What are the best apps for Android TV Box 2016-2017?
With so many apps on the market. It is hard to know which ones to download. What are the best apps for Android powered TV Box 2016-2017? We take a look. Please read this post on exactly what we Fully load on all our smart TV boxes. And why you should be thinking twice about what is fully loaded on your device. Also if you want to know how to get the best out of Kodi and your Android Apps the please read this post.
“Click any app in the list to instantly download it to your Smart TV box!”
We try to break the list down into sections to make it easier for you. Of course new apps are released all of the time. These are 22 of the best Android powered TV Box apps 2016 /2017 for Live TV Movies, sports and more
- EBox MC / Kodi 16.4.2 (Direct download)
- Plex Client (Direct download)
- YouTube (Direct download)
- Twitch (Direct download)
- TVPlayer (Direct download)
- BBC iPlayer (Direct download)
- Film On (Direct download)
- ITV Hub (Direct download)
- ToView Live TV (Direct download)
- Netflix (Direct download)
- Google Play Movies & TV (Direct download)
- BBC iPlayer Kids (Direct download)
- Spotify (Direct download)
- Pandora (Direct download)
- iHeartRadio (Direct download)
- Hulu Plus (Direct download)
- Crackle (Direct download)
- File Manager HD (Direct download)
- aCCleaner (Direct download)
- IPVanish (Direct download)
- Entertainmentbox® All in one Android App (Direct download)
- Reboot Manager (Direct download)
Best apps for Streaming
Video streaming is quickly becoming a very big deal. Cable subscriptions are looking less and less like a good deal and there are now tons of ways to enjoy content online. The beauty of streaming is very simple. No downloading. All on hand a click of a button. The rise of streaming apps is getting bigger and bigger. Of course some streaming apps do come with a monthly subscription fee. We take a look at what we think are the best …
EBMC / Kodi
EBox® Media Center is an SPMC fork of Kodi. EBMC, SPMC and Kodi all work relatively the same. However, we have found that EBMC works best with an Android TV powered Box. Kodi is open-source software designed specifically with home entertainment in mind – and it’s totally free. Although it was originally created for the Microsoft Xbox and called Xbox Media Center (XBMC). The software has continued to evolve – spawning a community of its own.
EBMC or Kodi essentially turn an Android powered TV Box into a digital set-top box or streamer. It gives users the ability to stream files from the internet, a home network and local storage. Kodi isn’t held back by licensing or a curated app store. It lets you download a range of community-made apps, and watch whatever you like.
EBMC’s purpose-built UI makes browsing through your content simple. Thanks to a range of built-in codes, users can browse videos, photos and podcasts quickly and easily.
Plex organizes all of your video, music, and photo collections, and gives you instant access to them on all of your devices. With the free Plex Media Server software on your home computer and Plex for Android. You can enjoy all of your personal media on your device. Plex clients require decent spec to run, which is why an Android TV Box is perfect. Plex is the all-in-one media sharing server that uses your PC to distribute content to any device. Plex essentially acts as a faux-server. It uses your computer and the media you already have as a media hub for devices you grant it access to.
Beyond your own content. Plex has a bunch of different content channels built in for you to use within it. Some of them, like BBC iPlayer, already have good standalone apps for Android. However, it makes sense to have it all in one.
YouTube is quickly becoming one of the number one forms of viewing entertainment. Due to the success of E-Sports and such millions of users now watch events live. Thanks to the rise of YouTubers, millions and millions of us watch their content daily.
It’s hard to imagine the world without YouTube, but trust we are old and we remember. We take for granted YouTube, but you cannot deny this … You watch one video, then before you know it. It’s 2 hours later. That’s the magic of YouTube. Complete user created content, all at your fingertips, covering anything you can imagine.
Twitch is the number one app for watching and streaming video games. With more and more people choosing to watch their favourite streamers than actaul TV. Twitch is the one app you need, if that is your thing. With it, you can follow and watch all of your favorite content creators. E-Sports is one of the biggest phenomenons in recent years. Twitch is massive part of that success.
Best Apps for Live TV
Live TV is still the way to go for most us. Whether it’s the rush of that big sporting event. The latest episode of that must watch soap. Or, simply what kind of cake is it this week. Live TV apps showing the best content. Of course, some Live TV apps may be regional and for certain locations only. This is where something like IPVanish come into their own.
TVPlayer is a live TV streaming service for users to watch free-to-air channels through their Android TV Box. The live TV service allows television licence holders in the United Kingdom to stream 63 free live television channels. Including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Heart TV, Capital TV and The Box.
TVPlayer also offers a “TVPlayer Plus” branded ‘no contract, cancel anytime’ monthly-basis subscription service. This allows consumers access to an additional 30 live streaming television channels. Including Gold, Cartoon Network, Discovery Channel, Eurosport 1and Eurosport 2. TVPlayer Plus also allows users to catch up on programmes from the Plus channel line-up.
BBC iPlayer is a streaming and catch up app for your Android powered TV Box. The live TV service allows television licence holders in the United Kingdom to stream BBC content. Streaming with BBC iPlayer is becoming more and more popular due to it’s content. The BBC now have BBC Three exclusively on BBC iPlayer. BBC Three offers some of the freshest new content the BBC has to offer. Timed exclusives are also on the BBC iPlayer. Certain programmes are released on iPlayer before they hit the main BBC channels.
FilmOn is a free Internet-based television service allowing remote computer viewing of local TV worldwide. It licenses more than 600 additional channels plus 90,000 video-on-demand titles. Its library includes the CineBx and Allied Film libraries. It also allows users to create their own live and VOD channels. Channel lineup varies in each country where it can be received. This is again where something like IPVanish is extremely useful.
ITV Hub brings a world of entertainment to your Android powered TV Box. It’s the place to stream live television. Get exclusive video and catch up on all your favourite TV shows. Don’t miss a thing! From your favourite soaps to live sport. Reality shows to hard-hitting documentaries, compelling crime thrillers to the freshest comedy. Whether it is streaming Live TV or catchup the ITV Hub has a lot of great content. Content on the ITV Hub is for residents of the United Kingdom.
ToView Live TV
Formally known ad TVCatchup. ToView brings live television to your Android powered TV Box. With its familiar television features, ToView is an easy to use service for watching live TV over an internet connection. At home whilst the soaps are on, or on the move, wherever you are. ToView is only available to people living within the UK that have a valid UK TV licence.
Watch live TV with the convenience of a simple app. Browse a wide range of channels in the TV Guide and find out what’s on in the next 24 hours.
Best Apps for Movies
Gone are the days of waiting for a film to start at a certain time. With Movie streaming apps you can watch what you want, when you want. Having a good Movie streaming app on your Android powered TV Box is essential. As with some of these apps charges may apply. Also, some content may be regional. Looking into a VPN may be worth doing.
If you don’t know what Netflix is, where have you been! Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies. Netflix is such an iconic streaming service in our culture that “Netflix and chill” entered the mainstream as a phrase. A fantastic streaming service and one that virtually all other streaming services are compared to. You will see Netflix has a constant changing library. Never be stuck for something to watch.
Google Play Movies & TV
Google Play Movies & TV is Google’s in-house video streaming app. With this, you can watch any content that you decide to buy from the Google Play Store. This is not a streaming service like Netflix but more of a purchasing system similar to iTunes. Once purchased, you can use this app to watch them on your Android powered TV Box.
Best Apps for CatchUp TV
Sometimes watching live TV can be hard due to our busy lives. That’s why more and more people choose to watch their TV via catchup. Many apps that offer live catchup service. Again some of this content may be restricted to certain countries. In some instances, that’s where a VPN might help. We recommed IPVanish as a VPN. Details on this can be found here.
BBC iPlayer Kids
BBC iPlayer Kids is a brand new free app, available to download now onto your Android powered TV Box. The new child-friendly app is safe and easy to use. With over 10,000 episodes being made available this year alone. It has all of BBC Children’s content in one place. Kids can watch both new and old CBeebies and CBBC favourites. Including Wolfblood, Blue Peter, The Dumping Ground, Topsy & Tim and Go Jetters.
With BBC iPlayer as well as Streaming as covered above. You can also watch all of your favourite programmes via on demand catchup. Certain programmes are released on iPlayer on demand before they hit the main BBC channels. Most catchup programmes are available same day, so never miss a show again.
ITV Hub brings a world of entertainment to your Android powered TV Box.As well as live television. Get exclusive video and catch up on all your favourite TV shows. Don’t miss a thing! From your favourite soaps to live sport. Reality shows to hard-hitting documentaries, compelling crime thrillers to the freshest comedy. Content on the ITV Hub is for residents of the United Kingdom. Like the BBC iPlayer you can watch most catchup shows same day. Watch catchup in this user friendly Android powered TV Box app.
Best Music Apps
More and more of us now stream our music. Rather than buying select songs here and there. Streaming music offers all of the latest songs and albums at your fingertips. Radio and Podcasts being listened to more and more. A great Music app is essential to while away those hours.
Listen to the right music, wherever you are. With Spotify, you have access to a world of music. You can listen to artists and albums, or create your own playlist of your favorite songs. Want to discover new music? You can choose a ready-made playlist that suits your mood. You can also get personalized recommendations.
Spotify is available free and also as a premium subscription.
The Pandora Android powered TV Box app gives you personalized radio. It plays what you love and continually evolves with your tastes. Pandora is only allowed for listeners located outside of the U.S, Australia and New Zealand. This is where something like IPVanish come into their own.
With iHeartRadio you can access the world of music and radio in one simple app. On your Android TV Box you can listen to top radio stations, music, news, podcasts, sports, talk, and comedy shows.
Best Apps for TV shows
Nothing works our excitement buds like a great TV show. With TV streaming apps you can watch what you want, when you want. Having a good TV streaming app on your Android poweredTV Box is essential. As with some of these apps charges may apply. Also, some content may be regional. Looking into a VPN may be worth doing.
Hulu brings you instant access to all of your favourite shows, the hottest new series and great films. All in one place. Watch premium original series, full seasons of hit shows, current episodes, movies, kids shows, cartoons & more. Hulu has an amazing library of content including shows in HD from FOX, NBC, Disney, ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, PBS, FX, MTV & many more. Content may be regional. A VPN may be something worth investing in.
It is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies. Netflix really comes into it’s own with it’s vast library of TV shows. A fantastic streaming service and one that virtually all other streaming services are compared to. You will see Netflix has a constant changing library. Never be stuck for something to watch.
Crackle is the destination to watch free TV, movies and exclusive originals. All free, anytime, anywhere and on any device. So escape the daily grind and recharge with your favourite comedy, drama and action entertainment. Crackle originals such as Comedians in Cars getting Coffee are available via this app. Again some content may be regional with this app.
Best Applications to improve the running your TV box.
Maintenance apps for your Android powered TV Box are essential. Whether it is essential apps to download files. Or, simply to make your usage safer and easier.
The Android platform is growing exponentially. Whether you’re using it on a smartphone or a tablet (or even indirectly, with the Chrome OS), Android is an outstanding operating system. It offers the flexibility of Linux and the user-friendliness of iOS. But like any platform, it can get to the point where it requires cleaning up. My personal device recently enjoyed a complete system reset . It had become so bogged down with files and apps (mostly from testing and reviewing) that I was noticing a significant slowdown on all levels.
IPVanish VPN helps with many things including “Unlock kodi add-ons”, “unlocking geo located content on your TV Box”. By simply using a VPN for a pounds or dollars a month. It will unlock your Smart TV Box by letting you access content that may not have been previously available due to your location.
File Manager HD
File Manager HD for Android is a great file management tool. With a fresh UI design, multiple resolution support, list and grid view for file browsing. It offers compress and decompress support, multiple selection and sorting support for photos, pictures and apk files. Basically, if have files this helps locates them easier without fuss.
aCCleaner is a small, effective utility for your Android powered TV Box. It cleans out the ‘junk’ that accumulates over time: temporary files, broken shortcuts, and other problems.
aCCleaner protects your privacy. It cleans your browsing history and temporary internet files. Allowing you to be a more confident Internet user and less susceptible to identity theft.
Entertainmentbox® All in one Android App
This App has it all downloads, help videos, you can even use it to have a chat with other users. This App will be constantly updated with new features This is an all in one Android App.
Reboot Manager Android app
Reboot Manager (reboot your device to recovery or to boot logo).Reboot Manager includes the following features: normal reboot, hot reboot, reboot to recovery, reboot to bootloader, power off.
WHY USE IPVANISH VPN WITH EBOX?
You may have heard of a VPN. But you might not know what it does.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) provides a secure environment for everyday web use. Once you establish a VPN connection all of your online data (emails, instant messages, data transfers, online banking, web visits) pass through an encrypted tunnel.
A VPN helps with many things including “unlocking geo located content on your TV Box”. By simply using a VPN for a pounds or dollars a month. It will unlock your Smart TV Box by letting you access content that may not have been previously available due to your location.
Access All of your Favorite Kodi Add-ons
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