How to Watch Live TV on an Android

By Luke Arthur

The Android phone is one of the primary smart phones in the market today and it provides users with a large amount of functionality. By downloading applications to the phone, you can add even more to its functionality. One of the ways that you could use the device is to watch live television programming. Keep up with your favorite shows or sports programming even if you are away from your television.

Things You'll Need

  • Slingbox
  • WatchESPN app
  • TheChanner app

Using Slingbox

Step 1

Install a Slingbox on a television in your home. The Slingbox is a device that hooks up to the video feed of your television and the Internet. You will simply plug an ethernet cord into the device or use a Wi-Fi connection. It will broadcast anything that is on your television screen to the Internet.

Step 2

Download the SlingPlayer application for your Android. Go to the App Brain marketplace and search for the SlingPlayer application. Once you find it, download it to your phone.

Step 3

Open the application to access the television feed. At that point, you can essentially control your television from your Android. You will be able to change the channel and even watch content that is saved on your DVR.

WatchESPN App

Step 1

Visit the App Brain market place and search for the WatchESPN app. By getting this application, you will be able to watch the ESPN networks such as ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 live on your Android. You must use one of a list of television or Internet providers before you can use this application. For example, you must have Time Warner or Verizon for your Internet or television service provider.

Step 2

Download the application to your Android phone.

Step 3

Click on the application to open it. Once you open the application, scroll through the shows that are available to watch on the various ESPN networks and view as desired.

TheChanner App

Step 1

Go to the App Brain market again and download the application called "TheChanner." This is an application that allows you to watch hundreds of live television shows from all around the world.

Step 2

Open the application and search the available programming. Scan by channel and program. Once you find a show that you want to watch, click on it to start streaming.

Step 3

Make use of the social media aspect of TheChanner application. You can interact with your Facebook and other social networking contacts through the application. Share what you are watching and talk about programming with others.