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Video Streaming Apps for Windows Phone 8

By Robyn Wright

While your phone might not be your first choice for watching a three-hour movie, it can be the perfect device for catching breaking news, the final moments of a sporting event, and other special moments. And there’s nothing wrong with killing a little time by catching your favorite TV show!

While iPhone and Android users get most of the attention when it comes to video streaming apps, there is also a robust selection for Windows Phone 8 users as well. Here are several apps and services that will help you watch what you want, when you want it:

Xbox Video

With Xbox Video, you can find the latest blockbuster movies and TV shows to rent or buy. You can view them on your phone and all your other Windows devices as well.

Free app with in-app purchases and rentals.

NBC News

Watch and read stories from NBC News, together with news shows such as the TODAY Show, Dateline, and Nightly News. Closed captioning also available.


NFL Mobile

Verizon customers can download NFL Mobile for video highlights and news from all their favorite NFL teams. A $5 month subscription adds live NFL games, plus a host of other premium features.

Free, with the ability to upgrade to premium features.

Global TV

Global TV has over 500 channels from countries around the world. This is great for people traveling or living in other countries who want to see TV from back home.


Hulu Plus

With Hulu Plus, you can watch current episodes of the latest television hits including, Community, Glee, Modern Family, and more. They also have ad-free children’s shows like Caillou and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Subscription based app with free trial for new customers.

At Bat 13

If you are a MLB fan this is the app for you! At Bat 13 features live games, plus stats, archived video, video-on-demand, and more.

Free, with premium option.


Netflix offers thousands of movies and television shows available to watch right on your phone and other devices. Pause and resume where you left off.

Subscription-based app.

Fox News

Get the latest news and shows from Fox News directly on your phone. You can even pin your favorite shows individually to your Start screen.


These are just a few of the video streaming apps that are available for Windows Phone 8. Some of the apps may also work on older Windows Phone 7.5 devices. Keep an eye on the Windows Phone App Store for all the latest ways to stream content on-the-go.

Robyn Wright is a social media specialist and blogs on her own blog, RobynsOnlineWorld.com, as well as several other sites. Robyn has a love for family, technology, food and lots of apps!

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