Apple delays SharePlay rollout

Apple’s new group watching feature for iOS will not be ready when the next major operating system update launches in the Autumn, the company has confirmed. The Apple SharePlay feature was initially revealed in June, and will allow users on a FaceTime call to simultaneously watch videos in sync with everyone else on the call. […]

YouTube to bring picture-in-picture viewing to iOS

YouTube is set to update its iOS app to introduce picture-in-picture viewing. A long-time feature of Android mobile devices, picture-in-picture viewing was introduced to iPhones in the  iOS 14 update that was introduced in 2020 and had been a mainstay on iPad since iOS 9. The feature is supported by video apps such as Netflix, […]

Watch parties come to iOS with Apple SharePlay

Apple is the latest company to get in on the watch party tech with its upcoming iOS update. A new feature will come to iOS 15 called SharePlay. This will allow users to be on a FaceTime call with friends or family while simultaneously watching video in sync with everyone else on the call. Users […]

iOS in-app ad market to nosedive

The in-app Apple iOS advertising market is set to lose a fifth of its value in 2021. According to a new report from Omdia, a number of privacy rule changes designed to protect users will depress the market.  Omdia principal analyst Guillermo Escofet said: “Apple’s imminent user-privacy rule changes, limiting advertisers’ access to the unique […]

Apple cuts App Store commission in half for smaller devs

Apple has said that it is reducing the amount of commission it takes on transactions made via its App Store. The standard 30% rate that Apple has taken from app purchases and in-app subscriptions has long been a point of contention in the TV industry, with Netflix being one of the first major players to […]

Apple brings App Store to 20 new countries

Apple has launched its iOS App Store in 20 new countries. In an announcement on Monday, the Mac maker said that the App Store – which allows users to download third party applications to their iPhones, iPads and Apple TV set top boxes – is now available in 175 countries and regions. The company said […]

Freeview launches Android app

Freeview has launched its Freeview Play app on Android. The Android launch follows app’s release on iOS earlier this year. Freeview Play, available from the Google Play Store, gives UK users access to stream shows from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, along with on demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All […]

Netflix ‘testing’ direct payment, bypassing iTunes on iOS devices

Netflix is testing a payment method on iOS devices aimed at cutting Apple’s iTunes out of the loop in 33 countries, according to press reports. According to TechCrunch, the subscription video-on-demand giant is redirecting new and lapsed subscribers launching the Netflix app on an iOS device away from iTunes to a mobile web version of […]

Conviva: Apple TV leads growth as streaming viewing hours ramp up dramatically

Growth in viewing time on Apple TV devices in the first quarter of this year outpaced all other devices by almost two times, according to data analytics outfit Conviva’s All-Screen Census Report Q1 2018. According to statistics from Conviva’s customer base, Apple TV saw 709% increase in viewing hours year-on-year in Q1. During the same […]

Africanews launches iOS app

Euronews’ African channel Africanews has launched an iOS app, offering free access to all news published on the website and live TV. The app, available for iPhones and iPads, offers push notifications for breaking news, the Africanews live stream, a constantly updated timeline, a selection of global news, highlighted videos with thematic playlists, Tweets […]

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