While our streaming video landscape has brought a lot of benefits, we are still struggling to decide not only what to watch, but also where to see it.
The proliferation of streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max and Disney + has provided many opportunities for TV and movie viewers.
In most cases, these movie and TV options tend to move. What was once on Netflix is now on Peacock or Hulu, your favorite movie is now on Amazon Prime.
Let’s say you have a desire to watch a classic TV show or a recent movie and you don’t know what service it is. Fortunately, a smartphone helps here.
There are several apps that help viewers navigate countless streaming services and find the show or movie they want. Here are the best ones.
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Of all the apps on this list, Reelgood is my favorite. Once you’ve connected your subscription services, the app will show you all the available programs in various categories, including the popular Oscar winners and more. You can watch the movies and TV shows you want to watch, which will appear on the “Watch Next” tab.
When you see a show or movie you like, when you click on it, various services are available as part of a streaming subscription or available for digital shopping.
So why is Reelgood, well, so good? A continuous transition from finding a show or movie to watching it on a TV or smartphone. When you select “Watch TV”, it will automatically find the streaming device connected to your Wi-Fi network and launch the application. It worked without testing on my Roku Ultra. It can also automatically redirect you to the app on your smartphone and start playing.
If a movie or show isn’t streamed anywhere, the app can alert you when it’s available.
The app is available on iPhone and Android devices, as well as Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and LG Smart TVs. You can also use it in web browsers.
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Another great option if you want your smartphone app to watch shows and play them quickly on your TV. Like Reelgood, JustWatch lets you connect to the services you use, and then shows shows and movies in a variety of categories, including celebrities and genres.
One of the great benefits of JustWatch is the new section, which alerts you to all new content added to the subscribed services. You can check to see if you’ve seen it, set recommendations for whether you like it or not, or add it to your watch list.
When you are ready to watch, you can click on the subscription service icon or select “Play on TV” to watch on your smartphone. If you have a Roku, the process is very simple. It also works on smart TVs like Samsung and is available on Fire TV and Apple TV.
Watchworthy’s approach is different, but it still does the job of helping you find out which TV shows or movies are being shown on which platform. You start by connecting the services you use, then any TV shows you like.
The app’s homepage features sensational shows or shows that have recently premiered. Then there’s the “Worth it” section, which takes your recommendations and likes and compiles a list of shows that you think are worth your time based on what you like. For example, based on the shows I liked, the app said that Game of Thrones would be 99% worth my time (fortunately, I haven’t seen it yet).
Compared to JustWatch and Reelgood, two things hold it back: First, it’s just TV shows, so you can’t search for movies. Second, there is no “play on TV” option, although you can go directly to the first part of the app.
TV Time is a more streamlined program that allows you to set up playlists and search for new movies or TV shows. You start by choosing not only the shows and movies you want to see, but also where you stop at the TV series. So, if you’ve only watched Season 1 of Ted Lasso, not the second season, you can record it in the app. When you select a show, it starts where you left off. Like other apps, it offers options for where to buy or stream via subscription. When you select it, it will automatically switch to the streaming app, but it will not play on the TV.
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