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The Zeebox app – which brings web functionality to your TV viewing – has been renamed Beamly.

The app has been redesigned from the ground up, with a new look, and a new focus on adding a social dimension to your telly watching.

New features include better ways of discovering new shows and the people responsible for them, as well as news feeds that keep you abreast of developments when you're not watching a show.

You can also tap into a community that wants to discuss shows without giving away spoilers.

That last one sounds a bit like Twitter, but more focussed, and without the possibility of someone revealing a major plot twist.

Beamly's chief technical officer is Anthony Rose, who was formerly head of BBC iPlayer. He told TechRadar that the social side of things was really gathering momentum.

"The reason [for the redesign] is principally over the last six months we have introduced a lot more social features. Some people want the TV guide or the remote functionality, all the gadgety features, and we have really excelled at that. But we have been amplifying social and we have really seen it take off."

Rose believes that in future, we'll watch television with a more social dimension. "There is no doubt in anyone's mind that we will be watching television in a vastly different way in five to 10 years," he said. "Viewings will be where and when we want on any device, and we will be interacting with shows and speaking to our friends.

"We have to resonate with that – and offer what people want."

Beamly is available now for iOS and Android devices.

Source TechRadar

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