As we become increasingly mobile, it’s important for cable providers to find ways to allow us to take our favorite TV shows on the road. Before the travel bug bites, take time to find a provider that travels well with you and can let you enjoy cable on the go.
You can take your Xfinity entertainment along, no matter where you go, with the Xfinity Stream App. You can watch thousands of programs through Xfinity on Demand, plus more than 200 channels of live TV (depending on your package subscription), simply by downloading the app on your Android or Apple device and logging into your Xfinity account.
If you have the X1, you can stream or download your recordings to watch anywhere. The app includes features like genre filtering, video playback, parental controls and closed captioning. You can even sync your favorites on X1 with the Xfinity Stream App.
Optimum lets you watch TV on mobile devices through their TV to GO service. You simply download the Optimum TV app on your smartphone wherever you find an Internet connection and choose your favorite network or show. Enter your Optimum ID and password and you’re set. Popular networks on the app include HBO GO®, Showtime Anytime®, WATCH Disney, AMC and Cartoon Network.
Optimum TV to GO requires a subscription to the service along with a subscription to the corresponding network you’re trying to watch and only works within the United States.
If you’ve signed up with Mediacom you can watch TV on your cell phone, laptop or other device with their boundary-free TV Everywhere℠ service. Choose your favorite network and download their mobile app and then logon with your Mediacom ID and you’ll have access to available movies, live streaming and TV shows in your subscription.
Mediacom doesn’t currently have their own all-in-one app to access these features, so you’ll have to download each network app separately to access content at this time. Most of the network apps are available in the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Spectrum customers can also enjoy cable on the go through their Spectrum TV App. The app allows you to watch up to 250 live TV channels (depending on your subscription), plus On Demand content when connected to your home wi-fi network, and a smaller library of live and on-demand content on the go.
Subscribers can also access over 80 channel apps, including ESPN, HBO GO, CNN, and TBS on their mobile devices wherever they have internet access. To access content you must first download the network app for the channel you’d like to watch, then login with your charter.net email address and password. You can access content from your mobile device, laptop or computer.
In some areas, you may even be able to control your TV and DVR with the app.
Cox is another provider that allows access through the TV Everywhere service, in which you must download third-party apps through the network in order to access content. You’ll login using your Cox user ID on each app and from there you can watch your favorite programs. Currently, Cox has its own Contour App that allows you to watch TV on demand, but most of these can be accessed only inside of your home. Some of the networks Cox will give you access to include HBO GO, MAX GO® and WatchESPN.
Which is the Best?
While not every provider offers an all-in-one app to help you access your favorite shows, they all do provide a great way to connect away from home. If you want easy availability for all of your subscriptions in one place Xfinity and Spectrum provide that. However, if you find yourself only wanting a few favorite channels while you’re traveling, the other providers’ option to download separate network apps and log in to each of those to view your programs is a great choice, too.
As more people choose to access content online you can expect cable providers to continue to find ways to provide service outside the home.