WOODTV.com debuts new iPad

December 31st, 2011 at 1:01 pm by under Bill's Blog, Inside WOOD TV8, News

Continuing to build upon its suite of digital offerings, WOOD TV has announced its new and enhanced iPad app that combines its award-winning local news, weather, sports and video in a user-friendly experience that is customized and optimized for the iPad.

The app is free of charge. You can easily download the new app by going to iTunes on your computer in the App store on your iPad and searching for “woodtv”. Our new app is called WOOD TV8 for iPad. You can also click here to open a page with a direct link.

Highlights of WOOD TV8 Version 2.0 iPad app include:

•        Immediate access to stories and blogs published in real-time from WOOD TV8’s digital content centers. Comments on blogs are fully functional.
•        Breaking news alerts to help you stay informed even when the app is closed
•        Enhanced video presentation in one easy-to-navigate, comprehensive catalog
•        Interactive weather maps and forecasts designed for consistency on all media platforms
•        New “Report It” functionality that leverages iPad’s built-in features, allowing you to easily send and share news, photos and videos

“We are pleased to continue our tradition of bringing innovative products to market and making it more convenient for users to access our superior local content on the most popular electronic devices,” said Diane Kniowski, General Manager, WOOD TV, WOTV, WXSP TV. “Our new iPad app was thoughtfully designed to deliver a best-in-class user experience and be the preferred local news app in West Michigan.”

In October 2010, WOOD TV8 launched its first generation iPad app into the emerging tablet space. Since the launch of the iPad 2, WOOD TV8 has been perfecting its technology to take advantage of the tablet’s increased processing power, photo and video enhancements and new graphics engine.

More features:

  • Navigate easily through local news and information that’s important to you
  • Stay informed of breaking news with 24 Hour News 8 alerts
  • View local news videos embedded within stories or at full screen
  • Understand how weather will affect you with local forecasts, radar, alerts and video
  • Stay up-to-date on school closings and severe weather
  • Help shape local coverage by submitting photos and videos through Report It
  • Easily share interesting articles via e-mail, Facebook(R) and Twitter(TM)

11 Responses to “WOODTV.com debuts new iPad”

  1. scott (west olive) says:

    will it work on a I pod?

  2. Mike in Hamilton says:

    How about an android app? :)

    1. Mike in Hamilton says:

      I should have said an updated one. Particularlly one that allows commenting on the blogs

  3. Red in Allegan County says:

    Hmmm….not everyone has an I-pad. How about an app for the rest of us? I’ll take my Acer over an I-pad any day.

    1. Dave DeJonge says:

      Red – In the tablet marketplace, the iPad has about 60% of the share. All the rest are at about 5% or less. With the resources we have, we have to start where we can make the most impact.

  4. Dave DeJonge says:

    Scott — sorry, the new app is just for the iPad.
    Mike — Android is on the horizon.

  5. weather watcher Oceana/Newaygo says:

    Loving the new app. Makes finding what I really want to read easy. And I like the ability to access Bill’s Blog and post a response. Thanks!

  6. K says:

    Where are the school closings in the new app? (iPod version) They are not an option in the weather menu (when it drops down its not listed) anymore….

    1. admin says:

      K – When closings are active, you’ll see an alert area in the upper right. If no alert is present, no closings are in effect.

      1. K says:

        Excellent – thanks!

  7. admin says:

    Erich – sorry for the trouble. It’s been corrected now.

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