Vice News Tonight adds 'enhanced viewing' to HBO Now, Go apps ahead of premiere

Vice News Tonight on HBO's web site. Image: HBO

Vice’s latest HBO series, Vice News Tonight, debuts Monday on the premium network – along with some interesting interactive features for users of the HBO Now and HBO Go apps.

HBO / Vice app update
HBO Now update in the Apple App Store includes a note 
about new interactive features for Vice News Tonight.
“The show includes a NEW enhanced viewing experience featuring touchscreen capability on phone, tablet and desktop to allow you to learn more about the stories you see,” a note on the app’s update screen read on iPhone versions of the OTT app. The iPad version of the HBO Go app included similar language in its update notes.

Vice News Tonight’s format, according to the summary of the show on its web page, breaks away from the anchor-led nightly news format. Instead, “the newscast will break major stories while engaging its audience in an entertaining and provocative way. Distinguishing itself from the format of traditional daily TV newscasts, the show has no anchor, and instead utilizes correspondent-reported field pieces, newsmaker interviews and profiles, animation and graphics, and 'from-the-desk' reports.”

The show airs at 7:30 EDT tonight.

In mid-September HBO and Vice announced they were delaying the premiere of Vice News Tonight by two weeks.  “HBO and Vice both have incredibly high technical standards,” said Josh Tyrangiel, who oversees the new program, in an interview with the New York Times at the time, without going into detail about those technical standards. “We are just making sure that everything looks as good as we want it to look.”

HBO did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new features.

For more:
- see this NYT article on the delay

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