Yahoo Screen update adds AirPlay multitasking

Yahoo Screen 1.0.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Yahoo last month posted a new iPhone and iPad app, Screen, pitched as a remote control for web video of sorts.

That’s a tall order, I know, but keep in mind that the Internet giant hosts tons of original and licensed news, sports, food and entertainment video content from the likes of MLB, UFC, The Onion, Martha Stewart and others.

Deal breaker: AirPlay support was non-existent.

That’s quite a bummer for yours truly as those juicy vids beg to be watched on my big screen TV. Luckily for me (and everyone else), Yahoo heard my pain and issued an update so I can now finally beam a clip to a TV through my $99 Apple TV box while using the app to browse Yahoo’s Screen library. Cool!

“Send a video to your TV while still browsing others in the app,” reads the changelog.

Disregarding the obligatory bug fixes and performance improvements, Yahoo Screen 1.0.2 has also gained push notifications for live and featured videos, such as breaking news and concerts.

Yahoo Screen 1.0.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Download the new Yahoo Screen free from the App Store.

If you haven’t checked out Yahoo Screen, I recommend giving it a whirl.

Consider for a moment the fact that Yahoo’s licensed video library includes such TV shows as Saturday Night Live, on top of Yahoo Originals featuring Jack Black, Ed Helms, Zachary Levi, Cheryl Hines, Rachael Harris and others.

Moreover, a deal with Viacom has brought clips from some of Comedy Central’s best shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.

Yahoo Screen 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

As a bonus, today’s blog post mentions Yahoo Screen will host an exclusive sneak preview of Sir Paul McCartney’s new album before it reaches shore shelves. Just tune in to Yahoo Screen via mobile or on the web tonight starting at 6pm PT / 9pm ET and enjoy the show.

Yahoo may be lacking in search, but nobody can touch them in terms of rich content.

In a related AirPlay-focused update, Amazon’s Instant Video iOS software (a free download) has been enhanced with AirPlay multitasking as well. Previously, AirPlaying a TV show or movie meant you were unable to do anything with the device while the video was running.

This is pretty useful if you want to, say, browse the web or read the messages on your iPhone while the Amazon clip is streaming to your TV.

I wish more AirPlay-ready apps implemented true AirPlay multitasking.

Interestingly, Google’s YouTube app for the iPhone and iPad as of recently lets you flick the video in order to minimize it to a small box in the lower right corner of the screen while continuing to browse other clips simultaneously.

Personally, I’d kill for AirPlay multitasking in YouTube.

Now that Google’s rival has implemented the feature, I can only hope the search titan will take notice and add such a nice-to-have to its YouTube iOS client.