Open up the App Store and check for updates! Dijit 2.6 for iOS has arrived, and it comes full of some nifty new features and functions poised to enhance your "second screen" experience.
After the update, you'll notice that Dijit has made "social" TV easy. Like what Foursquare has done for sharing your favorite restaraunts with friends by "checking-in," Dijit will help you share what you're watching with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter.
For those less excited about the social aspects of Dijit, there's still plenty more to sink your teeth into. For example, Showcards have gotten some nice upgrades to help you do more with your shows, complete with related videos on YouTube!
The official blog post from Dijit has more details on the new features in 2.6. Check it out below:
When you browse to the Guide part of the Dijit App, now you'll see a cool new set of icons you can use to view Showcards (the screens that display information about the TV shows). The icons are, in order, Thumbs Down, Thumbs Up, Home, Social Activity, Upcoming Episodes, Cast & Crew, YouTube, and Check-In. These icons are visible on all the sub-screens for a Showcard, and give users a really quick way to get to the content they want. Now you can quickly jump to the thing you want, whether it's researching what show that one other actor was in that one time or looking for a funny blooper reel, it's all at your fingertips.
These days you can "check in" to just about everything short of open heart surgery (nope, there's no app for that). We think the verdict is still out as to what exactly people want to do with all these check-ins, but we do know one thing they all seem to have in common: people really like using check-ins to tell their Facebook and Twitter friends what they are doing, and where they are doing it. So we've made that extremely easy to do inside the Dijit app, and now with just a click you can quickly tell your friends what show you are watching, and add a little comment or bragging right or funny quote along the way. You can't become the Mayor, King, Duke, or Lord of anything right now, and we don't have any free lunchboxes for the person who watches the most episodes of Tosh, but we don't really think you wanted that to begin with. Although a Tosh lunchbox would be pretty sweet.
Per the above comments, it turns out one of the most common second screen activities people have is watching other videos about the shows they are currently watching (how meta!). We thought about it, and decided to try to make this a bit better for Dijit users. Now, when you find a show with the Dijit channel guide, you can click to view related YouTube videos (with a variety of sorting and display options). Best of all, the videos play within the Dijit app, using the full YouTube player, which means you can even AirPlay them straight to your AppleTV if you want. Not only that, the videos aren't "stuck" inside your app experience because you can...
Share Videos on Facebook and Twitter
It's hard to say what's the better part about finding cool YouTube videos: watching them, or sharing them with others. The YouTube Videos feature inside the Dijit app gives you the best of both worlds. Any video you enjoy watching can be one-click shared to your social networkings services, and you can add a spicy little comment along the way. Cool.
Since we've been incorporating a lot more Facebook-oriented features inside the app, including the My Shows with Facebook Friends Likes view, we realized it wasn't completely obvious for new users to connect their Dijit App to Facebook. So we overhauled the initial setup wizard to make it a lot easier. If you are a long-time Dijit user, this probably won't change much for you, but for those new to Dijit, hope you found the Facebook Connect implementation worked as well as we intended!
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