Have you recently purchased a Chromebook? Or are you considering one? Perhaps you already have a Chromebook that you love and simply want to know how to make the most of it? Then you might be wondering about streaming video sites for the Chromebook.
I love my Chromebook and fell even more in love when I discovered that there is a wide range of video streaming sites that work well for the Chromebook.
Here’s a list of the five very best TV and movie streaming options that are currently Chromebook-compatible.
When you think about streaming options for your Chromebook, Netflix may be the first that comes to mind. If you’ve contemplated the purchase of a Chromebook, you’ve probably asked, does Netflix work on a Chromebook? For many users, the inability to use Netflix may be a deal breaker. Fortunately, Netflix works well on the Chromebook.
With nearly 100 million subscribers worldwide, Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services available. At less than $10 (or €10) per month, it’s a tremendous value. Netflix has recently announced that they will be launching service in every country in the entire world.
Netflix’s offerings differ by country, and Netflix offers less outside the United States. However, it still offers a wide variety at a reasonable price.
Netflix offers support specifically for Chromebook, making it easy for users to get started. Programs and movies are streamed directly from Netflix’s site, not via an app.
If you’ve been wondering about running Netflix for your Chromebook, I suggest you try it out. It works well.
#2 HBO Now
Another good streaming option for Chromebook users is the HBO Now service. HBO Now includes a decent selection of current films and HBO-produced documentaries as well as all the HBO-produced television programs—think Sex and the City, Game of Thrones, and Westworld. At $14.99 it is pricier than Netflix.
HBO Now offers a different selection than Netflix. Do you need both services? No. But because there is little overlap in their programming, it may make sense to subscribe to both, depending on your viewing habits.
HBO Now runs via the Chrome browser. It works normally in the United States, but in other countries you may need a VPN to watch HBO Now.
Some users have experienced a few snags when using HBO Now. There are easy workarounds.
SnagFilms is a free service that can be accessed at http://www.snagfilms.com/. SnagFilms offers a selection of independent films and documentaries. The benefits of SnagFilms are not just that it’s free but that it is a service that offers indie productions that you cannot find elsewhere.
SnagFilms can be accessed via your Chrome browser or the SnagFilms Android app.
YouTube is a great way to access classic films. Classic musicals such as “The King and I” and “Westside Story” are available for only a few dollars each. Be aware that the selection of films available varies by country, so depending on where you are, you may or may not be able to find what you want on YouTube.
You should exercise some caution when looking for full-length films on YouTube. On several occasions, I’ve had difficulties with movies getting pulled and, instead, being given links to disreputable sites. For example, I recently tried to watch “The Sound of Music” and got, instead, a short video stating that the film had been taken down. There was a bit.ly link redirecting me to a different site. When I unshorted the bit.ly, I discovered it was a scam site.
The benefits of YouTube are that it’s easily accessible and it’s inexpensive, or even free in many cases. Again, you can stream directly from YouTube’s site via the Chrome browser or download the Android app.
Archive.org’s Movies and Films section has a free streaming service. It offers a number of classic black-and-white films. With a library of over 5,000 films all for free, Archive.org is certainly worth checking out. Between Charlie Chaplin, classic Sci-Fi and horror, and silent films, this site is a movie buff’s dream.
Archive.org can be accessed via the site through your Chrome browser.
Both Hulu and Amazon are also popular streaming services. Their success on Chromebooks is limited though.
While some people have good luck watching Hulu.com on their Chromebooks, Hulu does not specifically support the ChromeOS. Additionally, Hulu is not available internationally.
Amazon’s streaming service is available in over 200 countries, giving Netflix some serious competition. In fact, you may be surprised to know that Amazon has a much larger selection of movies than Netflix.
However, although Amazon offers an Android app, I couldn’t get it to run on my Chromebook.
As someone who loves my Chromebook and appreciates streaming movies and television programs, I find it helpful to know which streaming services will and which won’t work easily and effortlessly on my Chromebook. As Chromebooks become more popular, we can expect to see more and more streaming options for the Chromebook.
Which of these streaming services do you use on your Chromebook? Which work the best for you? Are there other streaming services not listed here that you enjoy? Did you get Amazon Video working on your Chromebook? If so, comment below.
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