BreakingModern — Want a laugh? Well, “there’s an app for that.” The Comedy Central app for Android (and Apple iOS) debuted last year and it brings a streamlined, on-demand platform for mobiles devices everywhere. Key and Peele, South Park, Broad City and a host of other shows are just a click a way.
Comedy Central has always done a good job of providing its viewers with an easily accessible host of hilarious content. The app is really an extension of that mentality — some of its most popular shows, like The Daily Show with John Stewart, are available for free the day after they aired live. But, of course, a cable subscription is required to watch many full episodes of the shows. But, if you have one of those, you’re all set. Get ready to stream funny from any mobile device.
The app brings almost everything to the table — at the time of this writing full seasons of Broad City, Workaholics, Tosh.0, Futurama, Kroll Show, Review, Chappelle’s Show, Trip Tank , Comedy Central stand-up, specials and more are all available. The caveat of standard cable access does present some problems in the app, though. All the shows that Comedy Central offers are available, but you won’t know which you can stream until you click on them. In some cases, you are presented with a screen like this:
Of course, if you have a subscription to one of these (many) partners — and remember your login information — there’s no problem. But it’s annoying if you don’t, so be prepared.
TV Just About Everywhere
Comedy Central utilizes Viacom’s “TV Everywhere” service. At the time of writing, the number of providers that have joined this service is quite extensive, including Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Cox, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and more than a dozen smaller providers. A few pay-TV providers are missing, though, including Dish (a network that happens to be the biggest pay-TV provider).
There are additional perks for the “TV Everywhere” service, like viewing advanced episodes of Comedy Central shows, and being able to Chromecast your shows (which was an often requested feature that got updated). The Comedy Central staff also answers complaints (and praise) on the Google Play and iTunes stores, which is unique for such a large organization.
While the full episodes have ads scattered throughout, they are much shorter through the app than on traditional cable. For example, a Jon Stewart show I watched usually takes 30 minutes with commercials on TV, but through the app the full program played in 21 minutes and 28 seconds, allowing for only 43 seconds of commercials. Pretty good.
The Comedy Central app is visually appealing, too. If your portable device has good connectivity and screen resolution, it can be almost as good as watching an HDTV. Also, you can leave the app and come back and continue watching right where you left off.
If you’re a big Comedy Central fan and have a pay-TV subscription, this app gives you some extras and lets you watch from your mobile devices in a hassle-free way. And if you don’t, you can still watch the last run of John Stewart’s Daily Show episodes. Enjoy it!
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