Nowadays, it is possible to access TV content on your mobile phone. It is therefore no longer necessary for you to rush home whenever your favorite TV program is about to air, (so as to be behind your TV set when it airs). You should be able to view that favorite program wherever you are, using your mobile phone. This would be by way of streaming it ‘live’, in real time (as it is being aired), from the relevant TV channel’s website. And if that option of streaming it in real time is not available, it should be possible for you to view the episode you missed later (as a ‘past episode’), through your mobile phone. In this article, we will be trying to get deeper insights on how exactly you can go about accessing TV content on your mobile phone.
Streaming the content from the broadcaster’s website
Nowadays, many broadcasters have systems on their websites through which interested viewers can stream content ‘live’. Thus, as long as you have a mobile phone that has a browser and a reasonably speedy Internet connection, it should be possible for you to access the TV content by way of streaming. The most important thing here is to ensure that your Internet connection is fast enough to facilitate streaming. So what you need is broadband Internet (which is, in any case, what is available almost everywhere nowadays).
If the what you are seeking to stream is free content, chances are that it will start streaming the moment the TV channel’s streaming webpage loads fully. But if it is ‘premium’ (in the sense that it has to be paid for), then you may have to go through an authentication process, before being allowed to stream it. In this case, the authentication process is likely to be just a matter of logging in, by entering your (subscriber’s) username and password: after which you can start streaming the content.
Accessing the TV content through the broadcaster’s mobile app
A good number of broadcasters nowadays have mobile apps through which viewers can access content. Many content providers realize that it is not always very efficient to stream content through the browsers, hence the launch of the mobile apps. So they create apps, and then upload them to the app-stores from where their viewers can download them. You may be able to access TV content on your mobile through such apps.
Of course, there are individuals who opt to continue accessing TV content (on their mobiles) through browsers, in spite of the availability of the apps. Their reasoning is that they would end up with too many apps on their mobile phones, if they were to download and install the app for each TV channel. The best compromise here can be for you to download and install the mobile apps for the TV channels you watch frequently. Then you’d only be needing to launch the apps, and watch the channels through the apps – rather than going to the broadcasters’ websites and trying to stream the TV content from there whenever you want to enjoy it.
Accessing (previous) TV episodes on the broadcaster’s website
Many of the broadcasters have systems where, besides streaming the content that is being aired ‘live’ at the moment, you can also access and stream previous episodes on their websites. So this is yet another option that may be available to you: where you find that you don’t have to bite your nails off in frustration whenever you miss your favorite programs’ episodes. You just go to the broadcaster’s website, search for the program you want, then narrow down to the specific previous episode you wish to view – after which you’d get to stream it.
Accessing previous TV episodes on third-party websites
This is like where you may find past episodes of the popular TV programs being available on websites such as YouTube, from where you can get a chance to stream them. In some cases, those episodes are uploaded on platforms such as YouTube by the broadcasters themselves. Many broadcasters nowadays see the need to have a presence on platforms such as YouTube. So they establish YouTube ‘channels’, through which viewers can watch past episodes (including ‘yesterdays’ episodes) of their most popular shows.
Steps you need to follow while seeking to access TV content on your mobile phone
The first step here is to get a suitable mobile phone. Theoretically, you can access TV content on any mobile phone that is capable of accessing the Internet and has a browser installed. But some mobile phones are better suited for this type of work than others. Like if you have a mobile phone that has a reasonably big screen, it will be better than one with a very small screen. You also need a mobile phone with decent memory (RAM), and a good screen resolution, if you are to enjoy watching TV content through it.
The second step is to get a good high-speed Internet connection. So this has to be wireless Internet (for mobile phones). If you try to access TV content on a slow connection, you will keep on being frustrated as it ‘buffers’, and it may be very hard for you to enjoy the content.
The third step is to make a decision on the type of TV content you will be seeking to access through your mobile phone.
The fourth step would be for you to make a decision on how exactly you would be using the mobile phone to access the TV content. Is it by streaming it from the TV broadcasters’ websites? Or is it through apps? Will you be seeking to stream the TV content ‘live’ (as it airs) or will you be seeking to access past episodes? Those are the important considerations.
The fifth step is to access the actual content. If, for instance, you opted to stream it ‘live’, you can go to the broadcaster’s website, specifically to the streaming page, and start streaming the TV content from there. If you opted to go for past episodes of your favorite TV shows, you will need to go to the broadcasters’ websites (or to third party websites such as YouTube), search for the episodes and proceed to stream them from there.