10 Subscription Services to Fill Your Android Phone with Entertainment

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 22 Sep 2015

Netflix and Hulu rule the world of streaming video subscriptions. When it comes to music, Spotify and Radio are well-known options. Apple Music is on Android, too. But there are many more unlimited streaming media services with Android apps; it’s not just movies, TV, and tunes.
Unlimited services are also available for digital books, magazines, audiobooks, comic books, and graphic novels. Plus, niche options dig deep into things like anime, children’s edutainment, indie films, and higher-quality music streaming. Looking to save big each month by paying a little bit more for unlimited media access? Here are 10 more services that might do the trick.

Amazon Kindle 

True, Amazon’s Kindle service might be the best storefront for snagging individual books on your Android device. Still, thanks to the company’s Kindle Unlimited service. It’s also a swell place to stock up on loads of all-you-can-read books, some of which include audiobook options.
Amazon offers more than 1.1 million books to read with your $10/month subscription plan, not included in a time membership. You can browse within the Kindle app’s storefront, download, and read as desired. The selection is heavily loaded with indie, self-published stuff rather than best-sellers; big-name new releases aren’t in the mix here. But for voracious readers, Kindle Unlimited has plenty on offer.

Amazon Kindle (Free)

   Sesame Street

Sesame Street is an invaluable resource for kids and parents alike. If your tykes are fans of the long-running television series, then Sesame Street may be well worth the investment. You can find episodes on YouTube and the PBS Kids app. Still, Sesame Street delivers a much more comprehensive video content selection and playable games.

For $4/month, you’ll gain access to 11 full seasons of the show. Along with music videos, parody clips, and some classic content. And the games are all educational in nature, like a basketball game with Big Bird about identifying numbers. It’s ad-free and easy to navigate, and the content itself is excellent.

Sesame Street (Free)

Marvel Unlimited

Marvel Unlimited is an incredible service for comic book lovers. It offers access to more than 17,000 back issues for just $10/month or $70/year. The newer stuff is regularly added six months after release. So it won’t necessarily replace Comixology’s Comics app or your weekly comic book store visits. At the same time, the older archives are steadily expanded over time.

It’s the perfect way to catch up on an ongoing series. Without spending big on trade paperbacks and go back and read a classic X-Men or Spider-Man storyline. The reading experience is excellent, much improved since when Unlimited launched, you can save issues for offline reading. True, it’s only Marvel books, but it surely can’t be long before DC Image gets a comparable service in gear.

Marvel Unlimited (Free)


If you love Japanese anime manga, CrunchyRoll is essential. The service spans two apps, one for anime live-action drama series and another for manga comics. But the membership is the same. You can access some content for free. However, video is shown in standard definition; everything is peppered with considerable advertising.
But pay the $7/month for a premium subscription, and you’ll gain access to hundreds of series, all in HD quality. With new episodes available as soon as an hour after they air in Japan. Whether you’re a Naruto Shippuden or One Piece die-hard or want to poke around Japan’s latest animated sensations. CrunchyRoll can steer you right.

CrunchyRoll – Anime Drama (Free) CrunchyRoll Manga (Free)


Tidal has become much better known since Jay-Z and pals acquired and relaunched the service earlier this year. Bringing top musicians to extol its artistic integrity over Spotify. But how does this still-underdog service really compare to its streaming music rivals?
Tidal has a colossal catalog familiar $10/month base plan for typical-quality streaming. Still, its most significant differentiator is high-res, lossless audio: the ability to stream CD-quality music. For that optional privilege, you’ll pay $20/month instead. Still, there is a noticeable difference, even if you don’t have luxurious studio headphones or high-end speakers. True, lossless streaming soaks up a ton of bandwidth, so don’t do it over Ethernet. But if quality trumps value, then Tidal might hook you.

Tidal (Free)


Next Issue is the highest-profile unlimited magazine subscription service. Delivering access to more than 140 top magazines, including current back issues. The reading experience is solid; there’s a decent variety in the selection. But what makes Next Issue more worthwhile than similar apps?
The service focuses on better-known, name-brand magazines, so while the selection is smaller than Readly. You’ve probably heard of a more significant percentage of the magazines here. And Next Issue has publications like red, Sports Illustrated, and Entertainment Weekly, which Readly is noticeably missing. Eight bucks a month probably won’t even buy you two magazine issues these days. Still, it’ll get you unlimited access to Next Issue. In 2018 the Named Next Issue and then called Texture. Was acquired by Apple INC, with Texture still ready for you to download.




Readly is very similar in approach to Texture; we noted some of its weaknesses in the previous slide. But while Readly might feel less curated and focused, it certainly has a lot of different magazines to dig into. We’re talking 800+ publications, offering current back issues across a wider spread of international niche magazines.
Quantity is the selling point, but there’s a quality here too. More importantly, there’s diversity, which means I can geek out on UK entertainment magazines. Or flip through tabloids from around the world. Freely browsing the listings can be frustrating, considering the enormous wealth of options. Readly doesn’t have as many big-name American magazines in the mix. But the $10/month fee is easily justified if you love reading all sorts of magazines.

Readly (Free)

Movie Forever

True, Netflix is all that many people need for their movie-streaming needs. It has a great selection of documentaries and solid indie options. But suppose you’re solely into flicks that fall outside the mainstream. In that case, you might find a more compelling selection within Movie Forever. Movie Forever gives off the feeling of being a handpicked selection of exciting films spanning decades, genres, and cultures. With more than 6,000 movies available as of this writing. Fans of the Criterion Collection will find rotating featured films and themed journeys and help you find like-minded films. Movie Forever offers a heads-up on what’s coming and when. It’s slightly pricier than Netflix, at $10/month, although the $90/year plan is cheaper, film enthusiasts may adore it.

Movie Forever (Free)


Into a diverse array of reading material? Scribd stands out for offering a few different types of media to dig into. Like Amazon Kindle, Scribd also has more than one million titles. Still, while a large chunk of that books, the tally also includes graphic novels, comics from multiple publishers, and audiobooks.
Not every audiobook is included with the unlimited plan. Still, your $9/month also gets you one credit towards a more recent, higher-profile audiobook. There are plenty of classic books, as well. While the graphic novel selection overlaps with Marvel Unlimited. You’ll also find books from ID Valiant and Kaboom and indie offerings. Other services might be more robust in certain respects, but Scribd has the something for everyone theme down pat.

Scribd (Free)


The Vessel has a somewhat surprising approach to siphoning viewers away from YouTube. It shows many of the same videos but charges viewers money to watch them. And there’s more to it, of course. The Vessel makes its $3/month membership seem appealing by recruiting some top Internet video makers. And other entertainment companies to exclusively release videos early on the service.
Hurrying to get content a few days early won’t appeal to everyone or all that many viewers overall. But your subscription gets you early access to music videos from Universal Music, plus days-early clips from Rhett & Link and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. If you’re a big fan of YouTube stars, Vessel might bring their videos to you sooner for a price.

Vessel (Free)

Please Note: that some apps are no longer available on the Play Store. APKs are in place.