Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Morning Brief: More apps take advantage of AirPlay; Time Warner releases first app for cable service; first tablet edition from Meredith's Better Homes and Gardens

The National Film Board of Canada has updated its classy iPad app to include AirPlay, allowing users to stream films from their tablets to an Apple TV for viewing on their HDTVs (and any other TV, of course).
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Streaming NFB films is a no-brainer, and it is good to see the developers updating the app so quickly after Apple released its iOS 4.3 update that allows third parties to use AirPlay streaming in their apps.

Another fantastic feature of the update is that now users can download films for later viewing. Now you can find a film to watch and save it for that flight you are about to take. The NFB app is one of those essential apps that every iPad owner should download -- and it's free, no less.

Apple has issued another update for its Remote app. The app allows you to control your iTunes and Apple TV using your iPhone or iPad.
The previous update, released not that long ago,add AirPlay support. This one fixes some bugs and adds a "skip back" button to be used when playing video.

A new app that I can not review (because I don't use the service) is from Time Warner Cable. The app has already gotten tons of reviews in iTunes, a sure sign that users have been waiting for it (apps for Comcast's Xfinity service, AT&T's U-Verse service, as well as DirecTV and Dish Network were all released earlier).

The app description says that you can watch live cable TV on your iPad, but here's the catch -- it only works at home, and if you also use their Internet service. As a result, a lot of reviewers are expressing their disappointment with the app, which others who subscribe to all the TM services are finding the app useful. YMMV.

Meredith has released its first tablet edition for Better Homes and Gardens. I'll post more on this later today. But you know they want to stress that this is not a mere replica edition by including screenshots of the app when it is landscape mode -- this is usually a sign of native design to come!

The app is free to download, creating a library app that users then have to download individual issues at $3.99 a piece. More to come.

1 Comment:

Michael S. said...

Well, DISH's approach is a better one as far as I'm concerned. For instance, I don't have to worry about their server load bringing down half of the "live TV" channels they offer on the app. Plus, even if TWC discontinues this feature in the future (or charges for it) I'm still futureproofed against it by owning the Sling Adapter. That's why I love being a DISH Network customer and employee - I have the control and there aren't any extra monthly fees for it.