Catching Your Favorite TV Shows on the Go
What do you do when your favorite show airs a new episode but you’re nowhere near the television or forgot to set up a recording on your DVR? Or worse, what if your local cable or satellite provider dumped the channel your favorite show is on? In the era of mobile technology and broadband internet connections, these issues aren’t nearly as damning as they were even a decade ago.
There are a myriad of potential options out there for you to get your fix of your favorite programming if you’re willing to do a little leg work. You may not be able to catch your show in its regularly scheduled time slot, but a day or two later isn’t a major inconvenience to watch on your schedule. Here are a few potential options to catch shows on the go.
Hulu carries shows from five of the six major networks, with CBS the lone holdout from programming. Viewers can watch programming and movies for free without registration, though there may be limitations as to what episodes are available for a particular series.
The company has a subscription plan, known as Hulu Plus. For $7.99 a month, you get unlimited streaming of programming in the Hulu library, including full seasons of shows that may be otherwise unavailable through their network. The service is functional on smartphones, gaming systems such as the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii and tablets like the iPad.
Slingbox is an innovation that gives you the ability to watch and control the cable or satellite programming that airs from your home, even if you aren’t there. All you need is the ever present broadband internet connection, the proper hardware, be it a Kindle Fire, iPad or your trusty laptop and the Slingbox app. There is even the ability to pause, fast forward and rewind programming or you can set things to record on your DVR.
While there have been mixed reviews as to how well the Slingbox works, it’s an exciting step forward for those who are unable to be home for extended periods of time. At a price of $29.99 for the app for your tablet and smartphones, it makes the price that you pay for cable a little more palatable knowing that you can actually watch programming once in a while.
Similar to Hulu in its premise, Netflix allows tablet owners to stream TV shows and movies on their device after downloading the free Netflix application in the app store. Of course, this does require an individual to have a Netflix account that is active. The price point is the same as Hulu Plus’ subscription cost at $7.99 a month and allows for unlimited streaming of programming for that fee. The ability to rewind, pause and fast forward are also easily accessible, giving you the ability to go back and see a particular clip over and over again.
Netflix does cover a larger geographical area than Hulu, as its covered region includes the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean along with the United Kingdom and Ireland. As with Hulu, the ability to use proxy servers to work around the geographic limitations is always a viable option should you either not live in or travel out of the covered areas.
Modern technology is making it easier for you to watch your favorite shows without being home. What service do you use?
About the Author: Lisa prefers watching tv at her convenience and loves her Hulu subscription. When she isn’t watching tv or blogging, she is playing mom to her two children.
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