Right now, owning an iPhone means that you also own a mini, high-definition television that can fit in your pocket and is available to you at all times. No longer are we slaves to cable providers. We have cut the cord and we are on the mobile frontier. There’s a lot of programming in the air up there, and your iPhone is ready to grab it all. Here are the best apps for watching TV on your iPhone.
Hulu is THE best app for watching TV on an iPhone, and for good reason. Think about it, how many shows do you really watch? Yes, digital cable will cover all the bases, but at what cost? You are probably paying a lot for shows that you will never watch. Hulu has a ton of content, including NEW network shows, most of which are available to you the day after they air on cable, and it will only cost you $7.99 a month.
Crackle. Crackle is great because it provides a lot of free content. If you’re sick with nostalgia for shows from the days when life was good; you know, back when you used to walk to school uphill both ways in a snowstorm, then Crackle’s iPhone app is for you. You won’t get brand new episodes of current TV shows right away, but you will be able to watch episodes of The Cosby Show or Different Strokes while waiting in line at the DMV. What’chu talkin’ ‘bout, iPhone?
HBO Go. All right, you can’t miss The Wire, or that new episode of Boardwalk Empire, so you keep an HBO subscription. If you don’t already have this app on your iPhone, download it now. You’re already paying for it, and with it you’ll get all of the High-Def HBO content you love at home, on the go.
Sunday Ticket. One of the biggest reasons why people have yet to cut the cord from their cable service provider is live sports. Direct TV’s Sunday Ticket is the solution for one sport in particular, the NFL. While it’s not free, any football fan will appreciate being able to watch whatever game they want, regardless of where they are or what they are doing. The cost for an entire season is $199.95. That’s for access to every out-of-market game every Sunday, all in HD. MLB has an app called MLB.com At Bat. Like Sunday Ticket, it’s a subscription service that gives you unprecedented mobile access to your favorite team’s games, regardless of where they, or you, may be.
It is important to remember that with any of these apps, a large amount of data usage can occur, so be aware of your data plan before you start streaming. If you have an unlimited plan, go nuts. Also, if you purchase an AppleTV for your home, you will find that AirPlay mirroring is another affordable solution to cable. Just find an episode of your favorite TV show through any website on your iPhone, then activate AirPlay mirroring and sit back and enjoy it on your TV.
There are new apps being developed every day, making it easier than ever to stream live TV on your iPhone.