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6 killer video-streaming apps for low-effort TV watching

Jared Newman | Nov. 13, 2014
On-demand services like Netflix are great for when you know exactly what you want to watch. But sometimes you just want to play something the background while you cook dinner, play on your tablet, or read a book.

Devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Web


Not to be confused with the short-lived VH1 show of the same name, Stevie is a video service whose channels are based on trending content from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. You can plug in your social media credentials for personalized stations, or choose from a list of topics. It's a nice way to leap straight into some videos, even if the busy array of surrounding tweets and images look a little like something out of Idiocracy. [ Stevie]

Devices: Chromecast, Apple TV (via AirPlay), Web

Animal Planet LIVE

Animal Planet's streaming app offers two very different leanback experiences: The TV Highlights channel is a collection of video from the TV network. It's updated every week, and is focused mainly on reality shows like Pitbulls & Parolees and My Cat From Hell. But if you want some more relaxing fare, check out the live camera feeds from various aquariums, animal shelters and the great outdoors. (The shark tank at the National Aquarium in Baltimore is oddly therapeutic.) [Animal Planet LIVE]

Devices: Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox 360, Web


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