Entertainment industry has come a long way. Not just in the sense of production techniques but also in distribution techniques. Of course, premiering is one way to telecast entertainment content. But with the accent of storage media, content can now also be shared in storage media devices. From video cassettes to CDs and DVDs, storage media have changed a lot. And finally we can share media digitally. Of course this is a common practice today, but it wasn’t so a decade ago. Sharing digitally means you can directly upload and download media from and to your device. With this technology on the horizons, there were bound to be emerging online services that provide users with content to download from their servers, albeit mostly with a charge. There are many such online service providers that provide media content to users at a subscription basis or direct sale basis. These online services eventually became available to smartphone users with their own apps. Now we stand at supposedly the most convenient time in the history of media consumption. Whatever be the need, all you have to do is search for the title and simply download it.
The Turning Point
That’s not all though. There’s more to the story. The innovation doesn’t stop just there. True, the subscription system is pretty convenient. But not everyone is willing to pay for such services. With this emerged the free media consumption services. These services have been around for quite a while. But they were never truly a threat to the subscription system for various reasons. One, the media collection differed vastly. The subscription based services had a tremendously large content, with bigger developers and backers. Also, they had access to newer releases much before the free services. The free services lacked even many of the famous titles, much less the newer ones.
A Free Service with Great Collection
What was truly needed was a free to use service with a great collection. This would enable the users to view the content they wished in a true sense. And one of the most remarkable free media consumption service emerged. It was the ShowBox app. It’s an android app that allows users to view and download movies and TV shows without the need to subscribe for them.
The Game Changer
The release of ShowBox app was a game changer of sorts. The users now have access to its huge collections for free. Sure, the app uses an ad based model, but that much is acceptable. It’s definitely not a deal breaker. And not just access to, the users can even download the content for free. The service is available solely as an app. The app is nicely built though and is easy to use. The content is updated from time to time. Updates include both the new releases and the old ones that were not available before. That sure makes it a delightful service.
The developers have taken an interesting concept and created an app that is fun, easy to use and suits a very important need. The app is visually attractive and works smoothly. The content is categorized according to the genre and the year of release. The app allows you to create watch lists for future reference and also the watched list. There’s a favourites section for you to mark your favourites and easily navigate to them quickly. The basic tools like search are integrated into the app seamlessly. The homepage shows you various titles across movies and TV shows along with the new releases. The app also recommends you with titles based on your watch list and watched list. The recommendations are shown on the app’s home screen as well. Navigating across various titles and the different menus on the app is a breeze. The animations are fluid and the interface is smooth. The entire process is hassle free. The titles can also be viewed based on their IMDb ratings, for more convenience and ease of use. The app also has an in house rating system, ShowBox rating. So you can use that ratings as well. Also you can rate the titles in ShowBox ratings. Movies and TV shows are available for streaming in various qualities based on your connection speed, including High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD). Downloading in different qualities is also possible.
The app works just as claimed by the developers. But there is a slight catch. The ShowBox app is not available on the Google Play Store. Meaning, again it’s not in the same leagues as other subscription based apps that are available on the Play Store. But downloading ShowBox is an easy process and it is available on their website for free. The website also provides step by step instructions to install the app and the installation is fairly simple too.