iPad TV Apps Multiply
May 3, 2010
MULTIPLE CITIES: TV applications are rapidly developing for the
Apple iPad tablet computer. A French telecom provider has created an online
portal providing 20 free channels to iPads, iPhones and iPods. In the U.S., a
traffic-tracking software firm reports 10,000 downloads a day of its recently
released iPad app, and WWTV-TV in Cadillac, Mich., adopted a localized iPad
Subscribers to Freebox TV in France can access the content from
http://tv.freebox.fr., the WiFi provider
said. Shows can be time-shifted with a pause-and-resume function with no
additional software downloads necessary. The channel line-up includes France 2
and 3, BFM TV, Direct 8, NRJ 12, TV5 and others. Free also has opened its
Application Program Interface so developers can convert mobile devices such as
the iPhone and Android handsets into remote controls for its ASCL-connected
Freebox HD set-tops.
Beat the Traffic, the traffic tracking and forecasting concern in the Bay
Area, said its new iPad app is now available for free. Beat the Traffic HD hit
the app store April 27th and prompted more than “40,000 downloads in less than
four days,” Andre Gueziec of BtT said.
Guziec announced the free app last month at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. It
allows users to preview traffic conditions from 20 minutes to two hours ahead
of time. It also provides real-time traffic maps, incident reports and other
information, plus live images from traffic cameras in 34 U.S. and Canadian
cities. Beat the Traffic also has applications for BlackBerrys and iPhones.
Sales of the iPad shot past the 1 million mark by April 30,
Mac Observer reported. The original version went on sale April 3 after
Apple began taking preorders March 12. More than 12 million apps have been
downloaded since the table computers hit the streets. ABC reported 205,000
downloads of its app within 10 days of release.
The device initially was banned in Israel because its wireless transmission
capabilities were thought to violate that countries standards. The prohibition
was lifted April 25.
-- Deborah D. McAdams
April 28, 2010: “Michigan Station
Launches Native iPad News app”
Unlike some other station apps for the computer tablet, WWTV’s isn’t merely an
extended version of one designed for iPhones.
April 12, 2010
: “Beat the Traffic Adds
Touch and Mobile Capability”
Beat the Traffic is taking multiple routes onto mobile platforms with
specialized apps for iPhones and Blackberries, and one on deck for the new
April 5, 2010
: “Google Moves to
Challenge Hulu, Which Queues Up for iPad”
Google is boosting the commercial quotient of its online video business in the
direction of Hulu.com, while that site is claiming its first profit and
eyeing an iPad presence.
March 3, 2010
: “App Gives iPad Control
of Broadcast Pix Switchers”
The iPixelPanel will be available for download from Apple’s App Store for $195