APP WATCH: TVCatchup hits Android phones

Yesterday's announcement of downloads for mobile BBC iPlayer wasn't great news for Android owners, as the app update has only been offered to iPhone users so far. Not to worry, we have some consolation in the form of TV Catchup.

It's another app that was an iOS first, but has now made its way to the Android platform after a (long) period of beta testing. Get it and you can watch over 50 channels for free on your mobile phone.

A slightly misleading name, as TV Catchup doesn't allow you to watch shows you have missed. This is all about watching Freeview channels live, everything from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five through to movies4men and Film4. If they are free to view, they are available on your smartphone or tablet.

You also get an EPG showing what's on now and next, optimised streams that work with your mobile connection and Wi-Fi to get the best picture plus TV out support, if you want a bigger screen view.

Of course, you have to be in the UK and legally, you'll need to have a UK TV licence to watch. If you are covered on both of those fronts, go get the app now. You'll need Android 2.2 and up.

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