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Oct 1, 2013

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Fall TV premieres are finally here, and with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor at the heart of your devices, you can catch the shows and movies everyone is talking about using apps and media libraries that connect you to entertainment anywhere.

Media Libraries

Media libraries are collections of movies and TV series that you can rent or buy with an instant download for a small fee. Try Google Play Movies and TV for Android, BlackBerry World Movies for BlackBerry and the Plex, by Plex app ($4.99) that lets you access their library for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices.

Apps for TV and movies through cable subscriptions

  • HBO and MAX

Many cable providers and premium channels offer TV and movie watching apps, like HBO GO and Max GO, by Home Box Office for Android, pictured below, and Windows Phone that let you access all the entertainment you already pay for, whenever and wherever you want to watch it.

  • Xfinity TV Player

Watch thousands of the TV shows and movies you normally watch at home using Xfinity TV Player by Comcast Interactive Media, for Android with a valid Comcast ID or Comcast.net email address and password. You can even watch and download premium channels you already pay for, like Starz, Showtime, Encore and MoviePlex.


Streaming live TV and On Demand shows are available anywhere with the DIRECTV app for Android and Windows Phone devices using a subscription and Internet connection. Your entertainment experience becomes even easier with voice commands that direct the app to change the channel, record shows and play content on your TV so there’s no more hassle of manually typing in letters to search for shows and movies.

  • Dish Anywhere by DISH Network

The DISH Anywhere app by DISH Network for Android lets you watch everything you normally watch on TV, on your mobile device with an online Dish account. You can even schedule and manage DVR recordings using the full-featured DVR manager with one-touch recording so you can create multiple-time recordings of future programs. You can also search for shows by title, genre, network, keyword or actor, and look up what’s going to be on so you aren’t aimlessly channel surfing.

Apps for TV and movies through non-cable subscriptions

If your cable subscription ends after football season, these are some great apps for streaming movies and TV shows straight to your mobile device that don’t require cable.

  • Hulu Plus

Enjoy unlimited streaming of current and timeless TV shows with HuluPlus for Android and Windows Phone devices with a Hulu Plus subscription. Whether you’re eagerly awaiting the latest episode of Family Guy or need to catch up on past seasons of Arrested Development Hulu is here for you. If you get distracted, pause and resume on any Hulu Plus enabled device. Don’t forget the popcorn and candy too because you can also watch your favorite movies instantly or save them to your queue for movie night.

  • Redbox Instant

There’s a new Redbox in town, and you don’t need to grab the car keys to get to it. Verizon and Redbox Digital Entertainment Services have come together to create Redbox Instant for Android, an unlimited movie-streaming app that lets you watch Redbox movies without moving off the couch. Yes, you can still reserve your movies and games for pickup at a Redbox kiosk, bookmark your favorite titles and browse through thousands of popular movies like you normally would at the Redbox kiosk. But now, with Redbox Instant, you can also skip a trip to the kiosk and stream movies and shows with or without a pre-paid subscription right to your mobile device.

  • Viki: TV, Movie, Music, KDrama

Viki: TV, Movie, Music and Korean Drama for Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone is highly rated by over 40,000 users on Google Play, and provides all the entertainment the app title says, plus more. Unique to this app are 150 language translations that let you discover great shows, movies and music from around the world. You can also access well-known network TV shows from NBC Universal, BBC, History, A&E, Bravo and Bio. All you need is a WiFi or 3G connection to get started.

  • Netflix

Dying to find out what all the hype on the Breaking Bad series is about? Netflix offers unlimited access to thousands of cable TV shows, Netflix original series and movies. All Netflix members automatically get access to the app, available for Android and Windows Phone devices that let you search and watch immediately from your mobile device at no additional charge.

Do you end up watching your favorite shows on your tablet? What fall premieres are you waiting for? Let us know in the comments.

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Jackie Hade

Staff Writer, Snapdragon Blog