With smartphones coming with larger screens, better resolution and faster processors, they are quickly becoming an ideal solution to watching video and TV content. The benefit of mobile access to TV is that you can watch all your favorite shows wherever you are and whenever you want. In fact, this is one app area which is seeing significant growth of late with a number of new TV apps becoming available. While there is easily over ten great apps to choose from (and pretty much an app for every channel now), to help shortlist the genre, here are ten TV apps for Android devices worth checking out.
Starting off today's list is an app which will need very little introduction. This is Netflix and this is probably most TV addicts first port of call when it comes to finding the latest on demand seasons. This is a subscription based app, so you will be looking at a monthly charge. However, this does have one of the larger selection of TV shows to binge on.
If HBO shows feature heavily in your TV schedule, the HBO GO is a great app to have. This one provides access to all your favorite HBO shows, as well as a ton of additional content you would not otherwise get to see, like behind the scenes extras and so on. This one does require you to have a HBO subscription, but otherwise you are good to go with no additional charges.
If you are more into your NBC type of programming, then the NBC app is worth a download. This one does provide access to a number of NBC shows as well as additional clips and footage and all for free, free meaning that there are some ads. There is also the option to watch NBC live shows too, although you will need an NBC subscription to access the live and very latest episodes.
For those who have yet to check out Hulu, although their movie selection is not hugely varied, where the app does come to life is with TV content. Hulu is packed full of the latest TV and has access to shows much earlier than any other streaming apps, including Netflix. This is another subscription model app and it also does contain apps. Although, there is now a premium tier where you can pay to have all ads removed.
If you are looking for an app to provide you with the real deal TV experience, then Sling TV might be the app. This is a subscription model app and one with a higher monthly charge than any other app on the list. However, for that fee you do get access to live TV content. That is, as well as a selection of on demand titles too.
If you're looking for some child-friendly content for your children to watch on their Android devices, then it is certainly worth taking a look at PBS Kids. This app is designed for Children and offers a wide selection of content from the PBS Kids channel. While the selection is already quite varied, new content is added every week.
Crackle is a little different to most of the apps on this list as it does not require a subscription to make use of the app or watch the content. However, this one does contain ads and also largely consists of Sony content. That said, this is a free app and one with access to a number of good TV content titles.
Compared to some of the other apps on this list, the Discovery Channel dedicated app is a lot smaller in terms of content. It is. However, if you are into your more factual or real life TV content, then this is an app worth checking out. In spite of its smaller curated content, the shows and episodes that are listed or available to watch subscription, ad and log-in free.
Crunchyroll will not be for everyone. However, if you are in to your Anime, then this is an app worth checking out. Like many of the apps here, this one does monetize primarily through ads, although there is an option to pay a subscription charge and forgo the ad route. Either way, this is the app if you are looking for an extensive selection of Anime titles.
Google Play Movies & TV
Closing out the list today is one of the staples apps from Google. This is Play Movies & TV. As well as having access to all the latest movies once they are released, this app also offers access to a wide selection of TV content, entire seasons and more the latest TV titles. For the most part, you will have to either rent or buy the content, although, this app will often make pilot episodes free to watch for a lot of shows. Great way to test out some of those TV titles you were unsure about first time round.