TV Guide has most the features you need, with local listings, bookmaking, search and entertainment news. 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. The free Android app includes programming details such as the cast, episode titles and more. Share your favorites, read episode recaps, and filter searches based on your preferences.

TV Listings for Android is another television guide app, with easy search tools to see what’s coming up in your area, on cable or satellite. Save and share programs, view different program categories and set reminders, with the 99-cent add-on app. IMdB has all the information you’d ever need, for TV shows, listings, cast and crew, as well as photos. Free, this Android app has trailers, celebrity information that runs the gamut of their careers and other tidbits you might find interesting. IMdB is searchable, with a handful of filtering options as well.


Netflix is thee most popular service for watching TV shows online. The Netflix Android app allows watching your favorite series and movies directly on your phone or tablet.

Never miss an episode of “Glee” again. DirecTV lets customers set their DVR when they’re away from home. Free to download, the DirecTV app also displays program guides and basic account information. The app can also be used to order movies and special programs.

Hulu app offers streaming video, on demand. The free app has broadcast content from Fox, CBS, NBC, Comedy Central and more. Watch full episodes on your Android phone, with a feed that acts as a running channel of your favorite shows.

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.

HBO GO is amongst the most popular Android apps for premium programming. And unlike other apps, you can actually view content on demand directly on your Android device. This streaming app delivers all your favorite HBO shows, including movies, sports, comedy and original programming. The downside is that HBO doesn’t offer the entire Netflix lineup, and doesn’t feature as expansive of an on-demand library. You’re limited to the programs HBO has available at the time, but for many fans, that’s more than enough. This handy app lets you catch up on episodes or camp out for an entire series session. The app comes with custom watchlists and you can set up a series pass to automatically load your queue with the HBO original series’ you don’t want to miss.

Crackle offers movies and full-length television programs on your Android phone. Everything on this app is free, so you won’t have to worry about monthly subscription fees or rental costs. That also means you won’t get all of the newest content, but it’s a great alternative to pricey digital media offerings. You can build and manage your queue from the app or Crackle’s website, with streaming options for 4G or Wi-Fi networks.

Google recognizes the potential behind online video streaming and smartly added video rentals to its Android Market. This service is designed to rival Apple’s movie rental options, and its recent launch comes shortly after YouTube incorporated movie rentals into its network. The Google Play Movies & TV app enables you to view movies instantly–just search the Market for the title you want and it will open in this free app. There is offline access and cross-device support, so movie rentals can be viewed in the Chrome browser as well. There is no all-inclusive subscription option with this app, but you can get movies on demand, paying only for what you watch.

The Hollywood life

E! News delivers the daily dish on celebrity news, including the latest and greatest with your favorite television stars. See what’s popular, catch interviews and behind the scenes clips, and watch some of your favorite E! programs. TMZ serves up Hollywood news, too, with a focus on breaking stories. Free, the TMZ Android app is centered around its video clips, which often catch celebrities in moments of their everyday routines.