Smart DNS Proxy l January 21, 2020

Niche Streaming Sites That Offer Quality Over Quantity

Okay, so on one hand we have popular streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, Prime videos and Disney. Everybody knows them. But the problem with them is, sometimes there is quantity over quality. 

And on the other hand, we have free streaming sites like - Pluto TV, Tubi TV, Crackle etc. They may be free, but most of their content is quite old and we’ve seen most of it so it hard to sift through and find something that is really good to watch.

However, there are streaming services that fall right in the middle, i.e. that offer great quality at a reasonable price. Like Mubi TV which offers only 30 handpicked movies, IMDb TV which offers high rated movies like Donnie Darko, the social network for free, then we have Crunchyroll for anime like Naruto, etc. 

Look my point is, these niche streaming service are good, but don’t get enough attention as they deserve. So, let’s change that, shall we? Here are the best streaming services that are available for a reasonable price.


First up, we have Mubi, which focuses on quality over quantity.  It gives you one new movie every day which stays on the platform for 30 days. So, you have 30 days or less to watch a specific movie or you can rent a movie if it's not on the list.  

The movies are handpicked and specially curated list from all around the world. For instance, as of making this video, we have - Blind Mountain from China, 12 Years a Slave from US, Moonlight, John Wick, Moonrise Kingdom and much more.

Just like most popular streaming service, Mubi also has an app for Android and iOS which offers offline downloads, syncs, support for Chromecast, smart TV etc. 

Over Mubi offers obscure film you’d be unlikely to find on Netflix. The membership costs $10.99 a month, with a free 30-day trial. Check it out. 


Similar in concept to Mubi, Fandor is an American streaming platform with a focus on independent, silent, documentaries and short films. 

First things first, due to licensing rights, Fandor is not available in every country, so you might have to use a Smart DNS Proxy VPN to remove geo restrictions.

What separates Fandor from the rest is its revenue-sharing model and shares its revenue subscription with filmmakers and curators. The platform is so minimal and well designed. Movies are organized in categories like international, genres, upcoming and more. There is a spotlight option as well which shows must-watch movies,

The subscription currently stands at $5.99/m and $49.99 yearly, and it’s available on browsers; Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku streaming players, Android, and iOS.


Just like Fandor, Shudder, it isn't available in all countries, so you would need a VPN.

Shudder is a platform that handles content pertaining to horror, thriller and suspense genres. It not only has a database of movies but a fair amount of exclusives as well, like "The Devil". It also produces originals such as Mayhem and many more, so you can expect exclusive content at your disposal. 

Shudder is available on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku streaming players; along with apps for Android and iOS device. 

There is a 7-day trial after which you can subscribe to an annual membership ($47.88/annual) or monthly ($4.99).  


This Amazon owned platform also launched IMDB TV which offers high quality movies and TV shows for free.  As of making this video, it has a catalog of popular movies like The Social Network, Gravity, Megamind, Hacksaw Ridge, and La La Land. Some of the popular TV shows include Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, The A-Team, Dallas, etc.

The only caveat is that it is available only in the US but you can also stream using a VPN. We did a detailed video on it, so check that out.

Although it displays ads, the amount of content that is freely available makes it worth a shot. It is easy to access it through the IMDB app or browser and IMDB TV app on Amazon Fire TV. So, if you've had an IMDB account for a while with a wish list, look for Watch free on IMDB TV option.

There is no way to subscribe or pay to remove ads, but you can in parallel look for the same title on Amazon Prime TV in case you want to buy or download it.


If you are Bollywood fan, Spuul is for you. Next time you feel like you want to watch Bollywood but you're in a different country feeling helpless, don't be, there's Spuul. It is a platform that lets you watch tons of great Bollywood movies. All you have to do is sign in and subscribe.

The monthly plan starts with 99 INR (or roughly $1.5) while yearly is for 999 INR (or $15). You can also consume content offline, stream without ads and on multiple screens after subscribing.

I must agree that I found a lot of good movies, I still feel the layout of the website doesn't allow me to stay for longer and explore more titles.


Are you a fan of Korean movies? or Taiwanese or Japanese? Well, don't look anywhere else. Viki is a platform that has a large pool of movies from different Asian countries. Coming from the word Wiki and Video, it has an aim to bridge the gap between Asian Movie lovers and the limitation of language by community subtitling. The platform also offers Viki Originals and exclusive content.

There are two plans you can choose from - Basic ($ 0.83/m) and Standard ($4.17/m). While Basic offers no ads, streaming in HD, Standard goes a step further and lets you have early access to shows. While there is still a geo-restriction for certain shows, using a VPN may solve the issue.


A lot of platforms listed here have animated movies in the database, but are they dedicated to it? No.

That is where Crunchyroll comes in.  It boasts of the world's largest database for anime and manga. In addition to that, it also has complete animated series for famous shows such as Naruto and Dragon Ball Super. For movie buffs who want to take it a notch up, there is a dedicated store to buy merchandise. There is also a dedicated news and anime based game section as well. The catch is that it has ads so you have to subscribe to a premium account to block ads and access shows just one hour after the telecast. 

There is a 14-day trial and after that, it provides two membership options, premium ($7.99/m) and premium+ ($11.95/m), the difference being the latter giving a discount on Crunchyroll store, Goodie Bagdes, access to early beta features, etc. It also has a shared revenue model so a part of the subscription goes to the creators.

Tubi TV

If you don't want to indulge in the hassle of punching in your card details and signing up, Tubi is a platform that lets you do that for free. It has a huge collection of movies and it has partnered with studios like MGM, Paramount and Lionsgate.  The way it works for free is by adopting a minimal ad structure. So, it displays ads after 10-15 minute intervals which is okay provided you're getting quality content to stream for free. Content is divided under genre (action, crime), collection (cult, highly rated) and features (Full Moon, Docurama).

It's 100% legal so there are no pop-ups or hidden malware that you have to worry about. You can also access Tubi on almost all devices like Roku, Play Station, AppleTV, etc.

So, there you go, these were our top streaming service. We’re using IMDb and Mubi quite a lot these days, let us know which is your fav one in the comments. Also, subscribe to our YouTube channel and check out our other video on free streaming sites that we did a while ago.

Thanks for watching and see you in the next one.