Not only does a smartphone let you watch video clips on the device and surf the web to access video-sharing sites such as YouTube, it also allows you stream TV shows and films to the device when you've got a Wi-Fi or 3G connection, thanks to a number of apps. And you don't need to fork out lots of cash to watch TV and movies on your Android device. There are plenty of free apps available that offer this functionality. Here's five free apps that let you watch movies and TV shows on your Google Android device. See also Group test: what's the best Android phone.
Watch your favourite shows while on the move
The BBC's dedicated iPlayer app for Android devices not only lets users watch live broadcasts from BBC channels but it also lets you catch-up on TV broadcast over the last seven days. You can stream content over Wi-Fi and 3G and just like the desktop version, you even add shows to your Favourites so they're ready and waiting to be watched as soon as a new episode is available.
An iPhone version of this app has been available for some time and now Sky had confirmed it will be made available for some Google Android devices this month. Sky Go lets Sky subscribers access live broadcasts from all five Sky Sports channels, ESPN, Sky New, Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and 11 Sky Movies channels from their device.
Catch-up on shows broadcast on ITV channels using your Android smartphone. There's unlimited viewing with the ITV Player app but you'll need a Wi-Fi connection to watch programmes.
Crackle – Movies & TV
Crackle specialises in offering movies that you can watch over Wi-Fi and 3G on your smartphone for free.
US movie streaming service Netflix launched in the UK at the start of this year, and this app allows you to stream movies to your Android smartphone . While the service isn't free, Netflix is currently offering a free one month trial via Facebook that can be cancelled before you're charged.