Android has come into our day-to-day lives so much that it has become almost inevitable for us to live without our Android devices, and this popularity coupled with the efficacy of 3G has led to the development of a number of apps catering to the TV buffs, enabling them to watch TV online. In todays evaluative and comparative review, we will take a look at the top ten Android apps which will enable us to watch TV and movies online. Some of them even allow you to exclusively watch movies and shows that have been stored on your computer or transferred to your droid on its microSD card.
Android, being such a flexible platform, its no surprise that you can find lots of apps for TV, although they tend to be data hungry, they make a good way to kill time. Streaming TV over a mobile phone is not a new thing. Weve seen this technology since earlier models like the Nokia 6230 and 6230i. Nowadays, the advantages of todays mobile phones make TV streaming better than ever. With high resolution screens that get bigger and bigger and with larger, broadband connections, we can now carry TV shows/movies in our pockets or watch them on our tablets. Personally, I am not a big fan of mobile TV streaming, I like watching TV on a much bigger screen (when I do watch), but there are lots of people out there who do enjoy watching TV over the internet.
Not only does a smartphone let you watch video clips on the device and surf the web to access video-sharing sites such as YouTube, it also allows you stream TV shows and films to the device when you’ve got a Wi-Fi or 3G connection, thanks to a number of apps. And you don’t need to fork out lots of cash to watch TV and movies on your Android device. There are plenty of free apps available that offer this functionality. Here’s five free apps that let you watch movies and TV shows on your Google Android device.
The BBC’s dedicated iPlayer app for Android devices not only lets users watch live broadcasts from BBC channels but it also lets you catch-up on TV broadcast over the last seven days. You can stream content over Wi-Fi and 3G and just like the desktop version, you even add shows to your Favourites so they’re ready and waiting to be watched as soon as a new episode is available.
An iPhone version of this app has been available for some time and now Sky had confirmed it will be made available for some Google Android devices this month. Sky Go lets Sky subscribers access live broadcasts from all five Sky Sports channels, ESPN, Sky New, Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and 11 Sky Movies channels from their device.
Catch-up on shows broadcast on ITV channels using your Android smartphone. There’s unlimited viewing with the ITV Player app but you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection to watch programmes.
4.Crackle Movies & TV
Crackle specialises in offering movies that you can watch over Wi-Fi and 3G on your smartphone for free.
US movie streaming service Netflix launched in the UK at the start of this year, and this app allows you to stream movies to your Android smartphone . While the service isn’t free, Netflix is currently offering a free one month trial via Facebook that can be cancelled before you’re charged.
These would be my pics for online TV streaming on Android, keep in mind this list doesnt containt all the best Android apps for TV streaming, just some of the apps you can use. If you are interested in seeing how your favorite soap opera looks on a 4 screen, then you should give them a try. But be careful, if you want to try out these apps, be sure to keep a close eye on your internet traffic, they tend to be very data intensive. If you have more interesting Android TV apps to share with us, please do so in the comments section.