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Top 3 Apps for Watching Free TV Shows on iPad

The iPad can perform many wonderful feats. One of our favorites — its ability to stream television shows and live broadcasting on a high-res screen. And we don’t even have to tote around a heavy laptop. What’s more the good news is there are top TV apps below for watching free TV shows on the iPad, they require nothing more than an Internet connection to work—in other words, no subscription fees (as with the Hulu and Netflix iPad apps, which cost $8 a month to use) and no need to “verify” that you’re a paying cable customer (as with the streaming TV apps for ESPN and TNT).

1. ABC Player

ABC offers a generous selections of free streaming TV shows on its iPad app, including primetime shows like “The Bachelorette,” “Castle,” “Nashville,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Modern Family,” and “Revenge,” as well as daytime shows (“The View,” “General Hospital”) and news programming (“20/20,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” and “This Week”).

You can also check out your viewing history and a weekly broadcast schedule, as well as pick up streaming TV shows from where you left off.

Get ready for commercials, though—lots of them, and no, you can’t skip ‘em.

Download: ABC Player

2. NBC

The sleek NBC app boasts full episodes of prime-time shows like “The Voice,” “Community,” “Revolution,” “30 Rock,” “Parenthood,” “Parks and Recreation,” among others. Also on the list: full episodes of Leno and Jimmy Fallon, along with the daytime soap “Days of Our Lives” and the weekly news program “Rock Center.”

Yes, photo galleries are included, plus a series of trivia quizzes and the ability to create a favorites list if you sign in with your Facebook account.

Download: NBC

3. The CW Network

Among the shows available on The CW’s iPad app: “90210,” “America’s Next Top Model,” the nearly wrapped-up “Gossip Girl,” “Nikita,” “One Tree Hill,” “Supernatural,” “L.A. Complex,” and “The Vampire Diaries.”

The app also offers photo galleries for its top shows and access to its various Twitter and Facebook feeds, plus a weekly programming guide.

Missing in action: a history of the shows you’ve streamed, although the app will let you resume a show right where you left off.

Download: The CW Network

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