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SPB TV brings digital TV channels to Android phones

August 27, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka


SPB TV brings digital TV channels to Android phones

A new app in the Android Market provides a method for watching television on an Android device. SPB TV delivers digital TV programming from channels that represent several countries and languages. For the one-time price of $9.99, users will be able to watch channels in major US markets, international news channels, weather reports, and music videos.

SPB also offers a free Lite version but it features only a few channels and omits many of the major networks you’re probably interested in watching. A 3G or Wi-Fi connection is necessary to take advantage of the app as intended, but there is an option to watch lower quality videos that stream more easily. After testing out a few channels on the Lite version, I must say that the footage streams quite well on Wi-Fi (haven’t been able to check 3G quality just yet).

There are a few Russian and other international stations I’m not familiar with, but there are also some familiar names, mainly news stations, you may recognize.

  • NBC Weather
  • JCTV
  • Bloomberg News
  • BBC (in Arabic)
  • Al Jazeera
  • Euronews
  • France 24
  • CCTV
  • Fox 11 (Los Angeles)
  • Fox 5 (New York)
  • Fox 12 (Oregon)
  • Fox 32 (Chicago)
  • NBC 4 (Los Angeles)
  • C-Span
  • ABC 7 (Los Angeles)
  • Sportitalia
  • All Music
  • Orange Sport
  • 2DF

There are several more channels, but you should get the point by now of whether or not you’d be interested in trying the app. The Lite version has only five channels, but it’s a good way to test the quality of SPB TV. If you like what you see, upgrading to the paid version will open up several more networks.