A regular commute can be a bit of a grind and we’re always looking for something to pass the time, that’s why tablets are an essential tool. You can play games, listen to music and in this wonderful day and age – watch TV. Here at Techscheme, we’ve put together a list of some of the best telly streaming apps and their benefits, to help you choose what’s right for you.
It feels like Netflix is the big one, it was the first major video streaming service to reach the masses and has become so synonymous with the industry that the name alone means video streaming. There are a whole host of licensed TV shows available with a subscription to Netflix, from multiple different regions and languages. You can dive into old shows you missed (or miss) like the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or The Office, or watch new shows like Better Call Saul the day they air in the US.
That’s not really the main selling point of Netflix these days, though, exclusive content is where it’s at for them. They’ve invested millions upon millions into new content, from marvel superhero shows like Daredevil to critically acclaimed hits like Orange is the New Black all the way to movie deals with comedy superstars Adam Sandler and Ricky Gervais. They’re fast positioning themselves as the place to go for exclusive content.
Netflix is the app for you if you’re always looking for something new to sink your teeth into, and it provides a healthy dose of nostalgia love too. Bigger is better when you’re watching TV from a train, so if you’re thinking of going with Netflix you might as well go for a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it’s super powerful and has huge potential storage for downloading shows to watch offline. At Techscheme we can save you up to £123 on the 256GB version.
Amazon Prime Instant Video
Amazon Prime is the other big name in subscription streaming and has a few benefits that Netflix can’t offer. For example, an Amazon Prime membership will also get you faster delivery on items you buy from their store.
In terms of content, though, Amazon is a bit of a jack of all trades. There’s a library of old shows and movies to peruse just like Netflix, and it also offers exclusive content. Shows like the oft-written about The New Pope and the critically acclaimed Transparent started life at amazon, while there’s an element of fun to how they pick the shows they’re going to make. Amazon often releases the pilots for shows to the service and use the audience as a barometer for what to make, which is how the new series of The Tick was born.
There’s another element to Amazon Prime which Netflix avoids, where you can pay extra for episodes of several popular shows like Fear the Walking Dead, these are shows that aren’t available for free on the service but you can still catch up with a nominal fee per episode. Which is great for legally getting access to shows where the rights to subscription streaming can’t be acquired. Of course, if you’re watching on the commute, you may not want multiple devices to carry, which makes the tablet/laptop hybrid Microsoft Surface Pro 4 the perfect work and streaming companion. Especially when we could save you up to £227 on the high-end device.
We imagine you probably already know what iPlayer is, but just in case, it’s the online medium by which you can watch the vast majority of the BBC’s content. You don’t get access to a massive back catalogue of American shows on iPlayer but there are many old BBC programmes available as “box sets” on the service.
The main benefit to iPlayer is that it’s free to use (provided you have a TV licence), and for a British audience, it’s largely more culturally relevant. It gives you access to the news, sports highlight shows, pop-culture behemoths like Strictly Come Dancing and online only channels like BBC3. In fact, you’ll find content from every BBC channel and radio station through iPlayer. Not bad.
Sometimes, when you’re watching TV out and about size can be a factor in the device you choose, if you want something more manageable in the hand then you’d not go far wrong in picking up an iPad mini 4, which, at Techscheme, we’ll save you up to £70 on.
There are, of course, a ton of other services beyond those we’ve featured. Through Google Play, for example, you can buy movies and episodes of TV to stream individually. There’s no subscription fee and you get to pick and choose what you really want.
There are more niche services like Mubi for indie and international cinema, Shudder for horror movie lovers and Crunchyroll for anime fans. Whatever you’re passionate about there’s something out there, but you don’t have to have a tablet, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a fantastic mobile for streaming video, it has a large, incredible quality screen and enough processing power to be able to handle it. At Techscheme we could save you up to £76 off the recommended retail price.
|Microsoft Surface Pro 4||£1899.00||£227.88|
|iPad Pro 12.9” 256GB||£1029.00||£123.48|
|Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||£639.00||£76.68|
|iPad mini 4||£589.00||£70.68|
There’s going to be a service for you, whether your tastes are broad or more particular. Either way, Techscheme will save you money on the hardware to watch it from. All our products come with up to 12% off and allow you to spread the cost. If your employer hasn’t signed up yet, tell them to get in touch. It’s free, and there are benefits for them too.