Must See TV Apps

It’s tough to get away with not paying for cable when all you really want to do is lounge in front of the TV and watch the season finale of “True Blood.” But things are changing: some new TV network apps give you free reign to watch what you want when you want to — although you may have to log in with the dreaded cable provider.

A bevy of new (and recently updated) iPad apps let you focus in on your personal must-see TV. Here’s a rundown of what’s available:

» TNT has the newest app which, according to electronista, provides access to all its movies and shows, and integrates social media like Twitter and Facebook.

» In July, HBO updated its HBO GO app. If you have HBO service, you can now stream over 1,400 shows pretty much anywhere. AppSafari thinks HBO “knocked it out of the park” with the app.

» With the 2012 election frenzy just getting underway, the CNN app is a must-have for any political junkie. PC Magazine loved the vast amount of streaming content and social integration, but was frustrated by the app’s slowness and few sporadic bugs.

» Wait — there’s more. ABC, Time Warner, NBC, ESPN, and PBS all have iPad apps that are worth checking out.

For even more, check out Trove’s Television and Mobile Apps channels.

TV: Are You Ready for Some Football?

It’s that time of year again – time to fire up the grill, slather on some face paint, and root for your favorite team to reach the holy grail of American football, the Super Bowl.

NBC Universal is kicking up the kickoff a notch with its “Back to Football” NFL coverage, beginning today. In the morning, the TODAY show’s Al Roker and Matt Lauer will be on-site in Green Bay, covering all the kickoff festivities preceding the first game: a matchup of the last two Super Bowl champions, as the Packers host the New Orleans Saints from historic Lambeau Field.

On Friday, The TODAY Show will celebrate the return of the NFL season by encouraging viewers to wear jerseys to school and work to celebrate “Back to Football Friday.”

And on Saturday, Weekend TODAY will interview one of NBC’s “Football Night in America” studio analysts.

If that’s not enough for you, football-themed programming is going to pop up on other NBCU affiliates, from Faith Hill performing “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” on Access Hollywood to Telemundo’s “Titulares y Mas” reporting on-site from Green Bay.

Are you ready for some football?

Follow Trove’s NFL and NFL Power Rankings channels, or try searching Trove for your favorite team, to keep up on the latest football news.

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"People have been telling me that I’m ‘off my rocker’ for years — now I can prove it."

Betty White, talking about her new reality show, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” which sees the former Golden Girl leading a group of seniors who play pranks on deserving whippersnappers.

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