10 Great Showbox Alternatives – May 2019
Showbox is a terrific, popular app for streaming movies and TV shows to just about any device. It’s well-designed, has a slick UI, and generally works flawlessly. Honestly, it’s probably the only streaming app you really need, but of course humans don’t usually work like that and people like having options. We all like to have options and alternatives, and sometimes we get bored of the same-old same-old and just have to try something different. So whether you’re just bored with Showbox, or can’t get it working for some reason, in this article I’ll present a number of great Showbox alternatives that you can choose from.
Before we get into the list, if you’re shopping around because Showbox isn’t working well for you, you should be aware that a lot of Showbox issues can be quickly and easily resolved by either reinstalling the app or by clearing its cache. If you don’t know how to clear the cache in Showbox, have no fear; TechJunkie has your back, with this easy-to-follow guide that will teach you ‘How To Clear Cache on Showbox’ and resolve those problems.
Most of these Showbox alternatives are available across multiple platforms, whether that’s Android, iOS, Windows, or Mac. Bear in mind that if you want to use an Android app on the desktop, there are free Android emulators like Bluestacks (Windows only) and Nox (Windows or Mac) that can let you do that.
Movie Box is the iOS version of Showbox, but there are versions for Android, Windows, and Mac as well. It looks and feels a lot like Showbox and has the same layout. If you’re comfortable using Showbox, you should have no issues using Movie Box. The app installs using the same APK install method, runs smoothly, and quickly finds the latest media to stream. And of course, there is also a decent search function, should you want to use it.
I have used Movie Box for a while and have very few issues with it. It doesn’t seem to have as much HD content as Showbox, but if you can cope with 720p, then there is a lot of content to choose from.
PlayBox HD is a great Showbox alternative for iOS and Android. It looks and feels like Showbox and Movie Box and works just as well. As the title suggests, there is a lot of HD content on PlayBox HD, which makes it better than Movie Box for newer phones or larger screens. Other than that, it is very similar.
The UI design keeps menus and navigation simple, and categories populate quickly if your Wi-Fi network is up to the task. Streaming is fast and mostly buffer-free. Again, much depends on your network, but the app itself seems very smooth indeed.
Megabox HD is an Android-only Showbox alternative that could almost be a carbon copy of its popular competitor. Like PlayBox HD, this app specializes in HD content over lower quality content but often gives you the option to choose the quality once you select a stream. It looks and feels like the others and has no distinctive feature that makes it stand out, but that also means it has no glaring issues.
The design is simple and effective, content is quickly populated, and the range of content on offer is huge. Streaming is smooth and seamless as long as your connection is up to it.
Popcorn Time is still the king of the castle when it comes to streaming, yet with competitors snapping at its heels, that lead isn’t as assured as it once was. Having been around the longest of most of these Showbox alternatives, it has had time to refine the app and the content it streams. There are several versions of Popcorn Time available, so make sure to check the reliability of the one you use. Popcorn Time is available for Windows, Mac, Android, and Android TV.
The design is simple and the UI is uncluttered. The content is front and center and browsing categories and content is simple and intuitive. The search function is quite fast, too.
Crackle is another well-established movie streaming service with a couple of standout features. It does what many other apps in this list do: play movies and TV shows for free at a high quality. As an added bonus, it also allows you to save favorites and create playlists. For TV serials, this is an awesome bonus for binge watching or for keeping track of where you are in a series.
The Crackle app is simple and straightforward like the others here. The UI is simple and easy to navigate. Streams appear on the front page and you can sort and search through content as you would expect. It is easily as good as Showtime in terms of content and usability.
Movie HD is another Showbox alternative for Android, iPhone, or iPad that is worth trying if you want a little variety. It specializes in HD content, but it does offer lower quality, too. Movie HD has a neat trick up its sleeve, in that you can download movies to your device as well as stream them. So if you’re going to be away from your Wi-Fi or want to watch something on the train, you can select a stream and download it rather than requiring a permanent connection.
The UI is slick and well designed. Like the others, it allows fast access to trending streams as well as categories and search.
Sky HD, not to be confused with the British TV company, is a Showbox alternative for Android only from the makers of Playbox HD. In fact, it is almost a carbon copy of PlayBox HD. It looks, feels, and works the same and it often has exactly the same content features. There are the usual categories and search, too, so it is a complete app, just with no original features.
As it is a copy of PlayBox HD, the UI is pretty much the same except for the blue Sky logo in the corner. If you’ve used one, you can use the other without too much trouble.
CinemaBox continues the theme of copying the basic name and functionality from Showbox. It looks and feels much the same, too, making it instantly familiar to anyone who has used any of these apps before. There is comfort in that, as you will be up and running in no time. Like Movie HD, CinemaBox allows offline viewing as well as streaming. This is a useful feature for those without regular Wi-Fi access or who commute.
The design of the UI is minimal and easy to use. Trending movies are presented on the home screen and all options are available with one tap. There is nothing to make it stand out from the crowd, but what it does do, it does well. CinemaBox runs on Android or iOS.
Aside from the odd name, Bobby Movie Box is quite the accomplished Showbox alternative for the iPhone. It works well, has a wide range of movies and TV shows, and seems very stable. The interface is quite slick, with a cool blue color. It features trending movies on the main page and offers a search box front and center. Sort categories from the controls at the bottom and you’re good to go.
The design is clean and reflects the iOS ecosystem it inhabits. It is smooth, works well, and seems quite fluid. I have only played with it for a minute or two on a buddy’s iPhone but it seems pretty easy to use.
Stremio is a little bit different than the other Showbox clones presented here. Rather than allowing you to stream content from (ahem) dubious sources, Stremio organizes your legit streams from Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, and other legal sources. It collects them all in one app and presents them on any device using its neat UI. So content-wise, if it is available on the services you link to it, then Stremio can stream it. Stremio will work on just about any platform, offering Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android versions.
The UI looks very similar to the others and looks the same regardless of the platform you use. It seems reliable and stable, and even allows you to add your own locally stored content.
Play safely when using Showbox or its alternatives
You may have noticed that some of these apps are only available as APKs from random-looking websites. As far as I can tell, the files are legit but if you do download one, run a quick antivirus check on your device afterwards. While they may be safe now, they might not be in the future.
Also, most of these apps obtain content from dubious sources. Depending on where you live, streaming such content is not necessarily illegal but you should be careful when doing so. Install and use a good quality VPN on your device at all times when streaming content. Content providers like movie and TV studios, and their hired security companies, actively monitor the torrenting world and look for copyright violators, so you need to be careful and protect yourself at all times.
Each of these ten alternatives to Showbox either works just like Showbox or is very close to it. As of this update, each app was freely available and worked well. No malware was detected and streams flowed seamlessly to my phone. Just take precautions when using it yourself.
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