NBC begins offering live streaming TV via mobile apps

nbc live tv everywhere android ios mobile apps update ipad app
It was only a matter of time before NBC joined the ranks of networks offering live streaming content to viewers via mobile devices, and now everyone looking to watch NBC programming on their smartphones and tablets as it airs will have a few more options — accompanied by some major restrictions, of course.

NBC released the update to its iOS and Android apps this week, and it gives cable subscribers the ability to watch its stations’ programming live online. However, the streaming option is only available in areas where the network owns your local NBC station. Cable subscribers in cities where the local NBC station is an independent affiliate won’t be able to view the live streams.

The requirement of authentication through a cable provider, as well as available access only for viewers in certain regions both stand as serious limitations, helping to outline how complex the landscape of online viewing from major networks can be.

The move to offer live, streaming programming continues to put NBC into the competitive mix with rival networks ABC and CBS, but the conditions for viewing programming from each network differ dramatically. ABC is the least-restrictive of the trio, requiring only a cable television subscription to view its streaming programming on the ABC app, while CBS requires a monthly subscription to view live programming online via its CBS All Access service. (A limited number of CBS show episodes can be viewed for free on the app, however.)

It’s worth noting that NFL games will be exempt from any of the live streaming programming options available from NBC’s online services.

“Our stations are committed to making it easy and convenient for viewers to watch our programming and this is one more step in that effort,” said NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations President Valari Staab in a statement accompanying the announcement.

Given Comcast’s ownership of NBC, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the network’s live, streaming service still heavily favors both a cable subscription and negotiated arrangements with local affiliates.

Along with announcing the new live option for viewing programming on NBC’s iOS and Android apps, the network also announced some additional programming added to its on-demand library for viewers to access including The A-Team, Miami Vice, Kojak, Battlestar Galactica, The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider and others.

Home Theater

Cable TV without the cable bill? Silicon Dust’s All-In-One plan is calling

You either pay a high monthly cable bill and get all the channels you want, or you pay no monthly bill, and only get what is freely transmitted over the air. Silicon Dust is offering a third option now, with its All-in-One plan.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Movies & TV

How to watch NFL games online, with or without cable

The NFL's 2018 season is here, and we know you don't want to miss a moment of the action. Our comprehensive streaming guide will show you all the best options to watch the games online so you can make the right choice.
Home Theater

Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra: Everything you need to know

Google's Chromecast plugs into your TV's HDMI port, allowing you to stream content from your tablet, laptop, or smartphone directly to your TV. Here's what you need to know about all iterations, including the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra.
Deals

You can now watch soccer games online with streaming service ESPN+

Launched back in April, ESPN+ is a direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service. For a mere $5 a month or $50 per year, you can have access to the best sports content available including multiple soccer leagues.
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Business

‘Fantastic Beasts’ wins the weekend with underwhelming debut

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald won the weekend box office, but its big debut was a bit underwhelming, with the lowest opening weekend and worst reviews of any Harry Potter film so far.
Movies & TV

Stay inside this fall with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Castle Rock'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we've put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ ‘Detective Pikachu,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's new trailers for cyberpunk adventure Alita: Battle Angel, game adaptation Pokémon Detective Pikachu…
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: The Coen brothers ride again and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Nnarcos: Mexico, and more.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (November 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in December 2018

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for December 2018 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.
Home Theater

What’s new on HBO and what’s leaving in December 2018

Whether you're a cable lifer or a staunch cord cutter, there's never been a better time to get down with premium TV. Follow us to find out what's new on HBO each month. December 2018 brings sci-fi hit Ready Player One and the drama Icebox.