The list of streaming services is pretty vast, from HBO GO to Hulu to Netflix, these subscription-based services have never been so popular, and have never been easier to watch now that they have Chromecast support.
As great as these services are, there are a few drawbacks. While we can get around it with rooted devices, many of these services region-lock their content, so something that is available in the U.S. may not be in other parts of the world. Then there are networks who refuse to get with the times and make their content available to streaming services.
When all we want to do is watch a movie or show, these restrictions can be a real pain in the ass. Fret not, as today I'm going to show you a service as trumps all the rest, and as an added bonus, show you how to stream its content directly to your Chromecast.
Show Box is a free movie and TV show streamer designed specifically for Android. It's lightweight and constantly updated with the latest releases, even posting new TV show episodes the day after they air. Best of all, the app runs directly on stock devices—no root required—and all you need to do is enable "Unknown sources" on your device.
After the download completes, you can install the app just like you would any other.
When you first open the app, you'll notice categories right at the top for Movies, Shows, My Library, and Updates.
The Movie and Shows sections live up to their name and offer a huge selection of content to stream. There are search and filter options that can help you find what you are looking for if you are feeling indecisive.
The Updates section will be refreshed every time you open the app, and holds all the newest content that was released up until that point.
To set up the My Library section, tap on any movie or show, then hit the Add To Library button up top. Once added, the content will be in the "My Library" tab so you'll never have to scroll or search for it again.
If you decide to download content, it will also be stored in your library, only you will be able to watch without any streaming wait times.
Once you're ready to watch, simply tap on the item, chose the quality, and hit either Download or Watch Now.
If you un-check "Use internal player", you can select your own video player to watch the content through.
What makes Show Box great is that if you have apps like Allcast, Avia, or LocalCast, you can use them to make the ultimate home streaming solution. Simply un-check "Use internal player", and select your Chromecast capable streamer.
Unfortunately the app isn't without some faults of its own. You don't get a summary of the content you're going to watch (although most movies will provide a trailer), and sometimes the links will be dead.
Other than that, Show Box is a solid free alternative to other streaming services, so be sure to give it a shot and let us know how things went for you in the comments.