Movie fans need to check out ‘How to Watch’ for Windows RT and Windows Phone

If there’s one thing we like around here at Windows Phone Central is unique and useful apps. We like it even more when the developer supports Windows RT as well so that we can share the experience across our screens.

‘How to Watch’ is such a case and it is similar to ‘Can I stream it?’ in that it displays if a specific film is on your preferred streaming movie service like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc. You can simply enter in the movie you want to see and check the corresponding service that it is on, including links directly to that service for that movie. Likewise, you can just browse recent additions for new movies.

It’s a simple concept but in this day and age with this many streaming services, having a method by which one can look up movies seems crucial if time is of a concern.

Unlike ‘Can I stream it?’ there is no reminder system in place, meaning the service cannot alert you to when a movie does become available on your preferred system. That’s a bit of a downer but perhaps that service will be added later. On the plus side, you do get a Windows RT app, which is good if you want something for your Surface or Windows 8 computer.

Currently ‘How to Watch’ supports Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and Amazon Instant Video with Redbox Instant Video, Xbox Video, YouTube coming soon.

You can download the Windows Phone (7.x, 8) app here in the Store, or grab the Windows RT app here (opens in new tab). Alternatively, you could use their website:

‘Can I stream it?’ Is also a good alternative and with the new version that came out in January, we can finally recommend it (it often crashed on an earlier version). That app can be found here in the Windows Phone Store. 

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • this sounds similar to the Bing Hub on the Xbox Dashboard, which in my opinion is an underrated feature.
  • Yeah, that bing method works great with SmartGlass too!
  • Yes, agreed, tv/movies/music results within smartglass and Xbox are very good.
  • Nice
  • Nice, shame wp Central dev has no rt app.
  • What does that have to do with this app? Anyway, Jay has said it's coming. Be patient.
  • I only have so much time! *cries in the corner*
  • Can't wait for an rt app; then again I can't wait for alot of rt apps but pinned shortcuts on the start screen are doing fine for now.
  • Thanks...please keep up the Windows RT stories. Not many sites cover that portion of Windows.
  • Plus 1
  • I agree. I also think Microsoft should start showing more of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 together in there Adds as they really do look good together like on this picture.
  • Why does it need access to everything on the phone? Seems like spyware.
  • Not sure I would put in in the "spyware" category.. What access are you worried about?
  • Appointments and contacts.
  • We need a video player to replace Xbox video for RT. The two best appear to be Movie Premier and eXPlay, but Movie Premier has many missing features and while eXPlay is heavy on the features l, it is very buggy at the moment. Both devs promise updates.
  • I am hungry for hints and suggestions to any 3rd party video player that is better than the terrible built-in Windows RT Videoplayer or the built-in WP8 Xbox Music videoplayer. Please share the name of any application + the platform it is available on (Win RT and/or WP8) so I can give it a try. Right now, I have no 3rd party video player on my WP8, so cannot watch most of my videos, and the very few I tried on Surface RT are also somewhere between acceptable and crappy.
  • Yet we don't have Xbox video, iTunes, Ultraviolet, or Hulu plus support, ONLY Netflix.
  • Hulu works on rt just go to the website.
  • According to what the pictures show, there is support for Amazon. However (at least from their website) Amazon is not supported.
  • Alerts, or saved searches would be nice.
  • No hbogo?
  • Dear dev, dark theme PLEASE!!! Thanks in advanced