Best smart TV apps UK

A smart TV can be a wise investment if you like to spend a few hours a day sat in front of the box watching your favourite TV shows and movies.

And there’s plenty of great streaming services out there that you can use on your smart TV – all you need to do is download the app. Let’s look at some of the best smart tv apps you can access today.

Now TV

If you’re looking for access to more shows in the UK, Now TV is the first place you should look.

Those who are opposed to long term subscriptions often end up using Now TV, which is essentially Sky’s own streaming platform – there, you’ll find access to Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and Sky Entertainment.

This includes all of the football that’s on Sky, as well as HBO shows like Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire.

Packages are available individually, and there’s often good deals on 6-month packages that are cheaper than other streaming services available.

If you want some more live TV channels to watch as well as a whole host of reality TV shows, live sports and more, Now TV is worth it.

BBC iPlayer

If you’re just setting up your smart TV for the first time and want to watch something familiar you can download the BBC iPlayer app completely free.

Here you’ll find a whole host of shows and series you thought you’d missed, including the back catalogue of Dr Who, and other more modern classics like Luther.

In the past, the iPlayer only stored shows for 30 days, but they’re now storing shows for longer as well as keeping some old BBC classics on board too.

For UK users, it has a massive collection of TV shows. This makes it one of the best places to go to catch up on any streaming content that you missed.


YouTube has grown from a platform used to upload amateur footage to a fully stacked video platform, with everything from reality TV series to animal documentaries available on the platform.

For video streaming, YouTube offers access to things that your standard streaming services may not have.

This includes many trailers for the newest films, as well as live streamers from your favourite influencers. It’s a free service too, so you don’t need to worry about getting a Premium subscription.

Though YouTube TV isn’t available at the time of writing for UK viewers, there’s no reason why it may not come to this side of the water at a later date.

It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for content on breaking news, new music videos or even just to watch cute kittens.


Britbox offers original TV content from the top TV broadcasters in the UK, both ITV and BBC combined together to create the service.

The streaming television service is now also available in the United Kingdom – despite existing catch-up services with BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub.

Why? well, the library that Britbox offers is much larger than the catch up services, with many classics on the platform – from Poirot to Fawlty Towers.

Though there’s no telling whether Britbox will still be around in the future with iPlayer and the ITV Hub becoming more comprehensive, for now it’s the ultimate app if you want to watch something unapologetically British.


Though you’ve undoubtedly already used or at least heard of Netflix, there’s a good reason for that – it’s one of the best apps available for smart TV, laptop, tablet and mobile phones too.

Netflix is the leader in streaming content, and though it’s only been around for ten years or so, it’s become a powerhouse with a library stacked full of movies and TV shows.

The streaming service invests heavily in its own productions, which includes massive titles like Stranger Things, Black Mirror, Ozark, Investing Anna and more.

Netflix is a major streaming provider, and undoubtedly one of the streaming apps worth having on your smart TV.


A smart TV is a great investment, as it gives you access to more channels and streaming services than you could ever need. So many in fact, that it can become difficult to know exactly which ones you should use.

So hopefully, this list above helps you decide which apps you should download to your smart TV. Then, you can get stuck in to watching your favourite movies and TV shows.

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Edward brings years of experience in a variety of different fields including online marketing & No-code app development, and he's been investing in stocks and cryptocurrency since 2016. Outside of work you'll usually find him watching movies at the local cinema or playing games in the Apple Arcade.

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