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Most of us now watch drama, comedy, film and sport online and on-demand, in a format that allows us to skip forward and rewind at will. We’re no longer tied to schedules, no longer reliant on DVRs to untie us from those schedules, and no longer bound by the advert breaks those DVRs helped us to avoid.

Unfortunately, news hasn’t joined the party. We still watch live broadcasts in the traditional, inflexible way, and in so doing, we sit through plenty of headlines of no interest. This is a crazy situation for a form of programming which is, perhaps, the most subject critical. The main reason for this illogical status quo is convenience; switching on your TV is easy, but watching news online is not.

This is the problem that Watchup wants to solve. The idea is to draw content from some of the world’s most respected news outlets into one, autoplaying stream, which adapts to match your taste. But does the execution meet the appealing theory?

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Over the past couple months, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of discussing the iPad and Professionals here on AppStorm. I’ve chatted about photographers/artists, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, medical professionals, stock analysts, and business owners. Today, I want to say I feel like we covered the gamut. This is the final post in AppStorm’s feature series on the iPad and Professionals. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for going on this journey with me and the rest of the AppStorm team.

Today’s post is going to go in a different direction than you might expect. We’re not talking about another professional category. Instead, we’re going to talk about the best ways to unwind after a long day. But because I care about yours and my well-being, I’m not recommending Angry Birds. I want your mind to be stimulated, even while you’re enjoying some time away from work. Here’s some of what I’m looking forward to after clocking out tonight.

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I’m always looking for something new to watch, and I can usually get through most of a television series in a weekend, so my thirst for new content is not easily quenched. I tend to stalk my friends’ Facebook and Twitter feeds for clues to what they’re watching and tips on what I should try, because I like to think my friends have good taste.

That’s why I’m such a fan of GetGlue. I don’t have to skulk creepily through my friends’ posts if we’re all just checking into the things we like to watch together. There’s a lot more to GetGlue than that, though, and it turns out it’s a great way to get extras from my favorite shows while I watch, too. (more…)

Don’t you hate it when you walk in at work and your colleagues are talking about the latest Game of Thrones episode that aired last night, which you once again forgot to watch? If you’re tired of missing your favorite TV shows, have no fear, Episodes is the app you need. Not only will it remind you about your favorite show airing tonight, it’ll also provide you with additional information on a series or an episode in particular.
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Being a couch potato, I strongly that believe the quality of content produced for television easily wins over the 100 million dollar tent pole snoozies churned out by Hollywood. That doesn’t include the gems called reality shows in my list, but there is a wide audience for it and is a big source of entertainment for many.

Television, just like the Internet, suffers from the problem of plenty. There are way too many channels, programs and shows on air and a ton of new pilots start showing up every few months. Finding out the best of the content can be time consuming and that’s where apps like Zeebox step in to lend a helping hand.
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Haven’t you always wondered when the next episode of your favorite TV show was going to air? How about wondering which episodes you’ve already watched? I can’t even count, the number of times I noticed I had already watched a particular episode halfway through!

Thankfully, I found a great solution to keep track of which episodes and seasons I’ve seen and when the new ones are going to play: Episoder. This great little app keeps track of all my favorite TV Shows for me, saves me the embarrassment of playing the same episode again and even can even let me know if I skip one!
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From the early 1960s, mobile TV viewing was a dream, soon to be fuelled by the Space race, and by the early 1970s, investors such as Panasonic and Sinclair Research began to make it a reality. Fast forward to today and we have a myriad of channels and seemingly unlimited content.

One provider stands out over all the rest, especially in the UK — that of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). Its content provision has consistently given us quality material, and expert presenting. What, then, of it’s flagship iPhone product (currently only available in the UK), BBC iPlayer? In an era where mobile video content is the norm and easily accessible, lets take a look to see how BBC iPlayer allows the wonderful transition from corner-of-the-room viewing to quality media content anywhere. (more…)

The way television is delivered to customers is slowly becoming archaic. Previously in my old apartment I was forced to use a small cable company to deliver my television entertainment. The company provided high definition but that was about all of the extra features it offered. They did not provide any extra features like viewing content on my iPad or scheduling digital video recordings(DVR) through a website. Recently I moved into a house and I decided to try satellite. After comparing services I decided on Dish Network and their Hopper DVR

While Dish Network may not be perfect, I have been happy with their service and the Dish Anywhere app. It allows Dish Network subscribers to view featured content, browse the guide to see what is on, schedule and maintain DVR events, and also view live TV and DVR events with the optional Sling Adapter. Keep reading past the break to see if the Dish Anywhere app has been a welcome addition to my change in TV providers. (more…)

Everyday, roughly 42 percent of tablet owners in the U.S. use their device while watching TV. Why? TV viewers are multitasking (i.e. web browsing) or using their device as a second screen in order to find more information about the program they’re watching or engage in social networking banter.

With this rise of second screen usage, it should come as no surprise that app makers want to provide tools that act as a companion to a user’s TV. Instead of jumping on Twitter to comment about a show, IMDb to access a show’s cast or Shazam to tag a song that’s being performed, IntoNow from Yahoo! hopes to provide all those functions and more. But, does it do so effectively? (more…)

Do you lie awake at night worrying you’ll miss the next episode of NCIS? Do you feel lost if your other friends know the latest news about The Big Bang Theory before you? Are you sick of constantly scrolling through hours of the programming grid just to find out when Breaking Bad will air a new episode?

Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating a little, or maybe you really do need counseling to break your TV addiction. Either way, TV Guide Mobile is the app that brings the famous website to the iPad and scratches your television itch. Read on to learn all it has to offer.

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