Last week we discussed how we can watch all the national, regional, and local TV channels from our mobile. For this we use the KODI player configuring all the Spanish DTT television channels through IPTV. Something great for us to watch live TV from anywhere without having to be in front of the television at home.
But what happens if we want to watch series or programs that have already been broadcast? In this case, the best solution is to use the channels’ official apps, since most have an on-demand TV service.
The best on-demand TV apps for Android: Spanish television channels
In Spain we currently have more than 300 television channels, including all televisions with free-to-air broadcasting. In the following list, we have collected only those that have on-demand content in their official app.
If we are interested in watching TV from other countries outside of Spain:
- IPTV services to watch international online TV channels.
- Live TV channels for Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and many others).
National TV channels
RTVE a la carte
The Spanish Television app is one of the most downloaded apps and also one of the best-rated by Android users. Not only does it allow you to listen to Radio Nacional and watch TVE1, TVE2, Teledeporte and Canal 24 Horas live , it also offers a lot of on-demand content.
If you want to watch series like Cuéntame, Águila Roja, The Mysteries of Laura or Isabel, legendary contests like Saber y Ganar, a lot of documentaries, or programs like Master Chef, this is your app. It works well, it doesn’t crash and the interface is very intuitive.
Like RTVE, in Mitele we can find on-demand and live TV from Mediaset España channels. The best way to watch Telecinco, Cuatro, FDF, Energy, Divinity and Be Mad completely legally over the Internet.
Here we find all the network’s emblematic programs, such as Cuarto Milenio, Pasapalabra, Sálvame, La que se cerca, Homeland, American Horror Story and all those reality shows that reproduce almost like spores.
Among the negative aspects, it is necessary to register to be able to watch series and programs on demand. Also, the app doesn’t seem very stable.
The app with which we can see all the on-demand and live content from Antena 3, La Sexta, NEOX, Nova, MEGA and other Atresmedia channels.
- The good: Live broadcasts work perfectly. The best to watch the Simpsons live, Big Bang Theory, or any other show/series they are broadcasting live. All this without the need for registration and in a reasonably fluid way.
- The bad: The TV on-demand service requires being a registered user. In addition, some on-demand content (mainly US series and programs) requires a paid premium subscription.
FuboTV is a television platform that operates entirely online. It offers live broadcast of Atresmedia programming, in addition to other Spanish DTT channels. Likewise, it also has the Movistar Series channel, with series such as Game of Thrones and more than 1,600 episodes of on-demand series.
A very interesting digital television OTT platform with HD image and the possibility of recording programs directly from the app. The first 7 days of the trial are free, from then on, it is €2.99 per month.
Children’s TV channels
Probably the best children’s channel on Spanish television. The mobile application is not bad either: live online broadcast, and up to 18 cartoon series that we can watch on demand. Virtually no ads, free and without the need for any type of registration.
It also has a section of games featuring iconic characters from the chain. The only negative point is that some of the channel’s star series are missing, such as Dragon Ball Super, Adventure Time or Regular Stories.
RTVE Android Clan
The Clan app follows a bit in the same footsteps as Boing. On the one hand, we have series and cartoons on demand in both Spanish and English. Episodes of Pokémon, Pocoyó, Los Lunnis, Peppa Pig, and other Spanish Television classics such as David the Gnome, Dartacán, or Willy Fog.
On the other hand, it also offers a little extra. In this case, instead of games, what we find are drawings to paint and color. Excellent app for the little ones in the house, which, by the way, also has a version for Android TV.
The Disney Channel app offers a simple but effective interface and a good handful of series (Star Wars, Kim Possible, Penny on MARS). Of course, there is also no shortage of live online broadcasting, but it falls somewhat short in terms of on-demand content.
It has a large number of different series to watch, yes, but unfortunately, it only offers a couple of episodes of each series or show. The number of children’s ads broadcast at the beginning of each streaming can get a little heavy, but otherwise, a fairly stable and fluid app.
Despite having a not-very attractive interface, HIRU3 (developed by EITB) is the highest-rated children’s on-demand TV app on the Spanish grid. It does not have a live ETB3 broadcast, but it does offer a large selection of series and drawings on demand in Basque for children from 0 to 7 years old. There is also the occasional program for older kids, but it is mainly aimed at a younger audience. It has series such as Maya the Bee, Voltron, Martin Mistery, 3Txulo, and others.
Regional TV channels
The Catalan television app offers live broadcasts of all its channels (TV3, 324, Esport3, 33, Super3 and TV3CAT), as well as on-demand content of already broadcast programs. It is compatible with Chromecast, has a subtitle option and a more than positive rating from users. The best application to closely follow Catalan news and all its programming.
The public television of the Basque Country is not far behind and also has an official app with live content and TV on demand. The design is a little less attractive than other apps in the industry, although it is not lacking in content, which in the end is what matters. There are full episodes and seasons of practically everything that has ever aired on ETB. A real pass.
The Andalusian television app is one of the best-rated in the sector (although it does not have many downloads). It has an attractive interface and in terms of navigation it is very practical. Very oriented towards social networks (with icons to share everywhere), it offers live broadcasts – also radio – and on-demand TV of a large number of Canal Sur programs.
Finally, remember that many of these apps have regional blocking, which means that if we are on vacation or in another country, it is necessary to use a VPN connection to be able to watch TV content on demand.