The mobile phone, this pocket computer that almost all of us take with us, is good for doing a lot, a lot of things and among them there is the possibility of watching all kinds of audiovisual content: videos stored in the memory of our Android to series and movies in streaming services. streaming as well as watching television. Yes, you can watch live TV without needing a tuner, using apps for it.
A quick Google Play search gives us a lot of results on apps used for watching TV, but after trying them we can find apps that don’t work or put too many ads. We decided to stick with nine that workThey don’t overdo the advertising and have good live and on-demand content. Specify here that we wanted to list the official candidacies, registering the latest alternative, which comes from a developer and released their app under free code.
RTVE à la carte
RTVE has spent many years investing in having good mobile apps and although it has cost them the app they now have to see content on demand It has everything one would expect from a public service television: there is no need to register to access the content, if we are under a WiFi network, we can send content to a Chromecast, etc.
The selection of content is very wide and serves both to view the series’ own series as well as other more informative content such as sports, documentaries, informative or historical archives if nostalgia can. It’s free and does not contain any type of advertising.
RTVE à la carte
The official Vodafone TV application has a good number of channels and allows you to consult the schedule, in addition to having the possibility of sending content from your mobile or tablet to television, and vice versa. The two TNT channels are available, such as La 1, Antena 3 or LaSexta, as well as film and series channels, see AXN or FOX.
Obviously, you need to be a subscriber to the service to access it, but if you are a Vodafone customer and have purchased the package, this is an app that you cannot miss on your smartphone.
Atresmedia Player is an application that encompasses all the content of this communication group. That is to say, Antena 3, La Sexta, Nova, mega, A3Series, Neox, Onda Cero and Europa FM. It gives us the possibility to see what is being broadcast live as well as previous programs.
Of course, what we can’t see is the entire catalog available which is on demand. For example, with fiction series that are not self-produced, there are loose and messy episodes, not all of the content as you would see on Netflix for example. The app is very easy to use, it has a lot to do with it and it also supports Chromecast connectivity.
The other major media group in Europe has its own app to display its content. In this case, this gives us access to everything that is broadcast by Mediaset. In other words: Telecinco, Cuatro, Factoría de Ficción, Boing, Divinity and BeMad. In this case, we do not have the possibility to listen to the radio stations.
The app allows us to see both live and on-demand content, although in this second case we will also have some limitations and not everything will be available. The Mitele app is free and has a lot of ads, but it does the job well. This time yes does not support Chromecast.
Operators have taken advantage of their efforts to invest in television to offer series and films on mobiles as well. In the case of the orange teleco, we have the possibility to see live channels and on-demand content in any of them. It also includes support for Chromecast if we want to see it on a bigger screen where the Orange set-top box is not connected.
We also have access to Wuaki’s video library to access its content and also to rent movies or series. We will obviously need have a contracted connection to be able to use the service, otherwise the application will be of no use to us, even if it is free.
Movistar + is the official teleco application so that everyone who has access to the TV content package can also see it from their mobile. To log in, we will first need to activate this function from the company’s website and after a while we will receive a password to enter.
The content is exactly the same as what we would have on TV: all series, same movies and syncs with our favorite content so that we can follow it and not have to look for it again. As a Movistar user, I have to say that the app works well and although it does jerk at times, this is an app that every Movistar TV user should have installed.
We close the list with an app for the little ones. Disney Channel is still very much alive, and they’ve been around on mobile devices for a long time as well. Like other apps we’ve seen on the list, we have the option to watch content on demand or watch what’s currently streaming live.
The interface is very visual and at a glance you can see which series are available. Of course, here we don’t have all the episodes so we have to be mindful of what we see so as not to see it twice and take advantage of it when the list is updated to see what’s new.
As a bonus, we’ll tell you about TDT channels, an app not found in the Play Store, but it’s well worth your download. It is a fairly updated TNT reader, which is part of an open source project. The application is completely free, does not contain any advertising and allows you to watch TV safely through the phone.
To download it, just go to Marc Villa’s GitHub and download the latest APK. After installing it on your device, you will be able to see all available channels, in addition to listening to the radio. The app, as we have pointed out, is updated frequently, so the sources of the channels are up to date, making it easy to view without interruption.