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The best Windows 10 apps to watch TV this fall

From the latest big hit series to the plethora of sports that start in the fall, you don't want to miss anything. You don't need to be limited to a TV set. You can take your programs with you pretty much anywhere these days if you have an internet connection.

Whether you're a cord cutter or you just want a way to watch your programs on your PC, tablet, Xbox One, or other devices, there are plenty of ways to get your fix on Windows 10.

Here's a roundup of the best watch to watch your favorite shows on Windows 10.

Hulu

Hulu is one of the best services around when it comes to viewing popular content online. It has a vast catalog of channels including the four major networks ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, as well as many other channels. As with any service, it's worth checking if the specific content you want to watch is available but with Hulu there's a good chance it's on their service. There's also a free trial for anyone new the service if you want to try before you buy.

A big boost to Hulu is that it has local sports and content in many markets.

Hulu has apps available on Windows 10 and the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The apps are free but the service has a base subscription at just under $40 that you can also add features to such as Cloud DVR ($15/month) and removing all ads ($4/month).

If you're watching on the Xbox One, the recent addition of Hulu Live TV enhances your experience even further, though the feature is in beta.

The live TV service is not currently available on the Windows 10 app but you can use it within a number of browsers.

See in the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

Sling TV

We've recommended Sling TV before, including as a way to watch the NFL and it's with good reason. Sling TV is a well-made app available on Windows 10 and Xbox One. It has a large number of channels available and a relatively low entry cost.

The cheapest package is Sling's Orange package that comes with 30 channels for $20/month. You can opt for the Blue package instead that gets you more than 40 channels for $25/month. There are also other add-ons such as a sports package and Cloud DVR available for additional costs which are explained on their website (opens in new tab).

Sling TV is going to feel very natural for people coming from cable or satellite. You can watch TV live, and browse all of your channels. If you have the package you can easily DVR content and watch it later.

Sling TV has apps available on Windows 10 and Xbox One. Like the other apps in this list the app is free to download but the service has a subscription fee.

See in the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

Netflix

Netflix has a growing catalog of exclusive programming, including some shows that come out weekly in a similar fashion to traditional television.

In addition to the content you can only get with a Netflix subscription, it also has a large collection of popular TV shows. Generally speaking, Netflix doesn't get the latest season of shows until they have finished airing on TV. But this isn't universally true and having the old seasons is handy if you need to marathon previous episodes to recap before a new season starts.

Netflix is available Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and the Xbox One.

See in the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

Microsoft's Movies and TV

While Microsoft's own Movies and TV app doesn't allow you to stream live television, it does have a large library of content including popular TV shows. You can subscribe to a season pass to many shows or purchase your old favorites.

If you're on the Windows 10 ecosystem Movies and TV is especially useful as you can watch content you purchase on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and Xbox One. You can also download content to avoid streaming with data on the go or buffering.

The app is preinstalled on Windows devices but we'll include a link to the Windows Store listing so you can check out the description.

See in the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

CrunchyRoll

There are plenty of apps to watch popular mainstream television but if anime meets your fancy, you'll want to check out Crunchyroll.

The service has an absolutely massive library of content. Not only does it have many popular series, it often has hundreds of episodes available from those series.

Crunchyroll can be viewed for free on their apps for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and Xbox One but if you want to skip ads and get some other features such as shows simulcasted just an hour after they're streamed in Japan you can get Crunchyroll Premium which is $4.99 per month or Premium+ which is $8.99 per month.

See in the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

Summing things up

There's no shortage of ways to watch television content on Windows 10. You'll have to weigh the price of plans and the specific content you need but whether you're a cord cutter, cord shaver, or just want to take your content anywhere, you'll be able to take your programs with you and view them where you'd like.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

5 Comments
  • Microsoft Movies and TV is fantastic, but it's the only service that's not on Android and iOS. My movies and TV library on there is massive and have been purchasing content since it was the Zune desktop client. Everything I bought since 2011 is on there. A year from now when I'm eligible for an upgrade and there are no Windows on phone options, I'll have to get an iPhone. I like the ability to take my collection on the go, so this is a huge problem for me.
  • Why is America so obsessed with brainless media? Why sites like this are not educational instead and show us apps that are good for education, learning, science. Constantly I see only media consumption apps for TV, movies, shows, reality programs, games, Xbox and other stupidity being promoted and rated?!?!?! WTF
  • I don't understand.  What do you mean?       :)
  • Why is America so obsessed with brainless media?
    Putting aside the pure pretentiousness of your tweet, the author of this article is British. In fact, five of our staff writers hail from the UK. If you want more science stuff, fine, we'll see what we can do. Don't play politics though with sweeping generalizations about a people especially when you're wrong. It saves you from looking ignorant as in this case here. Cheers.
  • Hollywood and the music and game industrieis in US are the MAIN driver behind brainless media and making people stupid. Yes there are content from other countries, but do not pretend Hollywood is not the biggest one with its massive industry, and Hollywood is an American thing. I am not political, nor generalizing and putting nations in stereotypes, but Dan, I disagree. The whole entire world is watching primary Amerian movies and TV shows and stupid reality dumb programs. Yes, US is the best in this, producing mass content for the screens. It is a pure fact. I am just sick of all this stupidity and no matter how "pretentious" you find my comment, since I am a reader of WC, I wish to read more about things that are productive and important in life that make human race smarter than dumber. You can call me ignorant if I am not right, but I am. Tell me what is the ratio of US/other countries movies and shows that you watch at the cinema and at home? End of story. America also produces science. Let's talk about it, instead