Watching TV on your mobile.

Watching TV on your mobile.

Remember those days of missing your favourite TV show because you were too busy having a life to get on with? We shudder to recall what life was like before we had the control we do now over what we watch.


Of course, the best part is that we’re not limited to watching what’s on the box ‘on the box’. So here’s the lowdown on the most popular TV apps. Here are the apps to help you skip the dross and be the boss of your own TV schedule.



BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer. (Free, and available on Android and iOS)

Watch and listen live, and catch-up on what you’ve missed over the last seven days. As with the desktop version, you can add shows to your favourites so that new episodes automatically stack for you to enjoy later. But here’s the best part – downloaded content is yours to keep for up to 30 days, so you can view your faves even when you’re not online. 



4oD. (Free, and available on Android and iOS).

Get the best of Channel 4, E4 and More4. 4oD features a wide selection of content and offers a generous 30-day catch up window. There’s been some grumbling that, when it comes to the number of ads on the platform, 4oD has OD’d. So on the downside, you might suffer a sofa commercial or two. (Boo.) But on the upside, you can keep some of your favourite programmes forever and ever by downloading content via iTunes. (Bombdiggity!)


ITV Player

ITV Player. (Free, and available on Android and iOS).

Catch-up on shows broadcast over the last 30 days on ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and (deep breath) CITV. The app enables unlimited viewing but you'll need a Wi-Fi connection to watch programmes.


Sky Go

Sky Go. (Free if you have a subscription, and available on Android and iOS).

If you have a Sky subscription this app is a no-brainer. In addition to live TV you’ll be able to access Sky’s huge On Demand library at no extra cost.



Netflix. (Free for the first month, and available on Android, iOS and Windows).

Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV shows and movies on your phone. For £5.99 a month you can watch as many films and shows as you like, as often as you want, any time you want. And new episodes are added regularly. Netflix is compatible with Windows 8 and the list of supported devices is continually expanding.