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With so many premium streaming apps out there to choose from, what does it take for one streaming app to truly stand out from the rest? It seems like there are new streaming apps and streaming sites going up nearly every single day. With some that are renowned for quality, both in-app design and level of quality, and others that are, well, easily passed over without so much as a second thought … what does it take to make a premium streaming app that is truly competitive these days? What would it take to create an app that actually stands a chance against the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney Plus?

Well, as I just mentioned, one of the main components of a quality streaming app would have to be the way that the app is designed. And I’m not just talking about how the app looks – sure, the appearance of an app is also important but to a much lesser degree. It is true that an app should look good, no doubt, but in my opinion, aesthetics are something of a given … an app that is easy on the eyes naturally comes out of an app that is designed well for usability and an intuitive layout.

Another aspect of the best streaming apps, one that is arguably even more important than design, is the app’s content. A streaming app is not worth anything if it does not have a ton of high-quality content for you to stream, right? Not only do you want a premium streaming app that grants you access to the most popular and critically acclaimed shows and movies available, but you also want one that caters to the kind of content that you like the most.

Each streaming service, generally speaking, has certain niches that it excels in. For instance, Netflix’s original content spans many genres, but they are particularly well known for their comedy specials. They really cornered the standup comedy market, offering new specials (many of which are from big-name acts) each month. So, if you are a diehard comedy fan, Netflix would be an easy choice when it comes time to decide on a new premium streaming app.

Viewers who prefer dramatic series primarily, on the other hand, may want to consider Amazon Prime Video. Their critically acclaimed dramas are unparalleled, such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Man in the High Tower (oddly enough, Prime Video actually seems to have a lot of period dramas, specifically).

All of this is just to say; content is not just about what service has a better selection of better shows … it has a lot to do with your personal taste and, thus, trying to figure out which streaming app will best speak to that.

Then, of course, there is always a matter of price. Streaming services, as you likely already know, can range from extremely affordable to ‘no way am I ever paying that much per month to watch TV.’ Are some of the more expensive streaming apps worth their cost? Well, I would say, in some cases, absolutely … if you can afford it. But, more often than not, in the world of streaming apps (as well as in most other categories), you get what you pay for.

Some of the more expensive examples, such as Hulu’s internet cable service, are worth the money because of the fact that they allow you to live stream hundreds of cable networks no matter where you are. If that is something that you’re into, a more traditional cable model versus on-demand video streaming, it is well worth the nearly $50 a month it will run you.

But if you are, like me, someone who would rather have a solid library of movies and shows to watch whenever you feel like (sans commercials), it would not make sense to throw out so much cash every month on something like that. Maybe you don’t even want to pay $10 a month on Netflix; maybe you are on a tighter budget. That’s no problem at all … there are, actually, plenty of streaming apps out there that have tons of content for under $10 a month.

And one of those apps, the one that we will be taking a look at today, is known as Big Star Movies. There is a chance that you have never heard of this premium streaming app in your life. Most haven’t. It may not be the most popular premium streaming app on the market, but it is one that you should know about, nonetheless. So, without further ado, let’s dive in, shall we, and see what the Big Star Movie app is all about.

Design

When you first load up the Big Star Movies app, it will offer an impressive looking full-screen page to greet you. Here, you will find tiles of some of the movies that this app provides, with one larger tile absent in the center. Replace a movie cover with their logo. It looks highly professional and sleek. There’s only one problem. The app, at least for me, gets stuck here. Eventually, there will be a “network error” notification, but the app does not close itself out, as many do in such a case.

So, you manually close the app and try again. But the same thing happens. So, unfortunately, I can not speak much to the design of this app because, well, it is designed so poorly that it will not even let me get past the title screen. There are also myriad individual user reviews that also complain of bugs and glitches that make Big Star Movies impossible to enjoy.

Overall, on the Apple App Store, this app has an average rating of 2.4 stars (out of 5). And that sounds about right. Although, the fact that it has even that high of a rating implies that at one point, the app must have at least loaded up fully. Maybe this is just a temporary bug, and, for all we know, the developers of the Big Star Movies app could be working on it right now.

Content

This is another thing that people frequently bemoan in the user comments of this app. The titles are obscure. This is, however, to the credit of Big Star Movies, by design. The app, after all, caters specifically to independent and international film. However, the term independent should probably be restated with a capital “I,” Independent films, because these are not even the kind of flicks you’ll read about on Indie Wire … these movies are about as independent as it gets … not that there is anything wrong with that, it is just something that you should definitely know before downloading this app, especially before thinking about paying for it.

Devices

Big Star Movies is available on pretty much any device. From Smart TV to Roku, from Android to iPhones, and everything in between. Enjoy this app (if you can get it to work) on your cellphone, tablet, smart TV (all brands), Fire, Fire TV, Chromecast, etc. That is one great thing about this app; if your device can play streaming content, you can access the Big Star Movies app from it.

Pricing and Plans

Although the Big Star Movies app does have a few titles that you can stream for free without upgrading your subscription, in order to make the most out of this app, you will have to become a premium member. The good news about this, though, is that a premium membership is very affordable. At only $4.99/month, Big Star Movies has the potential to be one of the best deals on the market when it comes to premium streaming apps (if it could work consistently, that is).

Suggestions that I have for Big Star Movies App

Obviously, my number one suggestion for Big Star Movies is that they work on their app so that it, well, works. I was greatly disappointed to find that this app would not even open. Usually, buggy and glitchy apps at least let you get past the splash screen … the glitches usually don’t take hold until you attempt to stream something. Granted, I only tried the iOS app … it is possible that the other versions of the app are better built. You’ll have to try it out for yourself (it is free to download).

Likes & Hates:
Very affordable premium streaming service
Extremely obscure titles
Dedication to promoting Black filmmaking
Great horror content
App does not work properly
Maybe too many esoteric titles?