Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week

Watch TV Shows and Movies on Your Smartphone Using Video Streaming Services Like Quibi, Netflix, and Hulu

April 09, 2020 Jason R. Rich Season 1 Episode 9
Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
Watch TV Shows and Movies on Your Smartphone Using Video Streaming Services Like Quibi, Netflix, and Hulu
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Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
Watch TV Shows and Movies on Your Smartphone Using Video Streaming Services Like Quibi, Netflix, and Hulu
Apr 09, 2020 Season 1 Episode 9
Jason R. Rich

Watch TV shows and movies directly from your smartphone or tablet! Discover how to use subscription-based video streaming services, like Quibi, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video from your iPhone, iPad, or Android-based mobile device using specialized apps that are available from the App Store.

This episode of Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week covers the following video streaming services:

Remember, if you find this information useful, please subscribe to the podcast, tell your friends, and leave a positive review! 

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Watch TV shows and movies directly from your smartphone or tablet! Discover how to use subscription-based video streaming services, like Quibi, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video from your iPhone, iPad, or Android-based mobile device using specialized apps that are available from the App Store.

This episode of Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week covers the following video streaming services:

Remember, if you find this information useful, please subscribe to the podcast, tell your friends, and leave a positive review! 

Featured App of the Week – Episode #9

Welcome back to the Featured App of the Week podcast. I’m Jason Rich. In this edition, the focus is on streaming video services you can watch from your mobile device.

With many people having a lot of extra time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finding new shows and movies to watch can be a bit of a challenge. 

There’s a brand new streaming video service that launched in early-April, called QUIBI, that offers an entire lineup of new and original programming.

Unlike other streaming video services, like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, or Apple TV+, all of QUIBI’s programming is presented in episodes that are 10 minutes or less in length. 

If you’re going to watch any TV shows, movie, or streaming video on your iPhone, I recommend connecting headphones or earbuds, such as Apple’s AirPods, to enhance the audio, and use a basic stand, so you can prop your smartphone on a table as opposed to holding it. 

A $10 Pop-Socket stand will work great, for example. You also definitely want to position the iPhone sideways – so the content is displayed in landscape mode - to make the video viewing area larger.

QUIBI is a subscription-based video streaming service that requires you to download the free QUIBI app from the App Store to experience. Once the app is installed, there’s either a $4.99 or $7.99 per month fee to fully utilize the service and gain unlimited access to the programming, which you can stream or download. 

The $4.99 per month subscription includes ads, while the $7.99 per month subscription offers a commercial-free viewing experience. Since QUIBI is a brand-new service, for new subscribers, a free 90-day trial is available. 

QUIBI launched on April 6, under the direction of Hollywood mogul Jeffery Katzenberg and a team of veteran producers, writers, and directors. 

At launch, the service offered about two dozen original series and movies, including scripted TV series (with episodes divided into short chunks), as well as unscripted reality shows, news and sports programming, music documentaries, cooking shows, game shows, and full-length movies that are serialized, also into small, 10-minute or less chapters. Much of the programming features popular Hollywood talent. 

New shows, movies, and series are expected to premier each week, so you can expect a nice selection of programming from QUIBI moving forward.

So if you’re looking for new things to watch, that requires a minimal time commitment, and features content that was produced specifically for you to enjoy directly on your smartphone’s smaller screen, download the QUIBI app from the App Store and sign up for the service’s free trial.

Of course, you also have a wide range of other streaming options, from services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and Apple TV+, each of which offers its own unique lineup of programming, and each charges a separate monthly subscription fee.

Many TV networks that you know and love also have their own premium subscription services, like CBS All-Access, PBS Masterpiece, Hallmark Movies Now, EPIX, Lifetime Movie Network, HBO, Showtime, and Starz. NBC is also planning to launch its own premium video service, called Peacock, in the near future. 

It will offer a selection of classic NBC shows combined with new, exclusive, and original programming. The monthly fee to subscribe to any of these premium subscription services varies between $4.99 and $9.99 per month. 

Netflix, for example, offers all of its programming on a commercial-free basis, and continues to invest hundreds of millions of dollars per year into the production of original TV series and movies that you can’t watch anywhere else.

One of the biggest benefits to watching TV shows or movies from a video streaming service is that the programming you want to watch is available on-demand, anytime you want to watch it. Netflix, for example, also allows you to either stream or download its programming. 

When you stream content, it’s sent from the Internet to your mobile device, but the programming is not saved. Thus, watching programming from Netflix requires no internal storage space on your mobile device, but a continuous Internet connection is required.

 

When you opt to download content from a service like Netflix, an Internet connection is required to download the movie or TV show’s digital file, which ultimately gets stored within the internal storage of your mobile device. You can then watch that programming anytime later, and no Internet connection will be required. 

Hulu combines TV series programming, movies from major studios, and some original programming that’s offered with or without commercials, based on how much you’re willing to pay each month. For network TV shows that Hulu streams, you can typically watch the newest episodes 24 hours after they’ve aired on network television.

Hulu is currently a streaming-only service, meaning you can’t download the content to watch later. You can, however, stream and watch whatever programming you want on an on-demand basis.

Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video is video streaming service from Amazon that’s included free with an Amazon Prime membership, which costs about $120 per year. Amazon Prime Video offers a vast library of TV shows and movies, as well as some original and exclusive programming that can either be streamed or downloaded.

Two relatively new video streaming services include: Disney+ and Apple TV+. Disney+ gives you commercial-free access to a vast library of Disney movies and TV shows, including many Disney classics. A growing selection of original programming is also offered.

Disney+ is ideal for families, because this service offers so much family-friendly programming that can be watched on an unlimited basis by either steaming or downloading the content you want to watch.

Meanwhile, Apple TV+ is a video streaming service operated by Apple, that includes only original programming that features some of Hollywood’s biggest names. In addition to a growing selection of TV series and movies, Apple TV+ offers original programming from Oprah, for example.

Anyone who purchases a new Apple Mac computer, iPhone, or iPad is given a free one year subscription to Apple TV+. Everyone else needs to pay a $4.99 monthly fee to subscribe to this commercial-free service.

If you’re a fan of Star Trek and want to watch the new and original Star Trek TV series that are now in production, including Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard, you’ll need to subscribe to the CBS-All Access video service for a monthly fee starting at $5.99 per month. 

This service also offers more than 12,000 hours of classic CBS television shows, plus a new other original and exclusive series developed just for CBS All-Access.

Meanwhile, even if you don’t subscribe to cable TV or satellite TV, you can still access HBO and Showtime, as well as many other premium channels by downloading their respective mobile apps and paying for their subscription-based services on an a la carte basis.

Before you start signing up for a bunch of video streaming services, figure out what types of programming you want to watch, and which services offer that type of programming. 

Each service offers something unique and many are designed to appeal to a specific targeted audience. Once you narrow down the selection of video streaming services you’re interested in, take advantage of the free trial period that each offers. This typically ranges from a 7-day free trial to a 90-day free trial.

After each trial period ends, only continue paying for the video streaming services you plan to watch in the future, based on the unique selection of programming each offers.

If you’re using mobile apps to sign up for and manage your video streaming service subscriptions, you can manage all of your subscriptions directly from your iPhone or mobile device.

To do this, launch the App Store app. Next, tap on your profile photo or account icon that’s displayed in the top-right corner of the screen. From the Account menu that appears, tap on the Subscriptions option. 

Below the heading that says Active, you’ll see a list of all the video streaming and mobile app subscriptions you’re currently paying for.Tap on any subscription listing to cancel it with just a few on-screen taps. 

Keep in mind, when you subscribe to a service using your iPhone, it typically becomes an auto-renewing subscription, so your credit or debit card will be charged each month, on an ongoing basis, until you cancel the subscription.

As you’ll discover, that’s a vast selection of amazing content you can watch on-demand, directly from your mobile device when you subscribe to one or more of the popular Internet-based, video streaming services.

That’s it for this edition of Featured App of the Week. I’m Jason Rich. Thanks for listening.