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There are hundreds of ways to access films and TV shows. Unfortunately, searching for the content is sometimes difficult. Solving this dilemma is where Stremio comes in. Available for Mac, Windows, and Linux, the free service allows you to find and watch video content from your local hard drive and online, all in one place. Here’s a look at what Stremio 3.6 can do for you.
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With Stremio, you can set up a library of movies, series, YouTube channels, and TV channels. You can find titles through the service’s search feature, clicking “add to library” to begin making your list. You can also add titles through the Stremio app for iOS. With the YouTube app, you watch all your favorite videos without any ads, which will let you jump between videos quickly.
As you add new entries, The Board notifies you of new episodes from your favorite series, as well as new videos. You’ll also see series and movie recommendations based on what’s already in your library as well as what’s trending online. You can also add content using your Facebook account, and track your usage through Trakt.
The Board is Stremio’s secret sauce because it develops over time based on your recommendations. Think of it as a great place to find an endless stream of video content.
Stremio uses in-house module Cinemeta to provide information on each title. It pulls TV show and movie information from IMDB, TheTVDB, TheMovieDB, and Fanart.tv. For example, TV show listings include episode titles and descriptions, cast members, and current IMDB ratings.
Want to know when a future episode of “Game of Thrones” airs? Hop over to The Calendar, which lists each upcoming episode by month and date. You can also export this calendar through iCal, where applicable.
Information on movies includes the cast and director, year of production, duration, IMDB rating, summary, and similar titles. You also have access to each title’s official trailer.
About those TV Channels
Stremio features “add-on” packages that enhance your experience. One of these, Filmon TV, features 300 live TV channels from around the globe, including AP, Newsmax TV, and The Horror Channel. StreamFeed is a similar add-on package.
Some channels are blocked depending on your location, but regardless of where you are, you’ll find quite a few channels available.
About the Movies
Though it covers TV shows, Stremio is most focused on movie discovery. For this, it uses an add-on called Guidebox. With Guidebox, users in the United Kingdom and the United States can see where a movie is offered online.
Official Stremio streams include iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Hulu, and Google Play. A Netflix add-on is also available.
More About Add-Ons
Stremio’s add-on system allows third-party (or community) developers to add tools for extra functionality. For now, the list of add-ons is limited. Besides StreamFeed and Netflix, there is also Vodo, Juan Carlos Torrents, and Popcorn Time, among a few others.
The first of these offers indie content, as well as older, public domain movie titles. The second comes in handy when you want to watch new releases with subtitles. With the Popcorn Time add-on, you can watch the same content (YTS and EZTV) that was once available on the Popcorn app.
MakeUseOf and Stremio do not encourage piracy.
Stremio add-ons are easy to add. All it takes is a single click. Better still, the add-on system doesn’t add extra code to your computer. Rather, add-ons run via a web browser. This added security is important, especially for those with privacy concerns.
To encourage third-party developers to create add-ons, Stremio has invested in a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) video streaming engine based on performance and versatility. Add-ons feature full HD/4K video on demand or live streaming.
Watching the content
Once you find your content, it’s time to relax and be entertained. You can watch Stremio content on your computer, or through Chromecast and AirPlay. Casting is also available to Apple TV, smart televisions (DLNA/UPnP), and select mobile devices. Content is provided in high-definition where available.
To begin watching content, visit the Guidebox screen for the TV show or movie title you wish to view. From there, select the play button and choose from the available streams.
Most streams in Stremio play from their original location. For example, movies rented from iTunes play inside of the iTunes application, just as Amazon Video content plays through the Amazon.com website. In some cases, however, the content runs through the Stremio application’s built-in video player. Torrents are the most obvious example of this.
When viewing a video through Stremio, you may select from different languages, add subtitles, and activate casting. You can also share your video via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and email.
Can’t finish watching a title right now? Stremio automatically adds each title to your library for later use.
Looking for a next-generation media player? Take a look at Stremio, which is available across multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. This one-stop solution includes some unique tools, including The Board and Guidebox. With Stremio add-ons, the service is likely to grow even larger in the coming months and years.
Give Stremio a try – you can download Stremio from the company’s official site.
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