Among the many things that you can do with the iPad is watching your TV programs on the Tablet. And Walt Disney Co.’s ABC happens to be among the the first to stream their TV shows on the iPad. But as per the latest news coming in, ABC won’t have the entire playground to itself for long since CBS Interactive too is keen to deliver all those videos available at their site on the Apple’s iPad to be viewed through the tablet’s Safari browser. In fact, CBS Interactive has made it known that they would like to see this become a reality in its entirety by the last quarter of this year itself though some programs will be put up for viewing much sooner than that.
Also, CBS Interactive has revealed that unlike ABC that provide their TV programs on the iPad by means of a dedicated app, for CBS, the same thing will be achieved by means of a CBS site that is specially set up for this purpose. Understandably, the CBS site will have support for HTML 5 and H.264 video while Adobe’s Flash has been kept out of the loop. Both CBS and ABC has said their TV shows will be available on the iPad free of cost but will have commercial breaks.
Steve Jobs has been maintaining a safe distance from the Flash technology on the ground that the Flash has been at the center of many an application crashes on Mac PCs and has also been championing the cause of open standards such as the HTML 5 and H.264.
Incidentally, CBS is not the only site that is betting big on HTML 5 as more and more are making a beeline to lend support to the iPad and adopt the open standard. However, HTML 5 is yet to reach the stage of maturation that the Flash can boast of. So it remains to be seen who wins the HTML 5 vs Flash war.
Also, there is further news that the Hulu’s iPad apps is due out soon. So there’s more entertainment options on the iPad.