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Enjoying mobile TV

1/28/2013 10:16:00 AM

When I first bought a tablet computer a couple of years ago, I saw it as the perfect hybrid between my laptop and smartphone – big enough to do a little work on and check out my favorite web sites but small enough to slip into a lightweight bag. Of course, there was always the added bonus of watching a downloaded movie or enjoying a game of Angry Birds or Temple Run, but the idea behind the tablet remained the same: it was work first and entertainment a distant second.

How times have changed!

I can’t remember the last time I looked at a spreadsheet on my tablet but I do remember the last time I used it to watch an episode of Modern Family. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but my trusty tablet has now become my trusty mobile TV. Whether I am waiting at an airport, sitting on a train, or curled up in my cozy bed, my tablet and a pair of headphones have become constant companions, letting me catch up on my favorite series and discover shows I never knew existed.

TV and movie-streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have been around for a long time but their convenience has always been tempered by tethering us to the TV or a computer. Tablets have changed all that, unhooking us from the living room or study and letting us roam free, taking our entertainment with us. Of course, the other big difference is 4G LTE. While I always use my Wi-Fi network when I’m at home, tapping into Verizon’s super-fast network is the difference-maker in realizing that anytime, anywhere entertainment dream.

While a Netflix subscription is still a great idea for the widest possible choice of TV shows and movies, pay-as-you-go options are also readily available. Apple’s iTunes (for the iPad), Google Play (for Android tablets) and Amazon all have huge selections of movies and TV shows for rent or purchase. If you are more interested in catching up on popular TV series, then Hulu Plus or HBO Go (free to HBO subscribers) may be just what you’re looking for.

No more fighting over the remote or forgetting to program the DVR. Whether I’m in the mood for a little Glee, the latest episode of Girls, or last night’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart, my mobile TV is there for me whenever and wherever I need it!

Comment by Karen , posted 1/29/2013, 7:28 AM:

I haven't watched one episode of Downton Abbey on the tv - all on my iPad. Love it!
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