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Tips for Watching Movies or TV on your Smartphone

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Tips for Watching Movies or TV on your Smartphone

Meg Rahner December 22, 2014

You might have a big-screen TV in your living room, but your smartphone or mobile device lets you watch TV or movies without being confined to your living room. Here’s some advice for watching media on your smartphone:

Watch On Your Network
To use mobile streaming video at home, you can usually go through your own home network. If you have a wireless router that delivers service from your internet service provider, you can use your smartphone to get movies and television shows without incurring the high costs of roaming data.

Optimal Viewing
Setting your phone to landscape allows you to see streaming video on a slightly bigger screen. You’ll also want to optimize the screen by clicking out of any context programs that can make your video window smaller. Some phones operate by sensors to set landscape viewing, so figure out how yours works to get easy online video when you want it.

Use Headphones
Using headphones helps you watch your video stream without annoying other people in a room. Standard headphones plug easily into most smartphone devices via a 1/8-inch jack.

Stream to TV
With some new services, you can use your mobile phone to stream shows or movies to your television set. For example, you may be able to get a dedicated any-room package that includes mobile streaming television such as the one offered by Verizon. Contact your ISP for packages available in your area. Just like you can sync your iPhone or mobile device to the audio in your car, you can benefit from tying your device into your home entertainment theater.

Getting Access to Video Content
There is a wide array of services offering video content for mobile phones. These all come with cost and access tiers of their own. For example, it’s much easier to get shows and movies from major networks than it is to get shows from premium cable channels because the premiums limit their contractual agreements with mobile TV services.

Try some of these strategies, and get excellent mobile movies and TV on the go, anywhere at any time.

Meg Rahner

Meg Rahner
Meg is the PR Coordinator for CircleClick and a writer for MobileFOMO. She is from Erie, Pennsylvania and has a BA in Public Relations from Penn State University. She moved to San Francisco shortly after graduating in 2010 and loves life on the west coast. Since moving to SF, she has contracted for the Academy of Art University's Marketing team, LinkedIn's Recruiting Team, and is excited to be pursuing her passion for writing and PR in her current roles.
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