The Top 10 Most Popular Streaming Apps

Even though streaming video on demand has been around since well before the pandemic, it sure did skyrocket in use worldwide when the majority of people were stuck at home self-isolating. Streaming apps helped us survive being isolated from the outside world and restricted from doing the normal stuff that we do day-to-day.

There are lots of streaming apps out there, but during our ranking of the top ten apps, here’s what we were looking for most:

  1. Price — How much you’ll need to shell out to watch.
  2. Amount of content — Is there tons of selection and variety of content to binge-watch?
  3. Content quality — Are you going to get the best movies and TV shows or are you going to suffer from boredom?
  4. Unique content — Can you watch originals and one-of-a-kind show that others can’t provide?
  5. Content update frequency — After being a couch potato for a month, do you get any new content, or have they already shown everything they’ve got?

With that being said, let’s proceed with our list of top streaming apps!

  • Netflix
    • More than 200 million subscribers.
    • Worldwide service.
    • Has a wide range of content.
    • Best original content.
    • Between $9.99 and $19.99 for a monthly subscription.
    • Up to 4 simultaneous streams.
  • Disney+
    • 130 million subscribers.
    • Available in North and South America, North and Western Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
    • Full of shows that are safe for kids, heart-warming and nostalgic content.
    • Has great original content from Marvel.
    • $7.99 for a monthly subscription (an additional fee for movie content is required).
    • Up to 4 simultaneous streams.
  • Hulu & Hulu+ Live TV
    • Around 45 million subscribers.
    • Available in the United States.
    • Provides shows that have been previously aired.
    • Access to different live channels (Hulu+ Live TV).
    • Has original content.
    • Either $6.99 or $12.99 for a monthly subscription (Hulu).
    • Either $66.99 or 75.99 for a monthly subscription (Hulu + Live TV).
    • Up to 2 simultaneous streams.
  • HBO Max
    • More than 70 million subscribers.
    • Available in the US, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.
    • Over 2,000 titles to choose from.
    • Has some very popular originals.
    • Either $9.99 or $14.99 for a monthly subscription.
    • Up to 3 simultaneous streams.
  • Peacock
    • 24 million subscribers.
    • Available in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the UK, and the US.
    • Provides classic TV shows and movies.
    • Available for free or premium ($4.99 for a monthly subscription).
    • Up to 3 simultaneous streams.
  • Paramount+
    • 32 million subscribers.
    • Available in Australia, Canada, Central America, South America, Northern Europe, and the Middle East.
    • Content from MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount, and CBS.
    • Either $4.99 or $9.99 for a monthly subscription (with or without commercial plans).
    • Up to 3 simultaneous streams.
  • Amazon Prime Video
    • 175 million subscribers.
    • Available worldwide.
    • Around 12,000 titles to choose from.
    • Either $8.99 or $14.99 for a monthly subscription.
    • Up to 3 simultaneous streams.
  • Discovery+
    • 22 million subscribers.
    • Available in the US, Brazil, Canada, Japan, the UK, Spain, the Philippines, and more.
    • Content from different TV channels.
    • Around 1,500 different titles.
    • Either $4.99 or $6.99 for a monthly subscription (ad-free for the higher price).
    • Up to 4 simultaneous streams.
  • Apple TV+
    • 20 million subscribers.
    • Available worldwide.
    • Only shows original content.
    • $4.99 for a monthly subscription.
    • Up to 6 simultaneous streams.
  • iQIYI
    • 103 million subscribers.
    • Available worldwide.
    • iQIYI originals and other licensed content from vendors.
    • Either $0.99 or $6.99 for a monthly subscription (upgrade to VIP for more content).
    • Up to 2 or 4 simultaneous streams (depending on the plan).

Aside from the ones listed above, here are some other available streaming apps.

  • iFlix
    • 25 million subscribers.
    • Available in Asia.
  • YouTube Premium
    • 50 million subscribers.
    • Available in 101 countries.
  • ESPN+
    • 21 million subscribers.
    • Available in the United States.
  • Rakuten TV
  • Viki
  • Crunchyroll
  • WeTV

There are lots of new and emerging apps out there, but we need to be wary about the apps we install on our devices, specifically on our mobile phones (especially Android devices). If you accidentally download a malicious app, it could steal your private information or even hijack your phone. Read more about this potential danger here.

With that being said, it’s a great idea to download Trend Micro Mobile Security so that you can verify that the apps you use are 100% safe. Trend Micro Mobile Security also safeguards against fraudulent sites, identity theft, and features performance-boosting tools.

Once your device is protected, you can easily find a comfortable area to relax in and start binge-watching your favorite shows and movies using your chosen streaming service!

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