updated 06:40 pm EDT, Mon May 23, 2011
All feature Airplay, curated channels, more
Building on the idea of a "Flipboard for video," Deja is a new app for iPad that aims to bring a relaxed video-browsing and viewing experience to Apple's popular tablet. The program draws from a variety of expected sources (YouTube, Google video, RSS streams, Twitter and Facebook) and also offers curated "channels" and Airplay support. The program is expected to go live on the iTunes App Store shortly, and offers a "lean back" experience similar to one of YouTube's options, where selected or related videos can play in a continuous "playlist" if the user desires.
The app is similar to Showyou (free) for all current iOS devices, which came out earlier this month and uses a "video wall" metaphor to help users pick videos from their social feeds -- along with sister site Vodpod -- that they'd like to see. Showyou offers its own social community as well, allowing users to follow other users or chat about the videos they've seen.
Also similar to Showyou is SquareEyes for iPad (free), which offers support for Vimeo as well as a "lattice" style presentation. Deja is different in that it does not offer its own social aspect, instead using Twitter or Facebook to share info about videos the user is watching (if desired), and also sports an advanced interface that showcases the iPad as a 21st century entertainment device.
Another very similar app, called Plizy, is in private beta and also soon to launch -- offering a very similar feature set to Deja. A promotional video made for Plizy (below) is incredibly similar to what Deja is doing, even though Deja is based out of Israel while Plizy is a French company. Showyou is based out of San Francisco and Portland, while SquareEyes is headquartered in Germany. [via TechCrunch]