The NBC App Review – go mobile with your favorite TV-shows

Posted by on October 30, 2017

With the help of this free app, you can watch TV free of charge on most Android tablets or phones, as well as on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. Besides, the app supports streaming episodes of your favorite shows directly to your TV with Chromecast. Enjoy unlimited television on a big screen with the NBC App. More about functions, pros and cons of this mobile product you will find in this review.

Publisher: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Last update: 1 year ago
Size: 9.82M
Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up,  iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Price: free
Get it on:  Google Play

What the NBC app is

  The app enables users with live TV streaming and enjoying the latest episodes of their favorite series the same day they air on regular TV. You can create an account to add shows to favorites or continue watching from a different device. No logins and less cable subscription checks in comparison to similar TV streaming apps. We can give in 9/10. Is it worth trying? Let’s see.


A user interface is smooth, efficient and simple – it is clear what button to use, where to swipe and what to find in the next screen. The only unexpected moment is ads every now and then.

Other functions of the NBC app include:

  • NBC user profiles – manage your favorites, save shows and sync the view history across your Android or iOS devices. You can also unlock 3 free episodes by getting credits.
  • Throwback TV shows and free episodes – watch one more time and enjoy.
  • Chromecast streaming – to enjoy the larger picture on your TV set.
  • Closed Captioning.

In the latest version of the app, the number of series available is even higher, in addition, developers eliminated a few widespread bugs. My estimation is 9 out of 10, because the app has a limited amount of content available for free + a lot of advertising.

Performance and Usability

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The general performance of the NBC app is good. No major crashes, no bugs or errors found for a week of regular use. Now about free and paid options you get. You can watch episodes and video clips on the go in case you sign in with your regular TV provider, for example, Comcast Xfinity, Optimum, At&T U-Verse or Verizon Fios. The same applies to watching Live Streams – if NBS owns your local affiliate station, the streaming will work for you. So, for New York users it can be considered as an additional function, while for Detroit users it is hardly possible.

Therefore, app usability differs a lot depending on the region you live in. My estimation is 7.5 out of 10.

Cross-platform use

To use the app, your device should work on Android 4.1 or later. If you are Apple admirer, make sure you use iOS 9.0 and later on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The app works with Apple TV. You can also get in from Microsoft Store and use on Xbox One. The NBC app is regularly updated to deliver flawless work on all devices it supports. The platform support is worth 10 out of 10.

The Verdict

I recommend the NBC app if you pay monthly fees to TV providers and want to have your favorite TV shows on mobile to enjoy them in a subway, traffic jam or a queue. Also, you will enjoy Chromecast stream to combine the mobile advantage of NBC and watching shows on the big screen. You can give it a try!



9.0 /10


9.0 /10

Performance and Usability

7.5 /10

Cross-platform Use

10.0 /10


  • The NBC app is free;
  • Chromecast stream;
  • A wide range of TV shows available.


  • Most of shows and functions are available after signing in with your TV provider;
  • Not as free of charge as it seems to be;
  • Annoying ads.

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