Saturday, August 1, 2015

More TV for iPad: 'Prohibition,' '48 Hours'

TV, you might have noticed, wants to be wherever you are.

More TV for iPad: 'Prohibition,' '48 Hours'

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TV, you might have noticed, wants to be wherever you are.

So for iPad users who can tear themselves away from Angry Birds, here are a couple of new things to watch:

-- The first installment of Ken Burns' new documentary series, "Prohibition," will be available for streaming on PBS' iPhone/iPad app starting Friday, more than a week before its Oct. 2 debut on PBS. (The PBS app, by the way, is one of my favorites -- elegantly designed and full of content, it's also free.)

-- CBS News' "48 Hour Mystery," which the network describes as "television's most popular true-crime series" -- remember when it was a high-concept news magazine? -- is  offering an app for viewers who just can't get enough of the show's Lifetime movie-like stories of missing and murdered loved ones. (No, I'm not a fan -- but I do know at least one guy who says he watches with his wife so they can feel better about their marriage. So there's that.) The app's a free download, but there's a $4.99-per-year subscription (an in-app purchase through Apple) for access to current and past episodes going back to the 2005-06 season. According to "48 Hours" executive producer Susan Zirinsky, it's also an opportunity to "connect with others who believe you need a superior brain to be a true crime fanatic."

Daily News TV Critic
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As the TV critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, I've always believed my job is less about thumbs -- up or down -- and more about the conversation. Because the more choices we have, the fewer people in our lives know what we're talking about when we say, "Did you see that?" And that's when television really starts to get interesting.

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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