A tablet can be a great tool for keeping up with your favorite TV shows, especially if you subscribe to a service like WinTV that can download episodes directly to your Windows tablet. If you have time during lunch or on the train, you can pull out your computer and watch what you missed last night.
The app is straightforward: Start by selecting the program(s) you’re interested from an extensive list of episodes. You can choose to download any of these, as well as set WinTV to automatically download future ones.
The array of past and current shows is quite broad, including shows from broadcast and cable. It certainly doesn’t have every single show that’s ever been on the air, but it covers almost everything on the air now that might appeal to adults. It’s quite weak in children’s and educational programming, however. The main focus is prime-time shows.
You can open downloaded programs directly from the WinTV app, but they play in whatever app your tablet uses for MP4 files. Or you can the files to another device and play them from there, if you prefer.
WinTV won’t let you stream live TV or watch sporting events. For that, you’ll need something like Tablo from Nuvyyo.
The app costs nothing, but there is a $6.99 charge for a 1 month subscription, $12.99 for 3 months, or $39.99 for 1 year — which seems reasonable considering a subscription includes unlimited downloads of old programs and new ones. A 2-week trial subscription is available.
This service from Zero Mass Energy, LLC. isn’t new – it’s been around as DroidTV for some time. This means it isn’t likely to suddenly disappear like Aereo did because of copyright infringements.
WinTV is available for download now from the Windows Store.