TDF! The 97th annual Tour de France starts July 3rd 2010 and all you iPhone and iPad users might be excited to follow the action on your device. The official Versus Tour de France LIVE app brings all the cycling action to you but not for free, although this app is. To get the full benefits of the app, you’ve gotta cough up $15 for the in-app purchase or just buy the live version of the app to get actual content you’re looking for like live video streaming from France.
For $14.99 you get:
– LIVE streaming video (3G/WiFi) of every stage, no commercials
– Full stage On Demand replay after each stage finish
– Highlight videos of every stage
– LIVE GPS Tracking showing the riders including breakaway time gaps
– LIVE race status and Twitter updates to follow the race when you can’t watch
– Customizable push alerts for breaking news, favorite riders, and start of live video 15K before each stage finish
For free you get:
– Twitter feed
– Photos from each stage, results, & daily standings for each stage
– Rider profiles, profiles of all stages and categorized climbs
– Nags about upgrading to get the live content
Given the live footage streaming to your iPhone (or iPad 3G) at any time, fans and fanatics of cycling will get a ton of value from their investment. The video quality over WiFi is crystal clear (especially on the iPhone 4), and over 3G you get a slightly degraded video feed which is excellent as well. Videos are broken down into stages and each stage has the live feed (when the race is on) and a series of cut videos that you can watch about predictions, interviews, podium ceremonies, and course previews.
As a side note; Microsoft’s Search engine has also created an amazing and powerful Tour de France Bing map that you can use if you’re behind a computer. Worth a look.
You can grab the free version of the Tour de France iPhone app if you don’t want the live video.
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