We’re pretty convinced that watching TV and films on the go is, quite simply, the best thing to have ever happened to us. And this week, our Wuntu rewards app has joined forces with Rakuten TV to give you £3.50 towards renting the movie you're most desperate to watch. Don't miss this fab deal and check out the apps you need to know about when it comes to being a professional binge-watcher...
You may have noticed we’re all about mobile streaming these days (Go Binge – ever heard of it?)
With phones like the iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung S7 having bigger screens than ever, our mobiles have never made better personal entertainment systems, and there are no limits to where we watch: on our commute, with our partners (or pets), even in the airport waiting for our plane to jet off.
Movie and TV apps like Rakuten TV (by Wuaki) offer all of the latest blockbusters, indie films, TV series and family-friendly content, so that every day, night and car journey can be movie-night.
This week, snag a fab movie from Rakuten TV courtesy of our mega-rewards app, Wuntu: we’re offering £3.50 worth of Rakuten TV Super Points so you can rent any movie you like, whenever you want. Don’t worry, we won’t judge… even if it’s a cheesy rom-com and not some artsy foreign flick.
You can also use your points towards other Rakuten TV stuff, like clothes or an e-book, but you don’t have to pretend with us. We know nothing comes between you and your binge-watching habits.
To get the deal on Wuntu this Thursday, swipe right, tap on Use Now and copy the code and enter the Rakuten TV site. Log in or register on the landing page, paste your code and hit redeem. You’ll automatically be credited with 350 Rakuten TV Super Points to use on any SD film you fancy renting. Pick a movie and select Watch Now. You don’t need to tap redeem voucher as you’ve done this already. Finally, select Rent SD. And enjoy the show…
Need more TV and films, like now? These apps will keep you streaming happily. But may have some impact on your productivity.
Fancy a world of cinema (plus every hit HBO show like Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies) at your fingertips? ‘Course you do. Rakuten TV is a comprehensive digital movie rental library with something for every cinematic palate, from blockbuster to cheese to kids choices for all age groups. Bonus: you can even download films for long flights or car rides… much better than a three-hour moanathon from the backseat.
BBC iPlayer – iPhone, Android, Windows Phone (free)
Watching TV on your phone doesn’t get easier than with the BBC iPlayer app. It’s free to download, allows you to catch up on the last month of content, and, once you’ve picked your programme, you can watch hassle-free at your leisure.
If you don’t have a programme in mind, you’re also just a swipe away from browsing hundreds of titles and categories to find something new that takes your fancy. The best part? You can keep programmes stored in your downloads and watch them offline, which means no interruptions when you fall out of Wi-Fi or 4G connection. Sign us up.
4oD All4 – iPhone, Android, Windows Phone (free)
The 4oD app works in the same way as iPlayer, which means it catches you up on all your favourite shows from the last 30 days. With the 4oD app you also have the added bonus of watching all your faves from E4 and More 4, as well as some classic series that are there in full for your viewing pleasure (essential for all those Hollyoaks fans out there – you know who you are).
There’s also a ‘series stacking’ feature which lets you build up a whole series of missed episodes and catch up in one fell swoop. Plus, the On Now service allows you to stream live TV, too – which is ideal if you’re out but can’t bear to miss that last instalment of your fave show.
ITV Hub – iPhone, Android, Windows Phone (free)
You know the drill by now: all your favourite ITV shows downloadable to your smartphone. Just watch out for the ads on this one.
If you really enjoy ITV and hate ads, then you should think about the ITV Player Premium service for £3.99. You’ll get access to all the catch-ups you could possibly want without any of the ads. Definitely worth the cost of a coffee each month to watch endless reruns of I’m a Celebrity.
If you’re a Sky subscriber, this app is a no-brainer. From Sky Atlantic to SyFy, you get access to loads of channels on your smartphone or tablet. It gives you live TV, as well as access to Sky’s huge On Demand library at no extra cost, putting drama, comedies, thrillers and more at your fingertips.
If you want to go one step further, you can pay a small subscription for Sky Go Extra, which lets you download programmes so you can enjoy saved shows anywhere, even without internet. It’s every TV addict’s dream.
Netflix – Android, iPhone, Windows Phone (free for the first month, then £5.99/mth)
The undisputed king of online entertainment, Netflix has finally joined the ranks as a mobile entertainment provider, too. Because Netflix isn’t limited to a channel, there’s a whole host of TV shows and movies to keep you occupied for weeks on end. You may never leave the house again (probably fun, but not recommended).
If you don’t already have a subscription, then the £5.99 monthly price tag might not seem worth it, but with new shows added regularly, trust us, it’ll be the best £6 you spend each month.
Although Netflix customers can now reap the benefits of offline viewing, the best news is that with Three you can stream some of the most-loved TV shows without worrying about the repercussions. Download your show and prepare for a fabulous plane ride ahead. Just think: unlimited Orange is the New Black episodes in the bath. What more could you want?
Amazon may be the shopping site you frequent any time you want to buy pretty much anything, but it’s also got an impressive TV and video library, with cult favourite shows like Parks & Recreation and Scandal, in addition to critically acclaimed original programming, including The Man in the High Castle, Good Girls Revolt and the Emmy-Award winning Transparent. Essential watching for when you next need a duvet day.*
* having the app may make it more likely you’ll want a duvet day.
This playful new app is a must for hardcore TV bingers, and brings with it a social component, so you can binge with friends instead of being the person who’s just watched 15 hours of telly alone. Total gamechanger. The app connects you to others watching the same show as you at the same time, allowing you to chat and react to what’s happening in the episode as a group.
Perfect for uniting hard-to-get-together pals in your like-minded TV watching pursuits, Bingee makes use of a multi-platform experience: click to your preferred show on the TV or laptop, then use your smartphone screen to get the app going. Don’t blame us if you never manage to achieve anything other than watching 1,000 box sets ever again.
Arthouse cinema buff? If your screen style veers more towards Truffaut and Wenders than Michael Bay, then this is the film app for you. With a hand-picked foreign, indie or cult classic film each day, your cinematic horizons are sure to broaden – as is your desire to be the most culturally pretentious person you know.
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