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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

TWC TV App Adds Several Sports Options

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"On Friday, Time Warner Cable added a number of national and regional sports networks to the free TWC TV app for iOS and the Web portal."

If you are an Expanded Basic or higher customer with Time Warner Cable then you can access more things on your iOS device. Unfortunately, you have to be inside your home. I hate apps that restrict you to staying in your home, but if you are one of their customers it will give you mobility, with limits of course.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dijit Adds Their App to the TV Listings Crowd

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

"Users are increasingly using the iPad as a companion device while watching TV, whether as a way to find out more about the show they're watching, or to check out what's next. And so, there are a growing number of apps popping up that help users navigate their TV program guides."

I pretty much use the TV Guide app, which is also universal, when I need to check out what is going to be up next on the box, but I kinda like the interface with this app. This one also adds Facebook, Wikipedia and YouTube integration as well as giving you a remote control interface. To use the remote you need an IR adapter however.

Tags: software, guide, tv, , dijit

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Apple Planning a Real TV? Let's Hope So...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 03:30 PM

"Apple's anticipated full-fledged television set could offer Internet-based content subscriptions with customized channel lineups, if the company has its way."

We can only hope that Apple can convince the providers to go along, so we can truly get an "ala carte" type of subscription service. I hate paying for channels I never watch, and would totally go Internet only if sports were available without having to have a subscription to a regular content provider. What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

TNT and TBS Now on the iPad and iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

"With television networks bringing iOS applications to market, an acquisition of Hulu has likely become slightly less attractive. While ABC has provided ad-supported television episodes on the iPad since launch, three more networks joined the fun."

A few days ago it was NBC joining the iPad (and iPhone) app family, and now TNT and TBS have jumped into the pool with their own apps. Glad to see more and more networks adding apps so we can watch episodes anywhere. Now if only Fox would do the same thing outside of Hulu Plus.

Tags: software, iphone, tv, nbc, ipad, ios, tnt, tbs

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Will Your Favorite TV Shows Be Delayed?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Major networks like Fox, ABC and NBC have made it easy for people like me to stay tuned to the latest television shows without spending a penny on cable, or even physically owning a television set. However, Fox's decision yesterday on how quickly it posts new episodes to the web seems to have sparked a trend, as networks like ABC are considering following suit."

I don't see this as a big problem. With the payoff being that you don't have to subscribe to cable or satellite if you don't want to, all you have to do is wait about a week for the show to air on the Internet. I pretty much never watch anything on the night or day it airs, instead I have things stack up on my DVR and watch them when I want to or when I have the time. What are your thoughts?

Tags: software, tv, , networks, delay

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Google and YouTube, Competing With iTunes and Netflix?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"YouTube finally goes Hollywood as Google inks deals with big movie studios to let users rent the latest releases the same day as they appear on iTunes."

At least that is according to this report from The Wrap. Google supposedly has deals with Sony, Warner Brothers and Universal. The rentals on YouTube will go for $2.00 USD to $4.00 USD, which is competitive with iTunes, but they obviously don't have the library size that iTunes has right now. The other factor is, in my opinion, the infrastructure that Apple has in place, namely Apple TV and AirTunes. Apple really makes it easy, as long as you have all of the pieces. What are your thoughts, does Google have a chance?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Time Warner Fighting for iPad App Use

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"And they're off! I thought it was weird that Time Warner was pushing so hard to get streaming cable channels on its new iPad app, but apparently it's ready to back up that stance."

And back it up they are by filing a lawsuit in US District Court asking the courts to decide if they will be able to show subscription channels on the iPad. I don't see why not, if the customer is already paying to watch why shouldn't they be allowed to watch it on whatever device they choose. It seems it is no different than what Dish Network does with their app and allowing you to stream your DVR to your device using the Sling Player. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Remote App From Apple Updated to Add Streaming Support

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"The iOS remote app just got updated! One great feature is letting you take content from iTunes, on your computer, and streaming it to your Apple TV over AirPlay. Also, controlling iTunes Movies/TV directly on your Mac."

It's a free universal app, and they have also included Internet Radio support with version 2.1. You can also control iTunes on your computer from any iOS device to play TV shows, movies and other iTunes content, and this works with all iOS hardware running v3.1.2 or later.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sling Adapter for Dish Network

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"Sling today Thursday rolled out the Sling Adapter as both one of its lowest cost TV streamers and its first dedicated to its partner Dish. Running solely through its USB connection, it shares the TV from any ViP 722 or 722k DVR over either a web browser or a mobile app. Viewers can steer the DVR alongside controlling channels."

Sweet, something for me to use that might actually work out ok. The icing on the cake would be for it to work with the NFL Channel's RedZone, and I don't see any reason why it won't. Sling is rolling out an updated iPad app soon, which will work with this device, but the current Dish App for the iPhone and iPod Touch [free on iTunes] is supposed to be compatible with this new device. I may have to keep Dish Network after all.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Network Television on Your Mobile Device

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"Broadcast networks are extremely touchy when it comes to allowing access to their shows via mobile devices. This is definitely true when it comes to the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad."

So yes, Hulu and Netflix come to mind, but now another option is out there called FilmOn. All you have to do is go to on your iPad or iPhone to watch live TV. Of course this is being challenged in the courts as the networks are suing FilmOn to get them to stop, so hard telling how long you will have access. And some have reported having problems even getting it to work on the iPad, although it appears to work pretty well on the iPhone.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Is Your TV Lonely?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

"Analytics firm Flurry has just published an interesting report showing how iOS apps-specifically those with social networking features-are affecting primetime TV viewership of American audiences. Should TV Networks be worried about this trend? Can the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps take away TV viewership? Let's take a look at some stats from Flurry's report."

19 million people use their apps on their iPhone at least 22 minutes a day, which, according to this report by Flurry, is right up there with most of the TV viewership for all programs except for American Idol. Interesting comparison, but I don't think this will replace TV. People love their favorite TV programs so they will always watch them. But I think the usage will go up, but in conjunction to the TV not as a replacement. What are your thoughts? How has, or hasn't your viewership of TV changed over the years?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

NBC Says No!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM,+iPad,+iPod)

"Doesn't look like NBC will be joining iTunes' $0.99 TV show rental service anytime soon, as CEO Jeff Zucker thinks it's not enough to charge for 22-44 min. of... whatever soon to be cancelled sitcom they've shoved up against that inane reality show on that other network."

This goes back to the previous post, about an all in one digital living room. This story is a perfect example of why you aren't going to get everything on one device at this time (unless you want to keep paying for overpriced cable or satellite access), because you will never get everyone to agree on pricing or usage or distribution. I may need something different for various programs I like to watch, be it Hulu or Boxee or iTunes. My media appetite isn't going to be fulfilled with one device. For now anyway.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Free Hulu App Now Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:53 AM

"The free Hulu Plus app just hit the iTunes App store, kids, with the promise of 720p streaming over WiFi or 3G to iOS devices including the iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and 3rd generation iPod touch."

Can't wait to give this a try, especially since it is free [link] and provides limited free viewing. Soon they will be setting the monthly subscription for around $10.00 USD and it's only available now in the U.S.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Roku Updates Their Box, Adds Netflix and UFC

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 07:00 AM

"There is nothing wrong with the current Roku interface, but with all the gaming consoles now offering Netflix it was time for them to bring a bit more to the game."

For me, something like this means one more nail in the coffin for my Dish Network. I'm almost to the point that I can do away with it and watch what I want via other sources such as Hulu or any number of online sources. I just have to convince my wife, and more importantly, make it as easy to use as the Dish Network set up is, I wonder when they are going to be offering Red Zone from the NFL channel?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Netflix on the iPad!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"Get Netflix on your iPad. Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix. Watch as often as you want, it's part of your Netflix unlimited membership, resume watching where you left off on your TV or computer and browse movies and manage your Queue right from your iPad."

Well this is certainly great news, I was hoping they would come out with something and apparently they were working on it all along. You can download it here for free from iTunes, and you can also pick up the free ABC Player app so you can keep up on all the shows from ABC. 

Friday, March 5, 2010

Comcast App Adds DVR Functionality

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Comcast's app acts as a hub for the company's video, voice, and data services. Now the just released version 2.0 of the app adds new DVR control functions for select markets. Previously Comcast customers could use the iPhone OS app to manage their Comcast voice mail, sync address book, access email, view TV listings, and watch trailers for on-demand programming."

Unfortunately for my friends that have Comcast, it doesn't work yet in Oregon. The only states they are using it in are PA, DE, VA, MD, MA, AR, TN, AZ, and UT but they say additional markets will be brought out soon. The app is free for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and require compatible Comcast services.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Planet of The Apps January 7th on CNBC

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

"On January 7th, 2009 at 10:00 PM ET, CNBC will be taking a closer look at how the world of mobile apps has changed the way we live with their new one-hour program 'Planet of the Apps: A Hand-Held Revolution!'"

Besides looking at what happened since the iTunes App Store opened in 2007, they will also be looking at what the competition is doing to battle Apple on this front. The show will "take a look at how the industry is changing the way we live" and sounds like they may get into some dirt, as part of the summary talks about the approval process and the problems that developers have encountered. Should be an interesting show, and comes on the heels of the CNBC debut of "Welcome to Macintosh" tonight at 9:30pm Eastern and "MacHeads, The Movie" tomorrow night and 10pm Eastern.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Boxee Beta Release Party December 7th NYC

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"The date is set for the release of the Boxee Beta. On December 7th at 7pm we are going to have an unveiling event at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. In case you can't make it to the event you'll be able to tune in to a live stream At the event we will demo the new Beta, launch new applications and starta 4-week early-access for users to test the Beta before we release itto the public at CES on Jan 7th."

If you are interested and will be in New York City, tickets are free but you do need to register and RSVP. They will be showing examples of the Beta that includes a new user interface, improved navigation and more. They will also show mockups of their upcoming Boxee Box. If you can't make it and just want to get your hands on a beta version to do some testing, register here. You can also watch the happenings that night being streamed on the Boxee Blog.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Roku Adds Their Own Channel Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 11:00 AM

"Roku will announce on Monday a major update to the software powering the company's Roku Player models. As part of that update, the company will also introduce the new Roku Channel Store."

Roku is certainly heading in the right direction, having already provided streaming content from Netflix, Amazon's Video on Demand and MLB.TV. Now with the new Channel Store, you get ten more channels to choose from including, Flickr, Pandora and Revision3. They have 3 boxes to choose from ranging in price from the standard definition box for roughly $80.00 USD to the HD box for about $130.00 USD.

Tags: hardware, tv, , streaming, roku

Monday, October 26, 2009

EyeTV 3.2.1 Update

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"This update improves compatibility and overall stability, and is recommended for all EyeTV users."

Several bug fixes included in this update, but they have also added some new features such and adding Quit and Sleep commands to the menu, widescreen 16:9 analog capture and Gemstar Program Diagnostics that also increases the frequency of the TV guide data.

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