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.
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 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!