If you’re looking for a home media center app for streaming to your TV, you can’t go wrong with Stremio. Similar to the more popular Kodi and Plex, Stremio allows you to browse, organize, and cast your favorite TV shows and movies with ease.
On top of that, Stremio has several advantages over other media centers. For one, it’s designed to be user-friendly and super simple for anyone to use – even beginners. It also runs add-ons from remote servers, meaning there’s no need to risk viruses by downloading code onto your computer or phone.
One reason Stremio is so popular is that it has a very wide range of these add-ons. Of course, since there are so many, it can hard to find the best ones to try. That’s why we’ve put together a handy list of our favorites. Read on to find out the top 6 Stremio add-ons for your device.
Before you start: remember to use a VPN!
If like most people, you want to use Stremio to watch your favorite TV shows and movies for free, you’ll need to use a VPN.
Wondering what a VPN is and why you need one?
Since TV shows and movies are copyrighted, watching them for free online violates piracy laws in most countries around the world. As a result, you’re at risk of getting in trouble with the authorities or even being prosecuted if you get caught using Stremio for this purpose. Thankfully, there is an easy way to avoid ever getting caught at all: using a VPN.
A VPN is a service which connects you to the internet via a remote server. This reroutes all your traffic away from your usual local internet connection, effectively hiding all your activity (including your Stremio use) from your internet provider.
On top of that, since VPNs allow you to connect to networks all over the world, they can also bypass geo-blocking restrictions. For example, if one of your chosen Stremio add-ons needs to connect to a server that’s restricted to US residents, all you have to do is connect to a VPN server in the US.
Which VPN should you use?
With so many VPNs out there on the market, choosing the right one for Stremio can be difficult. In general, you want to look for two main things when selecting a VPN:
- Great privacy: features like 256-bit military-grade encryption, a kill switch, a zero data logging policy, and no DNS or IP leaks all contribute to keeping you completely hidden.
- Great speeds: to stream TV shows and movies in HD, you’ll need a VPN that’s fast enough to eliminate buffering or lags.
There are many VPNs that meet these criteria, but to make things easier for you, we’ve uncovered our own top 3 choices:
One of the best and most versatile VPNs on the market, NordVPN offers all the usual security precautions plus extras like DoubleVPN (which routes your connection through two servers instead of one). It’s also super fast, and very cheap if you select their 3-year plan (just $2.99 a month).
This is another one of the most popular VPNs around. Our testing found that ExpressVPN never leaked or logged sensitive data like IP addresses and traffic. Plus, most of its 2,000 servers offer great speeds for Stremio.
Like the aforementioned providers, CyberGhost is great at keeping you anonymous. It’s also very easy to use, even for beginners. However, its speeds aren’t as good as NordVPN or ExpressVPN, so bear that in mind if you like to stream in HD.
Now you know how to keep yourself safe, it’s time to move on to the top 6 add-ons for Stremio.
Popcorn Time add-on
Let’s start with one of the most popular add-ons for Stremio: Popcorn Time. Popcorn Time is filled with a huge selection of films and TV shows. With such a vast library spanning multiple eras of entertainment, it’s likely that you’ll find whatever you want to watch on Popcorn Time. The majority of Popcorn Time’s content is available to stream in HD, and the add-on has a simple interface that’s easy to use and similar to Netflix in its design.
Best of all, Popcorn Time is completely free! Just remember to have your VPN connected when you use it to stream copyrighted content.
Not all add-ons for Stremio give you access to copyrighted content. There are plenty of options that give you an easy and streamlined way to watch paid entertainment as well.
The Netflix add-on is one such Stremio add-on. Installing the Netflix add-on means you don’t need to switch to a different app every time you want to go between watching a free movie or TV show to one on your Netflix account – you can simply launch Netflix right from the Stremio app instead.
Note that if you use a VPN to connect to a server in another country, you may even be able to access foreign Netflix libraries through Stremio too.
Another option for non-copyrighted content on Stremio (and one that’s often overlooked) is Twitch. If you’re into video gaming, you probably already know that Twitch is the biggest platform for streaming Let’s Plays and other video game related live content. However, even if gaming isn’t your thing, Twitch is also filled with streamers who broadcast themselves drawing, cooking, and even just talking.
Again, by installing the Twitch add-on for Stremio, you get an easier way to browse and stream your favorite live streams without having to switch apps or worry about how to cast to your TV.
Are you a fan of indie films? Check out VODO. This Stremio add-on is the best place to watch all the latest and greatest independent cinema has to offer. This official app was created in conjunction with Stremio themselves to promote independent media, so it’s well worth installing if you want to be ahead of the curve when it comes to film.
As an added bonus, VODO is completely free and doesn’t contain any pirated content.
Are you signed up to multiple streaming services, like HBO, Hulu, Netflix, and more? If so, it can be hard to remember just which platform that movie or TV show you wanted to watch is on. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution to this problem when you’re using Stremio – WatchHub.
This add-on collates the directories of all the most popular entertainment providers, including Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes as well as those already mentioned. When you type the movie or TV show you want into the search bar, it will display a list of all the services that offer it, along with pricing for purchase and rental sites.
Are you hard of hearing? Do you just prefer to watch your entertainment content with subtitles? Whatever the case, you can find subtitles for almost any TV show or movie by installing the OpenSubtitles add-on for Stremio. This add-on has a huge directory of free subtitle files that are compatible with Stremio, including English, Korean, Spanish, French and more.
While these are some of our favorite Stremio add-ons, this list is just the beginning. You can download all the apps listed above and more by opening the Stremio app and clicking the Add-on icon in the top right corner (shaped like a puzzle piece). There, you’ll find all the Official and Community-created add-ons available. All you have to do to get them is click on the Install button. And remember, whenever you’re watching copyrighted content on Stremio, keep your VPN connected to protect you from your internet provider’s prying eye.