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.

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:

1. Air Playit HD

Air Playit HD iPhone AppIn the Store, Air Playit HD is a hero. Rated 4 starts out of 5 with some amazing customer reviews, this app turns out to be what you’d definitely want in every streaming app. The app is free; the devs removed the ads this year and the whole app comes with features that are totally useful. It’s a complete app in every sense of the word.

Price: Free
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2. Video Stream

Video Stream App for iPhone and iPadVideo Stream is a tad more powerful because it lets you stream formats that aren’t usually supported. The free version of Video Stream gives you a clear idea about what the app can do so you can choose to use it or buy the full-version which is just $2.99. The app has an intuitive interface coupled with some really simple usability so anyone can set it up quite fast.

Price: $2.99, FreeVersion Available
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3. AirVideo

Air Video iPhone AppOffline conversions, live streaming with conversion, unusual formats supported – these are some of the things you get with AirVideo. The app is another permanent fixture with most iPad users who need live streaming of multiple video formats.

Price: $2.99
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4. VLC Streamer

VLC Streamer for iPhone and iPadVLC Streamer brings the VLC experience to your iPad: 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. You can read about setting up the VLC Streamer here.

Price: $1.99
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5. StreamToMe

StreamToMe iPhone AppStreamToMe is yet another popular video streaming app for the iPad. The app is decent enough to let you stream videos instantly without much ado about the technicalities. It’s the app you’d go to if you’re looking for streaming not just video but photos and music too over Wi-Fi or 3G.

Price: $2.99
Download StreamToMe

Subscription Type Apps:

1. Directv App

Directv App for iPadDIRECTV app is like Netflix or Hulu and if you’re a subscriber to their video services, you’ll find that their app is as good as it can get. It’s one of those apps that lets you stream videos from your account to any device of your choice and also customize options like recording, content guide etc.

Price: free (needs subscription)
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2. Amazon Instant Video

Amazon Instant Video iPhone AppAmazon’s Instant Video app created quite a buzz when it was first launched. The app is the iOS extension to control, download, watch and stream shows and movies from your Amazon subscription to Prime Instant Video. It’s quite versatile and offers as many options as you’d need to manage the videos.

Price: Free (needs subscription)
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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!