Of the thousands and thousands of apps on the Play Store, very few get updated to meet the latest design trends and guidelines. Some developers take their sweet time, others never bother, thinking that a functional app is all that's needed and design isn't too relevant.
NBC's Android app was neither here nor there. It followed more of a Holo aesthetic, with some more modern elements like the hamburger menu. Now, however, it's taking a leap forward with a major redesign. The Holo-like dark grey and blue tabs are still there, but they're much less flagrant now, the font is changed, and the iconography has been improved throughout. Read More
There are many ways to stream your favorite shows nowadays, from Netflix to Hulu to Play Movies & TV, and now you can add two more to the list. NBCUniversal Media has released dedicated apps for two of its channels: Bravo and Syfy.
The apps, not-so-aptly titled Bravo Now and Syfy Now, let users stream full episodes of their shows the day after they're aired. Previously available episodes might also be accessible, but only for select shows. This is essentially a way for you to catch up with an episode the next day if you missed it and forgot to DVR it (do people still do that?), but it is not a way to stream the live channel as it happens, unlike the "Now" in the name hints at. Read More
The summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro should be interesting to watch this year, if only in the same sense that a burning building is hard to ignore. As it has been for decades, NBC will be the sole media outlet for the games in the United States. Sports fans can use the official NBC app to keep up with the Olympics on their phones and tablets... though keep in mind that the results of the games, including medal winners, statistics, and a general schedule, will be available in all the usual places like ESPN and Google Now. Read More
Despite some technical objections, T-Mobile's unlimited video streaming option Binge On has proven to be a hit with the company's customers, just as the audio equivalent Music Freedom was before it. With these two programs, T-Mobile customers aren't charged against their data caps for watching or listening on participating services. Today Binge On expands to a few new services, and existing Music Freedom services are adding at least some video content to Binge On. Read More
The adoption of Chromecast as a de facto streaming standard was rapid, helped in no small part by the fact that it was the cheapest streaming gadget on the market which was immediately compatible with both major mobile phone systems. But not everyone leaps to support new tech, and old media giants like the National Broadcasting Company have never been accused of being nimble. So it took NBC the better part of three years to support Google's streaming standard, so what - it's not like they're a multi-million dollar entertainment company backed by an international supercorp.
Oh wait, they are.
The Chromecast support in NBC's official network app doesn't come with any other notable changes, though video streaming appears to work with all of the live and pre-recorded video within. Read More
The great uncable-ing is upon us. Say goodbye to cable networks and expensive plans. Say hello to Internet streaming and an overabundance of inexpensive plans that eventually add up to something kinda expensive. NBC's Seeso is the latest video streaming service you can download from Google Play. Read More
People have been hopping on bikes and racing around France for over a century. Okay, they may have been doing it for even longer, but this year marks the 102nd time they will call it the Tour de France. If you live in the US and want to stream the action on your Android device, NBC has released an official app into the Play Store just for you.
NBC says its mobile app will provide live video coverage from every stage and full replays. There's a map you can use to track the action, or you can just use the app to track results if you don't have time. Read More
Saturday Night Live has brought sketch comedy to weekends for decades, and over the course of that time, NBC has come up with various ways to make sure the skits stick with viewers for the remainder of the week. Its latest approach is to create a dedicated app that you can take everywhere and fill with enough shots of nostalgia to give a committed fan an overdose.
You can download this app to stream all the clips you want without subscribing to anything, and it really only takes a couple of taps to find yourself watching a playlist that takes you down memory lane and leaves you snickering uncomfortably at the back of the bus. Read More
NBC's Android app provides free episodes that anyone can stream regardless of whether or not they pay for television. Now the company is adding live streaming to the experience, but unfortunately, the story here isn't the same.
If you want in on the action, you need to have a cable or satellite subscription, and you need to live in one of the supported markets. The changelog doesn't say which these are, but many of us won't be surprised to find that our cities don't make the list.
People who don't meet the necessary criteria will still have access to an expanded back catalog of shows, which includes the likes of The A-Team, Battlestar Galactica, The Incredible Hulk, and Knight Rider. Read More