Back in the dark ages of the internet, if you wanted streaming video you had to deal with too few options and too many janky browser interfaces. But we've entered a golden era of streaming; almost every major provider has tablet and phone-friendly apps, meaning you never have to suffer through the malaise of being without on-demand television and movies anywhere you go.

But with so many of these streaming apps out there, just keeping track of them all can be a task in and of itself—forget finding the time to actually watch anything. So just for you, dear reader, we've compiled and organized every (major) streaming, full-video-offering mobile app this big, beautiful world has to offer. Free, subscription-only, internet-specific, it's all there. Now, we take no responsibility for the hours you'll likely lose—but at least they'll be more enjoyable.


Cable Providers

AT&T U-Verse

What it does: In addition to some on-demand shows, you can manage DVR, schedule recordings, and browse channel listings

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Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV, Movies

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Full video: Yes w/ U-verse plan

Cost: Starts at $19/month

Cablevision

What it does: Stream content from all channels you're currently subscribed to—only when you're connected to your home network, though. Also functions as a DVR manager and remote

Platform: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire

Content: Live TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Starts at $25/month

Cox TV Connect

What it does: Stream content from all channels you're currently subscribed to—only when you're connected to your home network, though. Also functions as a DVR manager

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: Live TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Starts at $24/month

DirecTV

What it does: Stream live TV, watch movies and TV shows on demand, and access and manage your DVR library

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV, Movies

Full video: Yes

Cost: Starts at $16/month

DISH Network

What it does: Manage and watch DVR recordings, stream live TV, watch movies and TV shows On Demand

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV, Movies

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free with subscription, starts at $20/month

Time Warner

What it does: Watch certain live TV shows, On Demand when on WiFi

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV, Movies

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free with subscription, starts at $23/month

Verizon FIOS

What it does: Watch certain live TV shows, On Demand when on WiFi

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV, Movies

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free with subscription, starts at $23/month


Free Networks

ABC

What it does: Live streaming in Philadelphia and New York City only.

Platform: iOS, Kindle Fire

Content: TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free with eligible TV provider

ABC Family

What it does: Stream full episodes of popular shows, updates about 24 hours after original airing

Platform: iOS, Kindle Fire

Content: TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free

CW

What it does: Stream shows the morning after original broadcast, view CW schedule and set reminders for shows

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free

CBS

What it does: Stream shows either 24 hours or 8 days after original broadcast, create personalized show lists

Platform: iOS

Content: TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free

Discovery Channel

What it does: Stream clips and some full episodes

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free

Disney

What it does: Stream and watch live select full episodes

Platform: iOS, Kindle Fire

Content: TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free with AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox, Midcontinent Communications, and Optimum

ESPN

What it does: Watch live streaming feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPNU

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV, movies

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free with participating cable provider

Free Networks Cont'd

Lifetime

What it does: Watch select TV series and movies, adjust Watchlist, view programming schedule

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV, movies

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free

MTV

What it does: Watch full episodes of select MTV shows

Platform: iOS

Content: TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free with participating cable provider

NBC

What it does: Stream select shows, see previews of upcoming episodes, view upcoming schedule

Platform: iOS

Content: TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free

Nick

What it does: Watch select, recent episodes and animated shorts, play games

Platform: iOS

Content: TV, Original Content

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free, access to full episodes only with participating cable provider

PBS

What it does: Stream popular PBS shows, view scheduling, purchase other episodes and seasons

Platform: iOS, Kindle Fire

Content: TV, original content

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free

TBS

What it does: Watch full episodes of TBS series, view show schedules

Platform: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire

Content: TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free

TLC

What it does: Watch full episodes of select TLC shows

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free

TNT

What it does: Watch full episodes of TNT series and movies, view show schedules

Platform: iPad, Android

Content: TV, movies

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free


Subscription-Only Networks

HBO Go

What it does: Watch all HBO series and movies, stream directly from Apple devices to TV with AirPlay integration, series passes send new episodes straight to your HBO watch list

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV, Movies

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free with HBO subscription, varies by cable provider

MAX Go

What it does: Watch all Cinemax series and movies, stream directly from Apple devices to TV with AirPlay integration

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV, Movies

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free with Cinemax subscription, varies by cable provider

Showtime Anytime

What it does: Watch Showtime's entire library of movies and original series, stream live TV feeds, and subscribe to certain shows to add new episodes to your My List as they premiere

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV, Movies, Original Content

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free with Showtime subscription, varies by cable provider

Starz Play

What it does: Watch movies and all previous seasons of Starz original series, watch new shows day after they premiere

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV, Movies

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free with Starz subscription, varies by cable provider


Internet-Only Subscription Networks

Amazon Instant

What it does: Stream Prime Instant Video's entire library of movies and TV series, download purchased and rented videos, resume watching where you left off on any other device

Platform: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire

Content: Movies, TV, Amazon Original shows

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free with Amazon Prime, $79 per year

Hulu Plus

What it does: Stream Hulu Plus' entire library of movies, TV series, and Hulu original content, resume watching where you left off on any of your other devices

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire

Content: Movies, TV, Hulu Original shows

Full video: Yes

Cost: $7.99/month

Netflix

What it does: Stream Netflix's entire library of movies, TV series, and original series

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Content: Movies, TV, Netflix Original shows

Full video: Yes

Cost: Subscriptions start at $7.99/month

Redbox Instant

What it does: Stream Redbox Instant's entire library of movies and TV Series, reserve movies at Redbox locations

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: Movies, TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Subscriptions start at $8/month

Vudu Player

What it does: Stream movies and TV shows, no subscription required—instead you pay per movie rented/purchased

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: Movies, TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Rentals start at $1, Movie purchase starts at $5, TV season starts at $17


Internet-Only Free Services

Crackle

What it does: Watch movies and TV series from Sony Pictures

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire

Content: Movies, TV

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free

YouTube

What it does: User-uploaded content, occasionally can find full movies and TV series

Platform: iOS, Android, BlackBerry

Content: TV, Movies, Original Content

Full video: If you're lucky

Cost: Free

Funnyordie.com

What it does: Stream Funny or Die's entire library of comedy videos/comedy series

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: Original skits and sketches

Full video: Yes

Cost: Free