Download Video Streaming - Best Software & Apps

  • YTD Video Downloader

    5.9.7.0.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Superb free downloader for YouTube and other video streaming sites

    7
    11350 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
  • VLC media player

    3.0.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Simply the best free multi-format media player

    8
    43378 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
  • iTunes

    12.8.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Still one of the best music players

    7
    14894 votes
    • PROS: Simplified interface, Apple Music streaming service, Improved playlist creation, Curated and automatic radio stations
    • CONS: Limited file formats supported, Amost overwhelming number of features!
  • Netflix

    9.002

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Windows Phone

    All the best offers in Top series, documentaries and shows

    8
    4163 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
    5263 votes
    • PROS: Compatible with many sites, Lots of supported file formats
    • CONS: Limited to two simultaneous downloads, Impossible to download certain videos
  • iTunes 64 bit

    12.7.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Still one of the best music players

    7
    2424 votes
    • PROS: Simplified interface, Improved playlist creation, Curated and automatic radio stations, Apple Music streaming service
    • CONS: Limited file formats supported, Amost overwhelming number of features!
  • Ace Player HD

    (ACE Stream Media) 3.1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A VLC clone with BitTorrent support

    7
    547 votes
    • PROS: Streams in HD, Full featured, Great performance
    • CONS: Unstable playback at times, Long buffering times
  • ZEE5 - Movies, TV Shows, LIVE TV & Originals

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Nearly endless streaming content in multiple languages

    8
    65 votes
    • PROS: 100,000’s of hours of video content, 12 different languages
    • CONS: Contains ads, Requires subscription
  • HD Streamz

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    Free Smartphone App to View Television Programs

    9
    26 votes
    • PROS: Users can download this application for free., Intuitive search functions provide quick results.
    • CONS: Users will be bombarded with quite a few pop-up advertisements., Many icons are quite small; perhaps a problem for those with poor eyesight.
  • Free Any Video Downloader

    4.1.6.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Download videos from websites for free

    8
    83 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Batch downloading
    • CONS: Not available as a browser extension, Dated design
  • YTD for Mac

    1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Superb downloader for YouTube and other video streaming sites

    8
    111 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
  • Jing

    2.5.47113

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Capture and share images and video

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

    8
    68 votes
    • Live TV & Sport

      1.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Viewing on your PC made easy

      8
      46 votes
      • PROS: There are no advertisements embedded within Randomizer App., New features include a random alphabet generator and performance enhancements.
      • CONS: High data usage, Content can be found elsewhere
    • Cake - Video Chat Messenger & Live Streaming

      5.9

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      iPhone

      A free social networking app for iPhone, by NetTangerine Inc

      8
      43 votes
      • CherryPlayer

        2.4.1

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Unlimited streaming audio, playlists, and YouTube downloads

        8
        415 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
      • ApowerMirror

        1.3.2

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Mirror your screen from mobile to PC without jailbreaking it

        8
        45 votes
        • PROS: Beautiful interface, Easy installation, No root or jailbreak required, Has demo for users
        • CONS: No tooltips, USB mirroring is buggy, Laggy sometimes, Installing can get stuck
      • Open Broadcaster Software

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Live video streaming software for novice and advanced!

        8
        93 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
      • TubeMate 3

        1.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android

        TubeMate 3

        8
        21 votes
        • PROS: Excellent feature which lots of users want, Clean UI
        • CONS: Some users complain about compatibility issues across devices, Not aligned to YouTube’s terms of service
      • Zattoo

        2000/XP 4.0.5

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Mac
        Windows Phone

        Watch TV on your PC for free

        7
        59 votes
        • PROS: Displays channels from your own country, Smooth streaming, Genuinely live TV, TV Guide
        • CONS: Only shows local channels plus a few international ones, Not many customisation options, No way to change interface language
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