You're probably used to TV streaming apps requiring logins and sometimes cable subscription checks. Not the case with the new NBC app. It will allow anyone in the US to browse currently running programs and watch a few episodes from the device. And would you believe it isn't a nightmare to use?

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There are about 20 shows available in the app, each with the last 4-5 episodes. It would be nice to have more streaming content, but it is free. The tile-based UI feels smooth and responsive – it's not just a crappy web wrapper. However, the video player does have commercials in it every now and then. There is a TV schedule built into the app as well, but it doesn't appear to do much of anything right now.

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You'll get more content with Hulu, of course, but you have to pay for access on mobile devices. This is a free way to catch up if you missed the last episode of something.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • wickets

    this is brilliant......thanks for the heads up. I hope other stations follow with their own apps

    • Derek Duncan

      ABC has an app.. CBS is supposed to be releasing one too.

      • wickets

        +Derek Duncan thanks....i was under the impression that abc and cbs required a cable company credential log in for the apps to work

        • Derek Duncan

          ABC only requires it for Live TV. You are able to watch previous episodes without anything.

          • Ivan

            It's incompatible with Note 2... Abc app...

          • atc_tech

            :Currently WATCH ABC is not available on Android phones.

            WATCH ABC is available on select Android tablets including:
            Nexus 7, Google Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 (7.0), Samsung Galaxy
            Tab 2 (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Note® 8.0, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" - From the Google Play Description

  • Kam Siu

    Nice, this is where broadcast channels should move towards

  • Cory Wilson

    Sounds pretty sweet to me.

  • Fab

    I have a galaxy s4 n tried to download NBC App. But google play saying that phone is not compatible.. Wtf!!

    • IronPlumber

      Same with S3 on AT&T.

      • J3R3MY_H

        I sent an email to the developer asking for support for the S3 on AT&T. You should too.

        • J3R3MY_H

          Here is the response i got:

          Looking into it.

          There are issues with the video player on Samsung devices specifically. They have a custom player that is making the video experience subpar. We are absolutely focused on getting the NBC app to as many users as possible. 

          • Primalxconvoy

            Except that I, as a Samsung user, don't use the custom video player and use mx player. Let ME decide if the app works or not on my device, Thank you.

  • Fab

    Galaxy s4 on t-mobile.

  • Itchy_Robot

    Chromecast support, please

    • Derek Duncan

      have to wait for google on that one.

      • ddpacino

        Yea, this sucks. Who knows what we'll see once they greenlight it. Koush isn't the only one working....

    • Wise Viking

      As long as you have Android Kit Kat 4.4.2 you can mirror you devices screen and play back anything over your TV that your phone can run. It is pretty awesome.

  • moelsen8

    this is how it should be done, bravo.

  • jayray78

    But does it Chromecast?

    • MeCampbell30

      Sadly nothing chromecasts yet. Google has yet to finalize the SDK.

  • Mr E

    This is great news... but is there anything good on NBC anymore?

    • lordmerovingian

      The Blacklist pilot was good. Law & Order is good too. Can't wait for the 2nd season of Hannibal.

    • MeCampbell30

      I find "The Voice" superior to other singing competition shows.

  • Thismilkisourmilk

    Too bad it says "Isn't compatible with your device" MY device is an S4.

    • lordmerovingian

      It seems to be a "tablet" app. Shows compatible with my Nexus 7 but not my Note 2.

      • Cherokee4Life

        works fine on my EVO LTE and my ASUS Infinity

  • Mike Kister

    Not compatible with Logitec Google TV :(

  • Primalxconvoy

    can someone give a non google play link please?

  • Chris Vander Maas

    Strange, it's compatible with my Galaxy Nexus, but not the GS4, Xoom, Sony or Logitech TV boxes.

  • Michael

    Compatible with HTC Rezound however not compatible with Samsung Galaxy S4. What gives. Anyone have a apk link not from Google play.

  • Michael

    If I download this for my Rezound, can I just xfer the apk over to my Galaxy S4?

  • clay

    i wish nbc would fix their nbc sports app instead. its unusable.

  • jnbarth

    Not compatible with my ASUS TF700 Transformer Tablet with 4.2.1.

  • Matthew Fry

    Is it a rotating schedule of episodes or just random ones? If the latter, this is not worthwhile.

  • SiJia Ke

    not for s4

  • Primalxconvoy

    Btw, please remove links to appbrain Android police. Those shysters just run a glorified front for the Google play store and most links at their site require their app (which is awfully designed) which then just opens up the Google play store.

    Seriously, appbrain is the worst.

  • KRS_Won

    Compatible with my HD MAXX and Nexus 7, but not an S4.. Maybe it's a 720 vs 1080 thing?

  • RTWright

    Galaxy S3 is incompatible with it! -10 stars right there!

  • RXG9

    Is there an app where I can stream the nightly national news at 630pm? Don't care if its NBC CBS or ABC

  • Lemont

    The appwonnt work with my galaxy 2 by samsung I got 10,1

  • Concerned_Citizen

    Won't work on a Asus Transformer pad.


    How much did you get paid for writing a completely bogus review about an application that's INCOMPATIBLE with the most popular Android phone in the country?!
    That's right ...the NBC Universal app was programmed INCOMPATIBLE with the Samsung Galaxy S4 phone.

  • kim hicks

    It plainly states will workon Samsung Galaxy Tab 2,but when I try it states not compatible with my device . I wish you would get your messes straightened up. All the time wasted on downloads believing what you state! A bunch of BULL!!!!!
    wasted download

  • rick27607

    For the Samsung device users out there , NBC technical support said that there is some issues at the firmware level causing problems when attempting to watch and that they are trying to work out a fix but have not had any success thus far.

    The android Browser 'Puffin' (find on Google Play) seemed to work on a Note 10.1( 2014 EDITION) when all other suggested solutions failed - you might want to give it a try.

  • pball65

    Definitely does not work says android 4+ then it says not compatible with my Samsung with android version 4.0.4. Can you say false advertising....

  • SG4 android 4.3

    works w/ android 4.0 & up? not with my Samsung gs4. any fixes for this? anyone figure out a way around this prob?

  • Tirique Graham

    hey guy. i know how to make this app work on galaxy,

  • R LO

    Not compatible with android 💩

  • Dustin C Harmon

    My note 3 is incompatible wtf.

  • rox b

    This is now november 2014 and my galaxy note 2 is incompatable.


    This app BLOWS. Use it only if you want to get stuck in an endless cycle of commercials that you can't get out of. Right in the middle of a show. A holes.

  • jim m

    Wish they had the NBC app for kindle fire he or kindle fire tv. They don't support google play to download it

    • jim

      Darn auto correct. Kindle fire hd

  • Crystal

    I am mad about it too. I have the Samsung Galaxy note2 and can't get the app but I really need it right now.