Content resonates with people. Movies and TV shows have become an integral part of our lives. Regardless of how disconnected we are with the world of showbiz, each one of us craves content in some way or another. The rise of streaming services has increased the demand further. Premium streaming services such as Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu are providing quality services at a reasonable price as compared to the traditional cable and satellite TV networks. On the contrary, people who can’t afford or don’t want to pay for each individual streaming platform seek out free alternatives.
These free alternatives, though illegal have gained huge popularity in recent times. Apps such as MovieBox, Terrarium TV, Cinema APK have amassed a lot of followers. Among these platforms, there’s OneBox HD, which is not the most popular platform but does have a decent following. After all, if there’s any place where people can break their boredom and entertain themselves for free, they are going to try to access it.
What is OneBox HD?
OneBox HD is a free streaming app just for the Android platform. You won’t find the official version of the app as it’s illegal. Consider OneBox HD in the same line as Popcorn Time and Cinema HD. You’ll find APKs all across the web but you won’t find an official Google Play Store or App Store app. As a platform, it is nothing incredible in any shape or form, and I’d shed light on various aspects of the app as we progress. So sit tight.
What should you expect from the OneBox HD App?
There’s no denying that OneBox HD does have an extensive library of content. You can watch movies and TV shows using this app in SD and HD quality. Another thing I like about this app is that it’s quite light and doesn’t take up much space. You’ll find the latest entertainment flicks on this app. There are more than thousands of videos on this platform spread across various categories. You’ll find all the latest movies that were released in the past couple of years. One thing, I’d like to point out is that the app lacks classic titles.
OneBox HD has a substandard interface. It’s unresponsive most of the time and it’s clunky. Don’t expect anything extravagant on the homepage or the inner pages. While the content is diversified with several menus and subsections, the overall layout feels bland. Even the touch input is slow and every command takes a fraction of a second. While I can stand tiny hindrances in the user-interface, the presence of pop-up ads just makes the matter worse. It’s filled with so many adverts that you won’t stick on the app for more than 5-10 minutes.
If I’m honest, this has to be one of the worst apps that I’ve reviewed in a long time. Sure, it does have content depth on the face of it but what’s the point if you can’t stream it? I tried for an hour, but couldn’t get any stream to work and after reading reviews and checking out various forums, I realized that I wasn’t the only one who was facing the issues. Seems like the developers didn’t spend more than 10 minutes developing this ridiculous app. I don’t like to downplay the efforts of the developers but only 1 out of 10 streaming sessions turned out to be positive.
If you’re patient enough and manage to find a link that works, you’re going to reap the rewards. Though I was disappointed for about half an hour, I did find a stream that worked and the streaming quality was surprisingly good. Not the best, but way better than what the app’s design and interface had to offer. It’s funny how they even allow you to download the app via Nox and Bluestacks. I mean if you can’t get it to work on your phone, why would you even risk your desktop or laptop.
Third-party stream player
The only positive aspect about this app is that you can stream videos using a built-in external player as well as an external player. For instance, if you’re unhappy with the built-in player within Android, you can choose MX Player or VLC based upon your preference. All you have to do is to untick the Pro Player option when installing and choose the third-party player. Also, OneBox HD offers a 1 click play app once you set up the player. So, you can just sit back and relax.
OneBox HD App Information
Since there’s no official version of the app, we’ve to go by the numbers provided on the website and other APK streaming platforms. The size of the app is 4 MB which definitely puts the app in the lightweight bracket. It was last updated a year ago and the content on the app is updated every three months.
How to access OneBox HD?
You should access OneBox HD directly by visiting the website. This is the safest way to download the official app since the developers have made it available themselves. If you choose an alternate website, make sure you do it from Malavida or Uptodown. If you use any other website for some reason, make sure to use a VPN to protect your data and your identity.
Lastly, in order to be able to stream on the app, you’ll need to follow certain steps.
– Download the APK
– Go to Settings > Security > Check Unknown Sources
– Install the app
The design of this app is bang average. There’s absolutely nothing on this platform that will grab your attention or make you want to stay. Yes, there are apps that choose functionality over form, but that’s not the case either. Here, both the form and functionality are abysmal. Based on my 10% streaming success rate, you can make out how frustrating my experience was with this app. The light gray and dark gray color combination is exactly what we saw in other substandard apps such as FreeFlix and MegaBox.
When you land on the homepage, you’ll find a gray header section with categories on the left, sorting and search function button on the right. It’s super cluttered and gives you a negative vibe right away. Click on the drop-down menu on the left and you’ll find the same options that we saw on Megabox HD – Movie’, ‘TV Show’, and ‘Favorites’. Under movies, you have ‘Update’, ‘Rating’, ‘Popular’, and ‘New’. Under ‘TV Show’, you have ‘Update’, ‘Rating’, ‘Popular’, and ‘New’.
The inner page dwells in a pond of mediocrity with an outdated design. And remember, you’re stepping onto the page with great expectation, hoping the stream would play. But guess what? If the layout and the design were disappointing, the video player experience is outright infuriating. It’s marred by misclicks, annoying pop-ups, and substandard toggle options. Other than basic Play/Pause buttons, and fast-forward option, you don’t have anything on the stream page.
Regardless of how much I dislike the app, I have to admit that it does have a decent content pool. There are three impressive sections – Movie, TV Shows, and Rating based content. Under each of these categories, I was able to find impressive titles.
Under Popular movies, there were titles such as ‘Aquaman’, ‘Justice League’, ‘Venom’, ‘The Boss Baby’, ‘Jurassic World’, ‘Terminator Genisys’, and ‘Jumanji’.
Under TV shows, there were titles such as ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘The Flash’, ‘One Piece’, ‘Transformers: Cyberverse’, ‘The Good Doctor’, ‘The Gifted’, ‘Riverdale’, ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Friends’, ‘The Simpsons’, and ‘Arrow’.
Other than these content there was rating based content where you’ll find ‘Diamond Cartel’, ‘The Godfather’, ‘Justice League Dark’, ‘Active Measure’, ‘The Godfather: Part II’, ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, and ‘The Dark Knight’.
I liked the TV show streaming experience better than movies. Why? Because the streaming success was 30% as opposed to 10% I had with movies. But again, there’s an endless wall of pop-up ads that you’ll need to penetrate before you reach the end-content. Most of these ads are capable of breaking your persistence and would lead you to uninstall the app. But if you manage to withstand the storm, there’s a tiny chance that you might get to stream without any discrepancies.
Suggestions I have for OneBox HD
There’s no way that the developers think or care about this app. OneBox HD comes off as a passive income project which doesn’t bother the developers. If the developers are reading this review, almost everything on the app needs to be changed because it’s among the worst streaming apps that I’ve reviewed in a long time.
I won’t recommend this app for anything. Not only does it lack design, interface, and smooth functions, but it doesn’t have streaming depth either. I remember that back when it started, the app used to be revered but that’s no longer the case. And I don’t think that the developers care enough to bring about substantial change.