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Best apps: Best video on-demand apps

How to watch TV on your phone or tablet

Want to watch movies and TV on your phone, tablet, laptop, PC or games console? Here are five great apps.

Amazon, Apple, LoveFilm, Sky, Netflix and, er, Tesco, all hope to win over punters willing to fork out for films they can watch on any device, at any time. Indeed, Netflix's entry into the UK market makes things very interesting. We probe the ins and outs of the best on-demand services, looking at which offer the most choice and the best value.

Break out the popcorn and enjoy (legitimately) the latest movies and TV series wherever you are.


No. 5: Crackle 

We give this item 5 of 10 overall

Crackle is a Video On Demand service that works directly with Sony tablets as is Sony-owned, but also available for iPad and other Android tablets.

If you’ve a teenager to entertain, handing them the Crackle menu may divert them for a while at no expense to you; otherwise, move on. There’s little to see here.

Read our full Crackle app review

See also: Crackle - TV & Movies for Android review


No. 4: Blinkbox

We rate this 6 out of 10

Blinkbox makes great sense for occasional users happy to browse through and find titles on a discount or offered for free.

For occasional users happy to browse through and find titles on a discount or offered for free, Blinkbox makes great sense. It's not without its imperfections and the video ads can be annoying, but if you're not enough of a film fan to spend up to £10 a month on a subscription service for your tablet, Blinkbox is a good, no-strings entertainment option.

Read our full Blinkbox app review


No. 3: Google Movies

We rate this 7 out of 10

With Google Play, the Android entertainment options have taken a large step forward. The slick interface and good choice of titles, plus a sensible pricing structure ensure Android users will be won over by the natively available video on demand option.

Read our full Google Movies app review


No. 2: Netflix

We rate this 8 out of 10

Netflix is slick, easy to use, has a decent library from which to choose and is available for iPad, Android, PS3, Apple TV and more - priced at £5.99 a month after 30-day free trial.

Love Film, YouTube and other video on demand services have much to fear.

Read our full Netflix app review

See also: Netflix for iPad review


No. 1: LOVEFiLM

We rate this 8 out of 10

LOVEFiLM's library offers a solid combination of streaming and available by post viewing options that puts it head and shoulders above most video on demand services.

We like LOVEFiLM a lot. Its library offers a solid combination of streaming and available by post viewing options that puts it head and shoulders above most video on demand services. The mix and match DVD rental is good value and we found using the app on our iPad a much smoother experience than with similar streaming services. Navigating the LOVEFiLM store is a bore, though.

Read our full LOVEFiLM app review

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