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    Netflix

    by Netflix, Inc.

    When it comes to streaming video for the iPad, Netflix is often the first app that comes to mind. There is good reason for that. It boasts a large library of quality programming, organized for user convenience. Of course, you have to pay for that privilege, but its cost is reasonable for what you're getting. Although the Netflix company has made some questionable decisions in the past, its app is still one of the best, at least for the purposes of this AppList.

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    Hulu Plus

    by Hulu, LLC

    Generally speaking, you go to Netflix for movies and Hulu Plus for television. Netflix does have an extensive collection of television shows, but they're mostly from past seasons. If you want to watch the latest episodes of your favorite shows, Hulu Plus is likely the way to go, as it has agreements with most of the major networks. Note that at the time of writing, CBS is the only major network which does not distribute its content through Hulu in the United States.

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    HBO GO

    by Home Box Office, Inc.

    If you have an HBO subscription with your cable provider, then you probably want a way to watch all of your favorite HBO programming while you're away from the TV, right? Well now you can, with the HBO Go app! With your subscription on a supported cable provider, you can access unlimited access to your favorite original series from HBO, as well as their uncut movies, sports, comedy, and more. Add things to your watch list and remember to watch them later! It's all free and a part of your HBO subscription, so definitely get your money's worth.

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    Showtime Anytime

    by Showtime Networks Inc.

    What if you are more of a Showtime person than HBO? No problem! Showtime also provides their own app that is free to use, as long as you are a customer of Verizon FiOS or AT&T U-Verse. If you are a lucky subscriber to those companies and have a Showtime subscription, you can get unlimited access to your favorite Showtime original series, such as Dexter and Californication, their uncut movies and more. Your playback is also synced so that you can pick up where you left off on another iPad or even iPhone! This app is great to help you keep on top of your favorite shows on Showtime, so make sure to get it if you have Verizon or AT&T. Hopefully more providers are added soon.

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    iTunes Movie Trailers

    by Apple

    Instead of movies and television programming, some may prefer to watch movie trailers. Apple's own iTunes Movie Trailers is the app for that. Like most things that Apple produces, the design is simple and elegant, yet the quality is high. The app almost makes it more engrossing to watch a string of HD trailers than a show or movie.

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    VEVO HD

    by VEVO

    Like movie trailers, music videos are a natural fit for mobile video streaming. Vevo HD delivers an excellent experience for this purpose. It has a library of more than 45,000 videos, covering over 11,000 artists. In addition to music videos, it also has live performances and some exclusive coverage.

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    TED

    by TED Conferences

    If you're looking for something educational, TED is the app for you. The idea of TED is to share "ideas worth spreading," through talks by some of the foremost experts in their fields. The talks are limited to 18 minutes in length, so that listeners can be challenged and inspired without a hefty time commitment.

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    SnagFilms

    by SnagFilms

    Also educational are the documentaries featured on SnagFilms, a brainchild of Internet pioneer Ted Leonsis. The app features more than 150 documentaries, which is only a small fraction of the thousands of videos available on SnagFilms.com. Despite that, the SnagFilms app is designed well and contains many hours of quality content. You can also watch the films on your television through Airplay and Apple TV. It is a worthy app to carry in your video app collection.

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    Crunchyroll - Watch Anime & Drama Now!

    by Crunchyroll, Inc.

    A personal favorite of mine is the Crunchyroll app, which specializes in anime and Asian dramas. Although Crunchyroll once hosted a lot of illegal content, it has now secured legal distribution agreements with companies and is committed to removing all copyright infringing content from its site. Crunchyroll does charge for a premium membership, but offers a lot of content for free, including almost up-to-date episodes for popular anime, such as Naruto Shippuden and Bleach (without a premium membership, you watch episodes a week behind schedule). More importantly to anime purists, most of the content is in its original language, with subtitles and not dubs.

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    Vimeo

    by Vimeo, LLC

    The Vimeo app allows you to upload, edit, manage, and watch your videos straight from your iPhone. It's similar to the once native YouTube app, but lacks the library YouTube has. However, many of its videos are of much higher quality. Some of the videos look absolutely stunning on the iPhone's Retina screen. The app has gotten some poor reviews in the App Store for crash issues, although I only experienced minor problems myself. The app does need some work, but is a great alternative to YouTube if you're looking for one.

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    Optimum for iPad

    by CSC Holdings, LLC.

    2011 was the year of television breaking out of the TV and onto mobile devices, thanks to television providers rolling out iPad apps. These apps let you watch live TV, on demand content, view program guides, program your DVR, and a ton of other bells and whistles. The Optimum app is a great example of these features and offers suggestions based on what you’ve watched. Programs ordered through on demand can be watched on the app and a full search is built in to find whatever you’re looking to see. Parental controls are available so you can let your kids play with the app as well. Of course the app you use will be based on your carrier, so be sure to search the App Store to see if you can get a similar app that works for your service. Apps are confirmed to be available for Xfinity and Time Warner customers.

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    VUDU Player

    by VUDU, Inc.

    VUDU is an up and coming movie rental service that’s made waves lately. Their rollout onto the Sony PS3 was a way to show how fantastic video looks on this service. The VUDU’s iPad app gives you the ability to rent or buy anything from their selection of over 50,000 titles, which you can watch on other iOS devices, the aforementioned PS3, and also via computer. The app displays a beautiful grid of movie posters and the star ratings for each item. VUDU’s advantage over other services is same-day availability of titles when they’re released on DVD. If it’s on a store shelf for purchase, you can get it from VUDU that day too. This app makes renting and buying content simple and if you switch to watching on a TV, you’ll continue to watch it in 1080P full HD.

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    Showyou

    by Remixation, Inc.

    Known as the “Flipboard for video”, ShowYou is a social aggregator for video content posted across the Internet. This app displays a beautiful grid of videos right from the get go, filling it from content sources you specify. Video can be pulled from people you know on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and Tumblr, but ShowYou mixes that with video from many categories. Genres include: Comedy, Art & Design, Film, Music, News, Tech, and tons more. You can follow individual people, like a video, comment on it, and share it to your social networks. Tapping a video has it spin open and it plays in seconds. ShowYou offers a spot-on search, a Watch Later feature to save videos for a later time, notifications, and the ability to create a full profile. ShowYou is a great app if you’re always trying to find new social content to watch.

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    Amazon Instant Video

    by AMZN Mobile LLC

    Amazon has come far since the rollout of their Unbox service back in 2006. Now known as Amazon Instant Video, the service has become a key reason to pony up for the company’s Prime service. The app is fluid and simple to navigate, displaying a large banner carousel at the top with featured programs. Your Watchlist is a button tap away and you can view over ten categories of featured videos. Your entire library is available; anything you’ve purchased can be streamed or downloaded to your iPad. Search will suggest titles as you type and videos play in just seconds. Like other services, Amazon saves your place and you can resume on other devices. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, this app should always be on your iPad.