If you’ve got an upcoming business trip or family vacation, you may be worried about missing out on the newest episodes of your favorite hit shows. With the prevalence of online spoilers, waiting even a week to catch up could be disastrous for your viewing experience. However, thanks to a growing number of streaming television services, you can hit the road without missing a second of your latest TV addiction.
For current pay TV subscribers, it gets even better — most providers now offer access to programming from any device with a connection to the Internet. If you’re not currently a TV subscriber — or if you’re looking for a better deal than your current subscription — enter your ZIP code into this handy finder to see which providers offer deals in your area. Then check out this list for the various streaming capabilities each service offers.
XFINITY® TV Go App
XFINITY customers are in luck when it comes to watching TV anytime, anywhere. The TV Go app lets current customers stream shows and movies from a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Plus, the new downloading feature makes it easy to watch your favorite shows anywhere, even if you’re cruising at 30,000 feet.
You can download the app for free, and all you need is your XFINITY account username and password to gain access to live TV and XFINITY On Demand™ programing. All live listings will be based on Eastern Standard Time, so plan ahead if you’re in a different time zone.
Charter Spectrum TV™ App
The Charter Spectrum TV app lets you watch TV on any device from anywhere in your home, and there’s even a selection of channels available to stream when you’re not connected to home Wi-Fi. If you’re headed somewhere without an Internet connection, the app’s Download to Go feature lets you add On Demand movies and shows to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. This is a good option for air travel or remote road trips where connectivity may be limited.
Time Warner Cable® TV Everywhere
Time Warner Cable includes their TV Everywhere service in their basic cable subscription. Customers can download the TWC TV app to any mobile device to gain access to live TV on dozens of channels as well as thousands of On Demand titles. To use the app, customers need a TWC ID to log in. In addition to the live TV and On Demand options available, Time Warner partners also allow access to their streaming apps. Users with premium channels in their package should be able to access services like HBO Go, ESPN, and other streaming apps for channels included in their subscription.
DISH customers can take their favorite shows everywhere they go with the DISH Anywhere™ app. Any device with a connection to the Internet can be transformed into a remote TV. The app even lets you manage DVR recordings and schedules remotely.
For another way to watch, the DISH Explorer® app takes streaming TV one step further by including several of the same features as the Hopper® Whole-Home HD DVR. You can tune in to hours of recorded primetime programming from ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, and you can even skip commercials using the AutoHop feature.
The DIRECTV app gives current customers the ability to stream live TV on their tablet, laptop, or smartphone. Several streamable channels can be viewed over any Wi-Fi connection, though certain channels are only available via your home Wi-Fi connection. The app clearly identifies which channels and On Demand titles are available for streaming, though, so it’s easy to see which shows you can access when away from home.
No matter what keeps you from being home to catch a hot new episode, rest assured that you won’t have to miss out on your favorite shows and characters. But before you pack up and head out, make sure you have the right package to keep you entertained no matter where you are. Simply enter your ZIP code into our finder to explore all the options available in your area.