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Is a Tablet the Only TV You Need?

Is a Tablet the Only TV You Need? | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

...While planting your face in front of a tiny screen is perfectly acceptable on trans-Atlantic flights, it can be a little odd at home. But if you give yourself over to the tablet, it's actually a pretty awesome experience. I'm not claiming an iPad beats the big screen, but I will say this: Watching shows and movies on a tablet feels closer to what television viewing should be like in the 21st century than what 21st-century TVs actually deliver.  Yes, there are "smart" televisions that come with Wi-Fi and video-streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus baked in, but they feel sluggish compared to tablets. Devices that help bridge the gap between Internet-based content and your living room's television, like Apple TV and the Xbox 360, are pretty excellent, but once you've become accustomed to the speed and intimacy of using something like an iPad to watch your shows and films, it's hard to deal with tech that's not as responsive. Even simple things on a tablet, like briskly flicking through a menu of movies or accurately rewinding with the tip of your finger, can be pleasurable. As the gadgets in our pockets and handbags and briefcases become the most impressive technological objects in our lives, the good ol' TV setups in our homes can feel painfully slow and antiquated.  And what these futuristic slates lack in eye-popping bigness, they make up for in deft portability. Want to watch "Monday Night Football" in your backyard for a more tailgate-like experience? You can do that. Spouse kick you off the big screen to watch "Glee?" Grab the tablet and head to the attic. The tablet can be a marriage saver in one-television households. It's also the best thing to happen to lazy Sunday mornings since breakfast in bed...

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Comcast Working on iPad TV Streaming Service Called AnyPlay

Comcast Working on iPad TV Streaming Service Called AnyPlay | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Comcast, the United States' largest cable and internet provider, is working on a television streaming solution for iPads, to compete with Cablevision and Time Warner. The streaming product was announced earlier this year, but details haven't been released until now.  The product, called AnyPlay, allows Comcast subscribers to view live television on their iPad as long as it's connected to their home network; users must have a special Motorola box which, apparently, takes the live cable stream and sends it directly to the Xfinity TV iPad app over a local wireless network. The service won't work over Wi-Fi from other locations, or via 3G.  Engadget believes the Motorola Televation cable TV-to-IPTV box is what Comcast will be using for AnyPlay.  Other solutions, like Time Warner's, stream live video over an internet connection. Comcast's AnyPlay appears to be a cable box that sends video to the iPad rather than to a television. Users can watch "most" channels included with their Xfinity TV service. Users can register up to 10 tablets, but only watch live TV on one tablet at a time.  Currently, Xfinity customers can use the Xfinity TV app to watch On Demand programming, search TV listings, and schedule DVR recordings.  There is no indication of release dates or availability, but AnyPlay will be available in limited markets at first, and spreading to all Comcast customers eventually.

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NBC iPad App Now Broadcasts Full Episodes

NBC iPad App Now Broadcasts Full Episodes | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

NBC upgraded its iPad app Thursday so users can watch entire shows on their tablets. The network held off on featuring full episodes when the app was first released in June.  Starting Thursday evening, fans can watch all the content available on nbc.com on their NBC iPad app. That includes “pretty much everything” on the network, though the standard is to offer the five most recently aired shows, says Vivi Zigler, president of NBC Universal Digital Entertainment.  Though other networks, notably ABC and CBS, have offered full shows on their iPad apps for more than a year, Zigler says NBC “wanted to understand the business model mechanism” of the iPad before it moved forward.  Before Thursday’s upgrade, the app featured short clips from the network, but not full episodes. The new app also offers customization features that let you follow a show and have it automatically update in the app, rather than having to search for a new episode

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Boxee launches iPad app, new Box update, media server and bookmarklet today

Boxee launches iPad app, new Box update, media server and bookmarklet today | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

The long awaited Boxee for iPad app is finally ready to launch, and coming with it is a fresh update for the Boxee Box, plus new Media Manager software for your PC or Mac to make streaming locally stored files to the tablet or PC even easier. We got an early look at the iPad app (which lacks access to the Box's apps) and while the interface had been lightly reworked since our last hands-on experience at CES it was very crash prone, with a tendency to close suddenly while streaming videos from YouTube or a connected PC. Boxee Box owners may not have to worry about that however, since the new v1.2 update adds AirPlay compatibility as an "experiment" for any online content (check after the break for the full list of changes). The Media Manager software on the PC makes it easier to organize content for playback on the tablet or Box, while a new Watch Later Bookmarklet also makes one-click sharing of online video from browser to device possible. All in all the idea is to make Boxee the "one place to discover, watch and share video" no matter where you are and we can see it getting there -- once everything stays up and running consistently.

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TiVo Opens Up Two New Boxes For Cable

TiVo Opens Up Two New Boxes For Cable | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
TiVo -- working overtime to win business from cable operators -- will offer MSOs two new set-top options including its first quad-tuner DVR and has enhanced its iPad app to integrate with cable video services.
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Clearleap Takes Cable TV iPad Apps Into the Cloud

Clearleap Takes Cable TV iPad Apps Into the Cloud | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Duluth, Ga.-based IPTV startup Clearleap has worked hard over the past few years to deliver online video offerings into traditional cable video-on-demand systems, as well as making traditional VOD offerings available online and on IP-connected set-top boxes. Now it’s taking IP-based delivery of cable content one step further by unveiling a new feature that will let cable operators quickly and easily deploy iPad apps
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i.TV extends to the iPad, adds Hulu integration

i.TV extends to the iPad, adds Hulu integration | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The free i.TV app for iPhone has been providing program guide and show information for TV addicts since October of 2008, and it's been improving steadily since then. With version 3, now available on the App Store, the app has gone universal and provides a full-screen iPad experience for browsing schedules, shows and TV-related news.
The main i.TV interface has been overhauled (clearing up some of the issues we noted previously), and now defaults to Shows mode; you can select from top programs, search and sift through a comprehensive list, or assign favorites for quick access. Tapping on a show gives you a rundown of the most recent episodes, details about upcoming airings, links to news and IMDb/Wikipedia entries on the show -- in other words, more info than you could possibly need. You can also set your TiVo DVR to record the show right from your iPhone or iPad. All the same features are available from the program grid if you want to see what's on now or at a future time.
There's more action in the 'Where to Watch' section; if you want to buy episodes from iTunes, watch them on TV or add DVDs to your Netflix queue, all are a tap away. Version 3 adds Hulu to the watching options, so if you're a Hulu Plus subscriber you can launch the Hulu iPad app directly from i.TV and start watching many shows in moments..
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Britt: iPad is Just the Beginning

Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt told analysts Thursday that its controversial decision to stream live television over iPad devices inside the customer home is just the tip of the iceberg, adding the technology will allow the cable operator to address the emergence of Smart TVs... "I want to emphasize that our iPad app is not a one-off product," Britt said. "Rather we are investing in a development process and a development team that will introduce capabilities to customers in rapid succession. The consumer electronics industry is embracing the idea of devices such as Smart TVs with built-in intelligence and 2-way communication capability all built on IP standards. The technology we're using to simulcast video to iPads will eventually feed all these devices. Over time this may lead to a world without set-tops, which could enable a much better customer experience
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The Big iPad TV App Smackdown

The Big iPad TV App Smackdown | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Which cable, satellite, or telecommunications company has the best tablet app? Here is a look at nine apps that offer a mix of advanced features...
After years of sticking customers with clunky, ugly remote controls, television providers are suddenly infatuated with Apple's iPad. Cable companies, telcos, and satellite services are invading the iOS App Store with their creations, letting users take control of their televisions with touchscreens either from the couch or from afar.
But not all iPad TV apps are created equal. Some have limited or nonexistent DVR capabilities. Others lack the full range of commands found on a traditional remote control. And when it comes to watching TV shows on the iPad itself, television providers are standing on shaky ground...
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Web App Brings YouTube Live to the iPad

Web App Brings YouTube Live to the iPad | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
YouTube relies on Flash to deliver live video, and Apple doesn’t support Flash on its mobile devices. Sources within YouTube told me live video will be served to mobile platforms eventually, but there are no immediate plans to extend the live platform to iOS. However, that doesn’t stop a new web app called YTLive that seeks to serve these live videos to iOS users.
Here is how it works: You go to YouTube Live on your iPad or iPhone, copy the link to the stream you want to watch. Then you go to YTLive.co, paste the link into the web app’s form, and the live feed starts playing. The video app also supports full-screen playback, but occasionally seems to have some buffering issues.
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NBC, ABC create own iPad apps as Viacom battles Cablevision, TWC

While Viacom (NYSE: VIA) battles Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) over those MSOs' efforts to deliver Viacom programming via Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad device, NBC and ABC have launched their own iPad apps--although neither app focuses on live streaming TV.
NBC Live offers second-screen social features and interactivity that syncs with shows being televised and ABC Video Bookstore packages archived news footage with photo galleries and interactive timelines. Both applications are now live on Apple's App Store, and are free to download (consumers can make use of ABC's in-app payments to buy individual video books).
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Time Warner goes to court over iPad TV streaming

Time Warner goes to court over iPad TV streaming | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
As we wrote a few days ago, the battle over iPad content rights is really a battle over the “second screen.” If you can use an app to watch and control TV anywhere in the house, you’re more likely to use that app as you watch programming on your TV set. And from an advertising perspective, second screens will be ripe for new revenue.
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Top Ten Ways the iPad Is Changing Cable

The iPad is helping to transform the cable industry in several ways, from how (and how fast) it deploys and develops technology, to how it works with programmers and gives consumers what they are apparently clamoring for.
The iPad is giving cable a coolness factor that it's definitely not accustomed to, but, that aside, below is our top 10 ways the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) gizmo is changing the face of cable.
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Startup Umami Serves Side Of iPad Content For TV

Startup Umami Serves Side Of iPad Content For TV | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

New York-based startup Umami will jump into the "second screen" fray with the expected release in the next few weeks of an iPad app, free to consumers, that will serve up contextually relevant content for shows on 40 broadcast and cable networks.  Umami fingerprints the audio in TV content across the 40 networks using a large-scale digital video recorder system.  When a user fires up the app, it "listens" for which channel is currently on by comparing it to the Umami fingerprint database, then pulls up news, cast pages, episode guides and social media feeds from various sources in a flipbook-like format. The system works on DVR recordings, too.


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What NBC has learned from its second-screen app

What NBC has learned from its second-screen app | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Just in time for the fall premiere season, NBC has pushed fresh updates for two of its iPad apps. The main NBC app (below) now features full-episode streaming, and the NBC Live second-screen app picked up some new social features.  We spoke with Vivi Zigler, president, NBCUniversal Digital Entertainment, about the refreshed apps. “The timing felt right to us,” she said about waiting until now to launch full episodes, noting that the fall season is right around the corner. “We wanted to make sure we were rock solid on the technology.” As for whether NBC is considering TV Anywhere authentication like Fox, “at this point, it’s not part of the plan,” she said, explaining that NBCU’s distribution arm has been examining that approach.

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More Device Viewing for Cablevision Subscribers

More Device Viewing for Cablevision Subscribers | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Cablevision subscribers now have the option to view programming on their iPhone or iTouch.

The upgrade to its Optimum App allows device owners to consume both live TV and video on demand programming as well as manage their DVR system. Previously, the app was only available for the iPad.  With Cablevision’s Optimum App upgrade subscribers have the option to view TV programming on the iPhone and iTouch as well as the iPad.  The move comes as Cablevision and rival Time Warner, which offers a similar iPad app for its subscribers, continue to face hostility from some programming providers who say that current contracts do not give cable companies the right to stream content to another device. Among their concerns: device streaming hinders ad revenues which are dependent on TV ratings as measured by Nielsen.

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CNN live news comes to iPad, other mobile devices

CNN live news comes to iPad, other mobile devices | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The live TV streaming from these channels is available through a browser at CNN.com and on dedicated apps for the Apple iPad and iPhone. Time Warner said the service will also be available for other smartphone and tablet operating systems later. The way it works via a browser is that people can go to the CNN.com video page and click the "Live" tab. Then they'll log in through their cable, satellite, or telecom provider with a username and password. Mobile device users can download the CNN App for iPad or the CNN App for iPhone and iPod Touch (or update their app to version 1.2 for iPhone, 1.1 for iPad), and authenticate in the same way. Time Warner has been at the forefront of the "TV Everywhere" effort that allows people to watch TV programming as part of their existing paid TV subscriptions on their mobile devices. The company has already been offering its HBO Go service to people already subscribed to certain paid TV services, such as DirecTV. The idea behind offering TV content on multiple screens, such as tablets and smartphones, is to keep TV viewers subscribed to paid services by offering them more variety and flexibility in how they view their favorite programs and channels.
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Cable Executives Debate Charging Fees for iPad Streaming

Cable Executives Debate Charging Fees for iPad Streaming | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
CHICAGO - [itvt] at NCTA – News Corp. CEO Chase Carey said here Tuesday that programmers should charge additional fees for distributing live video to Apple's iPad and other mobile devices, debating the issue with executives from major cable MSOs and other programming companies. "I think the consumer is willing to pay fair value for a good experience," Carey said during the opening session at The Cable Show convention when asked about debate between programmers and cable MSOs on rights to distribute live programming to the iPad. The panel also featured executives from Comcast, Viacom, Time Warner and Cox Communications.
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Walt Mossberg's Guide to Apps That Let You Watch TV on an iPad

Walt Mossberg's Guide to Apps That Let You Watch TV on an iPad | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Television programs, like music and books, are migrating from their traditional form of delivery to transmission over the Internet for consumption on computers, tablets and smartphones. A growing number of people, at least some of the time, are choosing to watch shows on these devices rather than on television sets.
*Right now, this transition is something of a mess* Media, cable and technology companies are battling over what can be shown on which platforms in which time frames. Various shows and networks are available on some digital services and devices, but not others. Some services have commercials, others don't. Some have current shows, others mainly older ones. They use different payment models. Networks and shows can appear and disappear from digital services unpredictably...
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NFL in Talks to Put NFL Network on Tablets

NFL in Talks to Put NFL Network on Tablets | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The National Football League is in talks with pay-TV operators to distribute the NFL Network's programming over tablets and other computers as the TV industry wrestles with the rise of digital media...
The effort is a tricky balancing act for the NFL, which has sold rights to similar content over smartphones, in addition to signing expensive deals for live games. "We are actively working on those discussions with our existing cable TV partners," said Hans Schroeder, senior vice president of media business development for the NFL. "We hope to have a few partnerships that will be ready for kickoff."
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Nielsen to Fix iPad Blind Spot

Nielsen intends to fill an important gap by tracking live TV viewing on iPads by the end of this year or early 2012... "The fact that [iPads are] streaming live TV has our attention,"
The plan, is to bring to the iPad Nielsen's "extended screen model" that's already being used to measure broadband video delivered to PCs and Macs. That will fix an iPad blind spot that has some programmers concerned that they will be penalized if they don't get credit for tablet-based viewing. (See TW Cable, Viacom Take iPad Fight to Court .)
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HBO Go teased for iPad, iPhone, Android

According to an HBO video posted on YouTube late last week, the HBO Go streaming service is on its way to the Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, and Android-based devices.
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Zattoo launches iPad subscriptions in Germany

Swiss-based Zattoo has announced the launch of an iPad app for streaming web TV in Germany... The offer includes channels from public broadcasters such as ARD Das Erste, ZDF, all so-called ‘third channels’ from ARD, Arte, Phoenix and BR Alpha. The private channels are restricted to Das Vierte, Sport 1 and iMusic, as apparently no deal could be reach with the two big commercial broadcasters, RTL Group and ProSiebenSat.1
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Cable's Big iPad Fight: It's All About Control

Cable's Big iPad Fight: It's All About Control | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The big fight between Time Warner Cable and Viacom is not so much about whether or not cable companies should have to pay for broadband streaming rights to reach the iPad, but who has the right to decide how a cable network's content is distributed.
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ESPN Debuts Apps For Live TV On Apple Devices

ESPN Debuts Apps For Live TV On Apple Devices | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
ESPN has extended its authenticated "TV Everywhere" service to Apple's iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, giving subscribers of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV access to live feeds of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. The free WatchESPN App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch became available Wednesday on Apple's iTunes App Store. A version optimized for the iPad will be available in May.
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Junior 'tipouch' Sainvil's curator insight, February 16, 2014 12:06 PM

This will be a great addition to the ESPN family for our mobile's viewers.  

 

The Pro:  The viewers will have access everywhere through their devices using internet connection.  More subcribers will be sign up.  A good hub for advertise.  

 

The con:  More people will interact with mobile than televisions.