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Sling Adds Chromecast Support Through Slingplaye​r Mobile Apps

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 18th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: Unimpressive :: Read Review »

Sling Media has added support for Chromecast through their Slingplayer app for iPhone and iPad. Chromecast allows you to send content to your TV straight from your mobile device, and Slingplayer lets you turn that around and watch TV on your mobile device.

With the two combined you can use the Slingplayer as a remote control for changing the channel, navigating the guide, or accessing the DVR connected to the Slingbox, and you can send videos to the TV via the new 'Cast' icon within the app. Conveniently, the Slingplayer app can run in the background so you can keep doing important things like playing Angry Birds while you watch TV.

The SlingTV unit can also be controlled with the app, like a remote in case you own one.

You can download Slingplayer on the App Store for $14.99.

Slingbox M1 Hardware Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Rob Rich on August 4th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar ::
The Slingbox M1 is an odd piece of hardware that fills a very specific niche, but it fills that niche quite effectively.
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Zeebox is Now Beamly TV - Still Offers the Same Social Networking TV Fun, Plus a New Look

Posted by Rob Rich on April 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Zeebox used to be an app about following your favorite TV shows and stars, chatting with like-minded fans, and enjoying the benefits of having a personalized guide to help you discover new shows. Now, well, it's still all of that. It's just that now we're calling it Beamly TV.

Beamly TV is the new name and look for the older app. 24/7 updates for TV shows and actors, chatrooms you can visit to gush about your favorites (and sometimes even chat with the celebrities themselves), and so on.

You can download Beamly TV off the App Store for free.

New Comedy Central App Lets you Watch Full-Length Episodes on your iOS Device

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 2nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Known for its crude and hilarious TV shows, Comedy Central this morning released the first version of its iOS app. As goes with many other TV station apps, Comedy Central allows you to watch a huge amount of full-length TV shows - that is, if you sign in with your TV provider account. And sadly, only select partnered TV provider accounts are going to work with the app (notably, Dish Network is missing).

But if you really want to catch up on the latest episodes of The Colbert Report, South Park, and other shows, this is the app to go to. These full episodes will carry ads (even after logging in), but you won't watch as many as if you were watching live TV. The app also features stand-up specials, archived TV show selections, and the ability to share clips with your friends.

You can get Comedy Central on the App Store for free.

New Action-Adventure Game from Fairplay Media to be Based on MacGyver Television Series

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 28th, 2014

A new game based on the hit action-adventure TV series MacGyver is in the works at Fairplay Media, and it's supposedly going to take many characteristics from the well-known secret agent. Fairplay Media has been in talks with the show's creator, Lee Zlotoff, and announced today that they've finally come up with a plan to bring the famed character to the mobile games space.

Not much information has been released about the game yet, but the company has posted some related artwork and says the game will simply be called "MacGyver." Also, proceeds from the game's art will be going to the MacGyver Foundation, according to Fairplay's blog post. The game is due to be officially announced with more details in the coming weeks.

NBCUniversal Unveils Sprout NOW App for iOS Devices as Part of its TV Everywhere Strategy.

Posted by Tre Lawrence on February 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Starting today, iOS users that subscribe to Sprout TV network will have access to the station on their mobile devices via the new Sprout NOW app. Sprout is a 24-hour network dedicated to preschoolers, and Sprout NOW is part of parent network NBCUniversal's TV Everywhere Initiative; access authentication will be required.

Says Ron Lamprecht, EVP NBCUniversal Digital Distribution, "Sprout NOW is yet another example of NBCUniversal's commitment to TV Everywhere, engaging viewers with quality content on multiple platforms. Sprout is now among many of NBCUniversal's valued networks that offer content to its distribution partners and our viewers wherever and whenever they want it."

The Sprout NOW app is available for free on the App Store.

iShows Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lee Hamlet on September 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NEVER MISS ANOTHER EPISODE
iShows is a comprehensive way to organize, find and learn about the best TV shows of the moment.
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Regular Show: Best Park in the Universe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on May 23rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SLACKERS
This park has some good ideas, but a lot of work needs to go into it to make it live up to its title.
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Is Warner Brothers' Day After US TV Watching App A Sea Change, Or The Same Old Media?

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on November 16th, 2012

With this one app, is Warner Bros showing that it can change with the times?

So far, you can buy and watch Gossip Girl, Big Bang Theory, or The Vampire Diaries episodes the day after they air in the US, as well as download them for offline watching, or purchase the whole season at once. The first episode of each show is free, and then will cost $2.99 for standard definition, or $3.99 per high definition episodes. The full season price looks to cost a bit more than iTunes, as well.

Is this Warner Brothers offering something new, or is this just another way to try and lock up your content in a separate walled garden? I'm not seeing much of an advantage to using this app over iTunes, aside from watching the first episode for free. What do you think?

App Features Include:
• Offline playback: Download episodes directly to your device to playback at anytime
• Steaming playback: Stream an episode instantly over Wi-Fi
• Multiple languages: Watch the episodes in your language of choice
• Real-time news: Live Twitter and Facebook updates
• Explore WB catalog: Browse other app editions created by Warner Bros.
• Localized audio dubs and dynamic subtitles are available in certain languages.

Gameloft Releases Texas Poker for Prizes - Win Real Prizes Playing Poker

Posted by Jeff Scott on November 1st, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FREE POKER FUN :: Read Review »

Gameloft has release a new poker game, Texas Poker for Prizes. This free to play game has one huge interesting twist. Just by playing the game, you have the chance to win some real world prizes -- TVs, trips to Las Vegas, and more.

While that's the hook, the game does have other things going for it. For one, when playing online you can play up to four tables at once. Very useful when you are waiting on 8 other slow players to decide their move. It also has the ability to support Airplay where the poker table can be displayed on your TV (via Apple TV) while each players hands are shown on their handheld devices in a local multiplayer game.

New App: Xfinity/Comcast Continues to Confuse Customers With a New App That Does The Same as the Last App

Posted by Jeff Scott on October 12th, 2012

Xfinity / Comcast has released a new TV Viewer app that does parts of what you would want it to do. That goes along with the other Xfinity TV app that also does parts of what you would want it to do. Sigh. Pardon me for the following only slightly applicable rant.

Comcast is in the middle of an identity crisis right now and we are forced to go along for the ride. They seem to do everything in twos now. Comcast and Xfinity cable services. Xfinity TV and Xfinity TV Player apps to watch different parts of the same catalog of streaming TV. Two different streaming services - On Demand and Streampix. And why do they own NBC?

My head is spinning. Which app do I use to watch which show? Of course then there's Hulu, and Netflix, and....

Did I perhaps, maybe mention how awesome Sling box is?

New App: Zeebox Wants To Be Your TV Watching Buddy

Posted by Jeff Scott on September 27th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Does an iPhone or iPad share the couch with you while watching TV? The Zeebox app wants to be your goto info app for TV info. It help by showing you what's hot, and integrates social services to share your favorites. Give it a shot and let us know what you think.

New App: NextGuide - Your New TV Guide iPad App

Posted by Jeff Scott on September 10th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INNOVATIVE :: Read Review »

NextGuide was released last week and it looks to be a great way to find TV shows, both from your cable provider, and online. This includes sources like Netflix and Hulu. You can create a custom guide page for any subject you choose - for me that would be "storage auction shows" or "gold miners" or maybe just Kardashians. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Watch Cartoons and Play Games at the Same Time With Cartoon Network 2.0

Posted by Carter Dotson on August 10th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

For far too long, us multitaskers of the world have had to suffer through the indignity of having to track two entirely different screens when we want to play a game and watch TV. There has to be a better way! Now it's possible with the 2.0 update to the official Cartoon Network app. A selection of arcade-style games based on Cartoon Network shows have been added to the app. They shine on the iPad, where in portrait mode, a video can be played on the top half of the screen, and the game played on the bottom half. Just simply rotate to landscape to watch the video in fullscreen. Users with pay TV subscriptions can log in to watch the most recent episodes of shows, and can also stream Cartoon Network live, as announced earlier in the year. It all works with AirPlay as well. Now it's possible to be distracted while watching Adventure Time from anywhere, not just at home!

Law And Order: Legacies Wraps up the Premiere Season with "Resolution"

Posted by Lisa Caplan on April 4th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: OPEN AND SHUT CASE :: Read Review »

Telltale Games episodic point and click adventure series, Law and Order: Legacies came to a close with last week’s release of episode seven: “Resolution." The game, which features fan-favorite cast members from various eras of both Law and Order and SVU follows the show’s format of splitting the roughly hour’s worth of gameplay in each episode between crime solving and courtroom action, with lots of Dick Wolf-esque cut scenes.

In keeping with the show's based-on-real-events formula the “epic conclusion” opens with a businessman pushed to his death off of a New York bridge during an Occupy Wall Street protest. There’s a suicide note, lots of red herrings, and the finale ties the previous episodes together.

The first instalment was included with the initial purchase price of $2.99 with subsequent chapters available through in-app purchases of $2.99 each. Now to celebrate the conclusion the first episode is available as a free app download and the complete set of six additional chapters is available for a one-time $12.99 IAP.

If one's been playing they won’t want to miss how it all wraps up, and if one is a fan of the TV shows but unfamiliar with the game, this is the best and most affordable time to jump into the crime solving drama. And, we'll all have to wait and see if the franchise is popular enough to warrant a season two.