Some people love to work out. For them, it’s no problem to run mile after mile on the treadmill or spend an hour on the elliptical machine. For others, working out is a chore, especially after a late night out partying.
It’s a known fact that here’s no better cure for a hangover than a good workout, and having your iPad handy while you sweat out those toxins can make it slightly less painful. If you’ve had a rough night and need to burn some calories, check out this list of TV apps that will make the time fly by. You’ll be done before you know it!
Netflix (Free) – Netflix and the iPad go together like peanut butter and chocolate. If you happen to have a subscription (and you should, it’s a bargain at just $7.99 per month), this is the absolute best app to turn on when you’re in need of something random to watch. This app has hundreds of great TV shows and movies in every category you can think of. Craving a little romance? No problem. Want to re-watch old episodes of Dr. Who? You can do all that and more with Netflix.
Hulu Plus (Free) – The one thing Netflix doesn’t have is recent television shows, and that’s where Hulu comes in. With the Hulu app on the iPad, you can watch the current full season of popular shows like The Office, Modern Family, Family Guy, and tons of others. As long as you have a subscription (also $7.99 per month), you can watch TV shows and movies anytime with limited advertising. You can also access back seasons and full runs of TV shows that may not have been online before.
HBO Go (Free) – You’ll need a cable subscription to HBO to use the HBO Go app, but if you’ve got that, you can download this app to watch all of your favorite HBO shows right on your device. In addition to HBO shows, you can also access more than 1,400 HBO movies, plus specials like comedy shows, sports, and more. Every episode of the best HBO shows, like True Blood, Game of Thrones, and The Wire are available within the app, and you can watch it anywhere that you have a Wi-Fi or 3G+ connection.
ABC Player (Free) – TV networks often have their own apps where you can watch recent shows for free. The ABC Player allows any iPad user to watch full length episodes of popular ABC shows. There are episodes from 32 shows available in all, including Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, The Middle, Private Practice, and more. The player even includes new shows like Once Upon a Time, Pan Am, and Revenge, and provides a schedule of all ABC shows. Shows are shown in full screen with limited commercial interruptions.
NBC (Free) – Like the ABC Player, NBC’s iPad app allows iPad users to watch full length episodes of the most popular NBC shows, like The Office, Community, Up All Night, and more. The app allows users to watch full replays of late night talk shows like The Tonight Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, you’ll just need to deal with a few ads for the privilege. Episodes are available in full screen, with 15 second commercials. The app also provides video clips, photo galleries, listing times, and a collection of games. See also: TBS, PBS.
TWCable – (Free) Time Warner Cable’s app, TWCable, allows Time Warner customers to watch live streaming television from a variety of high definition channels, including AMC, Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Disney, Food Network, History Channel, Syfy, TLC, and more. This app is only available for Time Warner customers, and only on home Wi-Fi, but it’s like having an extra TV. The app also includes a program schedule and a DVR listing. Several other cable companies have similar offerings for their customers. See also: Xfinity TV for Comcast, Optimum for iPad for Cablevision, Dish Remote Access for iPad for Dish Network, and DirecTV App for iPad for DirectTV.