THEiPad it's perfect for watching movies on the go, on vacation, or just when the living room TV is busy. The solutions, in this sense, are many: you can take advantage of all the most famous video streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video; you can install multimedia players to watch movies offline (perhaps by copying them from your computer or local network devices) and you can rent movies to watch in streaming or offline, according to your needs.
If you want to know more, keep reading: in this tutorial I will explain to you like watching movies on iPad showing you all the main solutions available on the Apple tablet. Whether you want to see the latest movie releases by putting your wallet or enjoying an older movie without breaking the bank, you will surely find the one for you. You just have to use the solutions you find listed below and put my suggestions into practice.
Just a small clarification before starting: I, to create the tutorial, I used an iPad Air 2 equipped with iPadOS 13.x. The indications in the guide, however, should be valid for all models of the Apple tablet and also for the more or less recent versions of the operating system developed by the Cupertino giant (which before version 13 was called iOS, as on the iPhone). Having said that, there is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and, above all, good viewing!
How to Stream Movies on IPad
The easiest way to watch movies on iPad is certainly to turn to one of the many streaming app available on the square. Some of them are paid with a free initial trial, others are 100% free (being supported by advertising): choose the one that you think will do the most for you.
We start this excursion between the app dedicated to streaming Netflix, the world's most popular on-demand streaming platform. Its catalog consists of thousands of films belonging to every genre and era, including some valuable original productions, such as "The Irishman" by Martin Scorsese and "Roma" by Alfonso Cuarón. There are also TV series (probably the real highlight of the service), documentaries and cartoons.
Netflix can be used for free for 14/30 days (depending on the promotions in progress, in some cases, however, the trial may not be offered), after which you must choose one of the available subscription plans: 7,99 euro / month to see all the contents of the catalog in SD from one device at a time; 11,99 euro / month view HD content from two devices at a time or 15,99 euro / month to view 4K content from four devices at a time. Like all modern video streaming platforms, Netflix has no restrictions or cancellation costs.
To access the service, all you have to do is download the official app on your iPad and create your account (just follow a very quick wizard, in which to provide a valid payment method between credit / debit card, PayPal and App Store ), log in and select the content to watch. To access the film catalog, select the item Videos located at the top left and, if you want to make the filter even more precise, select a genre from the drop-down menu All genres, placed next to it. Alternatively, you can also perform a direct search using the magnifying glass located at the top right.
Netflix for iPad also supports streaming content to your TV via Chromecast and downloading some titles offline. To find out all the details, read my tutorial on how Netflix.
Amazon Prime Video
Prime Video is another service that does not need too many presentations: it is the streaming platform proposed by Amazon, included in the Prime subscription, whose cost is equal to 36 euros per year or 4,99 euros / month after the first 30 days free trial (half price for students, who can also take advantage of an extended trial, equal to 3 months). The subscription, which has no restrictions or penalties in case of cancellation, also includes free and one-day shipping on many products, early access to lightning offers and the possibility of using many other services of the giant founded by Jeff Bezos.
Prime Video boasts a catalog consisting of many recent films, both Italian and international, belonging to all genres. There are also some exclusives, important TV series (many of which are self-produced), documentaries and Japanese anime. All available also offline, using the download function included in the app, and on the TV, thanks to Chromecast support.
Having said that, to start using Prime Video on your iPad, all you have to do is download the official app of the service, log in with your Amazon account (on which you must have activated a Prime subscription) and select the tab Videos, above, in order to access the complete catalog of available films. Alternatively, you can press the icon of magnifying glass, top right, and perform a direct search.
If you want to find out more details on how Amazon Prime Video works, do not hesitate to read the tutorial I have dedicated entirely to the service.
NOW TV is the online platform of Sky, thanks to which it is possible to access the main contents of the pay TV note - both live and in on demand mode - from computers, smartphones, tablets and other devices without contractual obligations or, precisely, the Sky subscription on satellite, fiber or digital terrestrial.
Its offer is divided into various thematic packages, called ticket: the one dedicated to cinema costs 9,99 euros / month after a 14-day free trial (together with those for entertainment and TV series) and gives access to all the contents of Sky's cinema channels, therefore to all films, including those of the very first vision, broadcast by the famous Rupert Murdoch platform. Also noteworthy is the possibility of sending content to the TV via Chromecast and downloading some titles for offline use.
To start using NOW TV, all you have to do is create your account on the NOW TV website, activate the Cinema ticket (credit / debit card and PayPal are accepted as payment methods), download the official app, run the login and access the film catalog by pressing the ☰ button located at the top left and selecting the option Cinema from the menu that appears on the side. Alternatively, you can perform a direct search for the content of your interest using the icon of magnifying glass located at the top right.
For more details on how NOW TV works, I invite you to read the tutorial I have dedicated entirely to the service.
Infinity is Mediaset's streaming platform, which places its emphasis on cinematic content. Its "highlight" are the many films, both Italian and international, present in the catalog, but above all the initiative Infinity premiere, which allows you to have access every week to a first-run film that is normally only offered for hire (therefore with extra payment compared to the subscription price). There are, however, also TV series, cartoons and other interesting contents.
The subscription costs 7,99 euros / month after the first 30 days of free trial, but during the promo periods the fee can be discounted. It should be emphasized that the contents are in Full HD, some even in 4K, that the offline content download function is available and that Chromecast support is active, for the transmission of content on the TV.
To take advantage of Infinity, download the official app of the service from the App Store, launch it and create your account (or log in, if you already have one). Both card and PayPal are accepted as payment methods and, obviously, there is no obligation or renewal obligation. After that go to the menu Category> Cinema, to browse all available films, or select the tab Search, below, to access the search function of the application.
For more details on how Infinity works, check out my guide dedicated entirely to the service.
RaiPlay is the official application of the homonymous Rai streaming service. It gives access to live streams from all the group's channels and, even more interestingly, to a vast catalog of on-demand content, including movies.
To access the films available on the platform, all you have to do is download the RaiPlay app, start it, press on the tab On demand (below) and select the item Videos from the page that opens. You will then be able to access the list of all available films, divided by genre. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the feature Search (always below) to search directly for the content of your interest.
RaiPlay is 100% free, but requires the creation of an account or authentication via a profile Google, Facebook o Twitter, to access all contents without limits. It also supports Chromecast. For more details, read my tutorial on how to watch RaiPlay.
Eat easily intuitive, Mediaset Play is the streaming service of the Mediaset networks. It allows, therefore, to access the live broadcasts of all the free channels of the group (with also the function of restart, to review a program currently on air) and a catalog of various on-demand content, including movies. It's free, but requires authentication via social media account or by creating an account (using a valid email address).
To access the available films, all you have to do is download the app on your iPad, start it, go to the tab Explore (below) and select the item Videos from the screen that opens. To perform a direct search, instead, use the icon of magnifying glass located at the top right. If you want to know more, read my guide on how to see Mediaset Play.
VVVVID is a free streaming platform that, in exchange for viewing commercials and authenticating via Facebook account, allows you to access a rich catalog of Japanese films, TV series and anime (its real flagship). As easily imaginable, it doesn't offer first-rate titles or high-profile exclusives, but there is no shortage of interesting titles.
To browse all available movie content, download the VVVVID app from the App Store, launch it, log in and select the item FILM from the menu Explore (top left). Nothing simpler. Also know that if you appreciate the service, you can support it by activating a subscription starting from 4,99 euros / month, which also removes advertisements.
Solutions to Stream Movies on IPad Without Registering
Are you looking for a way to watch streaming movies on iPad without registering? Then take a look at the solutions listed below: I am convinced that they will satisfy you.
- Popcorn TV - is an Italian site that allows you to watch movies in streaming for free. It doesn't host any major titles, but it's definitely worth checking out. It also works perfectly on iPad, via Safari or other browsers.
- YouTube - I don't think he needs any introduction. Everyone knows YouTube; not everyone, however, knows that the famous video portal also hosts full movies to watch legally without registering: I told you about it in my tutorial on how to watch movies on YouTube.
- Streaming TV channels - many broadcasters allow access to their streaming broadcasts, and many of them broadcast movies. Therefore, I suggest you take a look at my tutorial on how to watch TV in streaming and find out which are the most interesting channels available online.
- Apple TV + - is the streaming service launched by Apple in 2019. It costs 4,99 euros / month after a 7-day free trial, but is free for 12 months for those who purchase an eligible Apple device. At the moment it only hosts TV series, but in the future this could change and movies could also be included. To use it, just use your Apple ID and iPadOS default TV app.
How to Watch Movies on IPad Offline
You are about to take a trip by plane or, in any case, you are about to go to a place where Internet access is not available and, therefore, you would like to find out how to watch movies on iPad without connection? No problem: you have tons of solutions at your disposal.
The streaming applications I told you about earlier, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, all allow you to download movies offline and watch them when there is no active internet connection. Just press the icon / button corresponding to the content of your interest, wait for the download to finish and then access your library, always within the application.
But be careful: very often, the content downloaded in streaming apps have an expiration date. Generally, we talk about 7 days overall, which become 48 hours after the first play. To learn more, check out my tutorials on how to download from Netflix and how to download movies from Prime Video.
As I also explained to you in my tutorial on how to upload movies to iPad, you can watch movies offline on iPad by copying them into the app Video or in that TV, via computer. This procedure, however, is quite cumbersome and, above all, does not allow you to play all file formats. In fact, through the default apps of the Apple tablet, only the videos in MP4, M4V e MOV.
In light of what has just been said, I recommend that you leave out the standard procedure for copying movies to iPad and rely on third party multimedia players, which allow you to play all major video file formats (including REVIEWS, MKV and others) and to copy files from the PC without going through iTunes or the macOS Finder: just connect iPad and computer to the same Wi-Fi network, open the browser on the PC and visit a particular page, which allows you to transfer videos to the memory of the tablet without making physical connections between devices.
There are many players available on the App Store, but in the free area I recommend you VLC, which I don't think needs any introduction: it is, in fact, the mobile counterpart of the famous player available on a computer. To use it, after downloading it from the App Store and starting it, select the tab Network (bottom), move up ON the lever placed in correspondence with the item Sharing via WiFi and visit, from your PC, the address indicated immediately below it (eg http: //ipad-di-tuonome.local).
At this point, drag the films to be copied on the iPad on the web page that opens and wait for the transfer to finish: you can enjoy your films on the tablet, simply by recalling them from the section Video by VLC. Convenient, right?
If you have more advanced needs, such as the need to play movies with Dolby / AC3 audio on iPad, you can turn to paid solutions, such as Infuse: I told you about it in more detail in my guide on how to put movies on iPad.
How to Watch Movies on IPad from USB Stick
With the advent of iPadOS (hence iOS 13), Apple has finally offered the possibility of using external storage devices on iPad. This means that by connecting a USB pendrive at the door USB-C o lightning of your tablet and opening the app Fillet, you can access the videos on the unit by simply selecting its name from the left sidebar.
To start watching a movie, if it is in a file format natively compatible with iPadOS (eg. MP4 o MOV), just press on his miniature. If, on the other hand, it is a file in an unsupported format, you will have to import it into another player, like the ones I recommended in the previous chapter.
Of course, if your stick doesn't have a USB-C or Lightning connector, you'll need a adapter or hub, such as those listed below.