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Review: KlowdTV

If you’re one for watching broadcast news stations, please, stay tuned.

KlowdTV is a streaming service that is not as well known in the U.S., but offers a variety of channels, with a lot of them being news-related channels in the U.S. and from across the world.

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The service has four plans, which are its Premium + PPV, Worldwide, U.S. Military Abroad and Free 2020.

It’s Premium + PPV plan is the sweet spot of all of the service’s plans. It costs just $9.99 a month includes channels such as One American News (OAN), Euronews, France 24, NewsmaxTV, Pop, Court TV and Cheddar. The plan has 82 channels on it as well, which is the most channels on a single plan on the service.

Some of the channels on KlowdTV’s Premium + PPV plan. The plan has a total of 82 networks.

The other plans on the service to carry the other channels, but do not carry as many channels. To see the full plans and channel listings on KlowdTV’s website.

It’s Worldwide plan costs $4.99 a month. The U.S. Military Abroad plan is free too but only includes OAN.

What makes KlowdTV standout right now is it has an up-and-coming news network available for completely free to its users for the rest of the year, which is OAN.

OAN has been mentioned multiple times by U.S. President Donald Trump, which has given the network free advertising and making people across the country want to watch it.

What I like about the service is for its cheap price, the video quality is incredible. It’s comparable to what you would find on Sling TV, Philo or YouTube TV.

Another aspect of it that I like is for Apple devices, it’s covered. The app is available on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Apple TV. While I expected it to be on the first three products I listed, having it in the tvOS App Store was a good surprise.

Additionally, it has Picture-in-Picture support for its iOS and iPadOS apps, and Split View support on its iPadOS app.

Picture-in-Picture working from the KlowdTV iOS app on my iPhone 8 Plus with iOS 14 on it

Picture-in-Picture working on the KlowdTV iPadOS app with iPadOS running on my iPad fifth generation

Split View support on KlowdTV’s iPadOS app on an iPad running iPadOS 14

Where the service falls flat is its lack of on-demand programming. Whether you’re watching OAN, Pop or Court TV, people are going to want to watch their content when it’s convenient for them.

The other issue the service has is it does not have any sort of DVR support.

Some would say that would make sense for a live TV streaming service as cheap as KlowdTV is, but Frndly TV starts its service at $5.99 a month and it has both on-demand and DVR support. Needless to say, KlowdTV has some work to do.

Overall, KlowdTV gets 2/4 stars from me. Yes, the technical portion of the app is good, but it lacks good and popular channels outside of news networks, some of which are not even based in the U.S. The price of the service for its 82-channel streaming service at $9.99 a month is incredibly generous, but I’m not quite sure if it will be enough to get more subscribers.

Rating: 2/4 stars

Have you ever tried KlowdTV before? What are your thoughts on it? Let us know on Twitter at @appleosophy.

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