MONTREAL, April 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Two days before the launch of the iPad in the United States, the BRANCHEZ-VOUS! news portal is the first Canadian media outlet - and one of the first media outlets worldwide - to open a version of its web site specially designed for Apple's new tablet.
Available now at BVipad.com, "BRANCHEZ-VOUS! iPad Edition" presents itself as a continuously updated digital newspaper. Conceived to be read on a vertically positioned screen - in contrast to almost all computer screens -, BRANCHEZ-VOUS! iPad Edition features the most essential news in a simple, clean and perfectly legible interface.
News is organized in five sections: General news, Technology, Business, Culture and Sports. Each article can be read effortlessly on theiPad, either when hand held or placed on a table.
"The iPad is the first in a new line of devices, and not simply a derivative of personal computers and smartphones", says Patrick Pierra, President, Content, of BV! Media, publisher of BRANCHEZ-VOUS!. "We see it as a 'fourth screen' which will be progressively added to households that already have TVs, computers and smartphones. We believe that the tablet will be an information, culture and entertainment vehicle, used primarily at home during mornings, evenings and week-ends. In wi-fi connected homes, it will probably replace some newspapers and magazines."
Tablets will constitute a new display window for the content of BRANCHEZ-VOUS! and its clients. "A pioneer on the web 15 years ago, available on the iPhone with a dedicated application since last year, BRANCHEZ-VOUS! had to be among the first media outlets to adapt to this new platform, with the goal of becoming a reference point for the first Quebeckers that buy an iPad," says Patrick Pierra.
For now, BRANCHEZ-VOUS! iPad Edition is based on an advertising-supported business model: Content is free and features a single 300x600 pixel ad space per page - thus ensuring high quality, exclusive visibility for advertisers without interrupting the reader experience.
BRANCHEZ-VOUS!, the Content division of BV! Media (TSX Venture: BVM), conceives, produces and commercializes content on web, mobile and social networks, for consumers and organizations. BRANCHEZ-VOUS! operates BRANCHEZ-VOUS.com, the leading independent information and technology site in Quebec, Showbizz.net, the leading entertainment news site, and the Fanatique.ca sports site. BRANCHEZ-VOUS! sites attract approximately 800,000 unique visitors per month (source: comScore).
For further information: For further information: Patrick Pierra, President, Content, BV! Media, (514) 842-3838 ext. 249, firstname.lastname@example.org