Appscars: Which is the Best Video App? Voting Ends 2/15 at 9 a.m.


Dictionary.com deserves a round of applause for taking home the Appscar for Best Education App. As we enter this next category, we’re reminded more and more of the big awards show coming up. These apps may very well be how you view some of those nominees for the first or 50th time. You nominated them, so now it’s time to vote on whether doubleTwist Player, Hulu Plus, Netflix, SlingPlayer Mobile, or Xfinity Mobile deserves the prize for Best Video App.

doubleTwist Player: Music, video, radio; doubleTwist has been called the iTunes for Android because it works like iTunes without the DRM. It also has versions for BlackBerry and webOS. This free app finds all the music on your phone and syncs music and video with the corresponding app on Mac or PC. It also imports playlists and and video podcasts from iTunes. And for $4.99, you can also get the AirSync app that lets all this syncing happen over Wi-Fi.

Hulu Plus: Now for $7.99 per month, you get all the video love of Hulu (complete with a familiar user interface) on your iPad or iPhone. The app itself is free, but the thousands of episodes from hundreds of current and classic TV shows will cost you the subscription fee. No word on when this app might come to Android devices, but Hulu Plus will be available for select Samsung web-enabled TVs, as well as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gaming consoles in the coming months.

Netflix: As part of the Netflix Unlimited membership, this free app brings Watch Instantly TV shows and movies to your iPad or iPhone, much like competitor Hulu Plus. It allows you to manage and organize your queue and resume watching video where you left off on your PC, but is not yet available for other platforms such as Android and webOS. The interface will be familiar to anyone who’s used the service on the computer in the past.

SlingPlayer Mobile: The most expensive app of the bunch, the SlingPlayer Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, webOS, BlackBerry, and Symbian) will cost you $29.99 to control your TV, DVR, satellite receiver, or Apple TV from your mobile device. Of course, you must first have a Slingbox Solo or Slingbox Pro-HD box plugged in at home. But once you do, you can use this app to change the channels, watch shows from the DVR, and watch them live.

Xfinity TV: Exclusively for Comcast Cable customers, this app allows iOS users to browse and watch (on an iPad) local TV listings, as well as an extensive library of On Demand movies and shows, for free. You can filter content by genre, network, HD, free, and more. You can even control your DVR remotely, and set special parental controls on content. Note: Scientific Atlanta home set-top boxes are not compatible.

The poll is open from now until Tuesday, February 15 at 9:00 a.m. Did we forget someone? Feel free to add write-ins in the comments below. Then tune in Tuesday for the Best Music App category.


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Anna Attkisson
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A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson heads up features and special projects for Laptopmag.com, in addition to covering social networking and accessories. She joined the LAPTOP staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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