Getting the best TV experience on your Note II

Turn your GALAXY Note II into the ultimate portable gogglebox

How to get the best TV experience on your GALAXY Note II

This month way back in 1925 saw the very first public demonstration of television technology. Nearly a century on, many of us now watch streaming and catch-up TV on our mobiles, not to mention recorded programs.

Have you ever wondered what the best way to get TV on the go is? If so, read on as we explain all you need to know about the best Note II-friendly apps that can help you get the most out of TV on the move.

Video Player

Pre-installed software – Video Player

The Samsung GALAXY Note II video player app is a silent selling point of the phone, and is essential for playing back your own recorded TV shows.

What do we mean by 'silent selling point'? On the surface, it's as unassuming as any other video player, but dig a little deeper and you'll find it's considerably richer.

For starters, it packs an incredibly broad range of video codecs. MP4, AVI, MKV, whatever format your video, it'll probably play back on the Note II.

Thanks to the Note II processor's quad-core power, it'll also play back the majority of your quirky file formats up to either 720p or 1080p – something that less powerful Android phones and tablets just can't do.

The video player can even turn your playing video into a floating window, so you can get on with other tasks while your favourite TV show is playing back on your Note II.

Official TV services

Content providers in the UK have wised up to the likes of the Samsung GALAXY Note II with its 5.5-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display and zippy LTE data speeds, making it perfect for on-the-go video.

Four of the five major television station's content is available on the go, with the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 having developed mobile apps that can turn a portable screen into a pocketable TV. This means that getting your Samsung GALAXY Note II kitted out for TV mobility is as simple as a dip into your Google Play Store.

BBC iPlayer

Official TV services - BBC iPlayer – Free

Encompassing BBC1, BBC2, not to mention the wealth of additional BBC television and radio channels available, iPlayer is the default go-to for most Brits looking for a bit of TV on the go.

Whether it's catching up with Eastenders, drooling over The Great British Bake-off or having a good old giggle to Have I Got News for You, BBC iPlayer has it all.

The app will prompt you to download a second app in order to play content, so don't be alarmed when it does, but once all is downloaded, you'll be set.

ITV Player

Official TV services - ITV Player – Free

If BBC iPlayer had a twin that was subsidised by advertising it would be ITV Player. The app is also free and is a doddle to pick up in the Google Play Store and get watching on.

The ITV Player's interface is presented in a layered and snazzy styling, complete with pretty decent quality streaming; making for an immersive viewing experience on the Note II.


Official TV services - 4OD – Free

4OD is the catch-up version of Channel 4's TV service, which, as with ITV Player, also features advertising. It's simple to get your head around the clean interface and the app even groups episodes by series, so you can catch up on two or three episodes in one sitting.

The app even has the option to set a pin and set a parental lock for content that's inappropriate for under-18s – perfect for any protective parent who's treated their lucky teen to a Note II.


Unofficial TV services - TVCatchup - Free