New app called "Television" looks like a joke

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by sseelman, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. sseelman macrumors regular

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    Before you download this app, please carefully read their disclaimer in the App Store. I will admit that they are honest about hat it does. That is a good thing.

    Instead of the makers of the app actually streaming any video themselves, they basically have developed a program guide to some apparently iPhone-friendly web sites that actually hold video. So, you are basically paying $3.99 to link to other sites that are already available. Wow - what a deal. I would have been fine if they would have offered this for free, but it is a joke to offer this for $3.99.

    Link to app: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=299871806&mt=8
     
  2. DipDog3 macrumors 65816

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    I am sure they hope that a lot of people "accidently" download this app without reading the entire description.
     
  3. sseelman thread starter macrumors regular

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    Looks like they have already lowered the price from $3.99 to $2.99. If they keep going another $2.99 - it will be just about right. :cool:
     
  4. euanmackie macrumors member

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    Surely your paying for the service? just like the magazines like TV times. its quite useful lil app that i really like using!!
     
  5. Lara F macrumors 6502a

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    You forgot to mention wifi only. Ugh.
    At this rate I'm getting real close to breaking down and getting a tv tuner for Orb.
     
  6. sseelman thread starter macrumors regular

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    You know, it is interesting that you brought up wi-fi. In this app's description they say that Apple will not allow it over 3G/EDGE. I wonder if they are stating a fact that they got directly from Apple or just assuming? The non-wi-fi thing is not urrently a huge issue for me. I like to watch a show in bed before going to sleep (yes, I have a 42 inch flat screen in there and I prefer watching this little thing. Call me weird.). But, I agree that 3G (at least) delivery of streaming video for tv/movies is critical to any long-term success.

    I am still waiting patiently (liar) for the i.TV update to get released - hopefully this week. If it has good video streaming, then my wants will be at least temporarily satisfied. :)

    My other saving grace is that Joost has started to work for me. Go figure. Could not get a single video to play early on with it. Yes, I rebooted and all that. Now, I can play the old TV shows that I like (e.g. Perry Mason). I even watched the latest CSI the other day. Not a great app yet, but better than nothing.
     
  7. DreamPod macrumors 65816

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    One of Apple's few written rules about the App Store, no app can use excessive bandwidth over the cell network.
     

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