Posted 09/10/2013 at 10:02 AM
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Yahoo has become the latest media company to try to cash in on the second-screen TV viewing experience, by launching a new video-streaming app, appropriately called Yahoo Screen.
The app, the first major product to come out of Yahoo’s New York mobile engineering office, lets you browse through trending clips from the company’s video partners, search for shows, and watch away. Yahoo says that the new app aims to recreate the channel-surfing experience that a lot of us do every day, except the TV is an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and the remote is your finger.
Using the app to find content is incredibly simple: swiping up and down flips through channels and swiping left to right changes the episode.
In conjunction with the launch of the app, Yahoo announced on Monday that it had signed a deal with Viacom to show clips from top Comedy Central shows such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. There will also be exclusive clip content from the archive of Saturday Night Live.
Speaking in a post on the company’s Tumblr page, director of product management at Yahoo, Robby Stein, announced that users will be able to enjoy new shows featuring comedy stars such as Jack Black in Ghost Ghirls and John Stamos in Losing It With John Stamos.
Away from the comedy, there will also be a host of free streams for sports, entertainment, food, and news, with content from UFC, MLB, and Martha Stewart, to name but a few.
“We want Yahoo Screen to be a place where you can customize your experience to your liking while continually discovering new things to watch and share,” said Stein. “We hope to make Yahoo Screen the destination for the world’s best video creators and their awesome content.”
Yahoo Screen is free and available to download now from the iOS App Store.