Not everyone knows that an Android phone or iPhone, as well as a tablet, can be used to watch online TV, and in some cases it is free even when using the 3G / LTE mobile Internet, and not just via Wi-Fi.
In this review - about the main applications that allow you to watch free on-air channels of Russian television (and not only) in good enough quality, about some of their features, as well as where to download these applications online TV for Android, iPhone and iPad. See also: How to watch online TV for free (in a browser and programs on a computer) , How to use Android and iPhone as a remote control from Smart TV .
To get started on the main types of such applications:
- The official applications of online TV channels - their advantages include a relatively small amount of advertising, the ability to view past shows in recordings. Disadvantages - a limited set of channels (only live broadcast of one channel or several channels of one television company), as well as the inability to use traffic for free on a mobile network (only via Wi-Fi).
- Television applications from telecom operators - mobile operators: MTS, Beeline, Megafon, Tele2 have their own online TV applications for Android and iOS. Their advantage is that it is often possible to watch a good set of TV channels on the mobile Internet of the respective operator completely free of charge or for a nominal fee without spending traffic (if you have a GB package) or money.
- Third-party online television applications - finally, there are many third-party online TV applications. Sometimes they represent a wider range of channels, not only Russian ones, they can have a more convenient interface and advanced functions compared to the options listed above. They won’t be able to use them for free on a mobile network (i.e. traffic will be spent).
The official applications of the channels of terrestrial television
Many TV channels have their own applications for watching TV (and some, for example, VGTRK - not one). Among them are Channel One, Russia (VGTRK), NTV, STS and others. All of them can be found in the official Play Store app stores and the App Store.
I tried to use most of them and, of those that, in my opinion, turned out to be the most well-functioning and with a nice interface, the First application from Channel One and Russia. Television and radio. ”
Both applications are easy to use, free, and allow you to not only watch live broadcasts, but also watch broadcasts. In the second of these applications, all the main channels of VGTRK are immediately available - Russia 1, Russia 24, Russia K (Culture), Russia-RTR, Moscow 24.
You can download the First application:
Application “Russia. Television and radio ”is available for download:
Free viewing of online TV on Android and iPhone using applications from telecom operators
All major mobile operators provide applications for watching TV on their 3G / 4G networks, and for some of them it can be free (check in the operator’s help), for some, viewing is available for a nominal fee, and traffic is not charged. Also, some of these applications have a set of free channels and, in addition, a paid list of additional TV channels.
By the way, many of these applications can be used over Wi-Fi as a subscriber of another carrier.
Among these applications (all are easily located in the official Google and Apple app stores):
- Beeline 3G TV - 8 channels are available completely free (you need to log in with a Beeline number so that the traffic is free).
- MTS TV from MTS - more than 130 channels, including Match TV, TNT, STS, NTV, TV3, National Geographic and others (as well as movies and TV shows) with daily payment (except for some tariffs for tablets) excluding traffic for MTS subscribers. Channels are free over Wi-Fi.
- MegaFon.TV - movies, cartoons, online TV and TV shows with daily payment for Megafon subscribers (for some tariffs - free of charge, you need to specify in the operator’s help).
- Tele2 TV - online television, as well as TV shows and movies for Tele2 subscribers. TV for 9 rubles per day (traffic will not be consumed).
In all cases, carefully study the conditions, if you intend to use your operator’s mobile Internet to watch TV - they change (and not always what is written on the application page is relevant).
Third-party online television applications for tablets and phones
The main advantage of third-party online TV applications for Android, iPhone and iPad is a wider range of channels available without payment (not including mobile traffic) than those listed above. A common drawback is the greater amount of advertising in applications.
Among high-quality applications of this kind, the following can be distinguished.
SPB TV Russia
SPB TV is a convenient and very long popular TV viewing application with a wide range of channels available for free, including:
- First channel
- Russia, Culture, Russia 24
- TV Center
- Muz TV
- 2 × 2
- REN TV
- Match tv
- History HD
- TV 3
- Hunting and fishing
Some channels are available by subscription. In all cases, even for free TV, registration in the application is required. Of the additional features of SPB TV - watching movies and TV shows, setting the quality of TV.
You can download SPB TV:
TV + is another convenient free application that does not require registration, unlike the previous one and with almost all of the same online TV channels available in good quality.
Among the features of the application is the ability to add your own sources of TV channels (IPTV), as well as support for Google Cast for broadcast on a large screen.
The application is available only for Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andevapps.ontv
Peers.TV application is available for Android and iOS with the ability to add your own IPTV channels and a wide range of completely free TV channels and the ability to view the archive of TV shows.
Despite the fact that some channels are available by subscription (the smaller part), the set of free channels of on-air television is perhaps wider than in other such applications and I am sure that anyone is wearing something to his taste.
The application is configured quality, caching, there is support for Chromecast.
You can download Peers.TV from the respective app stores:
Online TV Yandex
Not everyone knows, but in the official application Yandex also has the ability to watch online television. You can find it by scrolling through the application’s main page a little lower to the “Online Television” section, clicking on “All Channels” and you will be taken to the list of on-air TV channels available for free viewing.
In fact, there are much more such applications for online television on tablets and phones, I tried to single out the highest quality ones, namely with the Russian channels of on-air TV, which are stable and less loaded with advertising. If you can offer any of your options, I will be grateful for the commentary on the review.