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Watch NBC shows on your phone (#android)

May 13, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

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Watch NBC shows on your phone (#android)

Before “Heroes” broke my heart with last season’s jumbled, bloated story line, I usually tried to watch each episode on Hulu if I was away from a television. I wish I would have noticed this sooner, but I could have also watched the show at NBC Mobile.

Lifehacker points out that m.nbc.com has full episodes of “Heroes” and other shows like “Late Night” and “The Office.”  The videos, broken up into segments like on television, can be streamed on Android phones. A short advertisement is displayed prior to each segment, but even the delayed load time is quicker than a standard commercial break..

The video quality is identical to what Androiders are accustomed to seeing when watching videos with the YouTube application. The stream speed was excellent when I used my G1 on Wi-Fi, and I didn’t notice any difference when testing it out on my local T-Mobile 3G network.

As we’ve come to learn with cell phones and other technologies, individual user experience may vary. That’s corporate talk for just because it works for Jack doesn’t mean it will work for Jill. Visit m.nbc.com from your Android device and see how well the video performs.

Scroll down to “All Full Episodes” to see what’s available

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Video quality isn’t as crisp as you’d hope, but it’s very passable

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Videos do not expand to use all of the display screen

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In order to watch Part 2 or 3, users have to return to episode page and start next video

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Here is a list of shows with full episodes available (as of May 13, 2009):

  • 30 Rock
  • Crusoe
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Heroes
  • Howie Do It
  • Kath & Kim
  • Knight Rider
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
  • Life
  • Medium
  • Parks & Recreation
  • The Celebrity Apprentice
  • The Chopping Block
  • The Office

[Lifehacker]