One of the main attractions offered by a Smart TV is the integration into the TV menu of applications that facilitate entry to certain services of a very different nature, similar to what happens in mobile phones and tablets. They simplify access so that we do not have to do it from a classic web browser and offer a adapted interface to the dimensions of the screen.
Among all the categories that we can find in the application stores of each operating system, those that allow you to see stand out above all cinema, series and varied videos, either in streaming or local, and especially those that do it for free, like the ones we are going to comment on below.
Plex es an app with which you can turn your computer into a multimedia center which can be accessed from the TV, and which is capable of recognizing most of the files that you have stored locally in a computer, NAS or similar. It is compatible with practically all current audio and video formats and allows you to organize your folder by videos, photos and music, encrypts connections if you connect remotely and allows you to connect to other online channels such as TED, Comedy Central or SoundCloud.
When you set it up you can access your files from any device. To do this you first have to install the application of the Plex Media Server on the computer where you have the multimedia files you want to use and then the Plex client on your TV, being a multiplatform software compatible with models with Andorid TV, LG TVs with WebOS, Panasonic TVs with Firefox OS, Samsung models with Tizen operating system and Hisense with VIDAA.
More information | Plex
It is another of those apps to view multimedia content that cannot be missing from any device, especially on TV. Code It is totally modular and you can adapt it to your needs by changing its interface with themes and with a system of add-ons with which to add different types of functionalities according to your characteristics and needs.
These add-ons or add-ons allow you, for example, to be able to watch different television channels on Kodi over the Internet, show weather forecasts, or connect to services such as Plex, SoundCloud o YouTube. There are also others to listen to the radio and access some of your cloud storage services. It is compatible with different operating systems on PCs and mobiles, but its development for televisions is focused on Android TV.
More information | Code
RTVE a la carte
Radio Televisión Española has an interesting application that you can not only use to access contemporary programming with your favorite programs whenever you want on the channels of La 1, La 2, Canal 24h, Teledeporte and Playz, but you can also browse the vast amount of older content that it offers and that has been compiled over the years.
It is present in most current platforms, including Android TV o WebOS, although in some it has been receiving interesting updates, as is the case of Samsung televisions, where it received a major improvement last year.
More information | RTVE
VLC Media Player
The mythical VLC Media Player is another of those applications that must be on any list of essentials for any platform. It is a complete free media player available for Android TV that allows you to play files saved on hard drives, devices and even network transmission protocols.
It supports most of the multimedia formats that you can find today, among which are MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, Ogg, FLAC, TS, M2TS, Wav y AAC, and codecs are included onboard, no separate downloads. It also allows reading subtitle files that have been added with the same name as the multimedia file and receives regular updates.
More information | VLC
Last October it was advertised the international deployment of Pluto TV, a free video on demand service that relies on a system of display with ads (AVOD) with more than 40 free channels, without registration or subscription of any kind.
Access to the service can be done from its own web platform at pluto.tv, but it is also possible to enter through dedicated applications at Apple TV, Android TV, WebOS, Tizen, Amazon Fire TV and mobile operating systems.
More information | Pluto TV
If you are looking for hours of entertainment, YouTube can not be missing on your television. It is an application that usually comes pre-installed as standard in most models, giving you access to all kinds of videos, be they music, tutorials or news, as well as your favorite playlists.
Its version for Smart TV is easy to use, with an interface adapted to be easy to use with the remote control, option for subtitles and to navigate through all the channels that you have followed with your user account. All this with its free mode with ads or a paid version without them.
Another detail to take into account is that if you also have the YouTube app on your mobile, you can connect to the Android TV powered by Chromecast, and thus find the videos you want on your device and send them to TV.
More information | YouTube
Rakuten is a streaming service from movies, series and documentaries in which you can choose how you want to consume its content. Either you pay a monthly subscription, rent and buy the movies, or you see the content for free, but with ads.
It is available on TVs of LG, Panasonic, Hisense, Samsung and models with Android TV, so you can access it from practically any TV on the market. The subscription costs about 6.99 euros per month and renting a movie has a price that ranges from € 0.99 to € 4.99.
More information | Rakuten
MiTele is the official application of Mediaset Spain to access content from your group, which includes Telecinco, Cuatro, Factoría de Ficción, Boing, Divinity and Energy. In the application you will be able to see series and programs on demand such as La que se avecina, Elementary, Big Brother or Fourth Millennium, to name a few.
There is also access to live programming And if you want to see the content without ads, you must subscribe and pay 4 euros per month to get MiTele Plus. It is multiplatform, being available in the main operating systems such as LG, Samsung and Android TV.
More information | MiTele
Atresplayer is something similar to MiTele, but this time from the distributor Atresmedia, the group that includes the channels Antena 3, La Sexta, Neox, Nova, A3Series, Flooxer, Novelas Nova, KdZ and Mega. In the application you can consult programs and series a la carte for free, watch live shows and also has an Atresplayer Premium service, with previews and without advertising for 2.99 euros per month.
It is available in Smart TV from Samsung and LG, as well as those manufacturers that use the operating system Android TV. You can also use it on external devices to the TV such as Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick or set-top-boxes with Android TV.
More information | Atresplayer
Samsung TV Plus
Samsung counts among the benefits of its smart TV with the service TV Plus, a free entertainment platform accessible from the main TV interface menu offering access to certain channels and generic entertainment programs.
In Spain it has around 40 varied channels with New additions every few months like Live, Fuel TV, Planeta Junior, Qwest, Rakuten channels or the recent ones from Cines Verdi TV. Of course, only available on Samsung Teles, so if you have a model from another brand you will not be able to use it.
More information | Samsung
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