Soap operas became a big part of daytime television in the U.S. in the early 1950s. Along with game shows, reruns of situation comedies, and talk shows, the soap opera was traditionally a fixture in the American broadcast networks’ daytime schedules. Many long-running US soap operas established particular environments for their stories. The Doctors and General Hospital, in the beginning, told stories almost exclusively from inside the confines of a hospital. The name soap opera stems from the original dramatic serials broadcast on radio that had soap manufacturers such as Procter and Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Lever Brothers as sponsors and producers.
The term soap opera has at times been generally applied to any romantic serial, but it is also used to describe the more naturalistic, unglamorous UK primetime drama serials such as Coronation Street. Whether you like The Young and the Restless, EastEnders, Neighbours or Home and Away, you can guarantee there will normally be a cliffhanger or a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode. For all those soap fans out there, we have come up with a few apps to keep you informed on all the news concerning soap operas.
Soap Operas News by Brighthouse Labs is available for £1.49/$1.99 through the iTunes App Store. This application allows users to find information about all the favorite Soap Opera shows. View all the best news, videos, articles and columns and make sure you know exactly what is going on. Get information from a number of sources as Soap Operas News searches the web for the best news feeds. Watch from a collection of Soap Opera videos with the built in video feed. See the latest clips whenever you like and discuss Soap Operas with others from around the world with the included chat feature.
Soap Operas HD by Laura Greenfield is an iPad app although there is also an iPhone version available at AppShopper.com. This application will give you daily information on all the current news and gossip. Accessible at the App Store for £0.69/$0.99 this is the best way to get soap coverage from North America to the United Kingdom. With over sixty programs to choose from and the list is growing users will have all the information they require.
Soap Operas Pocket Book by Brighthouse Labs contains quick bios and backgrounds for over 500 Soap Operas. Available at the App Store for £2.99/$4.99 this easy to use app has the option to bookmark your favorites so you can easily review them whenever. The Soap Operas Pocket Book is the ideal companion for fans to keep up to date.
Find out about different Soap Operas including your favorites with easy to use apps. Do you think they have changed much over the years or do they still have the same premise? Some soap operas date, repeats of Dallas or Dynasty would probably have you laughing nowadays and the English soaps are so gritty they can make you feel quite content with your own life.