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Sometimes, believe it or not, you can have your cake and eat it too. Why worry about choosing between a free streaming app and a premium streaming app when you can have the best of both worlds, all in one place? Personally, I have spent countless hours doing tons of research on both free streaming apps and premium streaming apps. Had I known then what I know now – that there are streaming apps that offer both free and premium options – I would have saved so much time … it’s a no brainer, then, assuming that such an app ticked all the boxes shared by the best streaming apps on the market.
What are those boxes, then, that need to be ticked? Well, one of the first things that come to mind for me is resolution. At the end of the day, it does not matter what the app in question has to offer if you can’t watch your favorite shows and movies in at least a semi-decent streaming quality. I’m talking HD or better. Or, at the very least, the upper end up Standard Definition would be necessary. Nobody wants a streaming app, free or premium (especially premium), that offers grainy, splotchy video resolution. If you cannot make out what is happening on the screen, there is no point in streaming, to begin with!
The next component that I tend to look for in any streaming service is a wide array of content. The more movies and TV shows that a streaming app has to offer, the more variety there will likely be. Thus, the more likely your app will have the movie or show you are in the mood for, no matter what that mood happens to be. Want to laugh? You want an app that has knee-slapping comedies. In the mood for a scare? Your streaming app of choice should have a good selection of horror films and thrillers as well. Whatever you are looking for, the best streaming apps will have you covered.
But it isn’t just the range of content that you should be taking into account when evaluating an app. Another equally important factor is that the streaming app you go with has the kind of content that you enjoy. Every streaming service, more or less, has a different sort of bent to the type of content that they tend to feature. Some famous examples: Netflix, for instance, is constantly putting out comedy specials. Therefore, for any serious standup comedy fan, Netflix might be the ideal candidate for a premium streaming app.
Amazon Prime Video, on the other hand, when it comes to the original content at least, tends to skew more towards the dramatic. They have made quite a name for themselves with their dramatic series (often period dramas, oddly enough). Their shows The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Man in the High Castle, for example, are both critically acclaimed. So, no matter what streaming app you go with, you’ll want to do a little bit of recon first to figure out whether a given app caters enough to your niche interests.
Then, of course, there is the matter of design. As you are probably already aware, apps can run the gamut when it comes to their user-friendliness, layout, and look. I have seen some truly awful apps in my day. So, another crucial thing, at least for me, to take into account is that the app is designed well, is easy to use, and if it can look good in the process … all the better!
Does the TV Player app have it all? Does it offer style, user-friendliness, and tons of great content? Well, let’s dive in and take a look, shall we?
The TV Player app is only available in the United Kingdom. So, if you aren’t in the UK, unfortunately, you are out of luck on this one. It offers access to free TV streaming channels, as well as certain networks and content that is available only to premium members … resulting in what I think is one of the most effective freemium streaming apps on the market.
TV Player was launched on both Android and iOS smartphone devices on December 19th of 2013. Complimentary apps for both Android tablet computers and Apple’s iPads came out on January 30th of 2014. Within just 28 days of launching, TV Player received 250,000 individual downloads. And at the beginning of 2017, TV Player launched an app for Windows 10 devices.
Today, as of 2017, TV Player has reported 2.5 million downloads and boasts over 1 million active monthly users, making it one of the most competitive streaming apps on the market. TV Player follows in the footsteps of apps like Stan that have taken regional services and built them into brands with the fighting power to threaten the likes of Netflix. And what’s best is that it looks like TV Player shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. There has not been a better time to get on board.
The app itself is sleek with a very modern look. It’s also smooth, making for intuitive and pleasant user experience. I honestly love using this app. The browsing, too, has never been easier on any other free streaming app I have seen. Simply browse through a list of TV networks, find the channel you want, tap into it, and enjoy.
Why, then, you might wonder, would the app have an average user rating of only 3.2 out of 5 stars on the Google Play app store? Well, unfortunately, it is true that the app looks great and is fun to use … when it works. There is one problem with the TV Player app, and it is a huge one … the app is prone to crashing. This is probably the number-one complaint that users have with this app, the fact that it has a lot of bugs. Some users have even reported a different app loading when they click on the TV Player.
So, this is something that the TV Player will certainly have to work on in the future, at least if it wants to continue to be a viable alternative to Netflix or the BBC iPlayer.
This is the area where the TV Player app really shines, though, when it comes to content. Not just the variety that they offer, but the options they offer as well. Don’t want to pay a dime to use TV Player? No problem … just take advantage of the sizeable list of free TV channels the app has to offer. Don’t mind paying a little bit per month for the full list of networks and offerings? Well, you always have that option as well.
You have immediate access to BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, CBeebies, CBC, and BBC News for free the instant that you download the app. If you are able and willing to pay, however, you can also unlock programming from TLC, Discovery, History, Crime and Investigation, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, and many more.
TV Player also offers plenty of exclusive and original shows for premium members, including THINK documentaries about history, nature, science, humanity, and original sports documentaries as well.
Pricing and Plans
The TV Player app, assuming you want to upgrade from the free to the premium subscription, is certainly one of the most affordable TV streaming apps on the market. You get all the aforementioned content (and more) for just £6.99. This app is practically a steal when you factor in how many cable networks you are able to stream!
Suggestions that I have for TV Player App
However, as I said before, none of this really means a whole lot if the app itself does not work properly. So, TV Player certainly needs to get it together and fix up the bug and crash issues that it seems to have. Nobody wants to pay any amount of money per month for an app that does not consistently work!
It would also be nice if people outside of the UK could use TV Player. I understand that it is a regional streaming service, but, hey, the rest of the world enjoys British television, too, you know!