5 essential apps for watching the Olympics

Make sure you don't miss a moment of the London 2012 Games with these handy apps. Go on, don't be a spoilsport.

As a perk of living in the 21st Century, smartphone and tablet owners (that's most of you) can feel totally connected to the Olympic Games from the comfort of the living room couch. Download these nifty apps to ensure you don't miss a thing.

BBC iPlayer

£free

Eurosport Player

Android, iOS

The Beeb’s brilliantly usable catch-up service will be packed with Games highlights, including all of the footage that it won’t be able to pack into its TV schedule. Whatever your obscure sporting preference, iPlayer is a must.

Sky Go

£2.40/month

SlingPlayer Mobile

Android, iOS

Eurosport plans to devote its entire broadcasting schedule to coverage of the Games, making a month-long subscription to the company’s mobile player a wise investment for the Olympics-obsessed.

TV Catchup

£free + Sky subscription

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Android, iOS

Sky subscribers get bags of content on the move for free using Sky Go, or you can sign up on a monthly basis for a whopping £35/month. Quality is excellent – but unless you have Sky at home, it’s vastly overpriced. 

from £18

Android, BB, iOS, WP7

If you’ve got a Slingbox TV receiver (from £130, slingbox.com), you can use the app to stream recorded or live TV to your smartphone or tablet. Plus it works globally, so you can catch the badminton final from your sunbed.

£free

iOS, Android

With full optimisation for smartphones and tablets, the TV Catchup app offers a solid streaming service, and covers over 50 free-to-view UK channels. What's more, it won't cost you a penny. Worth a download.

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