Tag Archives: co-viewing

Latest Apple TV Time Apps

Apple has rolled out iOS 6 to the masses.  After completing successful and trouble-free over-the-air upgrades on my iPhone 4 and iPad 2, I noticed the redesigned App Store for the iPad featured the recently-updated “TV Time” collection front and center.  Let’s see which and what types of apps made the latest version of Apple’s [...]

Masters App: iPhone vs. iPad, Free vs. Paid Match Play

The Masters Tournament offered two versions of video-rich apps to go with this year’s golf tournament.  Which scored the best value for users? Read on. The Masters Tournament app was available as a free version for the iPhone/iPod Touch and a $1.99 version for the iPad. The user expectations go up dramatically in my book [...]

Review: Weather Channel Co-viewing with Media-Sync iPad App

The Weather Channel was the latest network to try the Nielsen Media-Sync platform for iPad with last week’s premiere of From the Edge with Peter Lik. After spending a few weeks trying ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy app from Media-Sync (see reviews of the first, second and third enabled episodes), it was interesting to see another network’s [...]

Nickelodeon Co-Viewing App Rolls Out Orange Carpet

Nickelodeon rolled out the orange carpet for connected kids with an updated Kids’ Choice Awards co-viewing app.  My tryout during Saturday’s show was limited to a few minutes because: 1)  I was camping and used a wi-fi connection at the Fall Creek Falls State Park lodge during a dinner stop, and 2) The pre-teens in [...]

Narrow Rules Limit Jersey Shore iTV Contest

Is Jersey Shore the future of interactive TV?  Snooki could be the face of the TV of tomorrow and The Situation its abs, but narrow contest rules will keep tagging from replacing tanning in their gym and laundry routine for now. MTV and IntoNow are running a contest for viewers who “live tag” the show’s [...]

Gifford, Kotb host NBC “stream-living” backstage simulcast

NBC’s “Today” show used a live backstage streaming stunt to showcase the new Today.com Web page Tuesday.  Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb hosted the one-hour “stream-living” event, as they decided to name it, starting at 7:30 a.m. EST. Gifford and Kotb seamlessly cut between addressing the stream viewers and doing a cut-in for the [...]

My Backstage Pass Experience at the Oscars for 99 cents

The ABC Oscar Backstage Pass was an ambitious effort and interesting display of a convergent, universal app for iPhone and iPad. The app had five phases: Pre-arrival video playlists leading up to the live coverage Live red carpet camera coverage Live cameras in the Kodak Theatre during the award ceremony Live cameras in the post-ceremony [...]

Heavy Social Use in 3rd Grey’s Anatomy iPad Sync App Episode

The third episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy enabled with Media-Sync for iPad increased the use of social media with more opportunities to comment, check in and interact. The producers appear to be tweaking the content feed and timing. The synchronized content feed worked well, but there were some oddities in the non-synchronized photo and video galleries served from the Web.

Changes for 2nd Bones iPad App-Enabled Episode

This week’s experience with the Bones Show Companion iPad app from FOX was much improved for its second interactive episode. The app update earlier in the week improved the loading process.

New Grey’s Anatomy iPad Sync App Features in Second Episode

I finally had a chance to try the second Media-Sync enabled episode with ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy iPad app four nights after it aired on 2/10/2011. I was not expecting any new features without an app update since last week’s premiere, but there were some pleasant surprises in the synchronized content feed.