How to Stream Live TV on Your Smartphone or Tablet

How wrong they are! We aren't in 90s, so why live in 90s-style? I mean, we can not carry a huge "square" everywhere. Be witty, go with online Television and watch anything, any channel; no limitations. And, there is no need of TV for this. Really!!! One can do so on one's smartphone or tablet. Do not worry; it is so easy: all one needs to do is download/ install an application.

Get a live TV stream

Question here arises that which application should be downloaded. For the best tv streaming services, go with:

  • TVCatchup : It is a free online streaming service which brings live free-to-air TV content from more than 60 channels to any device which is web-connected.
  • BBC iPlayer : It, too, offers live streaming of certain content and is considered as one of the bests. If the app is not already installed on one's device, just asap head to Google Play or App Store to download & install iPlayer. It is absolutely free; great, is not it? The very first time it is used on an Android device running or Jelly Bean or Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0 or later), one will be prompted to install BBC Media Player as well, which too is free. One can now use iPlayer to stream, view live programming and also download catch-up content from the past whole week. Open the Channels tab, select a BBC channel; here, one will be introduced with a program guide for up to previous whole week & two days in the future. At top of the Today tab is what's currently being broadcasted by BBC, which is denoted with a ‘Live’ banner. To commence streaming live TV, just tap this programme & choose Watch Now.
  • Sky Go: To start streaming live TV via it, one will either require to be an existing Sky subscriber, or one can sign up for a Monthly Ticket too, with prices starting at £16 per month for the basic Entertainment bundle and rising to £41 if include Sky Movies & Sky Sports, which is not a bad deal. This app is compatible with iPads, iPhones, & several Android devices.
Either TV Licence is needed or not?

It is necessary to note that a TV License is needed for streaming live content. Watching live TV without any valid license is actually a criminal offence. So, be careful. It can lead to a court appearance, prosecution, & a fine of up to £1,000 and other legal costs, including fees of the attorney. In simple words, while one does not need a license for BBC shows broadcast earlier in the week through iPlayer, if one is using any of its live streaming services one must be covered with a TV License. A TV License is needed for TVCatchup and Sky Go too.

Device compatibility

An ongoing issue with most of the streaming applications is device compatibility. Sky Go is an example: just a handful of Android devices are supported & the process of adding more is so slow. On iPhone & iPad things are simpler as such devices are prioritized by application developers (the reason it is worth paying the Apple premium). If there is no specific iPad version of an application, like: Sky Sports Mobile TV, one can always install the iPhone version & use it zoomed in to fill screen. When one is browsing the Google Play store from one's PC or laptop’s web browser, one will be informed with which of one's Android devices an application is compatible. If one is browsing the store on the device itself, incompatible applications so simply would not show up in one's search results.


The easiest way to connect one's device to TV or monitor is via a cable. Few Android tablets have a video output,like: typically micro-HDMI, although a cable is hardly included. If there is not an HDMI port one might be able to buy an adapter. Most of Android devices support HDMI output which is with a MHL adaptor. These do not cost a lot, but note that this connection is not universal – just be assured that the adapter is compatible with the device. In the same way, Apple sells HDMI & VGA adapters for the iPhone & iPad in both Lightning & older 30-pin varieties. One will require a separate HDMI or VGA cable & the appropriate connection on one's TV or monitor.


If one is not a wires'-person, one might be capable to go wireless. Like, a second- or third-generation Apple TV is capable of performing the same display-mirroring trick with an iPhone and iPad without needing an adaptor & an HDMI cable. Apple names this AirPlay. On Android, these things are a bit complicated. With Jelly Bean (4.2), Google has introduced screen sharing through a standard which is known as Miracast. One will know if one's device supports this protocol by simply checking Settings, Display for a screen-sharing option. One must look for Miracast, Wireless Display or any other similar. One's TV will require to be connected to the same network as one's Android device & support Miracast. One must either check one's manual, ask the manufacturer or look for compatible devices in the settings menu of one's smartphone or tablet. If one's TV does not have support for Wireless Display then one can buy a dongle to do the job – one will merely require a spare HDMI input.


Zuhair Sharif is a digital marketer, writer, blogger and entrepreneur.Co Work for pf, He likes to write and develop educational and inspirational material to help bring value to other's lives. He mainly writes about goal setting and healthy living to help more and more people to get healthy

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