10 Best Free Android TV Apps Not to be Missed
Android TV is considered to be one of the best features that have been provided by Android and Google together that enables us to see and watch whatever we want on the big screens using our smartphones. Although the feature hasn’t been there before a previous couple of years, many companies have integrated their applications with Android TV and TV casting features and even some others had made specific applications to help users in using this feature.
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The 10 Best Android TV Apps for You
You may be confused by a large number of TV apps you get after searching for “Android TV”, and for that, I provide you with this article, which includes the 10 best apps for Android TV that were tested and selected by the Gihosoft team. It greatly reduces the range of your choices, making it easier for you to find the one that satisfies your needs.
There is no doubt that Netflix service is the best one of its kind, and you may not find a better Android TV App to watch movies, series or TV shows than Netflix.
It’s a video streaming service and is available everywhere in the world meaning you will not have to use Proxy or VPN servers to use it.
It has a wide variety of movies, TV Shows, and series whether they are produced by other companies or exclusively produced by Netflix itself like the award-winning series “13 Reasons Why” and more.
Netflix gives you the ability to use it for free for 30 days with no limits of watching. And it supports Android TV boxes, so you can even find it on any smart TV or game console like Xbox One or PlayStation 4, which means you will be able to continue watching your movies and series on any device and anywhere.
The Android TV application has also no ads which are a plus but just gives you some recommendations based on your watching history.
- Free 1-month trial
- Subscription starts from $9.99 per month
2. Hulu: Stream TV, Movies & More
Hulu is an Android TV app with a different idea as it allows you to watch tons of shows, movies, and series via a huge number of channels supporting Live TV like FOX, NBC, Disney Channel, ABC and others for a monthly subscription.
It has a great personalized and organized interface with a number of its original shows and series like the Handmaid’s Tale, Harlots and others with a lot of kids’ series.
You can do a lot with Hulu application for Android TV like recording Live TV and continue watching via multiple devices. And for sports lovers, you can track and record games of your favourite teams via My Teams feature.
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You can find Hulu on Android Box TV and you can also cast it over smart TVs. and it gives you a free trial then you can cancel it or upgrade for any of its plans like Limited Commercials plan or No Commercials plan or Live TV (Beta).
- Free 1-month trial
- Subscription starts from $7.99 per month
Like Netflix, iflix provides you with a great number of shows, movies, and series but with a little different, it has no free trial period. Thinking it’s bad? No please think again as it’s a forever-free.
Yes, this cool Android TV application is free to use with some ads, and you can always upgrade to a Premium account to get premium content like Live sports and events with no ads.
You can watch on any device and stream on 2 devices at the same time with the support of Android TV, and you can download to watch your content offline (for up to 30 days)
- Forever-Free application
- Contains ads
Another streaming application and one of the best apps for Android TV in terms of music streaming, Spotify has now more than 160 million subscribers with more than 90 million premium subscribers among them.
Spotify is a free music streaming service with integrated radio service, and you can listen to tons of latest songs for free, and for premium users, they can play any song anytime and, on any device, download music for offline listening, listen to high-quality music, have an ad-free experience and they can cancel anytime they want.
You can use the application over Android, smart TVs, gaming consoles and Android TV Box, with pre-made playlists that suit your mode.
- Free version
- Premium account for $9.99 per month
Who doesn’t know YouTube? The greatest streaming platform ever by Google, it has millions of videos uploaded every day, and you can use it forever for free with no purchase needed unless you need some features like an ads-free experience or some exclusive content.
YouTube has combined between a social network and a streaming service, as you can like, dislike, comment, and share videos uploaded and follow YouTubers who create video content AKA Vlogs. Also, this Android TV app allows you to download specific videos to your mobile with a wide range of available qualities and FPS along with auto-captions.
Tip: You can download YouTube videos on Windows and Mac via Gihosoft TubeGet
Although the copyrights YouTube insists to save, some users do upload movies, series, and shows, besides the official channels of the biggest worldwide channels that have their own Live TV streaming with no fees.
You can also use YouTube wherever you want as it’s supported from all the available devices but Amazon’s Fire TV!
- Lifetime free
- Contains ads
In order to compensate the few exclusive contents available on YouTube, Google has provided Google Play Movies & TV, an application that works on another principle which is watched on-demand movies by renting them or purchasing them via the service.
You can watch thousands of available movies in high qualities via Android phone, tablet or TV by Chromecast, and it allows you to download your movies to watch them offline anywhere. As the service is pretty new, they offer a feature that is called Wishlist that gives you a notification when a movie you have been wish-listed becomes available.
Another competitor to Google Play Movies & TV and Netflix, Amazon has invaded the streaming field with Amazon Prime Video armed with many exclusive features, like allowing you to pay to watch great packages of channels like SHOWTIME, HBO (The channel that shows Game of Thrones series and more), Cinemax, and STARZ.
You can also download movies and TV shows to watch anytime and anywhere with your device as this Android TV app supports many devices and operating systems but Google’s Chromecast, and you can check the series or TV shows before purchasing by watching the first episode for free (Contains ads).
You can also do the same as Google Play Movies & TV as you can purchase or rent from the catalog (not available in all countries).
- Free version
- Premium starts from $12.99
If you are a games addict who cannot stop watching games even when not playing, or you want to get more popular among the gaming community, Twitch will be the best Android TV app for you.
You can watch live videos, follow the greatest gamers ever and watch your favourite games’ gameplay to learn new tactics, and that’s all is available over Android TV apps so you can watch gaming videos via Android phones, smart TVs and Android TV Box.
- Contains ads
Kodi is not a streaming service more than it’s a media center that allows you to watch movies, TV shows, and series from all your applications with one screen.
You can also improve your experience using Kodi Add-ons that gives a great addition to the application, and you can stream it via Android TV which is great to organize all the media you store on Android TV and even add more media with it.
This Android TV app supports any audio, video format, and any media will be added to your device will be added automatically to Kodi’s library and stored into the proper categories to easily get into it.
- Free with no ads
10. ES File Explorer
Just like Kodi but less specialized in media, you can use ES File Explorer as file management application to easily manage and transfer files between your smartphone and your TV, and you can connect to any cloud drive, FTP or SFTP to transfer files between your PC and your TV.
- Contains ad and in-app purchase
Pro Tip: Recover Deleted Files from Android
If you have lost or deleted some important files from your Android phone, I recommend that you use Gihosoft’s free Android data recovery software to recover them. This is a very powerful software that can be used to recover data from various brands of Android phones, such as Samsung, Huawei, Google Pixels, Oneplus, Motorola, LG, HTC, etc. No matter what type of data, no matter what reason it is lost, just install the software on the computer and connect your Android phone to the computer, the software will automatically parse and scan the phone memory/SD card inside your phone, and you will eventually get what you want.
In the previous lines, I provided you with the best application you can use to fill your time with movies, series, TV shows, and even sports matches via your Android TV box to watch them with less price and more quality.
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