A Review of Viewster, A Free Streaming Movie Website
My Experience With Viewster
Below is my review of Viewster, where you can read about the quality of its movies, the advertisements, information on the mobile apps, and more.
Browsing Through Viewster Is Very Easy
On the homepage, Viewster's TV shows and films are organized in a horizontal reel that you can click through to reveal more movies. It provides a very condensed browsing experience but still lets you view the details of the video, like the synopsis, rating, and duration.
With that being said, I can see this being a downfall for some people who prefer to see a vertical, full page list of movies, like on YouTube.
You can sort videos by the ones that were most recently added, the most popular ones, or the best-rated movies/TV shows. Videos can also be filtered by language - English, German, French, or Spanish.
Most Videos Are Less Than DVD Quality
The resolution of most of the videos I have watched on Viewster have been less than or comparable to the quality of DVD movies.
Out of several movies I randomly tested from Viewster and opened in full screen mode, I found that all but two were displayed as relatively small squares in the middle of my screen. The movies are still 100% watchable, but not ideal if you're looking for high quality, wide screen movies.
Also, one of the films I watched was even missing the last half hour, which is certainly a downfall. This may only have occurred on this one movie, though, so I can't comment on the rest of the films on Viewster.
Viewster's Player Options
The video player options on Viewster are very slim compared to more advanced players offered by similar websites, like Sony Crackle, which let you watch a movie with subtitles.
With Viewster, aside from having access to regular video streaming options like scrubbing and volume control, you can merely enter full screen mode and adjust the video quality.
Below every video is a full description of what the movie or show is about as well as the release date, runtime, and genre.
Advertisements Are In Every Movie
Each movie I tested on Viewster had occasional one minute advertisements throughout the video. I think this is entirely acceptable given that each movie is absolutely free to watch.
My Buffering Experience With Viewster
I found that all the movies I have watched on Viewster take a few seconds to begin playing, both from the beginning as well as once you've fast forwarded through the film. It's only a few seconds, though, which isn't a bad deal.
I mention this only because it was noticeably slower than most other movie streaming sites I've used.
Viewster's App Is Much Like Its Website
Viewster has a free movie app for many different devices, but I used the iPhone app, and found the design and menu options to be nearly identical to the desktop version of the website. I like this because once you get used to the website flow, you don't have to also get used to a modified mobile version.
You can view TV shows, movies, a biography of actors, history of movies you've already watched, and add movies to a Watch Later queue.
A password protected parental control option is available so you can define the MPAA rating of movies that will display on the app, such as PG-13, G, NC-17, etc.
You can also log in to your Viewster account through the mobile app, but you aren't required to before watching the videos.
Viewster: Final Thoughts
All things considered, I think Viewster has some positive things that set it apart from other similar sites, but also some disadvantages.
I of course love that every single movie on Viewster is free to watch. Unlike Yidio, which combine free and paid movies together, you can be sure that anything you see on Viewster is totally free.
With that being said, I find the quality of many of these videos to be less than acceptable when comparing them to those from other free movie streaming sites such as SnagFilms and Sony Crackle, some of which are high definition.