iStreamNet, Possibly the Best TV Shows Streaming App for iPhone

By , May 25, 2011

I got a nice tip from an iDB reader yesterday on Twitter about a fairly new jailbreak app called iStreamNet. Like the name suggests, iStreamNet is an application that allows you to stream a plethora of TV shows directly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

I’ve seen those apps before but I was a bit skeptical about the quantity and quality of shows available. After using the app for a few hours, I can tell that I am positively surprised by how well it delivers…

First, let’s get the legal stuff out of the way. Because iStreamNet doesn’t have any agreement with the studios, it makes it a somewhat illegal application. The developer explained to me that because he doesn’t own the servers, he is not doing anything illegal, but if a studio asked him to take down a show, he obviously would have to comply.

The dev also assures me that users can’t be liable for streaming a show. I’m no copyright lawyer but streaming a show without the appropriate agreement really looks similar to downloading stuff from torrents sites to me.

This being said, let’s have a look at iStreamNet.

After downloading the application for free from Cydia, you will get a new icon on your springboard. Launch the application, hit the TV Shows tab and you can browse from 28 different shows, including all seasons and all episodes. Among the most popular one, we note the presence of House MD, Chuck, Big Bang Theory, Family Guy, the Office, South Park, and many more.

From there, you can select the TV show you want to watch, a specific season, and any episode in this season. At this point, you have two options:

  • You can stream the episode, or
  • You can download it directly to your iPhone

I tried both options. First I streamed an episode of House MD. From the time I selected the episode to the time it actually started playing, 3 minutes went by. The video quality was crystal clear when streaming over wifi. Fastforwarding causes the app to buffer, which was to be expected.

Then I tried to download an episode of South Park. It took me 9 minutes to download a full episode over wifi, which is more than acceptable. The episode is then stored on your iPhone and easily accessible from the iStreamNet app. Video quality of the episode I had downloaded was excellent as well.

A neat little feature that most of you will appreciate is that iStreamNet is setup so your iPhone doesn’t go to sleep while downloading an episode. This is a nice little detail that makes the downloading experience even easier.

Besides the questionable legality of the app, its downside is the amount of ads inside the application. They are popping out all over the place and can really hurt the whole user experience. But I understand the dev has to pay the bills for his servers.

Speaking of which, the developer tells me he relies a lot on donations to keep the servers up, so if you’re using this app and find it useful, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to donate every once in a while to ensure you can keep steaming your favorite TV shows to your iPhone.

The dev also told me he has big plans for iSteamNet and hopes to have over 100 current and past TV shows available by the end of the year. Once done, he will start adding movies to the list.

All in all, iStreamNet is without a doubt the best and most complete streaming app I’ve seen so far. The ability to download TV shows directly to your iPhone makes it an instant winner to me. But again, use at your own risks.

Do you stream movies or TV shows to your iPhone? If so, what app do you usually use?

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  • steven

    iAnime does a lot of cartoon shows. I use it for South Park, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad and Bleach. Don’t need anything else really! But I will just have to look at iStreamNet!

    • XepptizZ

      Im trying it now, but landscape doesnt seem to work. It does have landscapenright?

  • Timohty/klouud

    I use Netflix and Crackle ATM. I think Hulu+ would be nice too @ $7.99 per month… but its not in the budget right now.

    • Timohty/klouud

      I missed V Season 2 because Hulu lost the rights to it… so I’m downloading it now!!! Weeeee!!

  • James

    But are we/I admitting guilt by donating? Should we donate?

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com/2011/04/08/the-state-of-app-piracy-and-what-can-be-done-to-fix-it/ -Duh-

      YES

    • http://www.donthaveone.com Imaho

      YES, donation is the one thing that keeps the app going… if u like the app u shoud donate, there is nothing illigal with donating,so please do….

  • http://rulethenation.com Pukka

    You can also view it on non jail broken devices by going to http://www.istreamnet.net

  • http://gmail.com Tbv

    Tried it, does not work on iPhone 4 or my iPad. Am I doing something wrong? The App downloaded but could not watch or download any shows. I was hoping to watch V.

  • Hakan

    it doesn’t download anything :S?

  • http://gmail.com Tbv

    I looks it up in Safari, their server is down. The App opens but I cannot watch or download any shows. Tried on my iPhone 4 and iPad. I hope their server will be up soon.
    Dggf, why don’t you go troll somewhere else. Take your ghetto mouth and wash it out with some bleach.

    • James

      Agreed!

  • jologz

    it doesnt play or even dowload any of the episodes…hay!

    • Hakan

      look at the comment from Tbv above you, 2 comments up

  • http://myintelligentsia.com Ben

    Servers seem to be back up. Anyone know if this works with AirPlay and also on iPad?

    Cheers

  • http://myintelligentsia.com Ben

    Well, some of the servers are back up. The latest house works, for example, but not the first season (for me)

    • http://myintelligentsia.com Ben

      It works on iPad, but AirPlay only with airvideo enabler. God bless the dev who came up with airvideo enabler!

  • http://gmail.com Tbv

    Yeah!!, just checked.”, site is up & running.

  • Infinite∞

    I use a app called UnlimVideos, it’s AWESOME!

  • danco43

    ChronicTV is pretty cool too.

  • http://www.CheapOnlineInsurances.com WaterTrooper

    I have used iStreamNet and iAnime, both are great, but iStreamNet has way more shows then iAnime.

  • http://cablevison Alima. Coulibaly

    Hi my Name is Alima

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/MRTWIT21 Twited21

    Nothing works what a pile of crap :-(

  • trumpptite

    Sweet app! Thanks iDB.

  • Harry

    It’s great but it missing some of the best tv shows like white collar and prison break and the new tv shows u put up don’t work

  • Dean

    Once you download were are the movies, I can’t find them to watch them, streaming works fine, I see them download under Transfers then there gone, but were do I find them to play them, Ipod user.

  • joe

    i finished downloading some episodes of Scrubs and they dissappeared after the transfer page. where can you access and watch your downloads??