The Best Android Tv Streaming Applications


Calling with a smartphone? Far too little for us. Whatever the size of your Android, you can do a lot of things with it, including the ability to watch TV over the Internet. The offer is wide and the functions are numerous and varied. Here are the best Android TV streaming apps.

Before starting

Generally speaking, TV channels or groups of channels have their own applications, almost all of which include the possibility of watching programmes several days after they are first broadcast. The famous Video on Demand (VOD) process is proving to be very practical abroad where live broadcasts are prohibited by law.

In addition to this, keep in mind that it is also possible to use a VPN (encrypted network) to watch TV from abroad by pretending to be a resident of another country (through special servers). To learn more about this process, please read our article :

  • How to configure a VPN on Android?

Why is live TV forbidden in foreign countries? Simply because channels have to pay a fee to that country to be entitled to broadcast live and/or certain programmes. We are going to offer you a non-exhaustive list of French and French-speaking channels that offer this type of service, in France and elsewhere for others. If you have a solution of your own, feel free to mention it in the comments.

The official TV streaming applications

6play: M6, W9, 6ter, M6 Boutique

With 6play, all the channels of the group are represented and hosted in the application. In general, it is intended to be very stable, but like all applications, some bugs may occur on some phones. Usually it is blamed for loading problems, which can of course be related to your connection.

That being said, 6play remains the best solution for watching M6 group programmes in reasonable quality. The Live Stream works correctly as long as your connection is fast enough and above all stable. The changes are rapid and the number of ads remains fairly reasonable overall.

You can even take out subscriptions with these two channels. © ANDROIDPIT

In addition to having the ability to offer live feeds and a video on demand (VOD) service, 6play also has the ability to display suggestions and rankings. All in all, it’s kind of a YouTube’like pretty well done.

BFMTV

If you like to follow the news in France and abroad, the BFMTV application could meet your main expectations, especially thanks to its interface divided into distinct sections. In addition to alerting you to the latest news in real time, the application allows you to watch the TV channel live.

As if that wasn’t enough, BFMTV’s Android application has the ability to alert you by push notifications on the latest news, discover a 100% video section or answer a question of the day (which is renewed daily). If you witness an event, you can also become an impromptu journalist by sharing your photos and videos with the channel (through temoins.bfmtv.com).  

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You can access many videos on BFMTV, including live. © ANDROIDPIT

  • Version of the app : 4.0.8
  • Size of the app : 15 Mb
  • Compatibility of the app : Android 4.4 or higher
  • Business model: completely free

CNEWS

If you say news channel, you must say CNEWS. Formerly i-television, it is BFM TV’s main competitor in the streaming news sector. All the news in video is therefore present on the CNEWS application. You can find CNEWS live and continuously 24 hours a day.

CNEWS for Android offers a My Info mode to personalize your experience, and like BFM TV, the CNEWS Android application allows you to be alerted with notifications about important news. 

  • Version of the app : 4
  • Size of the app : 8.5 Mb
  • Compatibility of the app : Android 4.4 or higher
  • Business model: completely free

ARTE

Like other official channel applications that allow you to watch TV in streaming under Android, we find ARTE which offers the possibility to watch the channel live or to watch almost all the programs for free and without advertising. Icing on the cake: the possibility to choose the version (subtitled original, French version, German version, and subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing) directly in the video player.

In addition, the ARTE application is compatible with Google Chromecast and can display high definition video (720p) that will be sufficient for a tablet or a larger screen. To make things big, ARTE invites you to create an account to take advantage of data synchronization and other cool little things. On a purely personal basis, it is my favorite application, as much for the quality of its programs as for the simplicity of its interface.

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ARTE is an excellent application for watching videos. © ANDROIDPIT

  • Version of the app : 5.17
  • Size of the app : 38.83 Mb
  • Compatibility of the app : Android 4.0.3 or higher
  • Business model: free

Gulli

Whether you’re young or old, there’s no age to watch cartoons. With Gulli’s Android application, you’ll be able to exploit the TV channel’s full potential with its best programs and new content, as well as discover new cool games. Just like ARTE (shown above), the Gulli application is Chromecast compatible, and allows you to watch the channel live or on-demand.

  • Version of the app : 3.1.1
  • Size of the app : 41.53 Mb
  • Compatibility of the app : Android 4.0 or higher
  • Business model: free

myCANAL

Long blamed by users for its instability, the myCANAL application of Canal+’s famous encrypted channel has since caught up. By downloading the application, you’ll be able to watch not only Canal+ live but also DTT channels, and review missed shows thanks to its video-on-demand system (to watch shows and movies again).

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MyCanal provides access to all channels, not just Canal. © ANDROIDPIT

To decrypt the channel in its application, Canal offers several subscriptions on the fly. By subscribing, you will have access to more than 6 Canal+ television channels and up to 130 CanalSat channels (Europsort, Game One, etc.) depending on the package you choose. On the finality of things, the application is meant to be well done and fluid in use.

  • Version of the app : 4.1.3
  • App size: 26 MB
  • Compatibility of the app : Android 4.4 or higher
  • Business model: completely free

france.tv

The latest for the road is francetv, an Android application published and developed by France Télévisions Thanks to this Android application, you’ll be able to enjoy all the channels of France Télévisions in complete mobility. Did you miss a show or a movie? Never mind, video on demand is also there for you for a period of 7 days after the first broadcast of the program on the channel.

If you lose a content, keep in mind that france.tv integrates a Search Engine to easily find the program concerned. At the same time, you can also find a list of options that gives you easy access to your favourite programmes, alerts and regional content.

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You can access all France Télévision content. © ANDROIDPIT

The application francetv pluzz is available for free on the Google Play of Android :

  • App Version: 4.1.2
  • App size: 4.48 MB
  • Compatibility of the app : Android 4.0.3 or higher
  • Business model: completely free

Franceinfo – live news

This application is aimed at news afficionados since Franceinfo is a public channel dedicated to news. You can watch the different programs or simply the live news, while benefiting from certain services (replay, alerts etc). There are not only videos, but also scripts and even radio.

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You can follow the information. © ANDROIDPIT

Good news for expatriates: this application can be used abroad. You also have access to the news and magazines of other France Télévisions services, not only to the current affairs newspapers but also to certain programmes. 

  • Version of the app : 6.3.1
  • Size of the app : 48.79 Mb
  • Compatibility of the app : Android 4.0.3 or higher
  • Business model: completely free

Independent TV streaming applications

AndStream – Streaming Download

AndStream – Streaming Download is one of the most suitable solutions (like Sheila) for people who are used to online streaming services The application does not store any files on its servers, but allows you to read any feed from a large number of services (see the application description for a complete and updated list).

The concept of this service is to directly retrieve the URL of the feed and copy it into the application. Thus, no more waiting and redirecting to sites that are home to malware colonies.

The other big advantage for movies with AndStream is that you can pause whenever you want. As you know, some streaming sites only allow this kind of control if you pay a premium subscription. The list of compatible sites excels in size… Try the application!

  • App Version: 3.1.8
  • App size: 2.9 MB
  • Compatibility of the app : Android 2.3 or higher
  • Business model: completely free

Molotov

Molotov is a very interesting streaming service because it has the merit of offering the most popular channels. You’ll find TF1 and W9 as well as LCP and LCI. With the pay model you will have access to even more channels. The services on offer are comprehensive: you can not only watch the programmes live but also access a replay system, or even record them for later viewing. An interesting extra: you can indicate which stars you are interested in so you can easily find their movies, series and shows.

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This is Molotov.  © ANDROIDPIT

This service works on several platforms: Android devices (smartphones and tablets), iOS devices (iPhone and iPad), and on different types of computer operating systems (Windows, Linux, MacOS). The disadvantage is that, as usual, this service is only available in France, so French people abroad such as myself don’t find their happiness there.

  • App Version: 2.1.2
  • App size: 8.40 MB
  • Compatibility of the app : Android 4.3 or higher
  • Business model: completely free

We’re now done, but we’re curious if you’re using a streaming app yourself to watch TV on your Android. If so, which one? If not, has this article been helpful to you?

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