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Television networks are finally starting to catch on to this whole Internet thing.Sort of.
In the past week NBC, TNT, and TBS have launched iPad apps that let you stream full episodes of popular shows to your tablet. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.
But unlike Hulu+ for iPad, these apps offer the same content for free. We rounded up the current roster of free streaming TV apps for iPad right here.
ABC's iPad app has been around since the tablet first launched in 2010. Since then, then network has diligently posted full episodes of its shows the day after they air. Good for ABC for taking the early initiative.
HBO Go gives you on-demand access to full episodes of HBO's most popular shows (Sopranos, True Blood, Game Of Thrones, etc.) But there's one huge downside: If your cable provider doesn't support it, you can't use it. Most notably, Time Warner customers still can't use HBO Go. We've heard it may come soon, though.
The PBS app doesn't offer a HUGE library of streaming shows, but it does a good job at keeping the selection fresh. You'll get the best of NOVA and other classic PBS series. We're big fans of this app.
TBS is known for reruns of great shows like Family Guy and The Office. Its brand new iPad app provides access to full streaming episodes of those shows plus TBS originals like Conan.
CNN recently added live streaming to its app. That means you can watch the same stuff you get on cable on your iPad. (You'll have to log in with your cable provider first though.)
In addition to live streaming, you'll get access to cnn.com's stories and video.
While the app's design leaves much to be desired, Time Warner Cable's iPad app is a wonderful concept. You can stream live TV from a selection of channels straight to your iPad. No more arguing over the remote. You can also use the app to manage your DVR.
A few caveats: You must log in with your Time Warner account and be connected to Time Warner's cable internet to use the app.
Unlike its Time Warner counterpart, Comcast's app offers on-demand TV streaming instead of live TV. You can also use the app to change channels on your TV and manage your DVR.
With ESPN's iPad app you can stream ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPNU directly to your iPad, live. Like the other apps listed here, you'll have to log in to your cable provider before you can get access.
ABC and NBC have signed on to iPad streaming, but where are the other two networks? We hope Fox and CBS can get their acts together soon just like the competition.
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