Streaming movies from Google Play is rather nice. I sort of scoffed at the feature at first, wondering why I'd want to spend that much money to rent a movie when I could wait and buy a physical copy later. But hey, $3 to $5 really isn't that much compared to watching a film in theaters, and it lets you see a movie much sooner than waiting for the DVD version to drop in price.
The thing is, Play Movies isn't available all over the world. Read More
Don't think I'll find where a show is available online? Just watch me. There's an app or two for that, and now that JustWatch has brought its search engine to Android and iOS, there's another one. And it's capable of searching through Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, HBO Now, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, Play Movies, PlayStation, Showtime, Vudu, Xbox, and a couple other online streaming services.
JustWatch's grid layout looks like those of the services it interacts with, and it feels like a natural companion, like the modern-day equivalent of a TV guide. You can create a watchlist without having to create an account or provide any credentials. Read More
Watching Hulu already feels more like cable than Netflix. You have access to shows shortly after they air, and you still have to sit through commercials. Starting next month, you will also be able to expand your subscription with premium content.
Hulu is partnering with Showtime to let subscribers stream the latter's large selection of shows. But the option to do so will cost more than Hulu itself. After a 30 day free trial, you will have to pay $9 on top of your $8 Hulu subscription. Read More
Today AC/DC's albums have come to music streaming services. They are now available on the likes of Spotify, Rdio, and Google Play.
Some musicians make their debuts on the web. Others embrace online stores as a new revenue stream. A number have decried digital downloads and online streaming as detrimental to the music experience. AC/DC has been one of the last and most well-known holdouts.
The hard rock band formed in the 70s, decades before the Internet fundamentally altered the way music gets distributed. The members didn't allow its albums on iTunes until 2012, and it's only now that the group is willing to play along with music streaming services. Read More
People have been hopping on bikes and racing around France for over a century. Okay, they may have been doing it for even longer, but this year marks the 102nd time they will call it the Tour de France. If you live in the US and want to stream the action on your Android device, NBC has released an official app into the Play Store just for you.
NBC says its mobile app will provide live video coverage from every stage and full replays. There's a map you can use to track the action, or you can just use the app to track results if you don't have time. Read More
Back in May Spotify offered a healthy serving of new functionality to iOS users that, dagnabbit, we Android folks wanted too. At the time, we were told that our taste would come in the near future with no specific timing. Well, premium Spotify subscribers have started to see the features show up in the latest beta updates.
We detailed the changes back when iOS got its hands on them, so I'm going to skim over them now. There's a new "Now" start page that provides music based on the time of day while also adapting to your mood and personal tastes. Read More
After a nearly decade-long run, The Colbert Report is over. I know, Colbert Nation, this news is still sad half a year after the final episode. Stephen Colbert has decided to move on and will take over for David Letterman as the new host for CBS's The Late Show. And no, he won't be the satirical conservative that Americans all across the ideological spectrum found reason to love—though he will still be pretty goofy.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert won't debut until September 8th, so we still have three months of waiting left to do. In the meantime, CBS has pushed a mobile app into the Play Store to hold us over. Read More
If you've got a big media library to manage and you want to get it on multiple screens, Plex is one of the best ways to do it. The Android app has been updating at a breakneck pace recently, and today there's yet another version bump. It comes with various layout improvements and some tweaks to Android TV functionality.
The PBS Video Android app has gained support for a cheap little media stick that frees shows from mobile devices and sticks them on something bigger. This way users can go back to viewing shows like Frontline, NOVA, and PBS NewsHour the way they've been watching them for decades.
Chromecast support works the way you're likely already familiar with. You open up the app, you locate the icon in the top-right corner, you select the dongle you want to cast to, and you watch your show.
The adult PBS Android app gains Chromecast support nearly a year after the PBS Kids one did, but hey, parents are used to putting their children first. Read More