Why would you want to watch TV shows on a TV? That’s so 2005. The options for live streaming your favorite TV shows on various devices abound. But until now, the options for live streaming on Android were hard to come by. None of the popular apps (Hulu, Netflix, Crackle, etc.) have this feature. This is why Aereo is different. It has been available for a while on iOS, although curiously not through an app, but via the browser. Now it’s available for Android in the Google Play store. This is great news for cord cutters. You no longer need to walk around with your fingers in your ears to avoid those Glee spoilers, while awaiting its availability on Hulu.
The time has finally come, couch potatoes: Aereo is here. This service has been making waves ever since it launched in February of last year, offering rebroadcasted over-the-air television across the Internet. The web service and iOS app has been available for entirely too long, but now it's time for Android to play (albeit in beta form). The Aereo app is a free download, but the service requires a subscription... and Android 4.2 or higher.
Here's the gist: you sign up for Aereo for eight bucks a month, and you can watch your local television channels over the Internet, anytime, anywhere.
Google Hangouts have been a great innovation in the world of easy broadcasting. If you're looking for something a bit more powerful, though, Livestream for Producers is a really great tool. The most recent update to the app brings cost-free and ad-free live streaming to an already-robust live blogging platform. Independent journalists should be thrilled.
Here's a list of some of the more specializes features you'll find in the app:
** Android App FEATURES **
- Broadcast Live video to your event page (Live Video) - Create a free, ad-free new livestream account - Manage your New Livestream Account (Create, delete, publish events) - Create event posters from iPhone photos (Live Event Page) - Post Photos which appear in real-time on your event page (Live blogging) - Post Videos which appear in real-time on your event page (Live blogging) - Post Text Updates which appear in real-time on your event page (Live blogging) - Remote control and preview of the Livestream Broadcaster Device (Live Video) - Moderate comments during live events and on archived posts - Built-in FTP server to receive live photos from Wifi equipped DSLR cameras.
While I was tapping away on my laptop trying to keep up with the Ice Cream Sandwich event earlier today, the desktop machine was happily recording it for future reference. This should hold us over until Google posts the official HD version - the video is about 1 hours long, but almost every minute of it is totally worth it (at least once you get to the juicy ICS bits):
Update: The official HD video has now been posted:
DI.FM fans, in an announcement on Facebook, your favorite radio station just dropped its Android app (previously available as only an off-Market beta) in the Android Market. Being one of such fans - Digitally Imported Premium is one of the few services I pay for monthly - I can tell you that the app is superb - it's clean, well designed, functional, and not over-bloated with features nobody needs.
Besides the obvious music streaming from all of DI's 37 channels, the app offers an ability to set favorite stations, stream using different bitrates when on Wi-Fi or cellular networks, and an ability to log into Premium to experience higher quality music without commercials.
Every year Google holds a conference for developers, called Google I/O, and every year most of you - pretty much all of you but the lucky 4000 people, cannot make it for one reason or another (like the price which is $350-400 USD).