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The best apps for watching live TV

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While traveling, you are about to miss the tennis match broadcast on a terrestrial channel, and are looking for a way to watch it from your smartphone ? Don't panic  : It's a fairly simple process, especially since the options for accessing live TV channels are quite numerous.

Dedicated service to access live television, TV application via internet access provider or even service directly offered by French television channels… The choice is plentiful, and we return to the most effective options.


Molotov.tv is undoubtedly one of the best-known solutions in this area. Launched in 2016, the service is today in the form of an application downloadable to Android, iOS smartphones or computers. It allows access to more than thirty different television channels for free.

In addition, it is possible to expand this offer to more than 80 different channels by subscribing to the premium Molotov Extra service. It is through this that it will also be possible to control live broadcasts, but also record broadcasts directly in the cloud or even benefit from HD image quality.

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Be careful though: since January 2022, Molotov is no longer authorized to broadcast the channels of the TF1 and M6 groups for free. To do this, you will need to have a premium account or, as we will see later, use the dedicated applications launched by the groups in question.

In addition to its great qualities as a TV channel streaming service, Molotov also serves as a global streaming center. It can in fact be used as a content aggregator, via its interface for various TV bouquets or SVOD services. In other words, it is undoubtedly one of the most practical and popular options in the field.


Pluto TV is a service accessible both on Android and iOS which allows you to watch various French programs directly from your smartphone. Unlike Molotov, it does not require registration, and can be used completely free of charge. But no miracle: a whole bunch of channels are not available here. For example, not all TNT channels are accessible via Pluto TV.

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Created in 2014, Pluto TV also offers a dark and light interface, easy to use. Be careful though, the live channels accessible here are not “classic” channels. They actually take on the role of playlists, determined by various themes. For example, there is a channel “Only the truth counts”, which continuously plays programs of this name.

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Generally speaking, the content offered on Pluto TV is rather from productions French. Series, films and youth programs make up the pride of the offering offered by Pluto TV. Note also that there are no subtitles or audio description, all of the content is therefore accessible in French or dubbed in French.

There is another solution quite similar to PlutoTV called PlexTV, but the latter offers a less extensive choice of programs and channels. PlutoTV stands out as the perfect choice for users looking to access precise and original content, without having to go through the usual TNT stream.

Applications by television group

As long as you have a clear idea of ​​the program or channel you want to watch, you can go directly through the official application of the channel in question. For example, if you are interested in Koh Lanta, download TF1+, create a free account, and access the live TF1 TV stream. Note that for all these applications, all channels in each group are accessible live.

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Let's take inventory: to take advantage of the channels from the TF1 group (TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Series Films, LCI, etc.), go through TF1+. If you want to watch the channels of the France Télévisions group, france.tv is the application not to be missed: it allows you to ;access live to France2, France 3, France 5 or even France Info. For the M6 group (M6, W9, 6Ter, Téva, Gulli, Paris Premiere), M6+ is the perfect solution.

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The same goes for the channels of the Canal+ group, even if the latter do not are not accessible for free: subscription required, it will be necessary to have a paid account in order to access Canal + and others live from the ;#8217;myCANAL application.

Going directly through this method can be interesting, but it is not a perfect option. It will in fact be mandatory to create an account then install each of the applications corresponding to the chosen channels. In other words, unlike Molotov, everything is not accessible in the same place. Fortunately, there is a better solution.

Applications by internet provider

TV channels and dedicated applications are not the only ones to allow access to a live television stream. It is in fact possible to go through your own internet access provider. Free, SFR, Bouygues and even Orange all offer a different alternative allowing each subscriber to their service to access live television.

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This is for example the case of TV Orange, the dedicated tool accessible to internet subscribers at Orange. The latter not only allows you to view all the channels permitted by the user's offer live, but also to watch various programs in replay. It also allows (provided you are connected to Wi-Fi from your smartphone) to act as a remote control to control your TV decoder.

The same goes for the services SFRTV (SFR), Oqee (Free) or B.tv (Bouygues Télécom), all of which offer similar functionality. Note that you can access live TV from these apps even if you are not directly connected to your home Wi-Fi.

L& #8217;advantage of this method is that it offers live access to all television channels from a single application. The latter thus acts as a very practical all-in-one, without requiring you to take out an additional subscription (via Molotov for example) or install tons of new applications.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116