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Five of the best free TV-related iPhone apps

Watch, record and even control your TV from your smartphone

Your Apple iPhone isn't just for making calls, checking your emails and surfing the web. You can also watch video and listen to music on it. Here's five free apps that will let you watch TV, record shows remotely and even allow you to control your TV from your handset.

ITV Player

ITV has beaten the BBC to offering an app that allows iPhone users to catch-up with previously broadcast TV shows on their handset for up to seven days after transmission. The ITV Player app offers the ability to browse and watch shows from ITV1, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 but only over a wireless connection. This means users won't be able to access TV shows when using their data connection.

FilmOn Live TV

This app lets users stream live TV on their Apple smartphone. You can choose from a selection of UK digital channels including BBC1 and E4 and watch what's currently being broadcast. Once again the app only works with a Wi-Fi connection to avoid high-data charges.

Virgin TiVo

Virgin Media customers that have TiVo TV-on-demand service will love this app that allows iPhone users to set programmes to record from their handset. The app also allows users to create a list of their favourite channels to see what's on, without trawling through all of the listings. There's even a detailed synopsis for each show offering and the ability to share what you're watching with friends and family by text or email. Sky customers shouldn't despair though, the Sky+ app offers them similar functions.

TV Guide.co.uk TV Guide

This free app lets you browse what's on now and next across many of the UK's free and paid-for digital TV channels. It even offers the ability to set alerts to remind you when a programme is being broadcast as well as offering direct links to iTunes where a show is available to download.

Media remote for iPhone

This free app lets owners of Sony Blu-ray players, Bravia TVs, network media players and AV receivers to control their devices using their Apple smartphone, providing their connected to the same Wi-Fi network as their Apple smartphone. Unfortunately not all Sony devices are supported, so you'll need to check the Sony website to see if your devices are compatible. Sadly, the PlayStation 3 isn't supported either. Samsung and LG also offer similar free apps for their devices.

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