What are the best apps for casting media?

asked by Tamara Kersten
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    #1YouTube

    YouTube

    YouTube is an online video sharing and streaming website that enables content creators to share their work across the platform's large user base and network. It's also available as an app for Android and iOS mobile devices. 

    Websites

    Free

    Zoe Hu
    Written on January 9, 2018
    "Youtube is a Google product. This is the most popular online video sharing site in the world today. Youtube was born in 2005. Before being acquired by Google in 2006, I followed myself through Youtube at the time before the acquisition by Google. The initial speed in Vietnam is very poor. Later on Google acquired, the video view through Youtube has improved very well, as I guess they have placed servers in Vietnam so the speed has improved. With Youtube you can watch videos from around the world, from kids videos, tv shows, tutorials, courses .... Videos on youtube are generally countless."
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    #2Spotify

    Spotify

    Spotify is a music streaming platform that features plenty of functions to help users discover new music. It comes with curated and shared playlists, suggested radio stations, and related artists - all based on your likes and listens.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Evelyn Mendoza
    Written on December 30, 2017
    "I love Spotify for discovering new music, it makes the playlist for you! However, I was looking for an app to help me cast videos and things to my tv, and this doesn't seem to be Spotify's function. So, I'm still looking for an app to do that. "
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    #3AllCast

    AllCast

    AllCast is an app that allows you to watch five minutes of the pictures and videos of your choice, from your mobile to a supported casting or DNLA device such as the Chromecast and Smart TVs. The paid upgrade for app enables unlimited casting.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Michael Weber
    Written on January 4, 2018
    "A great idea for wireless transmission. I suppose that the apple airdrop is just as good. The concept is great, for transferring but the technology has been around for quite awhile. "
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    Free Trial

    #4Netflix

    Netflix

    Netflix is a video-on-demand platform where you can watch movies and TV shows and start streaming from your Windows or Mac computer, smart devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as on your home gaming consoles.

    Streaming Services

    Varies by Plan

    Dennis Schneider
    Written on December 31, 2017
    "Netflix is great for streaming so many movies and tv shows. It is not a tool for casting media though. You will need something else for that."
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    #5Hulu

    Hulu

    Hulu is a video-on-demand service offering a huge catalog of exclusive programs, Hulu originals, and many more. It launched its live television streaming service in 2017, but currently, it is only available in the United States and Japan.

    Websites

    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Gerald Douglas
    Written on January 3, 2018
    "Some people Netflix and chill. uh uh. I Hulu and flex, know what I mean? I get to stream and cast all my favorite shows and movies and it's more affordable than cable. I cut the cord, baby. I cut it off!"
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    #6Pandora

    Pandora

    Pandora is powered by the Music Genome Project, which is the most comprehensive music analysis ever undertaken. It offers personalized radio that is constantly evolving alongside your music tastes.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Howard Garcia
    Written on January 2, 2018
    "Pandora is a great app and one that I use on a daily basis. That being said, I don't believe it actually has any ability to cast music to other devices. That is something more for Plex or apps like that."
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    #7Tubio

    Tubio

    Tubio a Video app which you can cast any web videos and music from your phone to your TV with just a tap, wirelessly and for free. Supported players as Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and more.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Mark Ray
    Written on December 31, 2017
    "mixed reiews i would go elsewhere"
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    #8LocalCast

    LocalCast

    LocalCast is an app that enables the ability to stream your locally stored media to DLNA devices such as the Google Chromecast, Smart TVs, Amazon Fire devices among others. It is available for both Android and iOS devices.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Lilia Velasco
    Written on January 6, 2018
    "LocalCast for Chromecast is and app that allows a person to play videos from their mobile or tablet onto their TV. Apparently there is some minor complaint about ads when using this app but there is a paid version of it also that probably helps eliminate that problem. If one has videos and movies and such on smaller devices and wanted to watch them on their smart TV this app might be ideal."
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    #9Vevo App

    Vevo App

    Vevo App is the official companion app of the famous video hosting service, Vevo. With this app, you can enjoy thousands of videos, listen to your favorite artists and watch the service's content on the go with you mobile devices.

    Apps

    Amazon, Android APK, Other Platform

    Free

    Crystal Fox
    Written on January 8, 2018
    "This is cool for watching music videos for free. One of the things I like best is that I get a notification when new content is uploaded from my favorites. You can also make a playlist of all the songs you love. Pretty easy to search by artist, song or genre too. Overall, a pretty cool app. "
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    #10Google Play Music

    Google Play Music
    Google Play Music is a music and podcast streaming service that allows users to find, listen, store, and share music on the web. A paid subscription lets users access millions of songs and download music on their device for offline listening. 
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Free trial available

    Nicole Sims
    Written on January 10, 2018
    "Google play music is one of the best android solution for music. The subscription allows music to be listened to offline."
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    #11Plex

    Plex

    Plex is a free media server add-on developed by Plex, Inc. that is compatible with many devices, including Chromecast, Xbox, PlayStation, Android, Apple, Roku, Fire TV, and more. It is used for media streaming and organization.

    Apps

    Mac, Windows, Android, iOS

    Free

    Jerry Carlson
    Written on December 31, 2017
    "I'm a teacher and use Plex to stream movies and TV to my students using a Plex server. I love the simplicity of the server, and how easy it is to set up with my many devices. "
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    #12Google Home

    Google Home

    Google Home is a free voice-assistant developed by Google, in which you can set up many apps both from Google and other associated developers. You also can cast your screens and watch the content of your devices on the TV.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Vivaan Venkatesan
    Written on January 5, 2018
    "It is one of the most entertaining and useful devices google has ever created. It is so convenient to use. It just blows my mind how you can synchronise and control tons of things in your home. It's information probably never would bee wrong. It deserves more than a five star."

Summary

Best What are the best apps for casting media
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1YouTubeWebsites 21 Free
2SpotifyApps 18 Free
3AllCastApps 18 Free
4NetflixStreaming Services 15 Paid
5HuluWebsites 13 Paid
6PandoraWebsites 11 Free
7Tubio Apps 11 Free
8LocalCastApps 8 Free
9Vevo AppApps 7 Free
10Google Play MusicApps 5 Free
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