By Oliver Haslam on Dec 27, 2011
Apple’s launch of iTunes Match has been uncharacteristically vague. From the moment the service was announced to the recent clarification of just who can and cannot receive it, Apple has been less than clear on just what iTunes Match is, how it works, and why you would want to pay $25 for it.
Apple has attempted to clear things up by launching a dedicated iTunes Match page on its website. Previously, iTunes Match was deemed only to be worthy of a sub-section inside the iTunes are of the site. It seems someone at Apple decided to give iTunes Match a promotion.
Along with plenty of description and explanation, Apple has also put together a new video which shows off its latest service, including offering more information about how it works… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Dec 26, 2011
Some things still blow our minds, even with so much great technology and gadgetry being released every day. It takes a lot, but sometimes we just can’t help bit sit there and say “wow, that’s pretty cool.” Tizi and the Tizi Remote app is one such situation.
Tizi is Germany’s answer to Slingbox, allowing over-the-air content to be streamed to just about anything, including an iPad using the Tizi accessory. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the company has now also released an app that allows an iPhone to act as a remote control for the iPad app, complete with Siri-powered voice control. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Dec 21, 2011
Apple iPhone and iPad-toting football fans will be able to watch the Super Bowl streamed live to their devices according to Electronista.
The NFL has finally given the go-ahead for the streaming service to go live this year, with the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl being made available online on iOS devices and Android hardware.
NBC will provide the streaming service, as will the NFL’s mobile applications, both of which will offer an improved experience when compared to their traditional television counterpart, thanks to multiple camera angles and other extras being made available… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Dec 12, 2011
UK-based fans of the BBC can now get their fix of Dr. Who while out and about with the newly-updated BBC iPlayer app. The update adds support for the iPhone and iPod touch.
The new release offers some interesting features, including 3G streaming and live TV access to go with the expected on-demand video streaming. Read More
By Alex Heath on Oct 28, 2011
In case you didn’t know, satellite provider DirecTV recently updated its iPad app with the ability to stream live TV. Customers can stream a selection of channels on the iPad when connected to the same home network as the DirecTV HD DVR.
Like Time Warner, DirecTV has blocked streaming access to users on jailbroken iDevices. A jailbreak patch has been released to fix the block… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Oct 23, 2011
Last week Apple held a special event on its main Cupertino campus to celebrate Steve Jobs’ life. The event was streamed all around the world to Apple employees, but unfortunately, the rest of us were not able to watch.
Apple today posted the video of the full event for everyone to watch… Read More
By Alex Heath on Oct 10, 2011
Popular music streaming service Rdio recently added a free plan. Like Spotify, Rdio lets users stream, cache, and share songs across devices.
Now that Rdio is free with limited use, users will have access to millions of tracks for free on Rdio’s apps. The service is ad-free, but you do have a limit of how much music you can play each month… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2011
Looking to take a break from the onslaught of next-generation iPhone rumors? Robert Scoble may have just the thing. The plugged-in blogger dropped a juicy tidbit on his Google+ page this morning regarding a secret Apple project.
Scoble is highly revered when it comes to insider information. Earlier today, he reported that Steve Jobs won’t be attending Apple’s iPhone event tomorrow, and it looks like that isn’t all that the blogger has been hearing out of Cupertino… Read More
By Alex Heath on Oct 3, 2011
Bummer. Apple has officially stated that it will not be streaming tomorrow’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” event, according to 9to5Mac.
Apple streamed live video of last year’s September event, but no such luck this year. UK journalists will get a private stream at the Covent Garden Apple Store in London. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Sep 29, 2011
With Apple holding an iPhone event next Tuesday, 4th of October, the world’s tech press is gearing up for a busy week of announcements and reactions. Apple will be holding its event at its main campus in Cupertino, California, meaning that members of the press living outside the United States are out of luck.
Unless they happen to be in the UK, that is… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 27, 2011
Pandora is one of those companies that really doesn’t need an introduction. The popular streaming music service has garnered over 100 million registered users, and it just went public in June of this year with a stock price of $16/share.
But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the company, according to Pandora’s CTO Tom Conrad. Conrad spoke at GigaOM‘s Mobilize conference earlier this week about the company’s rocky start, and how jailbreaking the iPhone changed everything… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Sep 25, 2011
Optimum, a big player in the New York cable TV business, also offers iPhone and iPad apps to its customers that bring live TV and on-demand content to iOS devices. Optimum’s apps have proven popular for those who use the service, but they now appear to have waged something of a war on the jailbreak community.
According to reports from its customers, Optimum’s iOS apps now fail to work on devices that have been jailbroken… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Sep 21, 2011
When you hear “Kazaa”, you probably think of the illegal peer-to-peer file sharing application that became so popular around 2001. What you might not remember is that the company took the legit route back in 2009 when it became a legal music subscription service.
The company recently launched an iPhone application which allows you to stream music, just like you can with Rdio, Pandora, or Spotify. The downside? There’s a membership fee of $10/month to use the app… Read More
By Alex Heath on Sep 19, 2011
We don’t usually cover non-Apple related news here on iDB, but this recent announcement from Netflix was too big to pass up. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has publicly apologized for the way that the company handled its recent pricing restructures for streaming/DVD rentals, and has announced a total division of Netflix’s DVD and streaming divisions.
Many customers were outraged that Netflix essentially screwed subscribers of the DVD rental + streaming plan by raising prices, and Netflix has since rethought its approach to content distribution. The DVD rental service that made Netflix famous will be spinned off as “Qwikster,” while Netflix will be used for online streaming only… Read More
By Alex Heath on Sep 13, 2011
Following NBC and TNT, TBS has updated its iPad app with the ability to stream full-length TV shows. The iPad is increasingly becoming the hub for online content distribution, and the studios allowing TV and movie mobile streaming is one more step towards the future of media playback — a future that could already be considered a reality, depending on how you look at it.
Who’s ready for Conan on the iPad? Read More
By Guest Author on Sep 11, 2011
TNT has just released an app optimized specifically for the iPad’s larger screen, bringing with it full-length episodes and movies for TNT satellite and TV subscribers.
The app provides features you’ve probably come to expect from similar apps, including episode guides, clips, behind-the-scenes footage, show schedules with reminders, and Facebook, Twitter, and GetGlue social network integration.
You will of course be prompted to authenticate your TNT subscription with your cable provider in order to get access to the app’s collection of full-length content. Current supported providers include DirectTV, Optimum, Dish, Comcast, Cox, Verizon, Suddenlink, and AT&T U-verse TV.
By Zech TesfaYohannes on Sep 11, 2011
NBC has just updated its iPad app adding the ability to watch full-length TV shows. Also with this update adds performance enhancements and bug fixes. One good thing about this is that watching full-length TV shows is completely free and doesn’t require any subscriptions.
The app lets you check your local listings, so you can see when your favorite shows are on. NBC’s iPad app also lets you play trivia, to the show of your liking. Read More
By Alex Heath on Sep 11, 2011
Last week, Adobe unveiled Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0. With these products, content providers can finally stream Flash video to iOS on the fly without having to manually re-encode. While this doesn’t necessarily equal Flash content on the iPhone and iPad, it does mean that providers have a faster and easier way to deliver video in a Flash wrapper to iDevices.
This doesn’t mean that Flash-based games can run on iDevices, only video… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Sep 8, 2011
Oh Google, you so crazy! After leaving us iPhone users out in the cold while our Android-toting brethren run around streaming their music from this thing they like to call ‘the cloud’ (it’s a bit like iCloud, I’m told!) you finally decide to bring the Google Music circus to iOS.
In typical Google fashion, things have been implemented a little differently than how we expected. Google Music for iOS isn’t a native app, but rather a web app. And it’s pretty darn good one… Read More
By Alex Heath on Sep 3, 2011
So far, Apple has missed a huge opportunity for gaming on the Apple TV. Short of a jailbreak and third party firmware, it’s nearly impossible to do anything but stream and play back media on the set-top box.
The App Store is home to thousands of awesome games, and a new iOS app lets you play games on your Apple TV by turning your iDevice into NES-like controller… Read More