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Top 5 Movie and TV Apps for iPhone and Android

Posted on the 14 February 2013 by Nrjperera @nrjperera

Not so long ago, most people would have scoffed at the notion that a mobile phone would one day be a popular deliver device for television shows and movies. But with advances in mobile technology, as well as the heightened image quality, smartphones are fast becoming one of the preferred methods for viewing TV and film content. That’s because smartphones allow people to access their favorite shows or pass time with a movie during those morning commutes or while generally on the go.

[Image Credit: Jorge Quinteros ]

Of course, most people associate Apple with providing the most mobile content – especially in app form. But large as the App Store’s library is, Google is catching up. TV and movie junkies who own Android devices now have nearly as many options for mobile media apps as those provided by Apple.

So, in the interests of maintaining an even playing field, here are some of the best movie and TV apps for both iPhone and Android.

Netflix – free w/subscription

The original pioneer of home movie and TV delivery also revolutionized online streaming of content. Netflix still has one of the largest libraries of content around, with much of it available to stream directly to handheld devices. With a paid monthly subscription, Netflix users can download this free app and stream many shows and movies that most other sites don’t have license to right to their mobile.

Crackle – free

Netflix may have a large content library, but that doesn’t mean they have every contract under the sun. Sony, for example, no longer licenses their library of content to Netflix, so users need to look elsewhere for streaming of popular films and shows such as “Pineapple Express” and “Seinfeld.” Luckily there is Crackle, Sony’s very own mobile app that allows for streaming of all their content that can’t be found on Netflix.

HBO GO – free w/subscription

Another free app contingent on monthly subscription, HBO GO offers much of the cable TV giant’s programming via streaming. Users can access all of their favorite current shows and they also have access to an extensive library of past hits such as “The Sopranos,” “The Wire” and “Sex and the City.”

AMC Mobile – free

At one time, HBO was the undisputed king of original cable programming. That may still be the case, but AMC is certainly giving them a run for their money. AMC boasts some of the most popular original shows around, including “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad.” And while some gripe that not all newer episodes are available for streaming via the app, it’s still a great way for people everywhere to access most of their favorite AMC content no matter their location. The app also offers extensive behind-the-scenes features and interviews.

WatchESPN – free

ESPN is the gold standard in cable sports, and with this app they are delivering their patented brand of sports coverage and original programming to the masses. Those sports fanatics addicted to SportsCenter can rejoice, allows them to stream it directly to their handheld 24/7.  The app also provides access to ESPN’s sister channels, such as ESPN 2.

With even just one or two of these apps installed on their devices, Android and iPhone users everywhere should have instant access to almost all the film and TV content their hearts desire.

Charlie Peyton likes keeping up to date with TV technology. He blogs on the subject for TV and technology related sites. Call or click to find out more 1-877-505-3198.

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