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Watch TV on your Mobile Phone

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Watch TV on your Mobile Phone

Ben Roodman February 15, 2013

HBO GO now supports Airplay to stream content from your iOS device to your big screen using Apple TV, but it is still tethered to having a cable TV subscription. That’s not incredibly useful if you’re a cord cutter or if you already have a cable box hooked up to your big screen.

Besides using your parent’s HBO account subscription on an iPad in your apartment or dorm, there are other ways to watch mobile media to on your mobile device. Hulu plus and Netflix are the obvious choices. YouTube also has an incredible library of TV shows available, but it’s not formatted for easy channel surfing in an lean back experience or necessarily simple to find full shows.


Network specific apps such as the PBS app offer full episodes of Downtown Abbey. Other TV network apps include TBS, ABC, or NBC, but born as a child of the Nintendo generation, I’m more likely to know a specific TV Show I like than what TV network it airs on. Often though TV show specific apps such as The Daily Show and 60 Minutes don’t include full episodes.


The Frequency app is probably the most legit way to watch TV in the iTunes AppStore. Frequency makes it simple to put all available tv channels and show clips in one place. Frequency is also available on Samsung Smart TV devices so the Android version can’t be far off.

Today groups of friends are less likely to sit around a TV together or catch a show live. On mobile I’m often synchronized to entertainment news through Twitter’s ambition to be the second screen to TV in a new mobile first world. Justin.tv and UStream sometimes have live cameras pointed at TV broadcast, but that’s not particularly reputable or reliable when searching on the go.

If I was a college lad now Snapchatting with my friends, then it’s also a relatively simply process to Jailbreak your iOS phone and install streaming TV apps such as iStreamNet. Similarly on Android, there are available BitTorrent and TV downloading clients to later watch mobile media natively on your phone.


While mobile TV today leaves you a few more choices, most of the best options ones are not going to win you any studio friends. There are little incentives to pay for a cable subscription if mobile consumption is now a way life.

Ben Roodman

Benjamin Roodman
Senior Contributing Editor
Benjamin Roodman is an advocate for getting to the truth of what converts in mobile. Well versed in mobile advertising platforms with a notable aptitude and passion for analytics, he's currently putting deals together as head of partnerships at a mobile data startup. Benjamin has previously held Business Development positions at AOL Advertising and helped establish several funded location-based consumer startups.
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