TV Apps - Cord Cutting

If you own a tablet, smartphone, game console or a smart TV then to access video, TV channels and other cool programs will involve downloading an app. If you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod then you need to head over to Apple's app store, Android device owners need Google Play, Windows 8 app store etc. You get the picture. Here for cord cutters of the world we introduce our favorite mobile apps to get free or low cost TV on the go.

 Watch ABC App
Watch your favorite shows from the ABCnetwork. The Watch ABC app offers a convenient way to watch ABC streaming on the go from local markets including live TV streaming of local content from anywhere within the area. Read our Review
The Good Against
  • Available on multiple devices
  • Offers catch-up TV as well as live streaming
  • Advertising
  • Viewers have to stay within the TV stations viewing area
 Adult Swim Gold
Although Adult Swim offer some free video and broadcasts, you can get access to a whole lot more full episodes by joining the Gold portal and using your existing provider login. Then you can watch full episodes of shows such as Family Guy, Aqua TV Show and Squidbillies.
The Good The Bad
  • Watch some episodes and clips free
  • Additional Gold content is available free if you qualify
  • Content expires
  • Need a cable. satellite or broadband subscription from participating provider to use
  • No support for simultaneous use on multiple devices
 CBS App
Watch TV shows 24 hours after they air on CBS. Add social content and extra information on stars, plots and shows. Many have second screen apps.
The Good The Bad
  • Full TV episodes on-demand
  • HD content available
  • Some content is not available for up to 8 days after broadcast
  • Episodes expire
  • Have to put up with pesky Advertising
 Cartoon Network App
Everyone loves the occasional cartoon. CN offers on demand content and live streaming with both East and West time zones available for extended watching time. Read our Review Read full CN review here
The Good The Bad
  • Streaming of Cartoon Network series available the day after airing
  • Live streaming also available
  • Content does expire
  • Cartoons are just for kids..aren't they?
 Epix App
Cable channel Epix have an app that lets viewers watch thousands of movies, TV shows and live sportsWatch any of the movies in rotation on the Epix suite of channels on demand, along with bonus content. It's beyond epic — it's Epix.
The Good The Bad
  • On demand movie streaming from entire Epix catalog
  • Additional features such as interviews, clips and features
  • Social networking features to let friends see what you are watching
  • Need to authenticate you are an Epix subscriber to watch
  • Content expires
 HBO Go
It's not TV, it's HBO Go. Who even cares about the movies it makes available when it's got every episode of every original show HBO has ever aired? You even get immediate on demand access to new episodes of current series AS THEY AIR. Read our Review
The Good The Bad
  • On demand access to all films currently in rotation on HBO channels as well as all original content (regardless of original airdate)
  • Behind-the-scenes features and interviews are also available
  • Some content does eventually expire; must be an HBO subscriber
  • The service has crashed at times of unexpectedly high usage
  • Must be a HBO subscriber
 MTV Website & App
MTV is not just about music anymore after bringing hit reality shows such as the Osbornes and Jackass to our screens. Now you get to watch it all in streaming form.
The Good The Bad
  • Streaming of selected episodes of current and former MTV series
  • Show clips, interviews, and MTV News shorts also available on demand
  • Content does expire
  • Limited selection of shows with full episodes
 Nickelodeon Website & App
Get your fill of kids entertainment from the Nickelodeon network. hows can be streamed from the website along with original content and games.
The Good The Bad
  • Streaming of selected episodes of current and former Nickelodeon series
  • Games and original videos are also available
  • Limited selection of shows with full episodes
  • Content does expire
 Showtime Anytime
Showtime content available to subscribers that offers both live streaming and on-demand access to their vast library of programming. Read our Review
The Good The Bad
  • A livestream of Showtime East/West
  • On Demand access to all films currently in rotation on Showtime channels as well as all original content (regardless of original airdate)
  • Behind-the-scenes features and interviews are also available
  • Some content does eventually expire
  • Must be a Showtime subscriber.
 Starz Play
It's got all of the Starz movies in current rotation, but that's about it. In our testing we encountered numerous bugs with authentication and playback, but once they get those fixed, you'll have a lot of content to choose from.
The Good The Bad
  • On Demand access to all films currently in rotation on Starz channels
  • Behind-the-scenes features and interviews are also available
  • Unstable authentication and playback on web version
  • Some content does eventually expire
  • Must be a Starz subscriber
 TBS Website & App
You can find most of what TBS makes available elsewhere, with the notable exception of Conan. We still love that puppet dance. Read our Review
The Good The Bad
  • Streaming of full episodes of various syndicated and original series
  • On Demand access to TBS events (like the MLB postseason)
  • Bonus features for various shows are also available
  • Limited selection of shows with full episodes
  • Content does expire
 TNT Website & App
You can get your Franklin & Bash episodes, but the real draw here is full streaming access to some the movies currently in rotation on TNT. Then you can go back to Franklin & Bash, we guess. Read our Review
The Good The Bad
  • Streaming of full episodes of various syndicated and original series
  • On Demand access to TNT movies
  • Bonus features for various shows are also available
  • Limited selection of shows with full episodes
  • Content does expire
  • Franklin & Bash is a terrible show
 Fox Now App
Fox has always been forward-thinking, and their app is the best immersive experience out there. Vote, tweet, and get bonus offerings at your leisure or during live broadcasts. Read our Review
The Good The Bad
  • Robust second-screen experience (called SYNC) for bonus content on live television
  • Making-of featurettes and interviews available on demand
  • Full episodes only available to selected cable/satellite providers
 Watch ESPN
If you're a sports fan then the ESPN app is a must. Watch selected sporting programs and events online. Read our Review
The Good The Bad
  • Includes free mobile app
  • Has live and DVR watching capability
  • Extremely secure
  • No in-market games
  • Programming is very limited
  • Mobile app lacks many features