Peel Launches New Social TV App For iOS [Tech Crunch]
Peel is the company that manufactures small pear-shaped devices that connect a cable set-top box to a smartphone via a broadband connection. Along with the device, Peel has a corresponding app that allows users to fully control their cable television.
The first version of the app was most useful for users with the Peel device. It would allow users to control their TV and also acted as a guide for their channel lineup. The new version (Peel 2.0) adds a number of features – primarily social features – that can be used even without the Peel device to see what others on social networks are watching.
With Peel 2.0 users can still use all the device-specific controls and organize the shows based on genre – a feature also available in the first version. However, users can also see Peel's "Top Picks" which offers personalized suggestions for TV viewing. Users can also connect your social networks – Facebook, Twitter, etc. – to see the shows friends are watching. Users can also recommend programs to their friends and contacts.
Peel 2.0 is available for free from the iTunes Store. The new version is not yet available on Android.