Essential iPad apps: Nine free favorites

These great iPad apps won?t cost you a dim
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ABC Player

Your favorite ABC programs are never more than a tap away with ABC Player , a free app from ABC Digital () that streams the network's TV programs to your iPad on demand with limited commercial interruption. Wi-Fi video image quality is as impressive as the laughs on Modern Family . The recently added ability to stream shows via a 3G connection leads to some lower quality video—compression artifacts are more visible in action sequences like in Lost , though hardly noticeable in close-ups. You won’t find every episode of every show, but Featured and Scheduled views makes it pretty easy to find your favorites. Whether you missed the latest Dancing With the Stars or you want a mobile view of The View , this is a great app for keeping up with your must-watch TV shows.— James Galbraith

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