There’s something about primetime television that helps us break summer’s daze and transitions us back into a unified schedule. And even though Android has provided anytime, anywhere TV, the morning water cooler talk never fails to bring mention of last night’s episode or tomorrow’s big game. It’s easier than ever to stay caught-up with our favorite programs as premier providers launch Android apps, from Netflix to Hulu Plus, and even HBO.
TV Guide (Free)
If you’re really into fall TV, then the TV Guide is a necessary Android app this season. It provides news, reviews and fall season lineups, with the latest updates on program changes and celebrity scoops. Even in the era of on-demand TV, it’s good to know when your favorite programs come on, and where you can find them. TV Guide makes it simple with custom provider listings, favorites, and a search tool to hone-in on exactly what you’re looking for.
Xfinity TV (Free)
If you’re a Comcast Xfinity customer, managing your account and your DVR has never been easier. The Xfinity Mobile app is a central hub for anything related to your Comcast TV programs, letting you search and view TV listings, and set up recordings. Here, you can also mark your favorite channels and programs, get alerts for TV reminders, and view your on-demand library. It’s an app more specific to DVR management compared to Xfinity Mobile, and has some extra perks including a “remote control” feature for changing channels, and tuning directly to On Demand programs on your TV.
HBO GO (Free, requires subscription)
Since launching earlier this year, HBO GO has been amongst the most popular Android apps for premium programming. And unlike the Xfinity apps, you can actually view content on demand directly on your Android device. There’s all of HBO’s famous series at your finger tips, from Carnivale to Entourage, which concludes this season. It’s always great when brands like HBO launch Android apps, setting the bar for other television broadcasters and hinting at what the future of TV will look like.
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Hulu Plus (Free)
Hulu is another brand that’s made its way to Android this year, launching across as many connected devices as possible. The Hulu Plus app is a great way to catch up on network television programs, which is really what the fall TV season is all about. ABC, FOX and NBC content is all here, with full episodes of Glee, Family Guy, and more. Hulu Plus often has entire series collections, like X-Files, letting you go back a few seasons if you’re feeling nostalgic.
NBC Universal Apps (Free)
NBC Universal seems particularly dedicated to Android, with an entire family of apps for specific areas of its broadcast network. From prime time series to sports, NBC covers it all. There’s Sports Talk for NFL updates, CNBC Real-Time for financial news, Late Night for Jimmy Fallon fans, and OxygenLive for Oprah’s followers. Blastr and America’s Got Talent Auditions appeal to sci-fi and reality TV fans, while WWE Tough Enough will keep you in the loop with exclusive content for the new series that has a fighting chance.
Technology and Android phones have also made TV a more social activity. GetGlue makes things social, and rewarding. With this free app you check-in to TV shows the same way you’d check-in to a Starbucks with Foursquare’s app. You can discover new programs with recommendations, many of which are based on your friends’ viewing activity as well. The more you check-in, the more rewards you earn from top media companies. And the more active you are, the better your recommendations will be. Who knew TV could be so interactive?