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. 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. He is also the 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 watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. 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.