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How to stream movies and TV shows for free on Android

People have been saying that the best things in life are free for a long time, but it's only now we live in the app era that I've started to truly believe it. For example, there's a huge number of apps that let you stream movies and TV shows for free on Android. We've gathered the best of them together for you here.


The Android SPB TV app is not region-specific and offers content from around the world via a selection of weird and wonderful stations. From the NASA channel to Comedy for Women, this app gives you a pretty healthy mix of content. 

You won't find the latest Hollywood blockbuster, NBC or Showtime on SPB TV, but if you want to take a chance on a wild card, this is the app to use. A few of the stations definitely appear to be of a more adult nature (how you choose to use that information is up to you).

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The SPB TV app features a number of international and independent TV stations. / © AndroidPIT
SPB TV Install on Google Play


For your anime needs, it's hard to beat Toonmania, which offers a huge selection of the dubbed cartoons. Everything is easily navigable thanks to the app's clean and intuitive layout, and you can browse shows sorted by popularity or most recently added. There's also an exhaustive list of filters, so you can narrow down your search to find exactly what you're looking for.

This app isn't available from the Play Store, but if you head to mobi24, you can download the APK file. Just makes sure you head to Settings > Lock screen and security and enable Unknown sources before trying to install the file. Once you're done you'll have access to everything in the library.

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You can get some great Anime on Toonmania / © AndroidPIT


Another excellent Anime streaming app is Crunchyroll. And this one is available through Google Play. It has a huge selection of the best Anime available free. The app is quite popular with over five million downloads and gets a decent rating.

Running the app is quite simple. Just browse through your favorite shows and they will run with subtitles. The default is English so you won't have to mess with the language. You'll have to watch some advertisements but mostly for the premium service it offers. Basically, you're paying $4.99 so you won't have to watch Crunchyroll advertisements.

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Plenty of free Anime for the Crunchyroll app. / © AndroidPIT
Crunchyroll - Everything Anime Install on Google Play


FilmOn streams a broad range of channels from around the world live, as well as a variety of classic/B-movies; mostly a bizarre but entertaining mix of horror and Kung Fu movies. But the sports channels are the most impressive. You can check out some pretty interesting live events on this app.

FilmOn is a free service supported by ads and doesn't have the same clout as Netflix or even Hulu, but the live TV streams work well, and it's a great option for streaming a number of well-known channels. Make sure you browse for a while and see what's available, you may be surprised at what you can find.

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For a free app, the number and quality of the channels available in LiveNow!TV is impressive. / © AndroidPIT
FilmOn Free Live TV & RECORD Install on Google Play


Crackle is a hugely popular free app, which is updated monthly with new TV shows and movies. Created by Grouper but later bought by Sony, the app features ads which run at regular intervals throughout the content, the trade-off for which is that you get an excellent selection of media and an app that functions far better than some of the other TV service ports on the list.

Crackle, like Netflix or Amazon, has picked up some original content that's getting more popular. The most famous of these is 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' starring Jerry Seinfeld. It's on it's eighth season and has featured some major guests like Will Ferrell, Ricky Gervais and Barack Obama.

Crackle - Free TV & Movies Install on Google Play


Hulu lets users watch premium TV shows and movies on their smartphones or tablets without paying a subscription fee. It's packed with current and classic shows, Hulu originals, movies and plenty of kids' shows, making it a perfect family tablet companion.

If you want full access to the Hulu library you will need to pay $7.99 a month with limited commercials and $11.99 without commercials, but there are plenty of gems in the free version too. If you're willing to be patient then you'll be able to find some great shows for free.

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Hulu offers a free and paid service for online video and movie streaming to Android users. / © Hulu
Hulu: Watch TV & Stream Movies Install on Google Play

Those are just a few suggestions for how to stream free movies and TV shows on your smartphone. Do you know any others? Share them in the comments.


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  • I guess I am behind the times, but I have limited data on my internet wifi. Don't these programs need data from either phone or internet to use>

  • If you want to download shows and movies from Tubi TV , you can use Allavsoft ,it is very good

  • I've recently released Synctrix, which provides streaming of video/audio files to Android TV. Might be another good option, plus its free (

  • showbox is far good than any other app for movie streaming. try it:

  • If the admin doesn't mind, i'd like to add to watch free tv shows for free online, it's 100% ad free. Check it out for yourself you won't be disappointed.

  • How good is the app moddro and is it recommended?

  • Flávio 3 months ago Link to comment

    Ip Tv = cancer. Most channels don't stay up for a day

  • Ahm AD 3 months ago Link to comment

    Is anyone play .swf flash online video streaming of IP camera?

  • Ram SIngh 3 months ago Link to comment


  • prekyap 3 months ago Link to comment

    Good article

  • 4 powerful streaming apps are definitely missing on the list above, though 3 of them are not on playstore:

    1. Mobdro
    2. UK TV Now
    3. Showbox
    4. Kodi

  • great article, but another could be to stream content applications on TV?
    Thanks to all

  • Eric 3 months ago Link to comment

    there are just so many TV streaming services these days it can be difficult to find a reliable source this article is great for helping and all the comments as well with their favourites is the icing on the cake

  • If you want the best stand alone app for T.V and movies download showbox. If you want a multi media centre at the touch of a finger then download KODI. KODI runs alot of different add-ons like; live sport, live T.V from multiple countries, music, pictures. It can access just about anything. You can access youtube, shoebox, BBC iPlayer, ITV, ch4 etc. Its not hard to use and there is millions of you tube videos to help you.

  • Alex R. 6 months ago Link to comment

    I hope Popcorn Time gets legal!!

  • There is one more App, Popcornflix, legal & free, has a large database...!

  • Mikaael 6 months ago Link to comment

    1. Showbox 2. Popcorntime 😊😊😊

  • I was able to access Hulu from Canada for a while using Hola and Chromecast, but it's a dicey business - don't like the ads. I notice that SnagFilms has an app, has some unusual foreign stuff. American PBS has a lot of offerings online. Canada's National Film Board (NFB) also has an app with good though often dated documentaries and animations.

  • Gerald R. 7 months ago Link to comment

    Lots of good information

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