TV streaming on the go

If you are a movie, soap opera or sports buff, here are some apps, gadgets and services that can help you catch up with content while on the move

In today’s fast-paced life, you may not have the time or patience to sit and wait for a TV channel to broadcast what you want to watch. Be it movies, shows or sports events, everyone wants the flexibility of being able to watch what they want at their convenience.

We take a look at some apps and services that make it easier for you to catch the latest movies and shows on your smartphone or PC.

STAY TUNED, ALWAYS

Direct-to-home (DTH) operators are taking advantage of digital platforms and new technology to unshackle the viewer from TV sets.

Tata Sky+ Transfer

9,300 (new subscribers); 8,900 (existing subscribers)

Using the Tata Sky Mobile app (Android and iOS), users can transfer unlimited recorded content from the STB to their smartphones or tablets. This will be useful for people who always end up missing their favourite movies or sports, or simply prefer the convenience of watching their favourite show’s latest episode while travelling.

The home Wi-Fi network is used to pair the free smartphone app with the STB; the broadband or 3G/4G data is not used up at any point.

A MOVIE LIBRARY THAT NEVER GETS OLD

How many DVDs or Blu-ray discs can you buy in a month? Not many. Which is why a library of movies, regularly updated, is a good option.

DishFlix

5,990

Also, once the Flix box is connected to the STB, users can also record content from TV channels.

GADGET THAT CONNECTS TO TVs

There is a lot of content being consumed on mobile devices and tablets, but you may sometimes want to watch your favourite movie on the big-screen TV at home.

Teewe 2

2,399

GAMING AND MORE

New-generation gaming consoles aren’t only about video games. They are essentially smart boxes that also offer access to a wide range of apps and services.

Nvidia Shield Android TV

$199.99, or around 13,000 (16 GB); $299.99 (500 GB); shipping charges extra

Amazon.com ships the Shield Android TV to India.

STREAMING APPS: A WIDE WORLD OF CONTENT

These apps allow you to stream your favourite movies and TV shows over the Internet directly on your PC, phone or tablet. Since Netflix, HBO NOW, Showtime and Hulu aren’t available in India, these are some of best options at the moment.

Wynk Movies

Android and iOS

Free; optional subscriptions

Wynk Movies tries to solve that by bringing content from Eros Now ( 249 a month for premium content), Hooq ( 199 a month for all content), SonyLiv and YouTube in one app. The interface is easy to navigate, and the content is clubbed together according to genre. This app works well on Wi-Fi as well as 3G and 4G services.

Users can even download movies on to their smartphones and view them later—you won’t need an active Internet connection for this. The quality of streaming is quite good on typical 5-inch or 5.5-inch smartphone screens, but it may feel a bit inconsistent at times when streaming to a TV using the Google Cast feature.

Ogle

Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

249 (a month); 2,400 (annually)

The best part about Ogle is that it doesn’t really have its own app for smartphones and computers—it is integrated within the Plex app (free for Web browser, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and PCs, Mac OS X and Android TV, and streaming devices such as Google’s Chromecast and Sony’s PlayStation).

Ogle works smoothly even on slower broadband connections (the company claims it works on 512 kbps too, but we believe 1 Mbps is the minimum speed you need for a watchable session), and the quality of streaming is tweaked automatically to prevent stutter or annoying buffering breaks.

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