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Top 300 apps: TV/movies

Want some entertainment on the go?

Adrian Weckler

Published 17/10/2013 | 04:00

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Netflix

iOS, Android; €7 per month

While limited ‘catch-up’ TV player services are all well and good, Netflix has come to symbolise the real future of movie consumption. It’s an on-demand, online service with thousands of movies and TV shows for a small monthly fee. The catalogue is reasonably good, although it lacks brand-new movies and TV series.

However, it has begun to offer original content of its own (such as ‘House Of Cards’ and ‘Orange Is The New Black’). It also has lots of cult series, such as ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Dexter’. The app essentially allows you to pick up on where you left off with whatever film or TV series you were watching before, either on a television, a laptop, a phone or tablet.

The quality of the picture depends entirely on the strength of the broadband signal available – it goes from blocky (very weak signal) to full 1080p high-definition (about 3Mbs required).

MX Player Pro

Android; €4.40

This is probably the best overall video player for tablets. It will play almost any video format you import on to your tablet. If you download a lot of videos or movies, this is a good investment.

OPlayer HD

iPad; €4.50

Sometimes it’s tricky to watch videos and films imported from other sources on the iPad. This app does a good job of playing video from a range of sources. There's a free version, too.

Sky Go

iOS, Android; free

If you're already a Sky subscriber, this allows you to watch almost anything on Sky that you're already signed up to. That includes the sports and movie channels.

RTE Player

iOS, Android; free

For fans of television catch-up services, RTE's online player does the job well.

UPC Remote Record

iOS; free

For UPC digital television users (which is most UPC customers), this app allows you to record programmes over the next seven days. For some reason, there’s still no Android version.

Sky+

iOS, Android; free

Like UPC's Remote Record app, this allows you to log in and set your digital box to record programmes or movies from your iPhone.

AerTV.ie

All devices; free

Magnet's AerTV.ie lets you watch all Irish television channels, live. While it isn't actually a native app, it's very useful from a mobile device.

YouTube

iOS, Android; free

Apple yanked YouTube off its iPhones and iPads, but you can re-install it by downloading it from the App Store. It’s still the best overall video app available.

BBC iPlayer

iPad; €7 monthly

This is one of the best television players around. There's a monthly subscription, but the range of content on offer is superb, from drama to comedy to mini-series.

TED

iOS, Android; free

For those interested in the big questions, TED is a superb repository of speeches and presentations from thinkers, scientists, entrepreneurs and academics.

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