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Review: Cablevision's Optimum for iPad App

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 6th 2011 2:15PM
Optimum for iPadNow Time Warner customers aren't the only ones with the ability to watch live television and On Demand on their iPads -- Cablevision is the latest cable provider to create an app to supplement its normal cable service.

Called 'Optimum for iPad,' the app allows iPad owners to stream live television and On Demand from wherever their home's WiFi can reach -- but hopefully they won't have the same problems with content providers as TWC. As a recent iPad owner, Cablevision customer and all-around couch potato, I felt almost obligated to check it out.

First, the good. This is a terrific app and a tremendous supplement to cable television. It is truly a merger of television and the Internet. You have access to live television and On Demand offerings. You can bookmark your favorite channels and activate parental controls and closed captioning.

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Giveaway Alert! 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen' and Syfy Want to Give You an iPad

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 15th 2011 4:35PM
Marcel's Quantum KitchenMarcel Vigneron might've packed his knives and left 'Top Chef All Stars' a few weeks ago, but the 30-year-old won't be gone from our TV screens for long.

On 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen,' which premieres next Tuesday, March 22, at 10PM on Syfy (yes, Syfy), the polarizing chef will use his signature technique of molecular gastronomy -- the fusion of science and cooking -- to create dishes for clients of his new catering and event company.

Yes, we're pretty sure there will be foam involved.

In honor of the new series, TV Squad and Syfy are giving one lucky reader a brand new iPad along with a gift card to purchase top food-related apps. Yes, an iPad. Find out how to win after the jump!

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Have You Noticed That 'Modern Family' Is Oblivious To the Recession?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 28th 2010 10:07AM
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There's so much to like about ABC's award-winning new sitcom 'Modern Family' that it seems almost curmudgeon-like to complain. Nevertheless, you have to wonder where in the world 'Modern Family' is located. No, not the place; it's clearly Southern California. No, it's the economy. 'Modern Family' resides in an economy unaffected by the recession. Everybody is doing well. Nobody's worried about paying the mortgage, or – God forbid – facing foreclosure. Things are going so well in 'Modern Family' world that the entire clan is heading to Hawaii for a family vacation.

Wow, remember when your family could afford to fly off for a holiday? It was probably some time around the turn of the century ... 2000. Maybe 'Modern Family' is in a time warp because they're all checking into the Four Seasons Maui. It'll be the May 12 season finale, so tune in if you want to live vicariously.

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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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'Modern Family' Co-Creator Explains Genesis of iPad Story

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 2nd 2010 12:37PM
Modern FamilyChristopher Lloyd, the co-creator of 'Modern Family', explained to The Live Feed blog that the recent iPad-centric episode of the show was not a case of paid product placement. You know what? I believe him.

Truthfully, the love of gadgets fits very well into Phil Dunphy's (as played by Ty Burrell) character. He's the sort of man-child that would love such toys as the iPad. Plus given all its publicity it has gotten so far, it's not likely the iPad needs more product placement. Lloyd told James Hibberd that they wanted Phil to get excited over a gadget, and the iPad seemed to be "the perfect one to use," since it was being released the Saturday after the episode aired.

More likely examples of paid product placement would be 'Chuck's' heavy use of the Subway restaurant chain or that painful episode of 'Smallville' that revolved around the consumption of Stride Gum that was infected with Kryptonite. It's also possible to name episodes of 'The Office' and '30 Rock' with paid product placement that got to the point of parody.

On the other hand, it's unlikely that the creator of a show would ever admit to selling out. We'll have to accept that the complete truth will never be known. Enjoy the show!

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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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David Letterman Struggles With, Then Licks iPad (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 2nd 2010 10:25AM
David LettermanIt seems that technology isn't David Letterman's forte. Last night on 'Late Show with David Letterman' (weeknights, 11:35PM on CBS), the funnyman had some technical difficulties with Apple's newest sensation, the iPad.

Letterman struggled with getting his notes and pictures to display, fumbling quite a bit. His solution? Bang, hit and lick the iPad. Bragging about his new gadget, Letterman said, "even little Jimmy Fallon doesn't have one." But, something tells us that Jimmy Fallon would probably know how to use the device better.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Hot Topics Make Good Comedy ... even the iPad on 'Modern Family'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 1st 2010 10:35PM
phil_ipad_modern_family_abcWhile watching the two family sitcoms on ABC last night, 'The Middle' and 'Modern Family,' it seemed to me that they were funnier than usual because the writers took the effort to incorporate topical, timely elements into the scripts. On 'The Middle,' it was all about basketball and the NCAA Final Four. On 'Modern Family,' it was the highly anticipated release of the Apple iPad.

Now, while Joel thought the latter was an overdone commercial that may have been penned by Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself, my reaction was completely the opposite. And some critics agreed with me, too.

The idea that Phil would be obsessing about the latest technology was in keeping with the character. Phil's been established as a techie guy, a geekster of the first order. Why wouldn't he be an early adopter of the iPad considering that it is being touted as the next big thing?

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'Modern Family' Was One Long iPad Commercial Last Night

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 1st 2010 7:08PM
Julie Bowen holds a friggin' iPad on 'Modern Family'We live in a TiVo world, and its impact has been spilling out all over our favorite shows in the form of product placement. The judges on 'American Idol' drink out of huge Coke or Vitamin Water cups. The chefs on 'Top Chef' use Calphalon equipment, as all the logo close-ups tell us. The folks at the Buy More on 'Chuck' really love their Subway sandwiches.

We get it. It's the way of the TV world these days, as someone's got to the pay the freight in a world where you can zap a commercial by pushing a button.

But, when entire stories on shows play out like an ad for a product, then things have gone too far. Unfortunately, my favorite new show, 'Modern Family,' took things that step too far last night with their iPad-themed plot. It felt like one long Apple commercial. Never mind that the episode aired just in time for the device's release on Saturday; the iPad drove the plot rather than the plot necessitating the use of an iPad. And that's where the producers crossed the line.

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J.J. Abrams Invented the iPad

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 26th 2010 2:36PM
You think 'Mad TV' was the first to use the name iPad? Actually, the name was used in a 1999 episode of 'Felicity.' Her friend is trying to decide which computer to buy and rattles off a list of products that are available at the store...hmmmmm.

Obviously she mixes up "Thinkpads" and "iBooks." Either that or J.J. Abrams has powers we mortals can't understand.

[via nymag.com]

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What You Missed Last Night: Colbert Got His iPad!

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 1st 2010 2:33PM
Last week I told you about Stephen Colbert making a plea on his show for Apple's new iPad (which he called the Tablet because it hadn't been released yet). Well, it looks like he got his iPad a lot sooner than the rest of us are going to get them. He whipped it out last night at 'The Grammys' and even taunted some of the stars who haven't gotten one yet.

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Pee Wee Herman gets an iPad

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 31st 2010 4:02PM
I'm not going to lie to you. I'm a bit of a Machead and I REALLY want an iPad. That's why I'm super jealous of Pee-Wee Herman who brought one to the Playhouse in this "Funny or Die" video, even though he already has a robot and a talking screen, both of which Apple are probably developing into overpriced electronic gadgetry so they can suck more money out of my cramped, ink stained hands.

And just for fun, when you hear the word "iPad" in the following video, scream real loud. Ready? Let's try it!

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Will the iPad change how we watch TV? Maybe

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 28th 2010 11:03AM
steve_jobs_slates_mosesWill Apple's new iPad really change the way we watch TV? That was one of the big questions that we were asking before Steve Jobs' presentation yesterday in San Francisco. I thought that since he was conferring with network execs to slash iTunes prices for TV episodes, that the iPad would have a major TV viewing component.

Now that we've seen the device and watched it demonstrated, the answer isn't crystal clear. But yes, it should have some impact on TV viewing.

Oh, don't get me wrong. I agree with those that call the iPad just a bigger version of the iTouch or iPhone. On the surface, it is. However, while it's true that someone might prefer a one-hand device like the smaller iTouch or iPhone to watch a show on a commuter train, you have to imagine a different setting for the iPad.

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MadTV had the iPad years ago

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 27th 2010 6:11PM
So Apple announced the iPad today. No surprise, especially since Mad TV announced it a few years ago. (Might be slightly NSFW.)

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