LoveFilm App Available on Xbox One22 Nov, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Access to Microsoft’s new game console follows app launches for the iPhone and iPod Touch
LoveFilm Nov. 22 said its LoveFilm Instant app is now available for Microsoft’s new $500 video game console, the Xbox One, which launched the same day in 13 countries, including the U.K. Accessing Amazon’s London-based subscription video-on-demand service requires a separate streaming membership, in addition to either a Xbox Live or Live Gold membership.
The app enables users to watch TV or chat with friends on Skype while playing games. Depending on the game or app, you can interact with the Xbox One via voice commands and gestures (using the Kinect system), or a controller, a remote control or Xbox One SmartGlass device. You can snap two screens side-by-side on your TV (a Windows 7 feature), and toggle between the two.
The announcement follows a similar agreement last week for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch. The enhanced app allows members in the U.K. to stream films and TV series from the LoveFilm Instant catalog on the Apple devices for the first time.
Along with a new design, the updated app features the “Watchlist” function, which lets users find titles they have added from other devices, as well as add titles from their iPhone and iPod touch to watch later on other compatible platforms.
Apple’s AirPlay support has also been introduced into the app, allowing users to wirelessly stream video content from their mobile device directly to the big screen using Apple TV. Users then have the ability to minimize the app while they continue to playback via Airplay.
Members can now access TV and movie collections instantly from a redesigned homepage, browse a particular genre, or check out the specialist collections from IMDb.com — the movie data base owned by Amazon.
“Launching the LoveFilm Instant app on the iPhone and iPod touch is great news for our members. Not only does it make our catalog of movie and TV series more portable and accessible than ever before, but with AirPlay support viewers can also benefit from the big screen experience.”
The LoveFilm Instant App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at the AppStore.com.