One of the coolest things that Apple has done to videos (TV shows and movies) is that it really simplified how various devices connected and streamed videos. Video streaming is one of the most useful things that enable sharing the video you've got on, say, your Mac, with your iPhone or iPad.

You can download movies on your iPhone and then you can stream them on the iPad or TV; you can stream live videos directly to your iPad; or you can just select whatever content you want to watch, download and then watch it from anywhere else, anytime you want.

Best Video Streaming iPhone and iPad Apps

Now, video streaming can be done through apps specifically designed for this purpose. The App Store, interestingly, has truckloads of these apps although not every one of them is going to figure on the “top” lists.

Sparked by suggestions from one of our readers, we decided that we'll get that list made here. Listed below are some very trusted and best video streaming apps for iPhone and iPad. Take a look:

Best Video Streaming Apps for iPhone and iPad

#1. Video Stream

Video Stream iPhone App IconLooking for a video player to stream any video formats with not just unmatched ease but also superior quality? “Video Stream” is everything to get the best out of your classic videos. What makes it a top notch choice is the ability to let you stream videos of any format in high definition.

The elegant user-interface coupled with the capability to let you stream videos up to 4K quality makes it stand out. Don't want to burn your data in watching HD videos? You have the option to download the videos to watch them offline. Even better, you can stream videos to your AppleTV using AirPlay.

Price: $2.99

#2. Music TV

Music TV iPhone App IconMusic TV is a fantastic video streaming app. You can make custom playlists from music library or YouTube. Depending on your desire to enhance the user-experience, you can customize the player as per your best liking.

You also have the option to mirror videos to your Apple TV and Chromecast. There is also an option to filter the explicit contents. With the self-learning algorithm, it gets better over time and begins to understand your taste pretty well.

Price: Free

#3. Music Tube

Music Tube iPhone App IconMusic Tube has been smartly readied to liven up your party time. Quickly browse through videos and play them to keep you thoroughly entertained. You have absolute freedom to create and manage playlists as desired.

It also lets you add your favorite videos to YouTube account stream them later. Share your top picks with your friends via Facebook, Twitter.

Price: Free

#4. PlayerXtreme

PlayerXtreme Media Player iPhone App IconPlayerXtreme is an exceptionally competent video player app. What separates from the ordinary video streaming apps is the ability to support a number of formats such as, 3gp, asf, avi, gxf, and more. It lets you organize your movie collection just the way you want.

The video player app supports HD playback for all formats. It also has the support of SRT, SSA, SMI along with several other subtitles in many other languages. There is also an option to hide folders and set a passcode to offer more security to your library.

Price: Free

#5. MX Video Player

MX Video Player iPhone App Icon“MX Video Player” is great for enjoying HD videos with YouTube streaming. There are multiple different themes to let you customize the video player. With the support of a number of video formats, it ensures you are able to stream videos without any inconvenience.

Simply swipe across the screen to change volume or brightness. Smoother playback bolsters the user-experience. Based on your need, you can change the country and easily access the history.

Price: Free


DIRECTV iPad App IconDIRECTV app, which is a companion to DIRECTV service, is a complete entertainment package. From letting you watch top TV shows, videos to blockbuster movies, it's a perfect platform where all of your entertainment needs are fulfilled.

You can watch live TV or catch up with the recorded shows if you missed them. The “Data Free TV” allows you to stream videos even offline. Most interestingly, it allows you to switch screens a lot easily. As for instance, if you are watching any content on your iPhone, you will be able to switch it instantly on your Apple TV. (It's compatible with only an iPad and requires iOS 9 or later.)

Price: Free

#7. StreamToMe

StreamToMe iPhone App IconStreamToMe is yet another popular video streaming app for the iPad. The app is decent enough to let you stream videos instantly. With it, you will be able to stream videos up to 1080p quality.

There are three modes like continuous, random or single file only mode which offers you the needed convenience to play videos just the way you want. With the iTunes file integration, it lets you browse and access playlists effortlessly. It also supports AirPlay audio and video to let you stream media from your iPhone to the big screen with optimum ease.

Price: $2.99

#8. Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video iPhone App IconIf you want unlimited entertainment, “Amazon Prime Video” is an ideal foil to liven up the experience of watching movies, TV shows and more. It allows you to stream the first episode of selected TV shows for free. Download movies to watch them offline.

Use AirPlay to watch TV shows on your Apple TV. With the autoplay, the next episode of any show starts playing automatically. There is also an option to add videos to watchlist to view them later.

Price: Free

#9. VLC Streamer

VLC Streamer iPhone App IconVLC Streamer brings the VLC experience to your iOS device: but it's more of a streamer than a player. Most popular features include controlling the streaming type and accessing files from various connected sources.

It has the support of many resolutions as well as streaming quality levels. The customizable gestures control brings a lot of fun into the play. The VLC player makes very easy to copy movies directly on your iOS device.

Price: $2.99

#10. Free Video Player

Free Video Player iPhone App IconThis one is highly useful and does a terrific job in streaming videos smoothly. More significantly, it supports a range of video formats like mkv, mov, wmv, mts and many more. You can stream high-quality 720p and 1080p videos.

Create your own playlist to quickly access all of your magnificent videos. Select the built-in track and subtitles to enhance your user-experience. Use the swipe up/down gesture to increase or decrease volume comfortably. – 15

Price: Free


TV App

Apple's TV app is ultra-advanced and designed to make watching movies, videos a wonderful experience. Head over to this complete guide to use Apple TV app perfectly on your iPhone and iPad.

Signing Off

These video player apps will definitely light up your party time and enormously bolster your experience. Is any of your all-time favorite app missing from the list? Do let us know that in the comments below and stay connected with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus for more such special lists.

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  • Den Watsons

    ArkMC,MCPlayer weren’t mentioned. For Android, BubbleUPnP is the one!

  • Miyako O’Conner

    Thanks for the article Jignesh! :) Netflix app (or Hulu, or BBC, etc) is great on iPhone. If live outside USA, you can use tools like UnoTelly to get Netflix (or Hulu, or BBC, etc) on your iPhone.

  • Kaylah Richards

    Great list Jignesh! I haven’t used most of these apps before, but I do have another recommendation for your subscription type apps category. It’s called DISH Remote Access and is pretty much like the DirecTV app, except I can stream live TV anywhere I go. One of the girls I work with at DISH got me a Sling Adapter some time ago so I personally use the app to watch all of my favorite shows, live or from off my DVR, everywhere I go in the world. I travel a lot for business, so it’s especially nice to have for entertainment or when I want to catch up with my shows from home when I’m half way around the world!