Icflix adds picture-in-picture for iPad users

Middle East SVOD provider Icflix has added support for picture-in-picture functionality on iPads to its offering. The feature allows iPad users to minimse the video screen so that they can run other apps on their devices in the background. The feature lets users start playback inside the application but can enable the picture-in-picture thumbnail view […]

Global tablet shipments drop 8% in 2015

The global tablet market suffered its “worst year-on-year performance ever” in 2015 with shipments falling 8% to 224.3 million units for the full year, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm said that shipments fell 11% to 69.9 million units during the fourth quarter, as the launch of Apple’s iPad Pro failing to meet expectations in […]

Periscope now fully integrated with Twitter on iOS

iPhone and iPad users can now access broadcasters from Twitter’s live video streaming service, Periscope, without leaving the Twitter app. Announcing the update, Periscope said that it is bringing its vision – to make it as easy as possible to watch and broadcast live video – directly into Twitter. “Since launch, there have been over […]

France Télévisions launches Zoom mobile TV app

France Télévisions has launched FranceTV Zoom, a major mobile initiative allowing users to build personalised playlists of videos from the French public broadcaster. The app, which is available now for iPhone, lets viewers watch programmes and clips and search for content based on the time that they have available to view – for instance five […]

DISH taps Rovi for TV voice controls

US pay TV provider DISH has partnered with Rovi to add the latter’s Conversation Services’ spoken-voice interface to a portfolio of it products.  During 2015, DISH will add the voice technology into its DISH Explorer second-screen app for iPad, Hopper Voice remote, and its DISH Anywhere mobile app, allowing subscribers to use voice search to […]

Blinkbox adds offline viewing for tablets

Tesco-owned movie and TV streaming service Blinkbox has added offline support for iPads and Android tablets, allowing viewers to download content to these devices. The ‘Watch Offline’ update allows customers to download movies and TV shows bought on Blinkbox to up to five devices, and rented films to one tablet. Commenting on the move, Blinkbox […]

OTT Acorn grows onto iPads and iPhones

Acorn TV, the US streaming service programmed with UK-centric content, has launched on Apple devices. An Acorn app is now available in Apple’s online store, allowing iPad and iPhone owners to watch Acorn’s shows on their devices. Acorn, which launched in 2011, offers customers a free month-long trial and costs US$4.99 (€3.72) a month thereafter, […]

CNN puts viewers in control with Watch CNNx iPad app

News network CNN has launched Watch CNNx, an iPad app that it says will give viewers “unprecedented control over their TV news experience.” Users can access 24-hours of CNN TV rundowns, see segments they’ve missed, and control and preview the content they want to watch. The app also gives viewers the option to delve into […]

Radio Times launches discovery app for iPad

UK TV guide Radio Times has launched a search and discovery app for the iPad.  Radio Times DiscoverTV is a daily TV and radio recommendation and discovery service that is being offered on a freemium basis, with a 30-day free trial of premium features. The free element of the service offers 14-day customised TV and […]

Norway’s Get launches TV on the iPad

Norwegian cable operator Get has launched its TV service on the iPad. Get is making a range of live TV services, including coverage of English Premier League football, available on the iPad and iPad Mini free of charge to its broadband customers. About 1.5 million Norwegian’s own a tablet, with about 500,000 devices sold last […]