Top 7 TV/movie/entertainment apps for iPhone, iPad and Android

Top 7 TV/movie/entertainment apps for iPhone, iPad and AndroidWe recently covered Five of the best iPhone, iPad and Android fitness apps, touching on everything from walking to pumping iron to flexing your synapses, so it’s time for a well-deserved rest.

Here we’re lying on the couch with the top seven apps in the TV/movie/general entertainment field, and the good news is: they’re all free! (Well, sort of.)

As always, apps are presented in no particular order. Unless… shall we go for alphabetical order? Yeah, let’s do that!

Top 7 TV/movie/entertainment apps for iPhone, iPad and Android1. 4oD

In addition to offering recent episodes of programmes like Location, Location, Location, Jamie’s Comfort Food, Come Dine With Me, 8 out of 10 Cats and Countdown (and Made in Chelsea – if you absolutely must), 4oD plays host to all 18 episodes of The Inbetweeners, which – for our money – is reason alone to install the app.

Further ‘Box Sets’ include Black Mirror, Dead Set and Father Ted. Not bad, for free!

You can also download programmes over Wi-Fi to watch offline and/or abroad. Neat.

Price: free @ App Store, free @ Google Play

Top 7 TV/movie/entertainment apps for iPhone, iPad and Android2. BBC iPlayer

Essentially the Beeb’s answer to 4oD, BBC iPlayer matches the generous 30-day catch-up window, and also offers downloads for offline viewing.

Highlights include Eastenders (ahem), Strictly Come Dancing (double ahem), The Graham Norton Show and The Apprentice.

Note to self: catch up with The Fall. Oh, and Masterchef! Good lord, Masterchef.

Price: free @ App Store, free @ Google Play

Top 7 TV/movie/entertainment apps for iPhone, iPad and Android3. IMDd

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting watching something on the telebox, and some actor or actress looks painfully familiar; but try as you might, you can’t remember where the heck you’ve seen them before.

Enter: IMDb. Pop in the name of the programme or movie you’re watching, scroll through the cast, tap the actor or actress in question, and you’ll see their full ‘Filmography’.

Also handy for checking - at a glance - if something is worth watching, thanks to the rating system.

Price: free @ App Store, free @ Google Play

Top 7 TV/movie/entertainment apps for iPhone, iPad and Android4. Netflix

Seriously, does anyone not use Netflix these days? It’s easily one of the best ways to spend a monthly £5.99 (or £6.99 for new customers).

Highlights include every episode of Breaking Bad and the first four seasons of The Walking Dead, alongside original content like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

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Price: free @ App Store, free @ Google Play (subscription required)

Top 7 TV/movie/entertainment apps for iPhone, iPad and Android5. Sky Go

As much as I resent paying a small fortune to Sky every month (in the absence of Virgin Media in my area), I really can’t complain about Sky Go.

Free for all Sky customers, the Sky Go app gives you access to a frankly ridiculous volume of content, both live and on demand.

Ideally, you might be able to find someone – your parents, perhaps – with no interest in Sky Go; steal their login details and  - boom! – free Sky.

Price: free @ App Store, free @ Google Play (subscription required)

Top 7 TV/movie/entertainment apps for iPhone, iPad and Android6. StumbleUpon

A change of pace here, with an entertainment app I recently… stumbled across (badum tsh!) called StumbleUpon.

I’ll return with a full StumbleUpon review in due course, but essentially you define your interests – cell phones, music, movies, writing, video games or whatever – and the app throws up a selection of articles you might find interesting.

Again, I'll go into StumbleUpon in more depth shortly, but definitely worth a look.

Price: free @ App Store, free @ Google Play

Top 7 TV/movie/entertainment apps for iPhone, iPad and Android7. WWE Network

Is wrestling the world’s greatest form of entertainment? Absolutely!!! Well, according to wrestling fans, at least.

The WWE Network still isn’t available in the UK, with the launch recently aborted just minutes before blast off. It’s not clear what’s going on, but many suspect there’ll eventually be a deal with Sky. Hmm.

In the meantime, these will help you get the WWE Network up and running in the UK:

Price: free @ App Store; for Android, use Hola Free VPN to download

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14 comments

SpeedyG  Nov. 25, 2014 at 16:01

Sky go has a poor rep and still isn't supported for lots of phones and tablets like the Moto G. :/

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 25, 2014 at 16:34

Whether I die tomorrow or in 20 years - it's very likely I'll die thinking, "wtf was IMDb all about"...

And where is Youtube? Seriously?

SpeedyG  Nov. 25, 2014 at 16:38

Doesn't Flixster collate stuff from IMDB and Rottentomato and does a better job anyway?

Yeah YT not there is odd considering what it does now. Can I plug my YT channel btw? :p

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 25, 2014 at 16:42

For Fox-like balance:

I checked the top Windows Phone "Entertainment" apps...

1. Netflix
2. to 8. 'Free' music and ringtone downloaders (Must be 90s week....)
9. 4oD by Channel 4...
10. The aptly named "Full Length Movies"... it lets you watch guess what. How very legal, MS!

If you search for "Video apps" it's pretty much a 89% Youtube downloaders and a couple of Torrent clients...

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 25, 2014 at 16:42

Doesn't Flixster collate stuff from IMDB and Rottentomato and does a better job anyway?

Yeah YT not there is odd considering what it does now. Can I plug my YT channel btw? :p


Plug away... see if I delete it :p

SpeedyG  Nov. 25, 2014 at 17:52

Then just search Speedy Doc on YouTube then. :p

Had an issue with the US Netflix trick via Hola VPN not working, but it seems ok now and watched an episode of Bates Motel.

Unless that's already in UK Netflix lol...

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 25, 2014 at 18:14

Then just search Speedy Doc on YouTube then. :p

Had an issue with the US Netflix trcik via Hola VPN not working, but it seems ok now and watched an episode of Bates Motel.

Unless that's already in UK Netflix lol...


it's on vodl... oh, shoot... cannot plug that, can I?
Now I must check out some dude on Youtube. ;)

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 25, 2014 at 18:17

Speedy Doc. I watched one of your videos. I was expecting some sort of same-day Vi*gra service... You're no doc at all :p

SpeedyG  Nov. 25, 2014 at 18:23

Haha! I can't find my old Lab coat I wanted to use in my videos yet, but it'll appear soon enough. Now you know what I look like. :p

I'm looking to do some reviews soon of some of the tech I have and looking to subscribe to a site I hear sends you latest tech stuff to sample.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 25, 2014 at 18:33

To stay offtopic: Is that a hint? I'm not aware of such a site... I get some stuff on a private basis from people in certain Irish networks and CPW. And Mobot resists all bias (of course :p ) - we do not, cannot, must not accept any samples... Damn!

SpeedyG  Nov. 25, 2014 at 18:43

A friend from a local Staples made me aware of it but he hasn't come back to me about the email correspondance he had and I haven't seen it from internet searches yet. Or failing that I'll do some Amazon purchases and unboxings I guess.

On-topic meant to have a go on Hulu and MTV US versions via Hola.

lcurdie / MOD  Nov. 25, 2014 at 21:17

And where is Youtube? Seriously?
Sorry, the full feature name is: Top 7 TV/movie/entertainment apps for iPhone, iPad and Android that aren't pre-installed on one or both operating systems ;)

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 25, 2014 at 21:19

Nice :p

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