Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is one of the prominent flagships of 2018, and will probably maintain that status going into 2019 as it is only a couple of months old in the industry. Anybody with a big phone will tell you that one of the biggest advantages to having a big phone is the fact that you can watch movies and TV shows in the best way possible, immersing yourself in that gorgeous big AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 9.
We all know about some of the popular TV show apps out there (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now), to name a few. However, most of these services require a subscription to continue watching high-end content. Keeping this in mind, those who intend to watch free TV content don’t have a lot of options at their disposal. But we’re going to help you track down some of the best free TV show apps available out there for your Galaxy Note 9.
So let’s have a look.
5 Best Free TV Show Apps For Note 9
This is an unconventional choice for a free TV show app, although it does fit the bill. First and foremost, Kodi doesn’t come with any content whatsoever. Whatever content it displays will have to come from the user, through a media server or your computer. So it’s not technically a standard TV show app. However, given the user interface and the ease of use, it can quickly turn into a giant hub of your favorite TV shows and content. Often times users face the problem of owning the content, but not having a right medium to play it on. Kodi solves all of those issues.
The app has been updated several times, and has also won awards for its ease of use and feature set. The developers recommend users to download Kodi on devices with displays over 5-inches in size, as it is not designed to work with smaller phones. In terms of compatibility, Kodi works with devices running Android 5.0 and up. It’s a free download from the Play Store and devoid of ads or in-app purchases. Kodi is an open-source cross platform application, which means the changes and updates that make their way to the app are all designed with the users in mind.
HBO Now is a massively popular streaming app with a massive number of content targeting a wide range of audiences. It is home to popular shows like Game of Thrones, Ballers and so on. Keeping this in mind, we wouldn’t be surprised if HBO is on top of your list as far as quality of content is concerned. But there’s a caveat here. While HBO Now has all the good content, it’s not a free streaming site and requires a monthly subscription of $14.99. However, new users can bypass this by opting for a month’s worth of free trial, letting you catch up on all the favorite TV shows and movies that you find only on HBO.
It’s a pretty neat platform and all the features of the app are incredibly easy to navigate. Keeping this in mind, we highly recommend you to check out HBO Now, solely for the kind of content the app offers. The app is completely free to download and has seen over 10 million installs on Android already, speaking volumes about its popularity in the marketplace.
While history buffs are quite limited in number, there’s a sizable population of people who watch historical TV shows and movies instead of reality television and soap operas. This app by the folks at The History Channel will serve history buffs well thanks to the large stream of historical documentaries depicting wars, famine and several world issues that we’ve faced over the years. There’s a fair bit of positive and motivating content in there as well (history is not all that bad).
You can even pair your content provider to get access to more shows. One big caveat here is that HISTORY only works in the United States, so you won’t be able to stream your favorite content when you’re outside the country. The app is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and above, thus covering a wide range of smartphones and tablets. The app is completely free to download and use, although you will have to make do with ads.
Sony Crackle has been around for a long time and is perhaps one of the few TV show apps out there that is completely free. This app, by design, is meant to be free for everyone, with the ability to stream older TV shows in addition to some original programming offered by Sony’s studios. While Crackle is a movie streaming app, we’ve been quite impressed with the amount of TV shows that are available on the platform. Popular sitcoms like Seinfeld are included with Crackle, although its use could be limited depending on your location.
For those seeking out a truly free TV show streaming application, you would be hard pressed to go against Crackle. The app supports itself in the form of ads, so your content will be packaged with a bunch of ads. This is a small sacrifice to make for the amount of decent content the user is getting access to.
YouTube is yet another decent source to watch and enjoy TV shows at will. Thanks to independent publishers and big ticket studios, YouTube is home to a ton of TV shows, both from the past and present. YouTube comes with a few ads, however, with the same philosophy as Crackle. However, YouTube has a larger collection of videos (biggest in the world), given how easy it is to upload a video on the platform. But keeping the publishers and studios in mind, we always recommend watching videos from recognized channels on YouTube.
For those annoyed with ads, YouTube Red is a decent option to try out. It is priced at $9.99 per month, and is a viable option if you’re looking to get rid of ads.