The Best XBOX Streaming Apps of 2022

Written by: BestApp.com App Testing Team - Updated: Dec 01, 2021

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From Netflix to Hulu and everything in between, there are countless streaming apps for Xbox owners to choose from, each with unique offerings and capabilities. Netflix is our pick for the best overall streaming app due to its large content library and affordable pricing. But if you’re looking for content not available on Netflix, like esports and live streams, we found nine other great streaming apps to try out. Here are the 10 best streaming apps available on Xbox.

Top 10 XBOX Streaming Apps to Try

How We Chose the Best XBOX Streaming Apps

To find the best Xbox streaming apps, we looked for those that offer the features and types of content that make for an entertaining and user-friendly streaming experience. Primarily, we looked for apps that offer movies and TV Shows, Esports, and the ability for users to live stream their own content. We also included apps that offer access to live TV, live sports, podcasts, and music.

Choose the XBOX streaming app that’s right for you

The right streaming app for you largely depends on your content preferences. Netflix, for example, is a great choice for individuals interested in streaming movies and TV shows, while Twitch and YouTube are great choices for those interested in live streams. We recommend browsing each service’s content libraries and reading user reviews to find the app that best suits your needs.

Get started with a free trial

The majority of the apps on our list require a monthly subscription to access their content. While these subscription prices are generally very affordable, no one wants to waste money on a service they don’t enjoy. Every app on our list below offers free trials to let users test out their services before signing up. Make sure to take advantage of these trials to find a platform that accommodates your content preferences.

Our XBOX Streaming App Reviews

Netflix — Top Pick

Netflix App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services available and our pick for the best overall Xbox streaming app. Netflix boasts one of the largest content libraries out of all streaming services, including a large selection of acclaimed original content. Users can create watchlists, save their favorite shows and movies, and get recommendations based on their watch histories. For families, Netflix offers kids profiles that restrict access to adult-oriented content. Uniquely, Netflix is also planning to add games to its platform at no extra charge. Subscription plans start at $8.99 per month, and users can get started with a 30-day free trial to see if the service is right for them.

Notable features:

  • Free version not available
  • Subscription plans: Basic: $8.99/month; Standard: $13.99/month; Premium: $17.99/month
  • Support available: Help Center, Phone, Live Chat, and FAQs
Netflix Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Affordable pricing No esports content
Large content library No live streaming
Great original content No free version

Tubi — Best Free Streaming App

Tubi App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Unlike most streaming apps that require subscriptions to access on-demand and live content, Tubi offers free access to live TV, on-demand movies, and TV shows. The platform is ad-supported, so there are no sign-up or subscription fees to stream content. Tubi offers access to movies and shows from major studios like Paramount and Lionsgate, and more niche content like Anime and Korean dramas. Users can browse through unique categories like “Not On Netflix” and “Highly Rated on Rotten Tomatoes” to find new content, and you can create your own watchlist. New content is added every week, and Tubi supports screencasting with Chromecast and Airplay.

Notable features:

  • Free version available
  • Subscription plans: None
  • Support available: Email, Chat, and Help Center
Tubi Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Completely free to use Contains ads
Free movies and TV shows No esports content
New content added weekly

Plex — Best for Media Storage

Plex App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Plex is the most flexible and customizable streaming app on our list. Users can use Plex to watch on-demand and live TV and movies for free, and by upgrading to Premium, you get additional features like DVR recording. What makes Plex stand out from other streaming platforms is that users can store their own content, including videos, movies, photos, and music, and Plex automatically sorts your content for better organization. Once in Plex, you can access your content through the Plex app on any compatible device, including Apple TVs, Chromecasts, Fire TVs, Rokus, and Smart TVs.

Notable features:

  • Free version available
  • Subscription plans: Plex Pass: $4.99/month
  • Support available: Email, FAQ and Support Articles, and Community Forum
Plex Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Personal media libraries No esports content
Live TV  

Twitch — Best for Gaming

Twitch App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Now owned by Amazon, Twitch is a popular live streaming platform well-known for its video game and esports live streams. Users can sign up to watch live streams, subscribe to other streamers, and communicate with viewers with Twitch’s chat feature. Users can also use their accounts to host their own live streams and make money through subscriptions, ad revenue, and donations from viewers. Amazon Prime members get one free subscription per month that they can use to subscribe to any streamer on the platform, which grants certain benefits, including an ad-free viewing experience. Users can sign up and watch streams for free or upgrade to Twitch Turbo to get rid of ads and get exclusive emotes.

Notable features:

  • Free version available
  • Subscription plans: Standard: Free; Turbo: $8.99/month; Prime: $12.99/month
  • Support available: Email, HelpCenter, and Knowledge Base
Twitch Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Supports live streaming No movies or TV shows
Live esports content  

YouTube — Best for User-Generated Content

YouTube App feature

Download: Android | iOS

YouTube is well-known for its user-created videos, but it is also becoming a popular option for users interested in watching live streams. The platform has emerged as a competitor to Twitch, allowing viewers to watch live streams, esports events, or create their own live streams. YouTube also creates its own original TV shows and movies, and by subscribing to YouTube TV, users can stream, live TV and live sports. For $11.99 per month, users can subscribe to YouTube Premium to watch videos with no ads, download videos for offline viewing, and gain access to YouTube Music.

Notable features:

  • Free version available
  • Subscription plans: Premium: $11.99/month
  • Support available: Help Center, Email, Live Chat, and Community Forum
YouTube Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Live streaming Free version contains excessive ads
Hosts original content  
Offers live TV and live sports  

Amazon Prime Video — Best for Prime Members

Amazon Prime Video App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Amazon Prime Video is the perfect choice for existing Amazon Prime members as it is included with Prime subscriptions at no extra cost. Prime Video users get access to a large library of TV shows and movies, including original content created by Amazon. Unlike similar streaming platforms, Amazon also includes the option to rent movies and shows that aren’t included in its streaming library. Users that subscribe to premier streaming services like HBO and Showtime can consolidate their subscriptions into one platform by subscribing to these platforms through Amazon. By doing this, you can view HBO’s, Showtime’s, and other services’ content libraries directly in the Amazon Prime Video app. Amazon Prime Video also offers its original X-Ray feature, which provides information about the actors, cast, crew, and soundtracks in the content you’re currently watching.

Notable features:

  • Free version not available
  • Subscription plans: Amazon Prime Video: $8.99/month; Amazon Prime: $12.99/month
  • Support available: Help Center and Email
Amazon Prime Video Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Included with Amazon Prime No free version
Original movies and TV shows No esports content
Access to premier services (e.g. HBO)  

Sling TV — Best for Live TV

Sling TV App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Sling TV is a premium live TV streaming service that offers more affordable prices than traditional cable TV packages. There are two basic packages: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Both provide access to a selection of popular TV channels. These services can be combined to gain access to Sling’s entire live TV library. Users can also purchase add-ons, like NBA League Pass, to access additional content, and Sling includes a large library of on-demand TV and movies. Sling TV’s free tier offers limited access to a small selection of live TV channels. Unlike most streaming platforms that don’t include local channels, Sling TV offers AirTV, an HD antenna add-on that gives you access to your favorite local channels.

Notable features:

  • Free version available
  • Subscription plans: Sling Blue: $35/month; Sling Orange: $35/month; Orange+Blue: $50/month
  • Support available: Help Center
Sling TV Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Live TV No live streaming
On-demand TV and movies  
Sports add-ons  

Spotify — Best for Music & Podcasts

Spotify App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Spotify is one of the leading music streaming apps available on Xbox. Both free and paid subscribers get access to one of the largest music streaming libraries available, collaborative playlists, and curated playlists based on your listening history. Spotify stands out from other music streaming apps due to its library of premium podcasts, including Spotify originals that aren’t available on any other platform. The free tier is limited, only allowing users to listen to songs on shuffle with occasional ads. Paid subscribers get an ad-free listening experience, better sound quality, and can download music and podcasts for offline listening.

Notable features:

  • Free version available
  • Subscription plans: Individual: $9.99/month; Duo: $12.99/month; Family: $15.99/month; Student: $4.99/month
  • Support available: Help Center, Email, and Community
Spotify Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Large library of music No TV shows or movies
Podcasts No live streaming
Curated playlists  

Crunchyroll — Best for Anime

Crunchyroll App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Crunchyroll is the only streaming app on our list dedicated to anime shows and movies. Users can browse and stream shows from the app’s library of over 1,000 different titles, including Crunchyroll originals. Free users can stream Crunchyroll’s entire library, but to get rid of ads and stream shows immediately after they premier, you’ll need to upgrade to Premium, starting at $7.99 per month. Premium subscribers also get additional features like offline viewing, digital manga, discounts at the Crunchyroll store, and the ability to stream on several devices simultaneously. Users can sign up for a 14-day free trial to determine whether or not a Premium subscription suits their needs.

Notable features:

  • Free version available
  • Subscription plans: Fan: $7.99/month; Mega Fan: $9.99/month
  • Support available: Email, Chat, FAQs, Knowledge Base, Help Center, and Forums
Crunchyroll Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
New anime episodes an hour after they air No live streaming
Digital manga No esports content
Free subscription plan  

Hulu — Best for Live Sports

Hulu App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Alongside Netflix, Hulu is one of the leading streaming apps on Xbox, offering access to a massive library of licensed and original TV shows and movies. Unlike Netflix, Hulu offers a subscription plan that includes live TV and live sports, making it a better option for sports fans. Live TV subscribers also get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage to record their favorite shows. Hulu subscriptions can be bundled with Disney+ and ESPN+ at a reduced rate. Unlike Netflix, Hulu offers next-day access for certain shows after they air, making it easy to stay up-to-date with new shows. Subscribers can download shows for offline viewing and sign into up to six devices at once.

Notable features:

  • Free version not available
  • Subscription plans: Hulu: $5.99/month; Hulu (No Ads): $11.99/month; Hulu + Live TV: $64.99/month; Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV: $70.99/month; Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+: $13.99/month
  • Support available: Help Center, Email, Live Chat, and Community
Hulu Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Live TV and live sports No free version
Can include Disney+ and ESPN+ No live streaming
Large library of licensed and original content  

XBOX Streaming Apps: Features Summary Table

XBOX Streaming Apps Comparison Table
App Subscription Fees or In-App Purchases Features
Netflix — Top Pick Basic: $8.99/month
Standard: $13.99/month
Premium: $17.99/month
Movies/TV Shows
X Esports
X Personal Streaming
Tubi — Best Free Streaming App None Movies/TV Shows
X Esports
X Personal Streaming
Plex — Best for Media Storage Plex Pass: $4.99/month Movies/TV Shows
X Esports
Personal Streaming
Twitch — Best for Gaming Standard: Free
Turbo: $8.99/month
Prime: $12.99/month
X Movies/TV Shows
Esports
Personal Streaming
YouTube — Best for User-Generated Content Premium: $11.99/month Movies/TV Shows
Esports
Personal Streaming
Amazon Prime Video — Best for Prime Members Amazon Prime Video: $8.99/month
Amazon Prime: $12.99/month
Movies/TV Shows
X Esports
Personal Streaming
Sling TV — Best for Live TV Sling Blue: $35/month
Sling Orange: $35/month
Orange+Blue: $50/month
Movies/TV Shows
Esports
X Personal Streaming
Spotify — Best for Music & Podcasts Individual: $9.99/month
Duo: $12.99/month
Family: $15.99/month
Student: $4.99/month
X Movies/TV Shows
X Esports
X Personal Streaming
Crunchyroll — Best for Anime Fan: $7.99/month
Mega Fan: $9.99/month
Movies/TV Shows
X Esports
X Personal Streaming
Hulu — Best for Live Sports Hulu: $5.99/month
Hulu (No Ads): $11.99/month
Hulu + Live TV: $64.99/month
Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV: $70.99/month
Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+: $13.99/month
Movies/TV Shows
Esports
X Personal Streaming