Download Streaming Video - Best Software & Apps

  • VLC media player

    3.0.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Simply the best free multi-format media player

    8
    41991 votes
    • PROS: Supports a wide range of formats, Good hotkey support, Easy to use, Very flexible and lightweight, Integration with web channel streaming services, Improved interface in version 3, More format support in version 3, Plays BluRay and HD, Completely free!
    • CONS: User interface is quite basic, User interface slicker in Mac version
  • YTD Video Downloader

    5.9.7.0.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Superb free downloader for YouTube and other video streaming sites

    7
    10259 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Quick at downloading, Supports batches, One of the best YouTube video downloaders, Basic version is free
    • CONS: To download and convert at same time requires Pro version
  • Netflix

    9.002

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Windows Phone

    All the best offers in Top series, documentaries and shows

    8
    2958 votes
    • PROS: Touch friendly interface, Beautiful interface, Personalized recommendations
    • CONS: Some laggy performance at times
  • All Video Downloader

    6.0.0.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android

    Download videos from more than 190 video streaming sites

    6
    5079 votes
    • PROS: Compatible with many sites, Lots of supported file formats
    • CONS: Limited to two simultaneous downloads, Impossible to download certain videos
  • ZEE5 - Movies, TV Shows, LIVE TV & Originals

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Nearly endless streaming content in multiple languages

    5
    5 votes
    • PROS: 100,000’s of hours of video content, 12 different languages
    • CONS: Contains ads, Requires subscription
  • Jing

    2.5.47113

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Capture and share images and video

    7
    419 votes
    • PROS: Discreet yet accessible, Save to video or image, History feature
    • CONS: Crosshairs view , Can lag, Limited editing
  • Microsoft Silverlight

    5.1.40416.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Microsoft's answer to Adobe Air

    6
    636 votes
    • PROS: Lightweight plug-in, Streams high resolution and HD video, Smooth streaming support
    • CONS: No support Flash or AAC content, Streams can take some time to start, Inferior to Adobe Air
  • CherryPlayer

    2.4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Unlimited streaming audio, playlists, and YouTube downloads

    8
    367 votes
    • PROS: Huge library, Good audio quality, YouTube and Last.fm integration, Opens Amazon.com MP3 store to purchase tracks, Trending tracks
    • CONS: Messy interface, Some videos require you to register to watch, No video/audio converter
  • YTD for Mac

    1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Superb downloader for YouTube and other video streaming sites

    7
    87 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Quick at downloading, Supports batches, One of the best YouTube video downloaders
    • CONS: To download and convert at same time requires Pro version
  • Open Broadcaster Software

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Live video streaming software for novice and advanced!

    7
    75 votes
    • PROS: Great free software with all the bells and whistles of a paid program, Support for Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox and other popular services, Huge library of plugins all available for free, along with the source code, on GitHub
    • CONS: Open source usually means slower releases for newer operating systems and hardware. Expect to have less up to date support
  • YTD Music Downloader Pro

    1.1.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Save your favorite streaming videos or audio music from youtube onto your computer with this software

    7
    25 votes
    • Ten Sports Live HD

      1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free sports news and videos from TEN Sports Live HD

      8
      62 votes
      • PROS: Quick and high-quality video streaming, No ads
      • CONS: Video not available in all markets, Registration required to watch live videos
    • Pluto TV: 100+ Free Channels

      0.1.5

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Pluto TV is a free online television service broadcasting over 100 live channels full of TV shows, movies and Internet video

      9
      17 votes
      • Camfrog Video Chat

        6.11

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Join live streaming video chat rooms

        8
        883 votes
        • PROS: Lots of people online, Lots of different rooms available, Good for those using sign language
        • CONS: Very confusing and overwhelming at first, Interface looks a bit cheap
      • BIGOLIVE

        1.0.1

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android

        Live streaming chat application for smartphone users

        9
        84 votes
        • PROS: An excellent alternative to traditional video chat software., It is possible to send gifts and to earn extra money through Bigo.
        • CONS: As some content is intended for adults, parental guidance is required., In-app purchases will be presented to the user.
      • Google Play Movies & TV

        3.6.11

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android
        Windows
        iPhone

        Watch videos across multiple devices

        7
        55 votes
        • PROS: Access streaming content, Download to devices, View personal videos
        • CONS: Available Google Play content is still small
      • XSplit Broadcaster

        2.8.1607.1936

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Windows

        An amazing video and audio streaming tool

        7
        30 votes
        • PROS: Simple, easy-to-understand interface, Effective combination of video sources, Good value for money
        • CONS: Doesn't work well with all capture cards
      • iWisoft Free Video Downloader

        2.1

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Download manager for streaming audio and video

        7
        85 votes
        • PROS: Easy to use, Monitors browsing for media, Keeps a capture history, Can download multiple videos simultaneously, Works with all popular media formats
        • CONS: Doesn't allow you to select multiple files, Doesn't include a format converter
      • Pluto Video Downloader

        1.0.0.325

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Download videos from 450+ streaming sites (including YouTube), and convert them to many formats

        8
        5 votes
        • Free Vimeo Downloader

          2.0

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Vimeo videos downloaded to your computer

          5
          107 votes
          • PROS: Easy to use, Good selection of conversion formats, Supports batch downloads, Good video configuration options
          • CONS: Can't store custom format profiles
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