If you’re between the ages of 13 and 25, female, American, and at least mildly interested in romance topped with fantasy and science fiction, odds are pretty good that you’re a regular viewer of at least one show on The CW. While Hulu’s rather antiquated views on mobile content mean you’ve got to pay to watch The Vampire Diaries or Gossip Girl on Hulu Plus, there’s now an alternative: the official CW app. This brand-spankin’ new video service brings all of the CW’s original content to Android, and you won’t even have to dip into your lunch money to watch it.
Current show offerings include 90210, America’s Next Top Model, Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie, Nikita, One Tree Hill, Ringer, Supernatural, The Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries, and more. Unfortunately the shows get a Hulu-style limitation to the last five aired episodes, and you can bet that none of them will play outside the United States. In addition to the videos, there are short clips, photo galleries, Facebook and Twitter integration, and a full schedule, the better to set your DVR by remote.
Surprisingly, the app has a pretty awesome interface on both Android phones and tablets. Borrowing a little inspiration from Netflix, the paneled tablet UI on the CW app is downright easy to navigate with big, friendly buttons. I wish more Android apps were handled with such grace. Unfortunately that’s still pretty rare, and The CW’s lineup doesn’t do much for those outside of its rather targeted demographic. Hey FX, can you take some notes here? I’d like to watch my Justified episodes on the go.