If you are a movie aficionado or simply looking to cut ties to your local cable provider, the Windows Store has a nice selection of apps that can help you catch your favorite motion picture or television series. These apps are great options for entertaining friends, keeping the kids occupies or simply curling up on the sofa to become a couch potato.
These Windows 10 apps are perfect for tablet or PC viewing and some have Windows 10 Mobile versions where you can enjoy your movies on the go. To complete the Windows 10 circle, a few are available for Xbox One for those times you need a break from gaming.
Here are our best movie apps for Windows 10.
Netflix is a subscription service for watching television episodes, movies and original programming. The free app is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, as well as Xbox One. The service fees start out at $7.99 per month that allows you to access Netflix from one device and tops out $11.99 per month that allows you access to Netflix from up to four devices simultaneously and Ultra HD playback. There is middle ground with a $9.99 per month plan that gives you access to HD playback and the ability to access Netflix from two devices at the same time.
The app itself is simply laid out with access to the entire Netflix library that includes movie and television genres such as action, sci-fi, romance, family and more. The library of titles includes the likes of Unforgiven, Catwoman, Scary Movie, the Pokémon cartoon series, Star Wars Clone Wars and more.
Streaming quality is top notch and really only limited by the display you are viewing from. Speaking of which, viewing can be paused on one device and resumed on another. This is a handy feature as you transition from the small screen of a Windows Phone to the larger screen of a laptop or Xbox.
The Netflix Windows 10 app has support for watch lists to keep your favorites easily accessible and comprehensive descriptions for all titles that include recommended alternatives. Overall, the Netflix app is a solid option to access the subscription services.
MovieMatic is a free app for Windows 10 PC that delivers your favorite movies and television series to the comfort of your PC or tablet. The movie selection ranges from classic titles to those just ending their theatrical release.
Genres for both include the usual suspects such as comedy, action, horror, family, documentary and more. The layout of MovieMatic is rather simple with a toggle menu at the very top to switch between movie and television listings. Titles can be searched by genre, keyword or browsed through by hand. Selections are respectable and include the likes of X-Men: Apocalypse, Star Ware: The Force Awakens, Jason Bourne, The Big Bang Theory and Arrow.
Playback was smooth and launches a few seconds after you pull up the movie or episode description, requiring you to close out the description manually to enjoy the full-screen view.
MovieMatic is a free, ad-supported app that is available for Windows 10 PC and the movies/television episodes are also free. If you are looking for a mobile version, there is MovieMatic Mobile that is running $4.99 and available for Windows 10 Mobile.
Crackle is a Windows 10 app that delivers free, full-length movies and television series to your Windows 10 PC or Mobile device. The catalog of movie and television titles features older titles such as Seinfeld, Firefly, News Radio, Dead Rising, Heavy Metal, Godzilla (the originals) and more.
Individual listings include clips and trailers to let you get a feel for the movie and playback was smooth. Titles can be search by keyword or filtered by genre, most popular, featured and recently added.
While Crackle offers a nice library of movie and television titles in an easy to use layout, the collection does feel a little dated when compared to other movie apps. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but don't look for recent releases on Crackle to be recent movies just out of their theatrical run.
Crackle is a free app, available for Windows 10 PC. You can find the Windows 10 Mobile version of Crackle (also free) through this link.
VUDU is a relatively new paid subscription services for movies and television episodes that can be enjoyed from your Windows 10 PC. The app and membership to VUDU is free, but most of the titles are pay per view. Consider it a RedBox or Blockbuster for Windows 10.
VUDU does have support to connect to your Disney Movies Anywhere or InstaWatch accounts and stream the videos through the VUDU app. Payment for movie or television titles can be paid through your credit card, Paypal account or Wal-Mart Gift Card.
The VUDU library contains a handsome collection of movies that includes The Legend of Tarzan, Ghostbusters (2016), Warcraft, Agents of SHIELD, Flash, Once Upon a Time and more. Titles can be rented or owned, but the television series appear to only have the option to own them. Pricing ranges from $0.99 and up with standard definition and high definition options available. I did notice bundled sales available to save you a little and there are a number of free first episodes available for some television series.
If a pay per month model isn't for you and you prefer to buy or rent your movies, VUDU might be a service worth checking out. The app is laid out in clean fashion with easy to use (and understand) controls and the collection of movies/television episodes is vast. VUDU is available for Windows 10 PC and is a free app.
Keep in mind some of these apps require paid subscriptions or have pay per view titles. If you have given any of these Windows 10 movie apps a try, let us know what you think of things in the comments below. Also, if we have overlooked your favorite movie app feel free to toss out your recommendation below as well.