Dec 25, 2013

Top Ways to Watch Television on Your iPad

The iPad is great for playing games and keeping track of your social media accounts, but you may not realize that you can also turn your favorite Apple device into a television when you’re on the go. You can even use it as an additional TV in your own home.

Whether you want to catch up on a missed episode of your favorite series, or watch every episode of a show that hasn’t aired in years, you can watch a lot of great content on the iPad. Here are three applications that let you catch up on TV shows on your iPad.


If you are a DIRECTV customer you can watch live TV from your iPad as long as you are at home and within range of your DIRECTV satellite box. This essentially adds another television to your home, so you can watch from the bathtub or your back yard. You can also watch programs on demand with the app, which includes movies from any premium channels that you subscribe to. You will need an account number and password to use this app, which proves that you are a paying DIRECTV customer. If you are looking for the best price on DIRECTV, check out a site such as

Hulu Plus

Hulu Plus doesn’t offer the opportunity to live stream content, but you can catch up on television shows as soon as the day after they originally air on TV. Once a show has finished its entire season, you can watch the season in its entirety for years to come. This app is especially good for watching shows that have been off the air for 10 years or more – these shows are hard to find anywhere else. You can also watch Hulu Plus on your computer; if you pause a program on your iPad and log into a computer, you can actually pick up right where you left off. While the Hulu Plus app is free to download, the service itself does require a paid monthly subscription.

Network Apps

Networks like ABC and NBC have corporate applications that will allow you to watch on demand shows on your iPad at absolutely no cost to you. Your cable provider may also allow you to stream these networks live on your iPad from anywhere in your home. You can usually watch the last 3 to 5 episodes of any given series on these applications. You can also access content like bonus clips, behind the scenes videos or recaps about certain episodes. Since networks often take down their content when it’s distributed on other websites, their iPad apps are one of the best ways to watch these shows.

Watching television on your iPad gives you the freedom to catch your favorite content at home or when you’re on the road. While streaming live shows requires you to be near your cable or satellite box, you can watch on demand content from just about anywhere. Download these apps today if having enough TVs in your home has become a point of contention, or you just need something to do when you travel.

Courtney Whitehead loves to watch television on the go. An avid blogger, she likes to post on various entertainment blogs.

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