Streaming entertainment is more convenient than juggling Blu-ray and DVD discs, but it demands a fast pipe to your internet service provider, or ISP. For instance, Netflix recommends download speeds of at least 3Mbps for the best video quality, while Apple suggests 8Mbps for streaming 1080p content from iTunes. In most of the country, getting these broadband speeds means signing up for one of two kinds of internet connection: DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) or cable.
Depending on how old you are, you’ll have lived through a number of major shake-ups regarding video accessibility. Not that long ago, you had to make do with whatever the broadcasters served up, but since the mid-to-late 70s, things have moved on.
What do you do on your iPad these days? Do you play games? Keep track of your finances? Surf the web? And does anyone actually use that euphemism anymore? It feels like it's getting pretty dated…
And you know what else is dated? Watching television on your TV. Yes, folks, the cool way to keep track of your favorite shows is to prop up the iPad on your knees while you're in bed and doze off to the sweet sounds of Meredith Grey's constant whining on Grey's Anatomy. And while you might know about ABC, NBC, HBO and TBS's official apps for the iPad, here are a few other free apps that exist just for your entertainment.
We’ve all heard reports that Apple plans to introduce its own television set in the future, although few people take such talk seriously. However, a new report claims that Apple may be working on a new way to deliver video content which differs even from the wireless AirPlay currently in use with iOS.
If you want to see just how much Apple dominates the mobile video arena with its iOS platform, look no further than a new report citing the company’s devices making up 80 percent of mobile video views -- with Android coming in a distant second with the remaining 20 percent.
Here at Mac|Life headquarters, we believe that sharing is caring. That's right: every bit of news that we could possibly want our colleagues to be privy to, we shout it out loud from the industrial-sized soapboxes stashed away under our desks. And when we can't physically make proclamations here at the office, we do so with our Macs and iOS devices on the go. In this edition of Free App Friday, we're featuring three apps that'll help you get the word out about whatever it is you've got going on, and keep you in the know about your neighbor's agenda, too.
Among the few disappointments that iOS 4.2 brought with it, AirPlay has been one users have been the most vocal about. In addition to being limited on which apps allow video streaming, the original Apple TV was left out of the party -- until now.
First introduced at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the folks behind AirStash have returned with some new superpowers for their pocketable wireless flash drive, including media streaming and WebDAV support.
Pointy Heads LLC got quite a lot of attention when none other than Apple CEO Steve Jobs personally blessed the app into the App Store, allowing live, direct iPhone to iPhone video streaming. Knocking Live Video has just been updated to version 2.0 and brings with it a host of iPhone 4-only features as well as audio to go with your streaming video.