Free TV: Networks with the Best Free Apps

Posted on 04/08/2013

We're busy people. We can't always make it home on time for the latest episode of Modern Family or Celebrity Apprentice. But that doesn't mean we should miss Phil and Claire's hilarious banter or be the last to know who Donald Trump fired in the boardroom. Television networks are improving their apps all the time and now you can watch many of your favorite TV shows for free on your mobile device.

No need to be on the couch to watch full-length episodes of Nashville, Grey's Anatomy or Happy Endings. You can see them all once you've downloaded the free ABC app, now available on the iPad, iPhone and Windows 8.

Get more Duck Dynasty in your life with the free A&E app. Watch your favorite shows on your iPad or iPhone including fan favorites like Hoarders or Storage Wars. You'll also get access to exclusive clips never before shown on TV.

CBS just released their app for the iPhone and iPad last month, allowing viewers to watch full episodes of primetime shows. You'll have to wait until the eighth day after shows like Survivor and NCIS debut on regular television before you can access them on the app.

Get access to 24/7 news coverage wherever you are by downloading the free CNN app. You'll be able to watch live streaming programming of CNN and HLN.

Cartoon Network
Download the free Cartoon Network app and you'll not only be able to watch full episodes of your favorite shows, but you'll also be able to play games. Check out for more information.

If you've got a subscription to Cinemax then you can access the free MaxGo app. Get unlimited access to hundreds of hit movies and special programming.

NBC also has an expanding offering of free television shows through their app. You can watch the latest episodes on your iPad, iPhone or Android phone. Plus, more devices will be supported soon, according to

Season three of Downton Abbey may be over, but there is plenty of other great programming offered on PBS. Watch full episodes of several shows through the free PBS app. There are several different versions including one for the iPad, one for the iPhone and one that just includes PBS Kids programming.

Watch your favorite TBS comedies including full episodes of Conan, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, The Office and more. You'll need to authenticate through your cable or satellite provider. The TBS app also includes clips and behind-the-scenes videos.

By Alison Storm

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