A Near-Comprehensive Guide to Every Video Streaming App

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.


A Near-Comprehensive Guide to Every Video Streaming App

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

Platform: iOS, Android

Content: TV, Movies

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


A Near-Comprehensive Guide to Every Video Streaming App

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

A Near-Comprehensive Guide to Every Video Streaming App

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


A Near-Comprehensive Guide to Every Video Streaming App

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


A Near-Comprehensive Guide to Every Video Streaming App

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


A Near-Comprehensive Guide to Every Video Streaming App

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