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5 Tips for Selecting Your Favorite Apps for Streaming Movies & TV Shows

5 Tips for Selecting Your Favorite Apps for Streaming Movies & TV Shows

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Movie and TV show streaming services are a great resource for watching all the great content people are raving about, but with so many options, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to trying them out. Lucky for you, we’ve put together these 5 tips for choosing the right movie and TV show streaming apps to fit your needs. No matter what you like to binge watch, there’s a perfect app out there for your viewing pleasure!

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  1. Save money & watch movies & TV for free
  2. Browse the best shows & movies & find out what to watch next
  3. View lists of movies & TV shows to see what’s available now
  4. Discover new places to watch your favorite shows at any time
  5. Answer your film questions to learn more about the industry

You might be surprised to find out that not all streaming services require a monthly subscription to start watching. If you’re more inclined to view on a budget, there are plenty of great options for streaming free TV shows and movies like Munjul.com. If you choose this route, you may find there are some ads or commercials in between breaks in the content, but this is just so you can continue to watch your favorite show seasons and movies at no cost. With free streaming, you can binge watch at ease, and your wallet will thank you.

If you often find yourself not knowing what you want to watch next, you’re going to need an app that has easy-to-navigate TV series and movie lists. Apps such as Netflix categorize all their titles into groups and, much like On Demand movies, are adding and removing titles at all times to provide fresh content. This includes new Hollywood releases and seasonal movies or current TV shows, so that you can always find something new and interesting.

Also, if you want to keep up with all the rotating titles on sites like Netflix, you may want to download an app like Flixable as a streaming supplement to give you the 411 on all the disappearing titles and new titles that are coming soon.

Some movie and series streaming apps will also pair you up with titles that are a good match based on the things you’ve already watched, so if you don’t want to waste time watching shows or movies that you may or may not enjoy, those are good apps to find. The algorithms work much like music streaming sites in that they can find the best, similar titles to anything you’ve watched in the past, and they take into account what you tend to watch more frequently. With these features, new series and movies are always available at the click of a button or remote!

If you don’t really know what you’re looking to watch, the lists of streamable content on services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video can be a great way to familiarize yourself with what’s available. Many streaming platforms sort all of their titles into specific groups to make everything easier to find and browse through.

If you want to learn more about certain shows or movies, you may want to get an app that provides movie details, such as a description and information about the director, cast, and other talent. It may also be good to find streaming apps that show trailers, so you can get a sense of what the movie or series is about before you get into watching it.

Or, if you do know exactly what you’re looking for, a streaming app that lists titles by genre and in A-Z order can be extremely helpful for finding the specific movies you’ve been meaning to cross off your To Watch list and making sure that they are included in your favorite streaming platforms.

You will also want to consider how you will be viewing these videos when you’re picking your streaming service. If you’re in the middle of a riveting season really want to have your favorite TV shows on the go, you will want to find an app that is compatible with a phone or tablet so you can watch on the bus or while waiting for your coffee in the morning. You may also want to pick an app that easily lets you start back up where you left off, whether you just finished an episode in the middle of a season or had to pause in the middle of a movie.

Or if you prefer to watch on a bit bigger screen but still want to be comfy in your bed, it’s good to locate a streaming service that is compatible with Microsoft or Apple so that you can watch anything you like on your laptop computer. Those looking for an even more classic movie watching experience on their TV, like movie rental, OnDemand and TV One experiences, will want to look into apps that work with smart TVs, TV casting devices or streaming players, or even that are available on video game consoles like PlayStation Video, Xbox 360, or Xbox One. With the right app, it’s possible to watch both old titles and new releases alike using whatever method works best for you. 

If you’re a seasoned movie buff and want to dig deeper into your favorite titles or are just simply curious about the filmmaking and visual effects process behind your latest go-to binge watch, you will want to find an app that contains behind the scenes or bonus features along with your most watched TV shows and movies.

Bonus features can give great insight into how to make movies and what the entire process looks like before it is edited and perfected for the screen, which can be just as interesting and entertaining as the movie itself. Who knows? This knowledge may also help you out when it comes to movie trivia questions later on.

Now that you have all the tools you need to pick the right streaming app, you’re ready to browse through our Best 10 Apps for Streaming Movies and TV Shows. What are you waiting for? Your new favorite show is just a download away!

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