I remember those good old 90’s when TV meant a huge video box and we changed channels by pressing one of those eight buttons on the set. The channels were limited, and subscriptions were costly. We have moved a long way since then as the number of channels are huge, subscriptions are either reasonable or free, and TV either means a slim LED frame or on our mobiles. Today it is Live TV apps all the way!
Live TV apps for Windows 10
Channels are of 2 types, Free-to-air and Pay channels. Most of these Live TV apps would charge a subscription fee for Pay channels while permitting Free-to-air channels and on-demand shows free of cost.
Here is a list of top free Live TV apps for Windows devices.
Live Sports and TV:
Rated well by users, this app, while typical to sports, has found a user base across all categories of users. Streaming news, sports, movies and a lot more, the Live Sports and TV app covers over 800 channels. Though all are not HD, the app streams RTSP, RTMP, RTMPE, and HLS live streams. Interestingly, the database is crowd-sourced, like SoundCloud. Rather, users can become a part of the same community and contribute to channels. This app is available at the Microsoft Store here.
FilmOn Live TV:
Covering all major channels, the FilmOn Live TV app streams TV in standard definition. However, it saves on the internet bandwidth. While the app is free, users who wish to view their channels in HD might be charged a reasonable fee. Catering US, Europe, Latin America and Asia the FilmOn Live TV app shows news, sports, lifestyle channels and a lot more. This app is available for PC’s only. If you like it, you can download it from the Microsoft Store.
The app is actually associated with the actual Youtube, and its publisher is Google Inc. It works exactly like Youtube streaming channels without the need for a cable box. The app is compatible with both Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay.
YouTube TV has an added functionality which allows storing DVD videos in the cloud for up to 9 months. One limitation is that the app is available for the US only, though it covers two languages – English and Spanish. Download the app from the Microsoft Store here.
A very popular app, Sling TV offers more than 100 channels involving news, sports, lifestyle, etc. But that isn’t what makes the app popular. It allows streaming on-demand shows and movies. Sling TV offers to stream programs in 18 languages including Spanish, Hindi, and Arabic. Sling TV is one of the most popular live TV apps on the Microsoft store and a highly recommended one. It covers news, sports, kids, movies, lifestyle, etc. channels. If you like it, get the app from the Microsoft Store here.
One noticeable fact about these Live TV apps is that their rating depends more on the interface and the ease to use than the features itself. Perhaps the reason is that people need no more than the basics. NetTV Plus is another of those examples where a simple app is rated well. It is compatible with Windows 10 and a well rated one. Grab the app from the Microsoft Store here.
The Viaway app offers 1,000 channels, 10,000 movies and TV shows, 100,000 podcasts and videos and 50,000 Internet radio channels. This makes Viaway one of the most diverse of Live TV apps which offer pretty much of everything. Should your internet connection allow the app streams videos seamlessly and also offers a cloud-based service. We could personalize the app by setting favorites, queues, etc. The app is available in the Microsoft Store here.
World TV (UWP): The World TV (UWP) helps stream most major channels across the globe on Windows 10. Offering more than 600 channels, it covers UK, US, Germany, Brazil, Pakistan, etc. The app is available for free on the Microsoft Store here.
FXNOW: One of the most successful live TV apps, FXNOW offers almost all major channels in the US. Users can play Live shows like a downloaded video, restarting it from the beginning, pausing them, rewinding them, etc. The app also offers more than 600 hours of on-demand programs. Get the app from the Microsoft Store here and enjoy the experience.
TV for Windows:
The TV for Windows app connects users to the TV network through ustvnow.com. The user needs to register for a plan on the same website (which is usually free).After that, the user would be able to view all channels that are free in the US. Basically, that means the app streams all channels like BBC, CNN, Discovery, Animal Planet, etc.
The app is a 3rd party entity and has no association with ustvnow. It can be installed from here.
Ideally, the brand name is enough to push it to the top of the list, but the positive reviews only add a cherry to the cake. The U-verse experience is one of its own. It can be clubbed with your regular AT&T plans. Another interesting feature of the app is that it can convert your phone into a remote control. The AT&T U-verse app could be downloaded from the Microsoft Store here.
Let us know which one you use.