The television has always been a good stress reliever after a hard day’s work. It is just so relaxing to watch your favorite TV shows, or probably a movie or two.
The definition of TV nowadays has already evolved. With all these new technologies right now, TV has never been the same. Lots of things can now be done on your TV–things like video streaming, DVR, social networking, browsing the Web, and many others.
Now, imagine if you can extend features of your TV to your Android device, or better yet take control of your TV from your phone or tablet. That would be amazing, right? Sure enough, there are indeed ways for you to do this. Here are Android apps that are good companions to your TV relaxation.
If you have an HTPC (Home Theater PC) that runs the Boxee software, the Boxee Wifi Remote app will be a good companion. This Android app lets you navigate the Boxee user interface from your phone or tablet.
Many HTPC setup runs XBMC. This software is very similar to the first one. The Official XBMC Remote is the Android app that you can use to rule over your HTPC from your Android device.
Roku is a brand known for their digital media products. The Roku Digital Video Player is its most popular product. This is a device that lets you stream contents from the Internet. The device comes with its own remote, but you can conveniently control the device through an Android phone or tablet using the Roku Remote app.
Another device that is popular in media streaming is Slingbox. With this device, you can watch and control your TV almost anywhere. Slingbox now has its own Android app that enables the user to control it from an Android device. It has 2 versions, the SlingPlayer for Phones and the SlingPlayer for Tablets.
Before Slingbox, everybody has the TiVO. This famous DVR can also be controlled through an Android device via the TiVo Commander. This Android app has a nice set of features ranging from navigation to searching of recorded shows.
More and more TV makers are now integrating Google TV in their latest models. The Google TV Remote app for Android will be a good tandem for these types of TV. This app lets you use the Google TV feature efficiently from your Android device.
Xfinity Mobile is the Android app by Comcast. This app has a lot of features that enable users to manage their Comcast service on an Android device. TV-wise, it lets you manage your DVR recordings, browse for TV listings, and view notification alerts.
Verizon has the Verizon FiOS Mobile Remote app which will also let you manage DVR recordings on Android device. This app can also be used as a remote control for your TV with HD set-top box.
Dish Network also has an Android app that lets you control your TV and more. The Dish Remote Access app doesn’t just allow you to control your TV; it also lets you watch live TV on your Android device. Who doesn’t want TV on the go?
Direct TV app for Android is very similar to the apps listed above. This app lets users manage DVR recordings in an Android device. This can be used if you have a Direct TV subscription.
Now that you have all these apps on hand, your TV experience will not just be relaxing but would also be more convenient with the help of all these apps.
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OH how I miss SageTV Updates and Developments – I wish google would release a new version of the server and a client for android / GoogleTV :P PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE..
I dnt want to stream videos I just want to be able to control my tv functions like powering on and off, volume control, and channel surfing. Is there an app that acts like a universal remote that I can just sync right to the tv like infared universal remotes?
Um… None of these apps are anything like a “TV remote control.” All of these apps work with other hardware and web-based content systems, not televisions. VERY misleading article title.