Comedy Central has launched its own mobile app for iPhone and iPad, and despite the channel’s knack for humor, this is no April Fool’s joke. The app is launching with 200 episodes of your favorite Comedy Central TV shows, including The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and South Park, which all three are available for streaming for free without any fine print.
However, the catch is that you’ll need to sign in with your television cable provider in order to get free access to everything in the app. Other TV shows available for streaming include Tosh.0, Workaholics, Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer, Futurama, RENO 911!, and Chappelle’s Show, all of which require proof of a cable subscription of some kind.
The Comedy Central app is available in the iTunes App Store as a free download, and it works with both iPhone and iPad. A downside, however, is that the app requires iOS 7, so if you have an older iPhone or iPad that doesn’t support iOS 7, you’re pretty much out of luck. Furthermore, the app does not support AirPlay at the moment, which is kind of a letdown for those wanting to beam these shows to their television for big-screen viewing.
Nonetheless, this is a big step for Comedy Central, as this marks the first time that the channel is making its programming available to mobile devices for streaming.
Streaming television on mobile devices is becoming more and more popular these days, with multiple networks getting in on the action. Sports has arguably been the most-popular genre to stream to mobile devices, like the Super Bowl, March Madness and Olympic games, but other popular programming, like the Grammys, were also streamed this year to mobile devices.
Many television networks are also streaming most of their primetime TV series online for free, with CBS being one of the more stubborn networks, but hopefully as time goes on, we’ll see the availability of streaming continue to rise in order to make viewers happy. Plus, if this trend picks up, it could tempt a lot of users to cancel their Hulu Plus subscription and begin relying on free streaming options instead, which would certainly leave Hulu shaking in its boots.