It seems that today’s smart phones keep getting smarter and smarter. Gone are the days that a phone was simply something you used to make and receive calls. Now nearly anything you can do on a home computer, you can do from your smart phone. This includes send email, surf the web, listen to your favorite music, and now you can even watch all of your favorite TV shows right from your mobile phone. This has gone a long way to launch the smart phone market as the premier market for technological innovation.
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Smartphone TV Apps
Smart phone TV watching is driven by powerful applications. Nearly every major cable TV provider, and many other cable TV networks have launched apps aimed at getting you to watch TV on your phone. This includes the Comcast Xfinity TV app, the HBO GO app, DirecTV’s smart phone app and the very popular Hulu Plus and Netflix apps used to watch both movies and TV shows right from your phone. Additionally, there are several other TV apps at your disposal within your respective app stores.
Pros & Cons of Watching TV on Smartphones
As with any piece of new technology, there are good and bad things that come with watching TV from your phone. One downside to watching TV from your smart phone is related to cell phone plans. Video streaming eats up a lot of data, and if you don’t have access to an unlimited cell phone plan your phone bill can get expensive pretty quick.
The good news is that most cell phone providers offer relatively inexpensive unlimited cell phone plans that include unlimited data. Another downside is that many mobile phone plans throttle your network connection speeds after you’ve used a certain amount of data. For instance, some plans state that if you use over 2.5 GBs of data in one billing cycle, they will slow down (throttle) your data connection speed until the next billing cycle. The final downside is that using powerful TV apps drains your smart phone’s battery really quickly. But if your phone is plugged into a charger regularly, and your phone has Wi-Fi capabilities, neither of these problems should effect you very much at all. Also, some of the most popular apps are only available on certain devices. For instance, the Hulu Plus app is only available on a small list of pre-approved Windows, Android and iOS devices.
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You can access the majority of these TV smart phone apps in the Android, Windows, iOS and BlackBerry app stores for free, or for a small nominal fee. Some of these apps like, HBO GO, Xfinity TV and DirecTV, require that you have subscription to their channel or cable service to use the apps.
Lastly, the fun doesn’t stop with your smart phone. Many of these apps can also be used on a tablet PC. This means that if you’re tired of watching TV on your small smart phone device, you can easily switch to the large screen on your tablet PC device.
If you’re like most modern working adults, you are a mobile TV watcher. Most working adults are busy with a day job or with college, and they don’t have time to catch up on your shows at home. If this is you, then watching TV shows on your mobile phone is a great option.
This is a guest article by Ruben Corbo, a writer for the website Cell Phone Expert where you can compare cell phone plans.
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