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New iPad app launched by BSkyB

BSkyB state that the demand for TV apps will grow this year.

A new iPad app has been launched for the BSkyB sport's news channel. The Sky Sports News app is free for existing sky users but will cost £4.99 otherwise.

The app provides a live sports stream and allows users to customise their homepage according to their own preferences. It also enables live streaming of sports videos and the Sky Sports News Radio.

BSkyB's director of mobile, David Gibbs, wrote on the Sky Views blog that 2012 would be the "year of the tablet". The blog revealed 16% of the British population plan on purchasing a mobile tablet in the year ahead, adding that 8% of the respondants to BSkyS's survey received a tablet for Christmas (adding to the 9% of the population who already own one).