Last week, NBCUniversal Media launched a SNLapp for iPhone that we liked so much, its our App of the Week. The latest update to the universal NBC app is far less impressive.
With NBC 3.0, you can finally stream live TV on your iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. Unfortunately, youll need a participating cable or satellite providers login to enjoy the feature. For now, this list is limited to local stations that are owned by NBC.
In other words, unless you live in a huge television market like New York or Los Angeles, don’t expect to live stream The Voice or “The Blacklist” from your iOS device anytime soon.
On a more positive note, the NBC app update also adds full episodes from some classic shows to the mix, including The A-Team, Miami Vice, Knight Rider, and a few others. You dont need a special login to enjoy these episodes.
NBC isn’t the only network that selectively offers live streaming on mobile devices. ABC and CBS do this too. (FOX, by contrast, doesn’t offer live streaming to anyone through its FOX Now app.) This doesn’t make it right.