Guest Post by Justin Ruiz:
Android owners know these intelligent devices are made to enhance every possible experience, especially watching your favorite shows. With hundreds of apps to choose from, knowing which will be the best for your preferred TV viewing experience can be tricky. However, this guide to the top five TV apps for Android will lead you in the right direction.
This app gives users an unlimited virtual DVR that records shows or episodes and can replay them on your Android device. DroidTV Primetime’s data center holds your virtual DVR and allows anytime access to recorded shows, since it doesn’t stream them from the Internet but records live airings. However, the app uses SD storage to play the videos back on your Android, meaning they must be accessed from the DVR and then deleted after viewing to open room for future recordings. An unlimited three month subscription is $8.99, cheaper than a cable or Hulu subscription would be and offers your favorite shows right on your mobile device.
TV.com was developed by CBS Interactive Inc. and allows users to watch clips and full episodes of shows from multiple networks. CBS, CW, CNET, ET, Showtime and CBS News all post their videos and some full-length episodes on the app. Powered by WiFi and cellular networks, this free app is great for video viewing on the go. Some users have complained about the app constantly crashing, however, the latest update appears to have solved the problem.
For those who don’t enjoy mindlessly scanning through channels, ShowTimes is a series guide that helps viewers track shows they already love. Learn of the series history, ongoing plot lines and specific episode summaries by following your favorite series. The app also lists when the last and upcoming episodes are on air and allows users to set reminders so you never miss a beat. The free app is powered by ads.
SPB TV provides a channel guide for their free online shows. The app is free, so some of the channels will be unfamiliar and premium shows won’t be available. That said, the app uses WiFi or your cellular network to play episodes and uses picture-to-picture mode, which shows real-time previews for current shows without ever having to leave the show you’re watching. SPB TV is great for international users since the app offers shows in a variety of languages.
TV Listings For Android TV24
If you’re looking for a comprehensive listing database, TV24 has it, with hundreds of providers and over 13,000 channels to look through. To keep users from being overwhelmed, the app allows you to filter out channels you don’t like to see, making your favorite channels easy to access. Users can use TV24 to rate shows and movies while looking at ratings others have posted. The app is free, but powered by ads and will only provide listings up to one or two days in advance, making it not ideal for those planning a future TV excursion.
Which app is your favorite?
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