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'House' Now Has an iPhone App, Complete With "Appisodes"

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 12th 2010 7:02PM
HouseGood news for all you 'House' fans out there. If you own an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you can download at no extra charge a special app called 'InHouse' which gives you inside information on the show as well as special "Appisodes" only available on the program. It can be downloaded from the App Store in iTunes.

The "Appisodes" are of a character named Nurse Jeffrey (any relation to 'Nurse Jackie?') and are written by members of the 'House' writing staff. Do I smell a possible spin-off?

This is a cute variation of the popular 'webisode' concept that has been around for many series such as 'Chuck' and 'Smallville.' You'd think a show with science fiction overtones like the aforementioned would be the first to try this concept, but 'House' has origins in Sherlock Holmes so there's enough of a geek factor there for this app to do well.

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CBS Joins iPad Parade With Content and Player

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 3rd 2010 2:01PM
CBSThe iPad was officially released today and joining in on what will undoubtedly be a parade of network releases, CBS issued a press release yesterday announcing the launch of their very own iPad app. From it, users will be able to watch video and audio content from CBS television and radio. This follows in the steps of ABC releasing their own iPad app.

Of course, CBS is mostly offering clips from their shows. Having full episodes available would diminish potential profit from iTunes downloads. Additional CBS-related iBooks and apps will also be available in iTunes.

If I had my druthers, all these network apps would offer live, streaming content on the iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch). After all, with a high-def antenna they're available for free anyway unlike cable networks like Comedy Central or SyFy. To avoid clogging the networks of AT&T, the apps could be made to stream on WiFi only.

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ABC Releases Player for iPad

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 2nd 2010 10:28AM
iPadDisney, along with many other companies, are betting on the success of Apple's iPad which is being released tomorrow. The ABC network is releasing an app that will extend the network's video player to the device.

Given that we had the half-hour-long iPad commercial on 'Modern Family' recently (an ABC program), it seems that the network has gotten behind the new gadget. However, it's not just ABC. Marvel Comics, also a Disney-owned property, have announced an app for the iPad. In all likelihood, there will be a plethora of Disney apps for the iPad before too long. And soon after, other networks and companies will jump on the bandwagon if they haven't already.

Will the iPad signal the end of television as we know it? Probably not. The screen is too small for that and there is a comfort from watching a big screen television in one's own home. However, it will make watching shows on the go easier (provided a data or WiFi connection is available).

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'Cash Cab' iPhone App Review

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 15th 2010 8:03AM
Cash CabA little while ago, we mentioned that 'Cash Cab' was being released as an app for the iPhone. I couldn't resist picking it up and writing a quickie review, mostly because I was once a contestant on the show. Honest.

The game itself is pretty cool, particularly if you like trivia. It simulates riding to various NYC touristy locations (Empire State Building, South Street Seaport, etc.) while being asked questions. This is different than the live show which uses bars and restaurants.

Sadly, the game does not offer cool 3D graphics of Ben Bailey. It does, however, ask various trivia questions while simulating a cab ride. There is a map showing your current location and length of time to your destination, so there is a time limit. Like it's live counterpart, the game also allows a shout out and to phone a friend, but the friend has to be selected from one of the built-in friends within the game.

There is a free version of the game available in the iTunes App Store if you want to try before you buy. Due to my personal connection, I decided to splurge the $2.99. My only regret in my experience playing both the live game and the one for the iPhone is that I forgot to tip the cab driver for a great journey.

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Chuck has his own iPhone app

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 18th 2010 3:02PM
Chuck Me OutIn an attempt to promote the third season of Chuck, Warner Brothers has released their own iPhone app for the show titled "Chuck Me Out". This is probably better than calling it "Chuck Me", which has certain other connotations.

I particularly like the painted image on the splash page of the app, which is reminiscent of spy movie posters of days gone by. The app itself allows the user to superimpose Chuck-related images onto the photos saved on their iPhone or iPod touch. For example, the user can appear in a Nerd Herd tag or a backstage pass for Jeffster (for the Jeffster groupies out there). Did I mention that it's free?

True, there is a tag on the bottom of each image that says to watch it on NBC, but that can be taken care of in Photoshop. If you own an iPhone or iPod touch and are a fan of Chuck, then this app is recommended.

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