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MOVIES ON THE MOVE: Best Apps for Watching Films on the Go

March 4th, 2014 by Marc Comments

Nowadays, if you have a smartphone, boredom is no longer an option. Smartphone technology has developed to the extent where you can just about do anything with them: find a date, listen to new music, study star constellations, play games and even exercise your IQ. And, of course, watch some films if you’ve got a little extra time on your commute.

Because of the increased resolution of the leading smartphones on the market today, you can enjoy high-quality, full HD videos on your mobile. This doesn’t have to be restricted to those amateur funny videos that your friends record on your phone either: you can now enjoy Hollywood’s finest while on the move. Of course, you’ll need great mobile broadband to stream uninterrupted films: make sure you stay connected with Virgin Media’s mobile broadband.


The app is free, but you still need to be signed up to an account with Netflix to be able to use it. Best get in there for a month’s free trial before the next season of House of Cards starts! You’ll have access to thousands of films and television shows. Netflix is fully worth the monthly subscription fee because the site continues to get access to more and more films every week.

Amazon Prime

Oddly enough, Amazon has now joined the film world, with a ‘studio’ that awards funding for short film projects. It’s perhaps not so surprising in light of the fact that they have extended their film involvement with Amazon Prime, a service that offers 140,000 titles, including films and TV shows. It goes one step further than other film streaming apps in that it downloads the films to your phone, so you can watch them without an internet connection.

130 Legal Horror Films

The name pretty much gives it away: this Android app will give you free access to 130 horror films that have slipped into the public domain – they are completely free to watch, sample or distribute. While it’s true that apps and sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime have far more premium content, you can’t really complain with this one: it’s all totally free and all totally legal.

Hulu Plus

Hulu is up there with Netflix in terms of a premium site that has full seasons of classic and contemporary TV shows – don’t expect Netflix’s original content to be there, though. It’s roughly the same price, and Hulu does have licensing for a lot of films and shows that Netflix doesn’t have access to. It’s probably best to check both their catalogues before committing to either.


Totally free for Android users, Crackle doesn’t require a subscription fee. There are literally hundreds of free feature-length films and TV shows too, with an emphasis on original, exclusive content. This is something you should check out if you’re particularly into alternative or independent films.

You’re never really alone with a phone and mobile broadband, as the amount of film-streaming apps proves. It’s not just access to the same films you’d be able to watch on a computer, either: keep an eye out for the independent apps and you may find a few surprises here and there!

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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