Boomerang streaming review 2020: Product, price and features
Every Saturday morning cartoon you can think of at your fingertips, whenever you feel like watching.
Looney Tunes, Care Bears, The Jetsons, Camp Lazlo— various cartoons the Boomerang network offered are now available in an unlimited on-demand streaming library. The selection seems impressive for the low price of $4.99 a month, just don’t expect to fill your days with The Pink Panther, Dexter’s Laboratory or cartoons from the ‘90s. There just aren’t many to choose from.
What's in this review?
- Pros and cons
- What’s the difference between the Boomerang app and the Boomerang channel?
- What features does Boomerang offer?
- What devices is Boomerang compatible with?
- How much does Boomerang cost?
- What can I watch with Boomerang?
- What Internet speeds does Boomerang recommend?
- How much data does Boomerang use?
- Compare streaming services
- Frequently asked questions
Pros and cons
- 5,000 episodes. Unlimited on demand movies and series filled with classic characters.
- No ads. Enjoy your cartoons in peace, without commercials interrupting you.
- Kid-friendly. Episodes are prescreened for offensive material, so everything on Boomerang is appropriate for all ages.
- Free trial. Test out the service for 7-days before committing to a subscription.
- Download glitches. The download feature is beneficial for offline viewing, but iOS subscribers have mentioned their downloaded videos not working properly.
- Missing an era or two. The cartoons are either from the ‘40s-’80s, not much from the ‘90s or early 2000s.
- Lack of details. There’s no way to know when a video was made, what it’s about or what episode of a series it’s in.
What’s the difference between the Boomerang app and the Boomerang channel?
Same characters, same content— different packages. A subscription to the channel through Amazon Prime is only accessible through Amazon. There’s no way for Boomerang to merge a Boomerang app account with a Boomerang channel account.
What features does Boomerang offer?
None of the features Boomerang offers are flashy, but they all work together to better your viewing experience.
As opposed to programs being separated by genre, subgenre or alphabetically, Boomerang has a quirky way of sorting them by the cartoon character who stars in it. It’s cute, sure, but doesn’t make it easy to keep track of what you’re watching.
Rather than sift through the streaming library to find what you want to watch, there’s a selection of “best of” playlists to sift through instead. Each playlist has at least five episodes, but goes in no particular order and adheres to whatever the name of the playlist says.
Use your iPhone or iPad to stream cartoons to your TV. This process works in the same way for your Chromecast device, just make sure you have your mobile device and TV are connected to the same WiFi network.
It isn’t clear how Boomerang selects which episodes are offered for free, but it offers 20 episodes to viewers. And you don’t need a subscription to watch them.
Every Boomerang account is granted 50 episodes worth of space for downloaded videos, across all connected devices. There’s a limit to how often one video can be downloaded— twice a year, that’s all. Downloaded videos are also only accessible on the device you download them on.
What devices is Boomerang compatible with?
The Boomerang app is compatible with various mobile and streaming devices as well as on your desktop. If you choose to subscribe to the Boomerang channel through Amazon, you can watch on any device that’s compatible with Amazon Prime Video.
Boomerang app & channel
- Apple TV
- iOS (iPhone and iPad)
- Android (phone and tablet)
- Amazon Kindle
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
Boomerang channel only
- Samsung TV
- LG TV
- VIZIO TV
- Blu-ray player
- Echo Show, Echo Spot
- PS3, PS4
- Xbox one
- Nvidia Shield
How much does Boomerang cost?
There are two subscriptions offered by Boomerang, a monthly subscription for $4.99 and an annual subscription for $39.99. By opting for the annual subscription, you save a couple bucks a month.
A 7-day free trial is offered to new subscribers. To avoid your free trial turning into a subscription, keep track of when it ends: Boomerang doesn’t send you any reminders.
What can I watch with Boomerang?
It’s streaming library is filled with Boomerang streaming originals, beloved franchises and 5+ “best of” playlists curated by the staff. TV shows are generally categorized by the character who stars in them, while movies are a jumbled mix of Scooby Doo, Casper, The Flintstones and many other titles. There are 20 free episodes, chosen at random, you can access without an account.
Over 5,000 episodes are available to you, a few of those toons are:
- Bugs Bunny
- The Flintstones
- Care Bears
- Sylvester & Tweety
- Yogi Bear
- Codename: KND
- Courage the Cowardly Dog
- Atom Ant
- My Gym Partner’s a Monkey
What Internet speeds does Boomerang recommend?
To watch videos with standard quality, an Internet speed of 3Mbps is recommended whereas a higher speed of 5Mbps is necessary for any HD videos.
How much data does Boomerang use?
According to a customer service representative, the amount of data used depends on the quality of the stream you’re watching— a breakdown is below.
|Stream quality||Data usage|
|Low||300MB per hour|
|SD||700MB per hour|
|HD||0.9GB-3GB per hour|
|UHD||7.2 GB per hour|
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Frequently asked questions
Alex Shea was a tech and telco writer for Finder.
If you’re interested in taking a trip down memory lane, then Boomerang is a good way to do it. Even if you just want to use the 7-day free trial to binge watch all the cartoons you can, that’s okay, too. Netflix and Hulu offer their own collection of cartoons, but not The Flintstones, The Jetsons or Scooby Doo. It skips an entire era— the ‘90s, the cartoon character categorization makes it tricky to know what episode you’re watching in a series and it constantly asks how old you are, but it’s an inexpensive way to watch classic cartoons and relive Saturday mornings.