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NBC, TNT and TBS Bring Full-Length TV Episodes to iOS Devices


NBC's iPad application

Late last week, NBC announced that it had enhanced its iPad application to offer viewers access to full-length episodes, providing a significantly improved set of offerings for users.
"We are thrilled to offer our fans full episodes via our NBC.com app. Now the app truly reflects the deep fan experience that we have created online at NBC.com," said [NBCUniversal Digital Entertainment President Vivi] Zigler. "And our fans are going to love the latest update to the NBC Live app which now offers them more content, better access and a unique social television experience."

In addition to full episodes, the NBC app for iPad, which launched in June 2011, gives fans access to content from their favorite shows and features such as thousands of video clips and highlights, exclusive photo galleries, recaps, games and news, making it all customizable from the myNBC dashboard.

TNT for iPad

NBC is not the only network to roll out new support for full-length episodes, as Turner Broadcasting has also released new TNT for iPad and TBS for iPad applications offering access to full episodes from those channels for users who are eligible through their cable company subscriptions. The company also updated its iPhone applications for TNT and TBS with the same functionality.

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39 months ago
This article should be retitled:

"Anyone who doesnt own an iPad shouldn't bother to read the following"
Rating: 12 Votes
39 months ago

... US only, I presume. :(



So tired of these types of posts. Of course it's USA only, they are US-based companies with broadcast rights in the US. :rolleyes:
Rating: 9 Votes
39 months ago
This kind of stuff is why AppleTV needs an App Store. As much as people like watching stuff on their iPad, they overwhelmingly prefer the watching on the largest screen in their house.
Rating: 8 Votes
39 months ago
This is a step in the wrong direction. I do not want my TV shows balkanized into separate apps, each with their own interface. I do not want separate NBC, TNT, and Turner apps, anymore than I want separate Warner and Universal apps for watching movies, or separate Random House and Simon and Schuster apps for reading books. TV content (both free and paid) should be centralized in the iTunes Store, or at least a Hulu-like TV app. Obviously, this is what consumers want, but not the networks. They can insert all the ads, watermarks, or network promos they want into free content, but please no separate apps to clutter up the home screen and make it difficult to search/browse all available content.
Rating: 8 Votes
39 months ago

... US only, I presume. :(


Came here to say this. Canadian (and other not US countries) content providers really need to step it up. People turn to piracy because you force them too.
Rating: 7 Votes
39 months ago
Are any of these AirPlay enabled?
Rating: 6 Votes
39 months ago

This is a step in the wrong direction. I do not want my TV shows balkanized into separate apps, each with their own interface. I do not want separate NBC, TNT, and Turner apps, anymore than I want separate Warner and Universal apps for watching movies, or separate Random House and Simon and Schuster apps for reading books. TV content (both free and paid) should be centralized in the iTunes Store, or at least a Hulu-like TV app. Obviously, this is what consumers want, but not the networks. They can insert all the ads, watermarks, or network promos they want into free content, but please no separate apps to clutter up the home screen and make it difficult to search/browse all available content.


????
Have you heard of Folders....its not rocket science. Title it "TV Apps" done.
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago

The American companies block their signals via internet (Hulu, CBS.com to name a few) to Canada sighting they don't have copyright with the distribution companies to do this. Then I have to go to piratebay or eztv to get what others can get legally in the US. Want to stop piracy, give us the ability to do what our American brethren can do legally.


They do not have the rights to provide that programming to canada. Their deals with the content provider is for the United States. The content providers can make deals to provide their shows to various countries.

If there is some show you want to see in your country, I suggest you talk to your local broadcasters and channels and ask them to see if they can acquire the show. Unfortunately Canada has laws that require them to broadcast Canadian products like them or not... so it is probably not that easy.

The point being is TNT does not have the ability to distribute The Closer except in the United States. If you want to see The Closer in Canada, then a channel that broadcasts in Canada needs to pay to air The Closer in Canada.

So no matter how you slice it is stealing. There are overseas shows I would like to watch here in the US, but if someone does not broadcast them here, I have no legal right to see them.
Rating: 4 Votes
39 months ago

Came here to say this. Canadian (and other not US countries) content providers really need to step it up. People turn to piracy because you force them too.


Really? And here I thought this was just something Canada wouldn't have had access to anyway.

Your mindset is that of someone who sees rich people driving fancy cars and thinks he needs to steal one because it wasn't fairly available to him as a middle-class individual. That's ridiculous. If you got by before without NBC on your iPhone, why get so annoyed when others get it? If NBC or your content providers wanted you to have it, they would have worked that out. Instead, you'll keep getting what you're paying for. It's not like they're about to start surgcharges for this stuff that you'll pay for and still not have access to the content.
Rating: 4 Votes
39 months ago
Just ***** add it to the ATV already.
Rating: 4 Votes

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