Apps that let you stream media content from your computer, cable, and online sources
My dream is to be able to view any video I want, when I want it, wherever I am. Until a fully-integrated solution is available, I rely on my iPhone and Safari to stream video from websites. I've discovered a variety of apps that let me stream video from online sources and stream video stored on my desktop computer. Most of the apps discussed in this article work via a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. If your local carrier doesn't support 3G, you'll have to rely on Wi-Fi or use the slower EDGE data connection. Unfortunately, streaming video may not work well with EDGE. It almost all cases, streaming video works best with a Wi-Fi connection.
Update 4/11: Due to demand overwhelming their servers, Skyfire has temporarily stopped all new downloads.
From the Skyfire Blog:
"The user experience was performing well for the first few hours, but as the surge continued, the peak load on our servers and bandwidth caused the video experience to degrade.
Thus we are effectively ‘sold out’ and will temporarily not accept new purchases from the App Store.
I just finished an article on apps for streaming movies and somehow missed this one. Movie Vault ($2.99 for iPhone, $4.99 for iPad) has over 1,000 classic movies available. You pay for the app but the movies are free. I'm just now watching Here Comes Mr. Jordan on my iPad, and the quality is quite good. The first movie I tried, though, crashed without playing. You can browse movies by genre or search in a variety of ways. If you like old movies, this is definitely a good option.
I've just started playing with Tour Wrist (free), and am really enjoying the panoramic views from around the world. You can move around in the 3D panorama in "immersive mode" by moving your iPhone or iPad up or down, or on an axis. Or you can toggle it to "touch mode", so that you simply move around by dragging your finer on the screen. For example, I began with a gorgeous beach scene in immersive mode. As I held my iPad out and turned around my view changed as I moved. Or if I held my iPad above my head, I was looking at the sky.
Aren’t you interested to see whats inside Pandora’s box? I thought so. Well with Pandora Radio for the iPhone, it is much easier to make that happen. Pandora Radio is an internet radio application for the device that allows the user to create their own channels specific to their likes an dislikes. Music listening becomes much easier with this application because the user does not have to sit and listen to songs they do not like.
I'm writing an article for the magazine about streaming video for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. In addition to the YouTube app, there are several more apps that serve up content from video sharing websites. Dailymotion is probably the best one, since the Dailymotion site has quite a lot of content, and the app serves it up well. The $1.99 version is ad-free.
Whew, I just finished an article for the magazine about all the video streaming options for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A big job. We've covered a number of them, and most entail some sort of cost. Joost, though, is free, and the content is free. It offers a motley assortment of content that can be fun. I enjoyed watching a couple old Rocky & Bullwinkle episodes, and The Lone Ranger. The app streams celebrity news and gossip, music videos, action sports, comedy, and original web content.
I'm working on an article for the magazine about streaming video and am surveying apps that stream movies and TV. Let me know your favorites. We've covered Netflix in our blog, the movies app that seems to be the most popular. And it's likely the most cost-effective, with unlimited streaming for $9 per month. Another contender with quite good quality is mSpot Movies. The app is free, and rentals are typically $3 or $4. Many of the movies have free trailers available.
Here are the apps plus one accessory that I use most often during my down time. I can't guarantee they are best in their class, but I can strongly recommend each one.
I used simple criteria for selecting my top apps: One, I didn't chuck the app after a week, and two, I used it nearly every day. The following are my five favorites, along with some brief comments about them. In all but one case, I asked the app developers to share their thoughts on how they designed these winners.
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