Internet portal debuts iOS app with fall comedy push, which includes eight originals and 'Saturday Night Live' video archive
With the launch of its fall comedy programming lineup Monday, Yahoo also released a mobile video app and announced a deal with Viacom’s Comedy Central to license clips from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.”
The Yahoo Screen mobile app provides the same 1,000-plus hours of comedy as the website. That’s anchored by the 38-year archive of “Saturday Night Live” clips and Yahoo’s eight original series, which include “Tiny Commando,” “We Need Help,” “Losing It With John Stamos” and Jack Black’s “Ghost Ghirls.”
Yahoo’s mobile team based in New York City created the app, which is available for Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. Last October, Yahoo acquired Stamped, a small mobile developer, the first deal under Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
The Yahoo Screen app “turns your finger into a remote control,” Robby Stein, Yahoo’s director of product management who was CEO of Stamped, wrote in blog post Monday. Swiping left and right skips between episodes and swiping up and down flips through channels.
“We want Yahoo Screen to be a place where you can customize your experience to your liking while continually discovering new things to watch and share,” Stein wrote in the blog.