Outdoor TV Apps – the Rundown

Being a hunter or an outdoorsman usually means enjoying the outdoors when you get the chance… but more importantly, being obsessed with the outdoors when you don’t. It is for this reason that we have combined endless Google searches into one roundup article to help you easily find the best options for your fix in outdoor entertainment.

  • All are tested on the same devices: Apple iOS, Android as well as Mediabox MBX4 (Android box) used to convert regular tv into smart tv. Some of these apps are also available on Roku, in which case links have been provided.
  • All are tested on the same internet connection (10mbps Fiber which is the minimum recommended speed to prevent remotes and other living room items being thrown at the tv)

These apps present a wide range of programming like bowhunting from tree stands in North America, stalking African game on foot, driven wild Boar hunts in Europe, general outdoor adventures, turkey hunts, fishing and more. This list highlights the availability and features of each app, selecting which app best suits your needs we leave in your capable hands.

The FREE apps are listed first, Followed by the Paid/Premium apps.

Free Apps

Hunt Channel

  • Requires Account/Login: No
  • Available on: Apple, Google Play, Roku, Web Browser
  • User interface/experience: 4/5
  • Program quality: 3/5
  • Adjustable Video quality: No. Auto-adjust based on internet speed
  • Video Adverts: Yes, before show starts (15sec)

Notes: Massive variety of shows for a free app. Has an “Add to Favourites” option. Stopped working on media box mid-2018 but runs smoothly on iOS and Android devices, as well as web version.

ThePursuitChannel (PursuitUP)

  • Requires Account/Login: Optional
  • Available on: Apple, Google Play, Roku, Web Browser
  • User interface/experience: 3/5
  • Program quality: 3.5/5
  • Adjustable Video quality:
    • Via app: No
    • Via Website: Yes
  • Video Adverts: Yes, before show starts (2x30sec), and every 5min during show (1x30sec)

Notes: YouTube-style pre-video and in-video ads. We found some issues on the Mediabox: occasional video-playback errors as well as “Unable to load data from remote service”. Easily overcome by exiting the app and reopening. Notable streaming/buffering issues, but not on phone or tablet. Has an “Add to Favourites” option. Unfortunately, the frequent ads make relaxing viewing impossible.

Wild TV Africa

  • Requires Account/Login: Optional
  • Available on: Android (via Tuluntulu app)
  • User interface/experience: n/a
  • Program quality: 2/5
  • Adjustable Video quality: Yes
  • Video Adverts: No

Notes: This is a single channel streaming on the Tuluntulu app. Shows and programs cannot be selected. From the shows menu item on their website, you can navigate to the individual websites of the shows they stream. Some of these websites have video playback available.

Huntech TV

  • Requires Account/Login: No
  • Available on: Google Play, Web Browser
  • User interface/experience: 2/5
  • Program quality: 2/5
  • Adjustable Video quality: via YouTube settings
  • Video Adverts: Yes

Notes: This app is a grouping of categorised YouTube clips. No shows are streamed through the app itself.

Outdoor Adventure Network

  • Requires Account/Login: No
  • Available on: Apple, Google Play, Roku, Web Browser
  • User interface/experience: 3/5
  • Program quality: 3.5/5
  • Adjustable Video quality: No
  • Video Adverts: Yes, before show starts (1x30sec)

Notes: Decent content and program quality for a free app. Categories include: Hunting, Guns, Adventure/Lifestyle as well as various OAN shows. Competes with the likes of Hunt Channel and PursuitUP. No real issues with interface or video playback.

Gen7 Outdoors

Notes: App contains live scheduled programming and videos on demand. Decent quality shows and usability from a free app. Wide array of programming which ranges from rifle hunting to fishing. For optimum functionality use the Android app if possible. 

Carbon TV

  • Requires Account/Login: No
  • Available on: Apple, Google Play, Roku, Web Browser
  • User interface/experience: 4/5
  • Program quality: 3.5/5
  • Adjustable Video quality: Only on web browser version

Notes: Channels (Categories) include: Adventure, Fishing, General Outdoors, Hunting, Rural Lifestyle, Shooting Sports. Shows vary from short clips to full-length programs. Great content despite slightly annoying in-video adverts for longer clips. Their web version has “Carbon Score” ratings which is a nice touch. Wide range of categories means something for everyone to watch.

Waypoint

  • Requires Account/Login: No
  • Available on: Apple, Google Play, Roku, Web Browser
  • User interface/experience: 3.5/5
  • Program quality: 4/5
  • Adjustable Video quality:
    • Via App: No. Auto-adjust based on internet speed
    • Via Website: Yes
  • Video Adverts: Yes, before show starts (1x15sec)

Notes: Most certainly a top option amongst the free apps, even rivaling the paid apps for quality. Great program selection but added to that the production quality of the individual shows is amazing. Consists of 2 categories: Hunting and Fishing. Constantly improving user interface and navigation makes this app great to use. The Waypoint support team are quick to respond and really helpful if you might run into any problems.

Paid / Premium Apps

My Hunt Fix

  • Free trial: Yes. 30-day
  • Requires Account/Login: Yes
  • Available on: Google Play, Roku, Web Browser
  • User interface/experience: 2.5/5
  • Program quality: 3/5
  • Adjustable Video quality: Only on web browser version
  • Video Adverts: No

Notes: Although this is a paid app, it is available at a fraction of the cost of its competitors. A 30day free trial gives one the opportunity to try it out before submitting payment details. Available categories are: Hunting, Motorsport and Fishing. The user interface on web browser version could be a touch more accommodating and occasional video playback issues are a concern. The mobile app works really well whilst sporting a more user-friendly interface.

Hunting Action Channel

  • Free trial: No
  • Requires Account/Login: Yes
  • Available on: Apple, Google Play
  • User interface/experience: 1.5/5
  • Program quality: 2/5
  • Adjustable Video quality: Select between SD and HD
  • Video Adverts: No

Notes: 

The online registration process as well as first time login is a bit tricky. This website is French with English translations; but the app is in English. The app user interface on Apple devices seem out of sorts with lots of settings available but we couldn’t get the app to start playing video. The Android app works well. Programming is not based in English… so you can enjoy imagining what is being said while shots ring out. There are three channels running concurrently from which to choose. To be honest, even if this app was free it wouldn’t be worth the time unless you were based in Europe. Most of the programming is amateurish, as well as the hunting it portrays.

Hunters Video Channel

  • Free trial: Yes. 14-day
  • Requires Account/Login: Yes
  • Available on: Apple, Google Play, Web Browser
  • User interface/experience: 5/5
  • Program quality: 4.5/5
  • Adjustable Video quality: No
  • Video Adverts: No

Notes: Starting September 30 (2018), Hunters Video Moves to MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Categories include: Dangerous Game, Mountain Hunting, Driven Hunt, Small Game, Calling and Stalking. Additional film topics such as Long Distance Shooting, Wingshooting, Bowhunting and other instructionals are also available. The majority of film is based on European hunting but video from Africa, North & South America and Asia are also featured. An all-round great app with a huge amount of films and terrific video production.

MyOutdoorTV

  • Free trial: Yes. 7-day
  • Requires Account/Login: Yes
  • Available on: Apple, Google Play, Web Browser
  • User interface/experience: 4.5/5
  • Program quality: 5/5
  • Adjustable Video quality: No. Auto-adjust based on internet speed
  • Video Adverts: No

Notes: This is an incredible app. From the user-friendly interface to the production-quality shows this is an all-round winner. Great variety in viewing includes: Hunting, Fishing, Shooting and Adventure. A vast array of sub-categories will also keep most bowhunters, wingshooters and fishermen happy for hours. Be sure to check out the FAQs on their website as well as reading through the comments on the respective app stores. During our testing we didn’t run into any issues worth mentioning. Their support team is also rather quick to respond if needed.


The downloads (take with me) feature allows you to shortlist shows which can be downloaded to your device. Shows can be added to your downloads list from desktop version (browser) also, but not downloaded outside the app. This means programs can be viewed without an internet connection. Downloads are currently only available in low resolution (mobile quality).
Users can be signed in on multiple devices.
Every so often the program thumbnail images took an eternity to load, even though internet speeds remained constant. Although annoying this can be overcome by grabbing a different device or streaming directly from their website.

HowToHunt Apps – Collection

  • www.howtohunt.com
  • Each app has unique pricing
  • Requires Account/Login: Yes
  • Available on: Apple, Google Play
  • User interface/experience: 4/5
  • Program quality: 3.5/5
  • Adjustable Video quality: No. 
  • Video Adverts: No

Notes: From calling and tracking to skinning, these categorised video clips are aimed at teaching various disciplines. Ability to store chapters and single videos on device, which could prove useful when mobile service is unavailable.

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Big Game Hunting by HowtoHunt

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Blacktail Hunter by HowtoHunt

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Eddie Salters Turkeyman by HowtoHunt

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Wild Turkey Hunting with Bob Walker by HowtoHunt

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Stillwater Fly Fishing by HowtoHunt

Other options… not reviewed

Here are some additional options we came across. These have not been reviewed and we leave it up to you to check out for yourself (by now the guys reading this post on their phones will be receiving medical treatment for their scrolling thumb).

That’s it for now… If you have gone through this list and still find a craving for the outdoors we recommend getting in your vehicle and getting some dirt on the tires. 

So for those wondering which of these we enjoyed the most we have a verdict:

  • For the FREE apps it was a tight call but we have decided to give the top spot to WaypointTV
  • Under the Paid / Premium apps there is only one clear winner – MyOutdoorTV

 

Give us your thoughts if you have tried any of these or if you have any decent suggestions for our next review update!

  • Information is accurate at article publish date.
  • Article to be updated annually
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