or Die is always updating their library with new videos from the hysterically twisted minds of Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and other famous comedians. Watch popular skits like Drunk History, Between Two Ferns, and more. You can download Funny Or Die from the app store here.

6. SlingPlayer ($14.99)


As long as you're a Dish Network subscriber, or have a Slingbox installed at home, the SlingPlayer app will allow to you watch recorded shows on any television in your home. Using your iPad as a controller, you can access TV shows you recorded over Wifi, 3G or 4G connection. With SlingPlayer mobile, you can record what you want, change channels, and watch Pay-Per-view. Have all the same functions like rewinding and pausing. You can purchase SlingPlayer from the App Store here.

7. Plex for iOS ($4.99)


Plex multi-purpose streaming service lets users stream music, videos, and view photos from any Apple device. Users can compile a list of movies, TV shows, or create personal videos that they can watch with friends or family members. Plex for iOS costs $4.99, but can also convert files into a format the device can play! You can download Plex from the App Store here.

8. HBO Go

In the past few years, HBO has brought us some of the most iconic TV shows like The Wire to The Sopranos.  As long as you have an HBO subscription, you can watch movies, documentaries, TV shows, and behind the scenes extras. You can download HBO GO from the App Store here.

9. Crackle


Watch unlimited high-quality movies and TV shows for free with Crackle app for iPhone. New movies and TV episodes are added monthly, and Airplay lets you stream what you want to watch on an Apple TV. Optimized for iPhone and iPad, Crackle can entertain you when you're on the go, including Canada, Australia and the UK! You can download Crackle from the App Store here.



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