Turner Classic Movies Launches App for iPhone/iPod touch, BlackBerry, Android

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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) last week announced the launch of a new mobile phone application that will initially be available for iPhone/iPod touch, BlackBerry and Android handheld devices, and that the company says will subsequently support "dozens" of additional handhelds. "The TCM mobile device application is the ultimate mobile experience for classic film fans and is an important part of our strategy to solidify TCM's position as a lifestyle brand," Dennis Adamovich, TCM's SVP of brand and digital activation, said in a prepared statement. "This is by far the most extensive application to experience the rich world of classic film anywhere in the mobile universe, as well as the perfect companion to explore the great programming on Turner Classic Movies."

Key features of the new app, according to TCM, include:

  • A complete schedule of movies playing on TCM, with full-month views available up to two months in advance, personalized to the viewer's time zone.
  • A mobile-optimized version of the TCM Movie Database, complete with synopses, credits, trivia, detailed background information from the American Film Institute film catalog, and fan comments.
  • Rich video content, including hundreds of movie clips, trailers and TCM promos, all presented in their original aspect ratios, including widescreen content that maximizes the landscape-view option offered on such devices as the iPhone/iPod touch.
  • Photo galleries for films playing on TCM, including such assets as original lobby card sets, production and publicity stills, original poster art and more.
  • An optimized version of TCM's MovieMorlocks blog.
  • Articles by TCM staff members about the history and making of nearly every film on TCM.

TCM says that, in the future, the app will provide more access to video and photos, access to the channel's entire movie database, photo utilities, added schedule features and access to TCM Fan Community content. The app is currently available in the iTunes App Store for $2.99, and TCM says it will be available in the BlackBerry App World and Android Market app stores next month.

In related news:

  • Just a few weeks after launching a $0.99 app called Qik VideoCamera that allows iPhone 2G and 3G users to record video locally--a feature hitherto available only on the iPhone 3GS--live streaming specialist Qik has announced a major upgrade to the new app. Among other things, the upgrade increases recording speed from 7 to 15 frames per second, adds various new controls, including landscape mode, brightness control and audio boost, and adds various real-time special effects, including one effect that Qik says allows users to make their friends "look like the Na'vis from the planet Pandora, as in the movie 'Avatar,' by making them blue." More information is available here.
  • Netflix is set to launch an iPhone app later this year, according to an article by Todd Spangler of Multichannel News. The app is expected to be restricted to WiFi (i.e. users will not be able to use it on the 3G network of the iPhone's exclusive US carrier, AT&T).
  • Verizon has launched a FiOS TV remote scheduling app for the Android platform, according to a report by blogger, Dave Zatz. Among other things, the app includes access to the FiOS EPG, VOD browsing, parental controls and a free space indicator.


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