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Al Jazeera America Debuts New Mobile App

Al_Jazeera_logo-copy-copyWith yesterday’s release of an iPhone and Android app, Al Jazeera America continues its push to become a go-to domestic and international news source for American audiences.

The new app will focus on written content, and will complement its online presence more than its linear TV network. It includes full versions of its online stories in a mobile-optimized format, and also features an audio mode that will enable users to listen to stories during walks or commutes.

“The Al Jazeera America Mobile App is an easy and convenient way to get the most important news of the day and access great AJAM journalism anywhere, at any time,” said Angela Morgenstern, Executive Vice President, Product and Innovation. “With Audio mode readers become listeners and go hands-free from headlines to the full article.” Read more

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Why NBC Chose Adobe Primetime to Power its Digital Olympics Coverage

New-Primetime-LogoWhile NBC and partner networks are in the midst of broadcasting more than 500 hours of Olympic programming on TV, NBC has committed to doubling this output online via NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app. To power such expansive and expanded streaming coverage, NBC has chosen Adobe and their Adobe Primetime platform.  Adobe Primetime is an advanced TV publishing and monetization platform for programmers and pay-TV service providers.

After receiving flack for how it handled tape-delayed TV coverage during the 2012 London Games, NBC has enabled viewers to stream events live for this year’s Winter Games – even if NBC reserves these events to broadcast on TV in primetime.  It has been less than two years since the 2012 London Games, but viewing habits, especially when it comes to consuming sports content, have already changed. NBC’s decision to allow instant access to events, then, became less of a value-add and more of a necessity. Read more

TWC SportsNet Launches Second Screen App for Lakers Games

Los_Angeles_LakersWith two-thirds of mobile device and tablet owners interacting with a second screen while viewing TV, networks are focusing more resources on developing standalone apps for individual shows and events. Sports fans are the most active second screen users, and it was only a matter of time before regional sports networks began creating companion apps for fans to use while watching a team’s games.

Lakers fans will be among the first beneficiaries of such an app. Time Warner Cable SportsNet has recently launched an updated version of “TWC SportsNet,” which will be powered by Mobovivo’s StayTuned platform and Simply New’s creative and content team. The app will provide viewers with exclusive, real-time content during live Lakers games and will include both the pregame and postgame shows on the network. Read more

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ to premiere a week early in Logo TV’s new app

unnamedLogo TV, the Viacom network focused on LGBT content, has today released its first app – available free in the iTunes store. The app will be video-centric, and will contain a library of LGBT-focused films, authenticated access to Logo TV programming, and second screen experiences that will synch with linear telecasts.

To help boost app download numbers and to build buzz for its most-watched show, Logo TV will be premiere the first episode of Season Six of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ exclusively in the app on February 17, a week before the February 24 TV premiere.

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Adult Swim partners with Arktan for mobile app’s second screen experience

Adultswimlogo“Arktan’s success continues not just a trend of networks embracing white label solutions for social TV needs, but for the “Connect”-type social TV curators and destinations that we’ve seen networks launch and bring to real life.” We wrote this about Arktan a year and a half ago, after the California-based company partnered with Turner around SocialStreams. Read more

CMT to premiere ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ on its new second screen app a week before TV debut

cmtCountry Music Television (CMT) has launched a second screen video app for iOS devices that will tie directly to its programming. To build hype for the app, CMT is pre-releasing the first episode of the new season of “Sweet Home Alabama”  - the most-streamed original series in the history of CMT.com – exclusively in the app a week before it premieres on TV. The app will also offer a “Connect” experience that will filter the best tweets and allow fans to connect with the show’s stars or with other fans via the platform. For fans wanting to watch shows via the app, it will feature full episodes of Dog and Beth: On The Hunt, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team, Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame, and Trick My Truck as long as users are subscribers of one of ten cable service providers. Read more

MTV releases music app for iPhone, enabling fans to discover and connect with artists

mtv-screen-grabLast week, MTV introduced its MTV Artists app exclusively for iPhone. Returning to its roots as a brand that promotes music discovery, MTV’s app is primarily designed to help fans discover new artists, connect with their favorite artists, and to provide a hub for exclusive content directly from the artists and from MTV. Pepsi has teamed up with MTV to be the app’s premiere launch partner, and the app will be the mobile extension of Artists.MTV.com. Read more

Redesigned ABC News App for iPhone and Android offers personalized experience

SHOWSHEET_ABC-News-Digital-logoLast week, ABC News Digital released a redesigned app for iPhone and Android that seeks to strike the balance between being timely and informative while not being too pushy. Read more

CBS Sports partners with PrePlay Sports for predictive pro and college football app

preplay cbsWhile PrePlay Sports has exclusive partnerships with the NHL and MLB, the maker of the predictive sports app teamed up not with the NFL or NCAA for its football app, but with CBS Sports. CBS Sports PrePlay Football launched prior to the starts of this year’s NCAA and NFL seasons, and allows CBS Sports to expand its fantasy footprint while giving fans an engaging and addicting second screen experience while watching pro and college football on TV. Read more

Comedy Central launches ‘CC: Stand-Up’ app to help uncover new comedians

Comedy Central just launched their impressive new app, “CC: Stand Up” which “is a stand-alone extension of Comedy Central that brings comedy fans a completely new stand-up channel, a tool to discover new comics and a platform for sharing comedic content.” In April, The New York Times described the app as “a free, ad-supported app…designed to look and feel like a cable channel devoted to stand-up, the app will offer videos of comedians performing routines.” Here are the details. Read more

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