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Stremio Aims to Be Your One and Only Video Entertainment App

Bryan Wolfe 09-06-2016

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.

Get Stremio and try it out; download it for free.

Discovering Content

With Stremio, you can set up a library of movies, series, YouTube Use This Awesome Web App to Make the Best Videos on YouTube Ever felt the urge to launch a YouTube channel, only to find that the results don't quite pass muster? A new web app called Showbox is the answer. Read More 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.

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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.

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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 6 Key Tools to Get the Most Out of Netflix Browsing Netflix for the best movies to watch is like a treasure hunt. When finding the perfect streaming title is difficult, use these 6+ tools to make Netflix easier to use. Read More 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 Apple Refuses to Help the FBI, Popcorn Time Returns... [Tech News Digest] Apple stands up for personal privacy, the original Popcorn Time gets resurrected, Kanye West learns the price of piracy, Sega gives games away on Steam, and play Pong on your Apple Watch. Read More , 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-on-catalogue

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 4 Chromecast Mistakes That Could Be Embarrassing or Worse The great thing about Chromecast is that it's simple, fast and easy to use. However, as you'll see, this is also its achilles heel when it comes to privacy... Read More and AirPlay. Casting is also available to Apple TV Still Unsure If You Need an Apple TV? Here’s What It Can Do On the fence about what seems like yet another expensive Apple purchase? Check out what you can do with an Apple TV and decide for yourself. Read More , smart televisions (DLNA/UPnP), and select mobile devices. Content is provided in high-definition where available.

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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 How to Download Amazon Prime Videos to Watch Offline Amazon Prime Video lets you download movies and TV shows to watch offline for free. Here's how to download Amazon Prime videos. Read More 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.

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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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  1. donna fulton
    June 23, 2016 at 2:06 am

    I'd like to try this phone

  2. Edy
    June 22, 2016 at 6:49 am

    No ARM build => No good. It's just that simple.

  3. Joe
    June 22, 2016 at 1:10 am

    What does this service do that Kodi doesn't do?

    • Ivo Georgiev
      July 17, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Joe, our product is very inspired by Kodi, but trust us - it's much easier to use. :)

  4. Anonymous
    June 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Hi, guys. Any Bulgarian TV channels available for watching in the US?

  5. harley
    June 21, 2016 at 3:00 am

    what is the name of it

  6. steen barr
    June 15, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I cannot download this product and the article says it uses most operating systems, what a load of crap

  7. nakashi
    June 11, 2016 at 9:00 am

    This is illegal right ?

    • Anonymous
      June 12, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Not at all.

      It's very well explained in the article that Stremio is an aggregator to many legal video sources - see the screenshots.

      Your confusion probably comes from the mention of Popcorn Time, which is mainly focused towards torrent sources with mostly infringing content.

  8. Paul
    June 10, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Desktop app works pretty good, but airplay not so much...

  9. Anonymous
    June 10, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Do I have the option of a portable installer to install it on my external hard disk ?

  10. Pushkar Yadav
    June 10, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Can I have portable version to install it on external hard disk?

  11. Adey J
    June 10, 2016 at 10:31 am

    no downsides at all? not even the UX consistencies and slow app that will have most machines heavily finning to cool the processor? I know Stem.io paid for the article... not looking very 'editorial independence'

    • Anonymous
      June 10, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Hi, we've tested the app on many machines, and on a normal modern Win 10 machine it doesn't spin up the fan. Obviously, there are edge cases.

      Can you elaborate more on the "UX consistencies"?

    • Anonymous
      June 10, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Hello Adey,

      You are welcome to install the application and try it yourself.
      We'd love to hear your personal feedback.

      • Adey J
        June 10, 2016 at 1:56 pm

        A couple of feedback on the OS X version - the X button seems sometime to close the video and other times to close the app and sometimes you have to click <Back. This is inconsistent and confusing. Also the app often leaves a black box on the screen, this is linked to "am I closing the video or the app? should i click X?"

        When using the Juan Carlos torrent plug-in a macbook air/pro or Mini all 'fan' heavily due to heat from CPU use. I have tried this on a range of specs from brand new to 3 years old with 4GB+ memory - they all do the same loud fan spinning to cool the computer.

        The content is not very up to date. I often have to go onto a torrent site to find the latest films and programs. A way for the community to add popular torrents would be useful - maybe check recency and number of seeders before adding...

        I hope this helps.

        • Anonymous
          June 10, 2016 at 4:38 pm

          Thanks for the reply!

          First - the X issue - we've discussed it internally for a long time. Before there used to be no Back button and the X did that. Since we have plenty of users who'd get disappointed if we change it, it stuck that way. We'll discuss it again though :)

          Regarding content, we've purposefully decided to NOT develop any torrent add-ons (besides Vodo add-on, which has entirely legal content).

          There is a way for the community to create their own add-ons, as you can see there are such add-ons already in our add-on catalogue (http://addons.strem.io) - see https://github.com/Stremio/stremio-addons

          Hope this helps

        • Anonymous
          June 10, 2016 at 4:39 pm

          Thanks for the reply!

          First - the X issue - we've discussed it internally for a long time. Before there used to be no Back button and the X did that. Since we have plenty of users who'd get disappointed if we change it, it stuck that way. We'll discuss it again though :)

          Regarding content, we've purposefully decided to NOT develop any torrent add-ons (besides Vodo add-on, which has entirely legal content).

          There is a way for the community to create their own add-ons, as you can see there are such add-ons already in our add-on catalogue (addons.strem.io) - see github.com/Stremio/stremio-addons

          Hope this helps

  12. Ana
    June 9, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Desktop version is great, but we need the Android app asap.

  13. Anonymous
    June 9, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Any way to have it interact with plex/kodi? (other than just pointing it to the same storage location). I already have a pretty intricate workflow set up involving Flexget, transmission, sonarr, trakt.tv and Plex, and it'd be awesome to use Stremio as a frontend bringing together the Plex content with online sources

    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Hello - not at the moment. But we are thinking about how to interact better with Kodi/Plex

      With that said, we do support trakt.tv and the app has a BitTorrent client built in - you can see it via the Vodo add-on, which legally streams indie content with BitTorrent.