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Friday, November 3, 2017

THE BEST ONLINE STREAMING APPS FOR HOME ENTERTAINMENT!


The centerpiece of home entertainment is the video being displayed. Forget about spinning discs, it's the online streaming apps that make it possible to watch TV shows and movies without having to totally depend on a television. But what sets each of the online streaming app's from each other are the features they have. So here's the 10 best online streaming apps that you can get and use today for entertaining you.





Netflix is a subscription based streaming service that provides both TV shows, movies, documentaries as well as original content. It can be accessed through tablets and smartphones, as well as computers, stand-alone streaming devices, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and Smart TVs.  4K and Full HD resolution is available, depending on the specific content to be viewed and the plan. There is a subscription cost of $9.99 monthly, without commercials, for the plan which includes HD and up to 2 screens viewed simultaneously. There is also a $7.99 plan that allows only viewing one screen at a time in standard-definition and a $11.99 monthly plan that includes 4K resolution and up to 4 screens at once for viewing.


 

Movies, TV shows, documentaries and other content/original content can be watched from a variety of devices -- such as tablets and smartphones, as well as computers, stand-alone streaming devices, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and Smart TVs. 4K resolution is available, along with Full HD, depending on the specific content being watched. There are no commercials, and the service is included for those who have paid the yearly $99 fee for the Prime delivery service (or $10.99 monthly).




The DirectTV Now app allows users to watch a select number of live broadcast/cable channels, depending on the subscription package chosen (beginning at $35.00). One does not have to be a DirecTV satellite subscriber in order to use the service. The app can be used on smartphones/tablets as well as on streaming devices and computers. Full HD resolution is available.




 

Hulu presents current television programs (with commercials/$7.99 monthly, without commercials/$11.99 monthly) from the major networks as well as a select number of cable channels the day after they have aired. Also presented are movies and original content. Live TV is also offered, at a cost of $40 monthly for accessing a select number of broadcast and cable channels. Content is available in Full HD and 4K. The HULU app is available for smartphones and tablets as well as computers, the Apple TV, Xbox One and Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.




Live TV channels are provided in a number of channel packages, beginning at $20 for 30+ select channels. Movies are also available to watch in both standard and high-definition (HD). Sling TV can be viewed on smartphones/tablets, laptops and computers, select gaming consoles and select streaming devices.





This live streaming TV service provides multi-channel plans for broadcast/cable networks, as well as the options for premium channels and a "Cloud" based DVR. There are no annual contracts and subscription packages start at $39.99 monthly. Resolution is available in Full HD and access can be obtained through a smartphone/tablet app, as well as other devices such as the PlayStation 4, Android TV and Roku streaming devices. Additionally, you can stream to up to 5 devices simultaneously.





The app enables viewers to watch a wide number of TV shows and movies, which comes in addition to those found exclusively on HBO. Content is available in Full HD and can be accessed from smartphones/tablets, laptops and computers, select gaming consoles and select streaming devices. There is a flat fee of $14.99 monthly.





Paid membership of $9.99 monthly provides commercial free viewing across YouTube, YouTube Music and YouTube gaming. There are other benefits, including being able to save videos and songs to mobile devices for offline access. The streaming service is available on smartphones/tablets, computers and TVs.






A free service found on the web, Crackle offers a select number of movies, TV series as well as original content. Content is available in Full HD. 





 

A free service with ads found on the web, Popcornflix offers free movies and TV shows. Content is available in standard definition and can be accessed through the web as well as an app on smartphones, tablets, streaming devices such as Roku and game consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4.


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