Top 8 TV Movie Apps Apple Watch

One particular category of iOS apps that hasn’t seen much exposure on the Apple Watch is those of the entertainment variety, concerning movies and TV. These days, we often use entertainment apps like Netflix to stream movies and TV, but these of course don’t really apply to the Apple Watch. As such, our list for the top TV and movie apps that have been updated recently for the Apple Watch is comprised of a varying range of different ideas – though, it’s mostly those apps that show us what is on now, or showing in our area. These apps, like Fandango, are obviously quite useful and really benefit from having the kind of at a glance accessibility that the Apple Watch offers. The process of checking the TV guide, for example, would either mean pulling up an app on your smartphone, searching through a physical copy of the magazine or using your TV remote. With the TV Guide app for the Apple Watch, on the other hand, you can see it all with a single glance at your wrist. Here we go through some of these TV and movie apps to see which ones you should download!

8. Movie Hype (Free)

The Movie Hype app is one that I hadn’t really encountered before checking it out on the Apple Watch, so I don’t really know how the different versions of this iOS app compare. That said, perhaps the most useful thing it does in the context of the Apple Watch is allow you to manage your time better, whether at home or in the theater. The app knows the runtimes of everything, so all you have to do is start the nice little countdown graphic when beginning a viewing, and you will know how much time you have left at a glance. The location awareness knows when you are entering a movie theater, to which you can check in on social media and interact with others who are perhaps seeing the same movie. – Download from iTunes

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7. TV Guide Mobile (Free)

We mentioned it in the intro, but I don’t think you can really underestimate how useful an app like the TV Guide Mobile app is. It has been widely reported by the likes of USA Today and TIME as a must-have download for your smartphone and tablet, and that feeling only really increases when you factor in the at a glance accessibility of the Apple Watch. Having used the app for a few days now, I’d have to agree with the above, but admit that the app is quite limited by the size of the screen in question: I often prefer seeing a guide spread out before me in a table, with channels on one side and times above. That makes it easier to see what’s on at what time, and what clashes with other shows you want to watch. The TV Guide Mobile app doesn’t really have this ability when used on the Apple Watch, but the best thing about it is that you can set reminders when your shows are starting – it’s worth grabbing for this feature alone!  – Download from iTunes

6. MOVIST ($2.99)

MOVIST is a useful app if you’re the kind of person with a vast collection of movies and like to keep them all organized, tracking what you’ve watched, what you’re watching and what you have in your queue. The recent Apple Watch update now makes this all the more convenient, allowing you to manage your collection from your wrist! – Download from iTunes

5. After Credits (Free)

After Credits is an app founded on a single concept alone, which as I’m sure you’ve guessed is to inform viewers whether a particular film has any extra content during or after the closing credits. It’s something I’ll admit to looking up in the past, so it’s nice to have all this in one place and now available at a glance on your Apple Watch. – Download from iTunes

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4. On Now (Free)

While the On Now app has always been useful for its ability to zone in on the things that are trending on TV right at that moment and give you video previews, this doesn’t quite apply given the limitations of the Apple Watch. Still, it’s a very useful app when it comes to checking what’s screening on your different channels, and the app will tune itself to your Direct TV or Dish Network set top box to get updated listings based on your provider. The alerts that remind you when things are airing can be very useful, and I love that each show has added depth that allows you to see the different actors involved – almost like you would do on IMDb. All in all I’d say this is better than the TV Guide Mobile app, offering many similar features but with a few added ones that put it over the edge. – Download from iTunes

3. Crackle (Free)

While I’m more of a Netflix man, Crackle has proved itself to be a very popular app for iOS devices, and of course when connected to the Apple TV. It has a great range of shows that are free, which is perhaps why it attracts so many users. It’s also the first of these services to really jump on the Apple Watch bandwagon and embrace the technology to a point, offering an updated version of the app that brings (albeit limited) functionality to your wrist. You can check what’s showing, remotely control what you are viewing – very useful if you’re watching on a bigger screen, as I’m sure you’ll agree – and even see a detailed description of the show or movie in question. All in all a great companion app to Crackle as we know it these days, and an excellent extension to their already useful iPhone app.- Download from iTunes

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2. Fandango Movies (Free)

If it’s movie tickets you’re after, Fandango is the best – really, the only – app that you should be downloading to use with your Apple Watch. While some of the functionality that we’ve been used to seeing with their iOS app is somewhat lost with this Apple Watch update, the useful stuff is still there meaning that you can see a map to the theater you are visiting, check film times and bring up a digital version of your tickets all on your wrist. – Download from iTunes

1. Mubi (Free)

Being something of a cineaste myself, Mubi has always been a dream service and as such, its position here at the head of the list is severely biased. Still, I’d say it deserves it for the community and curation aspects alone. Every day, Mubi picks a new film that they think you might like – one that is typically outside the mainstream – and then you have 30 days to watch it. The app itself, recently updated to support the Apple Watch, allows you to stream or download films to watch offline, and this can all now be remotely controlled from your wrist. While the whole browsing thing can be difficult from your wrist, it’s still a worthy update and does add another layer of convenience to what is already a wonderful service. – Download from iTunes

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