iPhone App Spotlight: TV.com

10 years ago in Contributors, How do I?, iPhone App Spotlight by John Fuller | 2 Comments

A major disadvantage to the iPhone, so far, has been the lack of ability to watch TV. What’s worse is that online TV sources, such as Hulu, have been based on Flash programming, which isn’t available on the iPhone. The few sources available so far have been less than satisfying. Now, CBS is coming into the ring with their own TV.com app.

CBS claims that TV.com will allow you to “catch full episodes of some of your favorite shows”. It should be noted that the“some” is a more of a majority. For most of the shows that I watch on CBS, either very few or no full episodes are available. Most web-only content from CBS properties like CNET are fully available, but the major shows are lacking. Instead of offering full episodes, short 1 to 2 minute clips are available.

The interface for finding shows and episodes isn’t drop-dead stellar, but it’s usable. One of the notable features being promoted with the TV.com app is the “My Feed” tab. “My Feed” aims to create and promote other content that they think you will like, based on shows and clips that you add to a list. After adding many shows and clips to the list, my personal feed didn’t update. After repeatedly attempting to get the feature to work, I continued to have no luck.

While it’s an okay start, the TV.com app has a long way to go. Navigation needs to be easier, and more shows need to be added. If you want to try it out, it is free and available in the app store.

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