So today begins the first of what I hope becomes an ongoing series. Being so ethusiastic about Apple products (yes, you can call me fanboy!), I figured why not start writing about some of my thoughts about the apps that I use, and don’t use.
If you have an iPhone or iPod touch I’m sure you’ve downloaded some apps that you think are going to be really interesting and then turn out to be duds (i.e. Simplify Media, Last.fm). So now if you are ever indecisive I will write all about some of the apps right here on my site.
So, what sort of sparked my interest in writing about apps was this wildly useful and exciting app that was just released last week on iTunes called i.TV. It was just submitted when I downloaded it, but is currently No.1 on the Top Free Apps on iTunes. Wow, this thing is great! I love it!
I have lived in Morgantown, West Virginia for 4 years now and still have no idea about which stations are on which channels. It’s so annoying! I am so used to the channels I grew up on back home in Maryland. Well, insert i.TV. This app locates your position, you choose your provider, and it not only gives you the list of channels and what’s on, but local movie theatres as well! This app is great for traveling when you are in your hotel room and don’t want to search through 70+ channels finding CNN.
On top of showing you what is on, you can actually select each individual show. It will show you the user rating, a description of the current episode (not just of the show itself), and gives you the option to favorite the show. This ‘favoriting’ feature is the best part of the app in my opinion. By favorting some shows that may not be ones that I watch every week, I am able to be reminded of what’s coming on, say on a Tuesday night when I don’t have anything to do. It also tells you when the next time the show will be on!
One thing that I think the app could improve upon besides minor glitches (it’s still only 1.1), is an alarm type of feature that would alert you, say an hour before a favorited show is scheduled to start, to let you know that you need to stop everything so you can get ready for it. A lot of the times I get wrapped up in other things and end up missing shows because I forget. An text-message-esque alert system would be awesome!
Overall, this app was basically written for me. This type of handy-dandy useful TV app has been needed in my life for the last 4 years. I am not a huge TV fanatic in that I LOVE certain shows, but usually end up watching them online, or on DVD. For example, I have seen every episode of Lost, but have only seen one epsiode during its designated time slot. Now, thanks to i.TV, I will be reminded of my shows every week!
If you are a busy person, a student, TV buff, or all of the above, this app will definitely come in handy. Try it out!
Released: Oct. 6, 2008
Click here to download i.TV