17 Best Apps for Watching Videos on the iPhone & iPad

September 23, 2012

We all love watching videos but filtering out what we really want to see can take up all our time. The apps we found will help you find and watch everything from live events to obscure TV shows to videos made by your Facebook friends. Let us know which apps you downloaded in our comments section.  

YouTube - for iPhone

  • Official YouTube app by Google, Inc.
  • Enjoy YouTube’s vast video catalog, including official music videos
  • Find videos more easily than in Apple’s built-in YouTube app
  • Easy video sharing to Google+, email, Facebook and Twitter
View on iTunes

Netflix - for iPhone & iPad

  • Watch Netflix movies and TV episodes on your device
  • Requires Netflix membership for $7.99 per month
  • Rate your favorite shows and movies so Netflix can suggest the best titles for you
  • Start watching on one device and resume watching on another
View on iTunes

ABC Player - for iPhone & iPad

  • Watch your favorite ABC shows for free
  • View full-length episodes of Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Happy Endings and more
  • Find videos by most popular, most recent, and evening vs. daytime
  • Pause a video and the app will save your place to resume watching later
  • Know when your favorite shows are on TV
View on iTunes

Air Video - for iPhone & iPad

  • Lets you stream videos from your Mac or PC to your device without needing to sync
  • If videos in your collection are not in format supported by iPhone or iPad, the app will convert them
  • You can start watching the video before the conversion is done
  • Share folders on your hard drive and iTunes playlist
  • Works over local network and over internet including 3G
View on iTunes

Crackle - for iPhone & iPad

  • Watch free full-length movies and TV shows on your device
  • Unlimited, on demand viewing
  • New movies and TV episodes added monthly
  • Genres including: action, anime, comedy, crime, horror, thriller, sci-fi and anime
View on iTunes

Ustream - for iPhone & iPad

  • Broadcast live and watch live video on your device
  • Watch recent video and discover upcoming events
  • Broadcast live to any number of viewers using the camera of your device
  • Interact with your audience by issuing a poll or chatting
View on iTunes

Frequency - for iPad

  • Finds and delivers all the latest video from your favorite websites and social networks
  • Watch video clips, music videos and web-based TV shows in one app
  • Organizes videos into channels
  • Connect with Facebook or Twitter to customize your channels
View on iTunes

Vodio Video Magazine - for iPhone & iPad

  • Combines all your favorite video sources into one easy to navigate experience
  • Easily swipe through different channels of content to discover videos you want to see
  • Vodio tracks videos as they are shared by thousands of sources and organizes them into categories
  • Shows you the most popular videos based on your preferences
View on iTunes

Showyou - for iPhone & iPad

  • Browse videos from YouTube, Vimeo, TED and more
  • Browse through videos from your friends on Facebook and Twitter
  • Follow video feeds from other users and channels, including the Daily Show, TED and Reddit TV
  • Search Showyou’s hand picked index of over 50 million videos
View on iTunes

TouchTV - for iPad

  • Brings high quality TV highlights to the iPad
  • Watch the best clips from major TV networks
  • Browse through channels and share your favorite clips on Facebook
  • Watch your Facebook channel to see videos being shared with you
View on iTunes

Popcornflix - for iPhone & iPad

  • Watch free full-length movies with no subscription necessary
  • At least one new movie added every day
  • Genres include action, thriller, comedy, romance, horror and family
  • Browse movies by title, actor, genre and more
  • Share movies on Facebook and Twitter
View on iTunes

Hulu Plus - for iPhone & iPad

  • Enjoy unlimited instant streaming of current hit TV shows
  • Subscription required for $7.99 per month
  • Watch full current seasons of popular shows as well as classic series
  • Resume watching from where you left off on your TV or other device
View on iTunes

iTunes Movie Trailers - for iPhone & iPad

  • Get the newest and most exclusive movie previews in HD
  • Browse trailers, clips and featurettes for Hollywood blockbusters and independent cinema
  • View stunning HD photos
  • Explore a year-long calendar of movie releases
  • Find showtimes near you and get ticket info
View on iTunes

VEVO - for iPhone

  • Access VEVO’s entire catalog of 50,000 music videos from over 11,000 artists
  • Match artists in your iOS music library to VEVO videos
  • Exclusive videos, premiers, and select live performances
  • See what videos are being played around you and the world with Music Maps
View on iTunes

Amazon Instant Video - for iPad

  • Stream over 120,000 titles from the Amazon Instant Video store
  • Free with an Amazon Prime Membership
  • Download purchased and rented videos from Your Video Library for offline viewing
  • Start watching a video on one device and resume watching on another
  • Add videos to your Watchlist from a PC, Mac, or Kindle Fire for later viewing on your iPad
View on iTunes

Dailymotion Video Stream - for iPhone & iPad

  • Choose from over 20 million videos in HD
  • Great source for short films and documentaries
  • Follow your favorite users, playlists, channels by adding them to your dashboard
  • Share videos on Facebook and Twitter
View on iTunes

B-Movies - for iPhone

  • Browse the Internet Archive’s Moving Images library of free movies, films and videos
  • Categories including Animation, Technology, Movies, Religion, Sports and Vlogs
  • Find entire seasons of obscure older TV shows
  • Choose from low, medium and high quality videos
View on iTunes


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