A whole pile of new TV apps were announced today that will bring more sports, music and gaming to both Samsung and Vizio’s TV platforms. Perhaps the most interesting is OnLive app announced by Vizio. The OnLive service streams high-end video games on demand over the internet to you TV, set-top box or computer. Their technology eliminates the need for high-end hardware to play these games. This opens a new world of on-demand gaming on top of the on-demand video that we have been accustomed to seeing on connected TVs. They are also adding Hulu Plus, Blockbuster and a handful of other apps.
Samsung’s new additions are more focused on bringing sports to their connected TVs. They are adding apps for ESPN, MLB and NBA.
Below is a full list of apps that have been added to each platform:
- ESPN ScoreCenter provides fans with the ability to view scores and stats from a variety of sports and personalizes their ScoreCenter experience by highlighting their favorite teams and leagues.
- NBA Game Time offers live scores, schedules, standings and game highlights. In addition, the premium version offers a selection of VOD programming, live audio, searchable player stats and news, plus access to live games and a full season of archived games for authenticated NBA.com League Pass Broadband subscribers.
- MTV Music Meter is an interactive countdown of the top 100 trending artists. The app features audio, video, artist news, tweets and bios, as well as a feature that showcases similar artists.
- Hulu Plus enables subscribers to stream instantly current hit TV shows from ABC, FOX and NBC for $7.99 per month.
- BLOCKBUSTER On Demand delivers a wide range of movies, including new releases as soon as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Rental prices range from $2.99 to $3.99, and purchase prices range from $5.99 to $19.99.
- BigStar (www.bigstar.tv) social discovery and demand platform, gives access to Indies, foreign films, festival award winning films.
- MOG (www.mog.com) delivers on demand digital music that provides unlimited access to over 10 million songs from over a million albums.
- NAMCO BANDAI Games (www.namcobandaigames.com) provides interactive gaming.
- OnLive (www.onlive.com) delivers premium video games on demand.
- Skype (www.skype.com) will work in conjunction with the VIZIO Video Camera VCP100 that attaches to any VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) HDTV through a USB connection. When used together, users can enjoy HD quality 720p video chat at up to 30 frames per second over their high-speed Internet connection.
- Vimeo (www.vimeo.com) allows people to watch their original videos in high quality on Vimeo.com along with thousands of other videos.
Source: Vizio, Samsung