I am one of those people who has “cut the cord” of cable television. Actually, I never had the cord in the first place. I’ve just managed to get by on broadcast TV. When the nation went digital, I didn’t even get a converter box for my TV set. I spend most of my media-watching time on Netflix or Hulu Plus on my Apple TV.
However, there are times when watching television is necessary for me, like when there is an earthquake (which actually happened in Sacramento a few weeks ago) or following the presidential elections. For those times, I go to my iPad or iPhone.
Whether you’ve cut the cord on cable and need a way to watch broadcast television, or want to take your favorite cable shows on the go with you, we have a list of apps to suit your needs…
Keep up on all your favorite shows, watch popular episodes on-demand, in some cities, take advantage of live streaming of the broadcast network.
View more than 100 full episodes of latest NBC shows, access behind the scenes clips and previews, play trivia games, and more.
Watch full episodes of the most popular programs, participate in discussions with others in the live social feed, personalize your show list, and check out pictures and cast bios of your favorite shows.
Access popular programs and access special features through SYNC, cable subscribers watch full episodes, check out behind-the-scenes previews and clips of Fox’s most popular TV shows.
Stream full episodes of your favorite shows, up to the five most recent releases, connect directly through Facebook and Twitter for social integration, watch bonus clips, see photos, and view the broadcast network’s schedule.
Watch currently scheduled programs, access archived shows, connect with Facebook, and view the non-profit network’s content schedule.
Cable subscribers can access ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPNU to watch NBA games, MLB games, the Masters, US Open, and more.
Follow up-to-the-minute news as it develops and watch live video of events. Be an iReporter by uploading your own photos and videos of the news from your point of view.
Cable subscribers can watch popular programing on demand from any iOS device, including syncing so you can pick up where you left off anywhere.
Similar to Watch Disney Channel, but exclusive to Disney Junior TV shows like Mickey Mouse Club. Designed for ages 2 to 7.
Cable subscribers can access 40 different popular programs with access to full episodes of many TV shows with full schedule of monthly programing.
Cable subscribers can watch HBO’s hit exclusive TV shows, as well as currently running movies. Access behind-the-scenes extras of your favorite shows and create customized playlists for a personalized TV-watching experience.
The same as HBO Go, but for Cinemax.
Cable subscribers have access to full episodes and clips from popular shows. You can also create customized playlists and see exclusive clips and deleted scenes.
The same as A&E, but for the History Channel. Cable subscribers can also look up additional clips about the most fascinating categories of history.
The same as A&E, but for Lifetime.
Cable subscribers have access to every single episode of a dozen exclusive Showtime TV shows, plus championship boxing and 60 Minute Sports.
Cable Subscribers can join in on Character Chatter to discuss currently playing shows, start a FaceTime chat with other fans, and get real-time polls and trivia about your favorite programs.
View video clips, photos, blog posts and play trivia with this network companion app.
Check out exclusive videos, read articles on MTV News, TV shows, movies, and keep up on the gaming blog. See photos from MTV Events.
Access premium bonus content with Discovery Plus, the app’s second-screen featured. Plus, watch clips and even full episodes of the network’s most popular shows.
Watch Bloomberg Television Live, 24-hours a day with top videos of breaking news, read related articles, and access top interviews from Bloomberg Radio.
Access exclusive behind-the-scenes information from actors and producers. See exclusive photos, read trivia, participate in viewer poles, and access social networking features to discuss your favorite shows with other fans.
Watch full episodes of popular shows, read summaries of each show and what time it airs. See daily video clips and tag your favorites for viewing later.
Get recipes and highlights from your favorite shows, see exclusive video clips and behind-the-scenes photos, read chef biographies, and check out the network’s programing schedule.
Access daily Pop of Culture information, get breaking entertainment news, photos, and videos, read celebrity scoops and watch clips of your favorite E! shows.
DIRECTV registered customers can watch thousands of TV shows and movies On Demand from HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Encore, and more.
Time Warner Cable subscribers can watch their favorite shows On Demand, set up recording with their DVR, and even watch some shows away from home.
There are also a variety of apps from local cable providers in your area.