BET gets its own mobile streaming service

BET Play offers cable-free access to the channel's shows on your Android and iOS devices.

Viacom is making good on its promise to parcel out its channels as individual services for cord cutters. It's launching a BET Play app that lets you watch the network's black culture programming for $4 per month on your Android and iOS devices. You'll largely end up watching shows like Chasing Destiny or Real Husbands of Hollywood on demand, but there is a smattering of live content. It has a live feed of BET Soul's music, and it'll be the only official way to livestream the BET Awards (conveniently, taking place on June 26th).

The service is available in 100 countries around the globe, so you don't have to be American to give it a whirl. However, support for it on TVs is pretty limited. You can use AirPlay to send videos to your TV if you have iOS gear, but you won't find native Apple TV or Android TV apps, and there's no Chromecast support. It's not a perfect substitute for your cable or satellite subscription right now, then -- you'll probably have to be content with watching on your phone.