Tour de France All Access App for iPhone, iPad, and Android
Looking for a way to follow the World’s premiere cycling event on your iPhone, iPad or Android phone? NBC Universal has just released the Tour de France All Access app.
The app is free to download and access many of the features like news, highlights, stage results, maps, and cyclist profiles, but if you want to watch a live stream of the race on your mobile device, a $15 upgrade is required.
Note: Earlier we profiled the NBCSports.com’s Tour de France All Access package that allows you to watch the entire race, ever stage, live online for $29.95. It’s important to note that this package is separate from the iPad, iPhone, and Android apps. In other words, you have to buy both versions to watch on the computer and mobile devices.
Tour de France All Access is available in an iPad optimized version.
Tour de France All Access App Overview
If you’ve already paid for the NBC All Access online package, you’re probably not going to like finding out you’ve got to pay again to also view the live stream and GPS tracking features on your iPhone or iPad. Fans will be left feeling like NBC Universal is double-dipping into their wallets. The apps themselves are nicely designed, but the video quality leaves a something to be desired, especially on the iPad. This may not be the case for the live stream (we weren’t willing to drop $15 to find out), but the quality of the video highlights is quite disappointing.
UPDATE (7.5.2011) App Store reviews for Tour de France All Access have been overwhelmingly lousy.
Android: Download Tour de France All Access from the Android Market.by