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The 10 Best Showbox Alternatives In 2020

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Fans went to shock when Showbox was shut down owing to lawsuits filed by many production houses and television distributors for piracy.

It is highly uncertain Showbox will make a comeback anytime soon. That’s being said, it’s time to look for its alternatives. After all, when it is about watching paid shows for free, let’s leave no stone unturned.

Top Showbox Alternatives 2020

1. Cinema HD

cinemaapk

Let’s start with an alternative that is 100% free to stream and download HD movies without any tag of piracy. It is home to online links of HD video content from different sources. Browse through its clean interface, select movies, watch online, or download to your phone memory. What’s more? It’s ad-free!

Works Fine with

  • Android
  • Windows PC
  • Firestick
  • Mac

How to get Started

Enable ‘Unknown Source’s option in your Andriod phone before installing the APK file. Just follow the path Settings>Security>Unknown Sources. And turn it on.

Download the latest version from its official download thread. The APK will show up inside your Download folder. Click on it and tap on the install button.

As it is an android application, you won’t be able to use it directly on your PC or Mac without using an Android emulator.

Pros

  • 100% free to watch and download videos
  • High-quality content
  • Home to latest movies and series
  • Auto scans and replaces suspicious links

Cons

  • Occasional application crash issues
  • No option to stream from torrents

It lies in the grey area of copyright media. So, it’s better to use a VPN for safety.

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2. Sony Crackle

crackle

Our last suggestion might disappoint you for watching classic Hollywood era movies but Crackle will not. Well, it’s also free to use but not free of ads. Using Crackle is pretty much like watching movies on TV with 30-sec commercial ads running once every 10-15 mins.

 Works Fine with

  • Andriod
  • iOS
  • Web browser login
  • Some supported devices

How to get Started

Just visit their website and register with your Facebook or a pair of fresh user id and password. Now go to your app store, download Crackle, sign-in, and there you go! Stream endless web-series and movies in HD at your ease. You can get started without sign up but having an account gives you additional features like creating a playlist, Watch Later, and sync your progress.

Pros

  • No-cost Showbox alternative
  • No Sign up
  • All Sony movies at one place
  • New exclusive web series
  • HD streaming

Cons

● Not ads-free

However, you can only access Crackle from the United States. 

3. Popcorn Time

Popcorntime

Torrent users love it! It’s a free software BitTorrent client that powers you to stream subscription-based content for free. It creates a pool of best torrents by using a sequential download system to give you the best quality. Just type the name and it will find the best version possible and play it right away. You can also add your own trackers manually to do the same.

Works Fine with

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux (32bit & 64bit)
  • Android
  • Android TV

How to get Started

No complex process involved. Just go to your app store, download and start accessing content from its directory. If using torrent is not allowed in your country, use VPN to browse it safely.

Pros

  • No wait or download time, instant playback
  • Auto loads subtitles
  • Sequential downloading from best sources
  • Linux support

 Cons

  • Currently in Beta
  • Not completely legit
  • Seeding while you watch

4. Megabox HD

MegaBox

 If you want instant access to recently released movies without waiting for their official small screen arrival, try Megabox HD. with superfast buffering speed, it works well in small-end devices.

Browse through its wide range of genres to satisfy your tastebuds without paying any fees. As it streams content without consent of authorities, enjoy till it is free from any charges of piracy. 

 Works fine with

  • Android
  • iOS

How to get Started

Go to their official website to download the APK files for Android and iOS separately. However, that requires you to turn on “Unknown Sources” option as we discussed earlier. From there, the process goes the same again- look for the file, install and use it right away.

Pros

  • Regularly updated database
  • Fast cloud speed
  • Multi-device support
  • Easy to share
  • Add movies to calendar

 Cons

  • Need emulators to play on TV

5. PlayBox HD

PlayBox HD

Here is an app that has no official existence in Google Play Store or in App Store, but delivers quality through its official APK file.

Most importantly, it supports Chromecast to let you enjoy big-screen entertainment for free. With a clean interface and Kids mode on you can leave the app for your children to enjoy without constantly worrying about their accident with adult content.

There is no fee to access premium content and you have complete liberty to upload regional subtitles to movies from any external sources.

 Works Fine with

  • Android
  • PC (through Emulator)
  • iOS (No direct app)

How to get Started

Download the APK file from its official website (as other sources might contain virus or malware). Install it on your device. In case you face issues, ensure “Unknown Sources” option is enabled and your device has at least 100 MB of free storage space.

Pros

  • Very low file size eats less storage space
  • Daily updates on new releases
  • Supports Chromecast
  • Kids Mode
  • Allows external subtitles
  • Download to Watch offline 

Cons

  • Need emulator to work in PC
  • No official iOS app

 6. MovieBox Pro

movieboxpro

MovieBox Pro is an upgraded version of MovieBox, where you can watch 15000+ movies and TV-shows for free.

Apart from providing ultrafast streaming, the platform also allows you to download your favorite videos and watch them later. Moviebox pro doesn’t follow any regional restrictions.

Meaning, regardless of which part of the world you are, you can always stream and download unlimited content.

Moreover, the player comes with a built-in language and subtitle-switching feature, allowing users to experience a viewing experience similar to Netflix, prime video, etc.

Works Fine with

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows PC
  • Mac Computer
  • Apple TV
  • Android TV

How to get started

Users have to download the apk file and install it on their android, iOS, iPhone, Ipad, or iPod. Although you won’t find a dedicated PC/laptop version, you can use a third party android emulator and run the apk file through it.

Pros

  • Frequent movies and TV-series updates
  • Chromecast support
  • High-speed download supported
  • No regional restriction
  • No Root/Jailbreak required

Cons

  • No dedicated windows App (needs emulator)

7.  Pluto

Pluto

Pluto is ViacomCBS owned and offers on-demand live streaming from Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, NBC, CBS, and MTV. It’s 100% free to watch as it makes a profit from ads streaming.

As Pluto available in both web and app versions, it’s pretty easy to switch between the two. Sports channels like Fox, NFL, Stadium, and RedBull are available to watch live sporting events without any subscription fee.

Works Fine With

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows
  • Chromecast
  • Apple and Android TV

How to get started

The best part is that there is no compulsory Sign Up process involved here. You can directly start watching your favorite shows just by accessing its web browser or through mobile applications. The application is available in Google Play and Apple App Store.

Pros

  • 100% Free
  • Cable like experience with a clean interface
  • Huge library of On-demand movies and TV shows

Cons

  • No DVR functionality

8.  Tubi TV

tubi tv

Tubi is Fox sponsored and is home to 20,000 old TV shows to watch for free. You will find their library streaming content of Paramount, MGM, Lionsgate and Starz. Just like Pluto, it’s backed by a strong media house that pulls 25 million users per month with an average of 160 million watch hours.

Works Fine with

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire

How to Get Started

Freeflix is available only on the APK file, which you have to download it from the official website. For accessing freeflixHQ on windows or mac, you have to install a third-party emulator like Bluestacks.

Pros

  • 100% Free
  • 100% Legit
  • Clever Categories (ex: ‘Not on Netflix’)
  • Available in Xbox One and PS4
  • Short Ad breaks

Cons

  • Not ads freed
  • No Sports or Live Programming

9. Stremio

Stremio

Looking for a well-organized video library like Netflix? Try Stremio. Import content from easy to install ad-ons of Amazon, Netflix, YouTube and stream them on mobile or go bg screen with a single click (supports Chromecast). It’s an open source app and thus is safe to use owing to being reviewed from time to time by the public.

Works Fine with

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux (64-bit)
  • Android
  • iOS (limited version)

How to get Started

Install Stremio on your device, go to their official website for authentic links. Once installed, create an account and customize it with addons from the catalog. After that, you’re all set to pull in, discover and explore a wide range of content at your ease. 

Pros

  • Shows unfinished movies on dashboard
  • Neatly arranged content in alphabetical order
  • Add movies to library
  • Get a calendar visualization
  • Go big screen with a single click
  • Create ad-ons from Amazon, Netflix, YouTube

Cons

  • No offline download system

10. Freeflix

freeflixhq

Any XBOX and WWE lovers here? Freeflix is for you. Also, it has 5000+ Anime collections to keep you entertained as long as you want. The interface is simple to go through and displays a huge library of collections with the ‘Watch Offline’ option. The shows stream on 1080p so that you feel characters more vividly. But, it’s paid.

Works fine with

  • Android
  • MAC
  • XBOX One
  • Android TV
  • Fire TV

How to get Started

It needs you to turn on Unknown Sources before installing the APK file. Once downloaded, you’re all set to instal and use it like the rest of the other apps discussed above. In case, you find trouble downloading the APK files, try the mirror links listed on their homepage.

Pros

  • 1080P HD content
  • Chromecast support
  • Watch shows offline
  • 5000+ Anime shows
  • Update on upcoming shows
  • WWE on demand

Cons

  • Doesn’t work on iPhones
  • Not free

Conclusion

A piece of advice- irrespective of the Showbox alternative you choose, try to surf safely with a VPN running in the background. Also, keep your eyes open for any new alternative and let us know in case it deserves a place in this article.

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