We 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!
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.
2. 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.
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.
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.
Incidentally, you might like these:
- Watch US Netflix on your UK iPad or iPhone
- Watch US Netflix on your UK Android smartphone or tablet
- Watch US Netflix on your UK Windows Phone
5. 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.
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.
7. 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:
- How to watch the WWE Network on your UK iPad or iPhone
- How to watch the WWE Network on your UK Android smartphone or tablet