As expected, Showtime has joined HBO in cutting the cord by officially announcing its own standalone streaming service. Anyone with an Apple device will be able to receive unlimited access to Showtime programming for only $10.99 a month, which is $4 cheaper than HBO NOW. The service will be available exclusively on iOS devices and Apple TV starting on July 12.
During Wednesday's Hulu Upfront presentation in NYC, the popular video streaming service announced that it plans to expand its mobile viewership this summer by offering select content for free and launching the next generation Hulu Plus iOS app.
Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins wrote on the company's blog, "Across the TV industry, we’re seeing greater access to all types of content, and more ways for you, our loyal TV fans, to forge deeper connections with your favorite shows. As the way viewers consume premium TV continues to rapidly evolve, we want to
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are upon us today, in fact, the Opening Ceremonies have already begun (they kicked off at 11:00 EST), though NBC will delay their broadcast until 7:30 EST this evening. This delayed broadcast will be standard throughout the Olympics for the big events; very little will be televised live, and some events may not be broadcast at all, so you might be disappointed if you'd rather watch ice dancing than the Super-G. If you have a cable/dish provider and NBC's Sports Live Extra app, you'll be able to watch every event live.
With NBC Sports Live Extra, you will need to authenticate with your cable provider to be able to watch the live streams. All of the major providers are available along with hundreds of others, so this shouldn't present a problem for most. If you don't have a subscription you can still get a 30 minute temporary pass,
Amazon has released an Amazon Instant Video app for the iPad. The app features access to thousands of titles available from Prime Instant Video. It comes preloaded with a selection of top video titles, and you can add other titles directly from Amazon. Users can download purchased or rented movies to watch offline, and will have access to Amazon's Watchlist queue.
The Instant Video app also allows you sync movies so you can finish watching on a different device. For example, if you start watching The Avengers on your iPad, you can pause and pick up where you left off on a Kindle Fire, PS3, PC, Mac, or hundreds of models of connected TVs and Blu-ray players.
Streaming may be a great way to watch your favorite movies and TV shows, but content is fragmented amongst the many content providers vying for our money. Fanhattan for the iPad makes searching for content easier by aggregating it from multiple sources. This allows iPad owners to use one app to browse available movies and TV shows, instead of using multiple provider apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus.
Fanhattan has recently grown their roster to 14 different providers by adding networks like NBC, HBO, The CW, and Cinemax. Fanhattan has also added a "watch list" to help users navigate the 175,000 movies and TV show available through the various services. You can even save upcoming movies and TV shows that haven't been released yet. Fanhattan will then notify you when the content has become available to watch on your device.