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I tried the new video subscription service Fullscreen on my iPhone and iPad

Fullscreen joins a crowded space; Netflix, Hulu, and even YouTube Red with its indie content dominate the video subscription services. Still, price and content – yes, the service hosts exclusive shows – are two things that want to drive users to join the platform.

For $4.99 a month, you´ll get access to “tons of shows featuring well-known YouTube personalities like Grace Helbig” and “classic programs ranging from Saved by the Bell to Dawson´s Creek.” Honestly, since Roy from the IT Crowd greeted me in the app´s intro, I was instantly interested in trying the service some more. (You see, I´m a fan of the series.)

To do it, enter your American Apple ID, and with 10-dollar store credit available on your account, use your free 1-month trial. After that, you´ll be charged $4.99 unless you cancel your subscription in your ID´s preferences, that, in the iTunes store.

Let me warn you, if you live outside the US, you will need a VPN to access Fullscreen´s shows. Content is restricted to the country, and hiding your location is the only workaround to enjoy the app thoroughly.

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I went straight to watch the IT Crowd after joining Fullscreen, although you can watch mainstream movies Hitch and 50 First Dates. Original series include Shane & Friends, Filthy Preppy Teens, and Premature. The app has an attractive interface with sections “I´ve Got Like 10 Min”, “Hurry, Make Me Laugh”, and “LMFAO”, as well as a Mood tab to introduce keywords like Binge and Getting Weird to let the service provide you with targeted suggestions. There´s even a GIF area to get yourself up to date with the latest viral clips.

One of Fullscreen´s main features, in my view, is support for iOS 9 picture in picture. You can binge-watch your favorite shows and simultaneously perform other tasks – reply to unread emails, iMessage, or browse the internet – on your compatible iPad.

Videos took a while, but I want to think that had something to do with my VPN connection. Oh, and you can´t AirPlay to an Apple TV, again, because of stupid geographical restrictions. I´d have to dig into Fullscreen´s original content to recommend the service, but with a one month free, you get to judge it yourself. (The service has the full IT Crowd series, so I´m hooked.)

You can download Fullscreen for free in the following link; you will need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with iOS 8 or later.

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