September was a landmark month for the App Store, which saw Apple loosen many of their previous restrictions and allow apps that might have otherwise been kicked to the curb in the past. This week, PlayOn Mobile joined the ranks.
Apple and Rovi have inked a “multi-year agreement” which allows Cupertino to license chunks of Rovi’s intellectual properties. Rumors are now running rampant that the move may signal Apple’s change of direction, from downloaded TV shows to live television and maybe even a DVR.
It seems like just about everyone with the time or resources to do so is cranking out their own Apps these days. The latest to the App Store party? Time Warner Cable.
While the company has plans for the application that include being able to dump content they had been watching at home on to their tablets to watch later, currently the app is limited to being a sweet-looking user interface that Time Warner's Cable's subscribers can use to navigate through the company's television offierings. Offering an extensive program guide and the ability to group programs and channels into custom-built sections.
Hooray! AT&T's U-verse Mobile app is officially available for the iPhone. It's pretty convenient for AT&T U-verse subscribers--the app lets you program your home DVR, search your channel guide, and set your favorite shows--but most importantly, it's a nice way to download TV shows.
The Apple TV was once revered as the device that could potentially change television for the better. Today, many people say the Apple TV is a product that is on its death bed. Often called a "hobby" product by it's maker (until the Google TV was announced), the Apple TV could be making a comeback if a new New York Times article is correct.
Word on the street is that the premium Hulu service that's been around the rumor mill is now officially happening. Hulu Plus will be a 10$ a month service with entire seasons of shows available in limited quantities (along the lines of the same model that Hulu has now) and other programming that the web-streaming service has available. This service will include an iPod touch and and iPad app, which will enable streaming over WiFi or 3G, and support for televisions and Blu-ray players from companies like Vizio and Sony, as well as consoles like the PS3 and the XBOX360.
If you’re sick of hearing about iOS 4 and the new iPhone 4, here’s some good old-fashioned Mac news for you. It seems that talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had to resort to taping one of this week’s shows using his MacBook due to a power outage in his studio on Monday night.