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The 12 best TV and video apps

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PC Advisor presents the best TV and video apps for Google Android, BlackBerry and Apple iPhone, and recommends the best utilities and online applications for your desktop or laptop PC.

If there's a video clip you want to transcode and play on another device, it can be tricky to find the right tool to convert the footage. CyberLink software is used to play DVDs on many PCs. The firm's CyberLink MediaEspresso 6 application offers one-click video conversion so you can enjoy them on iPods, BlackBerry handsets and more. • $34

If it's TV broadcasts you're after, try OrbMyCast. Similar to SlingPlayer, Orb works by linking you up with the content stored on your home PC or media server and allowing you to stream it to a local device, such as a remote laptop, a Nintendo Wii or PlayStation 3 games console, a smartphone or a similar device. • Free

SlingPlayer Mobile is a portable version of the original Slingbox ‘location-shifting' concept, letting you at the TV programmes you've recorded, the photos in your gallery and so on, even when you're not at home to watch them. Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Symbian, Palm and iPhone editions exist. For more information see slingbox.com/go/spm. • Free player; hardware from £116

There's no getting away from BBC iPlayer. In the three years since it launched, it's become one of the most popular uses of the web. In January 2010 alone, more than 120 million programme requests were received. Versions for mobile phone, games consoles and desktop PCs ensure you're never far from an ‘EastEnders' omnibus. • Free

If you've had your fill of Auntie Beeb, SeeSaw provides a change. As well as recent BBC, Channel 4 and Five programmes, you can view entire collections or go back to the start and watch the whole of Mad Men or The Sopranos for far less than it would cost for the boxset. • Mainly free

Just before we wrote this piece, the long-awaited BBC Canvas service finally came out of the wings, sporting a new moniker, YouView. Subscription pricing had yet to be unveiled. • Price TBC

Windows Live Movie Maker, part of the Windows Live Essentials suite, allows you to quickly and easily make good-looking videos from footage you've recorded yourself. • Free

HandBrake is a useful conversion tool that allows you to output video content for almost any size of smartphone screen or playback on a portable media device. • Free

YouTube offers plenty of diverting video footage, but if there are specific web-based programmes you enjoy viewing, it's very handy to have them delivered to you. Miro offers just this, allowing you to subscribe to YouTube channels in the usual way, but also particular programmes. It also works with iTunes for podcasts. • Free

Another great online destination that optionally comes as a standalone app or links in with Facebook is Metacafe. It's ideal for viewing trailers of the latest blockbusters, but also primed with music videos and complete TV programmes. • Free

If you want all your TV and online web broadcast favourites in one place, Boxee is for you. • Free

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