#Asia 5 unique apps to enhance your TV viewing experience


Smartphones now have the capability to replace the remote control and further control many other aspects of your TV at home or away, says the author

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The author Elianna Hyde is a freelance writer since 2009. She attended the University of California and graduated with Masters in Mass Communication. She loves watching TV shows, movies or anything that leads to entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

Technological advancements in smartphone technology, tablets and laptops – not to mention on-demand movie hubs – have left the television industry at a bit of a loss. The appeal that was once there for viewers has all but lost its lustre. Just as televisions were about to lose the battle with smartphones, manufactures made a radical move that led to a fair competition between the two. The new technology that has arisen with smart TVs has redefined television watching as we know it.

Now, instead of a competition between smartphones and televisions, there has been a bit of collaboration. Smartphones now have the capability to replace the remote control and further control many other aspects of your television, at home or away. The development of apps have taken television enhancement to a whole other level of enjoyment.

Here are five unique apps guaranteed to shed a new light on your TV viewing experience.

TV Guide

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Looking for something particular to watch? Cannot remember what time your favourite show comes on, or what time that holiday special airs? No problem. The TV Guide app offers the best listing guide available, free to use, for anyone!

TV Guide’s official app will quickly become your go-to television companion. Not only does this app offer the best television guide grid available, anywhere, but it also has live TV streaming capability. Stay up to date with exclusive news anytime, anywhere and gain access to top TV shows in full episodes. With the new TV guide app you can:

personalise your watchlist

stream full top television show episodes;

share your favourite channels with friends;

access to movies on the go; and so much more.


Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 14.28.17YipTV allows you to live TV stream from anywhere in the world. What could be better than anywhere television access? Well, that’s easy, free anywhere television access, of course! YipTV features free access to 18-plus exclusive international channels, including English and Spanish.

All you need is Internet access and you are live TV streaming the highest quality television available, for free! That is obviously worth a repeat. You can choose to become a subscription member anytime and take advantage of the over 90 premium channels available to subscribing members! When you become a member you are granted the peace of mind that there are no annual contracts and no cancellation fees – join whenever you’d like and cancel whenever you want.


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Shazam functions today as one of the most popular apps in the world, used by more than 100 million people on a monthly basis. The app is used to get song lyrics, uncover song titles and artists, as well as discover music that artists themselves have discovered.

New features allow you to see what music that your favourite artists are Shazaming and listening to! How cool is that? With Shazam you can find music, learn the lyrics and quickly access the YouTube video to live stream and enjoy your favourite music videos. The new Shazam visual feature also allows you to toggle the app in front of a poster, magazine ad, book, etc. to recognise artists and albums.


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The IMDB app features the world’s largest collection of TV, movie and celebrity info. The goal of the app is to provide users with every bit of information ever listed on any and every movie or television show ever made. This includes information like:

Who made it

Who was in it



The plot





Bloopers and so much more!

The app features info on more than 1.5 million television shows and movies, as well as information regarding 3.2 million celebrities (that includes actors and actresses, producers, artists, crew members, as well as directors).

Syfy Sync

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Science fiction fan? Syfy Sync is the app for you! This app allows you to experience your favourite science fiction movies from a whole new perspective. The app will go into the sci-fi movie that you are watching and offer you in depth information such as behind the scenes trivia, contextual photos, videos and so much more. The app is available for Android and iPhone users, as well as through smart TVs. Use the app to share your favourite sci-fi films and connect with other fans that may offer valuable insight into films you perhaps have never heard of.

Overall, these apps have allowed for the television sector to be redefined into something that is more enjoyable by all. Check out the above suggested apps to enhance your television watching experience today.

Did we forget something? If you know of other TV apps that might enhance user experience then please share. We would love to hear from you!

The views expressed here are of the author’s, and e27 may not necessarily subscribe to them. e27 invites members from Asia’s tech industry and startup community to share their honest opinions and expert knowledge with our readers. If you are interested in sharing your point of view, please send us an email at elaine[at]e27[dot]co.

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