Best iPad Movie Streaming Apps

Stream All Of Your Media On The iPad

Overview

Your iPad was made for video. While getting video from iTunes is great, there are a ton of apps that let you stream media from your computer to your iPad. In addition, there are plenty of ways to get the most out of your video subscription services. With the apps in this AppGuide, you'll have all you need to be entertained the second you want to relax.

Essential Apps

  • Free

    Air Playit HD - Streaming Video to iPad

    by iPhoGame Dev, inc.

    Air Playit HD is a fantastic app that lets you stream media from any folder on your computer to your iPad. Music, movies, photos, and anything else you can think of are covered with this app. Even better is that you can set permissions for kids, so restricted content isn't visible to them. Air Playit also sets itself up as a web server so you can access your media when you're away from home. This is by far the best app out there to enjoy your media on your iPad.

  • $2.99

    Air Video - Watch your videos anywhere!

    by Bit Cave Ltd.

    Air Video is another great way to stream your video to your iPad. While the app only supports streaming video, you can use AirPlay, which allows you to wirelessly stream videos from your iPad to the Apple TV. Another plus over other apps is that Air Video supports video out through the dock connector. The app also lets you play back content purchased in iTunes by streaming it through Safari, which is the killer feature and makes buying content through iTunes a no-brainer. If you want off-site access, you will need to set up port forwarding on your router.

Notable Apps

  • $4.99

    Plex

    by Plex Inc.

    The Plex app is a companion to the Plex media server that runs on any Mac. Plex has among the best user interfaces for streaming video and audio on the iPad. The app provides all the meta data of your content, which lets you see detailed information on every TV show, movie, or song on your Mac. The app also supports some picture, video, and music plugins. The picture plugin will let you stream your iPhoto library to your iPad (including events, albums, keywords, and ratings). The video plugins offer access to some online video providers such as Revision3. The music plugin provides access to your iTunes library organized by playlists, podcasts, audiobooks, genres, decades, ratings, recently added, recently played, and most played. While it's feature-rich, it is not an essential app because of problems connecting to the Plex server. When Plex does connect, it's an awesome experience.

  • $2.99

    StreamToMe

    by Matthew Gallagher

    StreamToMe is an alternative to Air Video and Plex. The app can stream music, photos, and videos right to your iPad. Audio streaming will continue in the background. Video out is also supported to allow playback on a larger TV. StreamToMe is a great alternative to Air Video or Plex if neither of those work well for you.

Decent Apps

  • $2.99

    Video Stream - Watch Movies & TV Shows over the Air!

    by collect3

    Video Stream is another app that streams videos from your computer to your iPad. It supports user accounts to limit access to certain folders. This feature can be great if you want to keep your R rated films away from your children. Video Stream has a beautiful user interface and works great on 3G and Wi-Fi. The developers have promised support for video AirPlay to Apple TVs once Apple allows it for 3rd party developers. This app is a real competitor to the other streaming apps and is yet another option.

  • $4.99

    PlugPlayer for iPad

    by PlugPlayer, LLC

    PlugPlayer is a highly flexible and powerful app for streaming movies and other types of media from a UPnP server. What sets this app apart from the rest listed in this guide, however, is the unique added feature set that PlugPlayer provides. For example, say you have your iPod Touch connected to speakers in your house. Well, with this app you can actually control that iPod without even being in the same room. With that being said, PlugPlayer is not without its issues. I found the interface to be awkward at best, and there are occasions where crashes will occur. Ultimately, I recommend you look at other options until PlugPlayer is updated. While PlugPlayer is powerful and flexible, there are too many bugs to recommend it over other apps listed here.

Subscription Video Services

  • Free

    Amazon Instant Video

    by AMZN Mobile LLC

    Amazon has been quick to catch up with Netflix and other services with their video offerings. If you're a subscriber to their Prime service, any video you can view on your computer can be streamed to your iPad. If you prefer to rent movies individually, those active rentals can be streamed as well. Downloading this app onto your iPad is a no-brainer if you're part of the Amazon Prime phenomenon.

  • Free

    Netflix

    by Netflix, Inc.

    Netflix has become one of the greatest services in America for streaming movies and TV shows to your various devices. The iPad is a great Netflix viewing device. The app can be hooked up to a big screen for viewing outside of your iPad. The app provides access to the Netflix website and allows playback of any Instant Streaming video. The app is free and subscriptions start at $7.99 for the service.

  • Free

    Hulu Plus

    by Hulu, LLC

    Hulu Plus is the premium version of Hulu. Hulu Plus grants users access to their content on mobile devices and televisions. The service also provides more content. The current season will keep content around all year long. The service also has access to older episodes. The service costs $7.99/month. The iPad app provides a wonderful way to watch the content. Navigation is quick and easy. The app allows the user to see what is available on the iPad and also what is only available on a traditional computer. The service is great about remembering your playback position between devices. The app does contain ads within the videos; this is a problem for many that feel a paid service should be ad-free (even though TV subscriptions are not ad-free). Hulu Plus is a wonderful way to turn your iPad into a mobile TV.

Live TV Streaming Apps

  • $4.99

    EyeTV

    by Elgato Systems

    EyeTV provides a way to stream live TV to your iPad. The app requires that you run EyeTV on your Mac. The Mac will be running the EyeTV app while hooked up to a TV dongle or box. The hardware/software bundles run anywhere from $100 to $200 depending on your needs. The app works not only as a live TV, but also as a DVR and can record endless hours' worth of content right on to your Mac or your iPad. The Mac app features a full screen remote interface. This enables Mac minis and other Macs to be used as home theater computers. The iPad/iPhone app also supports video output. This will let you view your content on a different screen or projector if you have a need. EyeTV is the way to go for those that do not want a traditional TV and prefer to go with a purely Apple solution. The TV solution works great and really does turn an iPad into a handheld TV.

  • $14.99

    SlingPlayer for iPad

    by Sling Media

    SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPad allows SlingBox users to stream live TV to their iPad. The SlingBox is a separate device that you hook up to your TV and costs around $200. The box will then stream that video content to you anywhere in the world. It is a great way to turn your iPad into a mobile TV. SlingBoxes can be purchased from a BestBuy or online at the official website. The SlingBox may be a better option than EyeTV for many. The benefit of the SlingBox is that you do not need a Mac sitting next to your TV.

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