The entertainment industry has adapted perfectly to new technologies. Easily downloadable applications provide access to diverse content. On subscription or free of charge, films, series, clips and other categories of videos are accessible on smartphones or tablets.
Millions of people around the world have still downloaded various apps to comply with this new way of following trends. The most popular are indeed leading the dance, but emerging applications are also proving their worth. This top 10 based on data from Apptopia in 2021 sums it all up for you.
1— Netflix/173 Millions
The first application of videos on demand continues its rise. For good reason, it was downloaded 173 millions times in 2021 on all media combined. Yes Netflix is used so much, it is because of its very large catalog which extends from films to television series to documentaries. The platform does not only broadcast exclusive programs. The availability of some cult productions makes it the perfect platform for movie fans to watch their favorite movies from any screen. Its more than 213 million users around the world have access to it through paid subscriptions.
2— YouTube/166 Millions
The Google-owned platform closely follows Netflix in this ranking of the most downloaded entertainment apps in 2021. The influence of the world’s leading video hosting site is still intact. Every month more than 2 billion people use YouTube to watch music videos, shows and videos of all kinds. The application is essential in the musical field and on the professional level. The creators of original videos have channels there that they update regularly for the pleasure of visitors who can comment and evaluate them. It is also considered one of the platforms that carry streaming high with its culture of the number of views.
3- Google Play Games/131 Millions
Gaming is a favorite form of entertainment and this is confirmed by the interest shown in Google Play Games. This platform specially dedicated to Android game enthusiasts is a real gaming center. Users find several games there and can engage in single or multiplayer games. Players can create profiles in Google Play Games and save data related to their games on a cloud. The application is also a game development kit that allows rapid integration of new features. Google Play Games also offers a ranking of the best games.
4— Disney +/126 Millions
The video-on-demand platform of The Walt Disney Company is one of Netflix’s serious competitors. The year 2021 saw her notoriety skyrocket after she offered various exclusive programs. These are series based on fantastic universes for which she owns the rights. Marvel, Disney, Star Wars et FX were treated to series that are a hit around the world. This explains the fact that the streaming service is increasingly in demand. Disney + also hosts cult programs that are available for subscription. The total number of users is growing rapidly and is now estimated at 118 million.
5— Amazon Prime Video/120 Million
Just like Netflix and Disney+, Amazon prime video somewhat polarized entertainment in 2021. The platform created by Amazon closes the top 5 with 120 millions of downloads. Amazon Prime Video is also a video-on-demand service that offers exclusive signed programs Prime Original. It also hosts productions from all sides, which makes its catalog of films and series even broader. The application is accessible from smartphones and tablets or television screens. Amazon Prime also offers a download service that allows users to watch videos even while offline. Its subscription offer is distinguished by its free 30-day trial period.
6— YouTube Kids/91 Millions
It is an application derived from YouTube intended for the youngest. The videos offered on the platform are filtered by algorithms programmed by Google. YouTube Kids is subject to parental control which begins upon registration. In particular, the parent must provide information on the age of his child so that the videos offered correspond to it. The ideal age to enroll your child in YouTube Kids ranges from under 4 years to 12 years. The categories available are: Program, Music, Learning and Discovery. Parents can also control the time spent by their children on the platform.
7— HBO Max/73 Millions
Applications that offer videos on demand are undoubtedly popular in this top 10. HBO Max is a platform that offers films, series and also podcasts. Its contents are exclusive and are produced by the parent company Warner Media, its subsidiaries and partners. Several popular programs including South Park, Rick et Morty, The Big Bang Theory ou Doctor Who are available there. HBO Max diversifies, but still remains in the realm of streaming. Sporting events are also broadcast live.
8— Twitch/69 Millions
It is a streaming platform mainly dedicated to video games. Owned by Amazon since 2014, it can be described as a gaming social network. Gamers can share their games live with viewers on Twitch. The latter interact with the streamer by sending comments or also with each other in a reserved chat window. In addition to games, the application broadcasts live e-sport competitions for all gaming enthusiasts. On the app, it’s not just the streamers who win. Viewers are also rewarded with internal programs. Their rating is based on viewing time and interactions.
9— Hotstar/56 Millions
This streaming service represents the Indian branch of Disney+. It therefore offers local programs, but also international productions. The Disney + catalog is fully available there as well as some HBO programs. Apart from India Hotstar is an exclusive pool of typically Indian productions. The service is notably available at Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Singapore. Being a video-on-demand service, the business model remains the same as for Netflix and its main competitors.
10— Pluto Tv/54 Millions
Accessible to United States and Latin America for a while, the streaming service has been installed in recent years in several European countries, including France. The catalog of Pluto Tv is diverse and accessible for free, but served with ads. In addition to streaming from several partner TV channels, the app offers videos on demand. The users d’Android et IOS can access it through the application available in the respective stores.