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IceTV Applications => Smart Recording on iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad => Topic started by: mitty on June 09, 2010, 11:53:59 AM

Title: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: mitty on June 09, 2010, 11:53:59 AM
Just wondering if the iceTV iphone app might be updated for the ipad?  the iphone app works fine but obviously it could be made universal to take advantage of the bigger screen size on the ipad.  Hoping this happens soon :)
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Vortical on June 19, 2010, 05:32:38 PM
Can't you just view the icetv webpage using the browser on the ipad?
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: pszilard on June 26, 2010, 06:03:32 PM
I agree with Mitty. It would be good if the app was rewritten to use the full screen of the iPad. As it is I prefer to go the web interface.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: renmiester on August 13, 2010, 11:47:57 PM
Agreed! Bring on the iPad app!!! :-)
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: bettingbet2010 on November 01, 2010, 09:32:26 PM
agreed too  ;D
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: grampus on November 02, 2010, 07:58:33 AM
Me three
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Fester on February 04, 2011, 07:56:18 AM
Just bought an iPad, the IceTV iPhone application is useless, web browser is far superior. If I am going to go big screen I want to use all that real estate!
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Daniel Drysdale at IceTV on February 04, 2011, 08:22:15 AM
I understand your frustration and appreciate your patience.

We are planning on developing an iPad app but unfortunately we have limited development resources to spread around.

I can only reassure you that what you want is definitely on the TODO list.

In the meantime perhaps some suggestions on what you would like to see in an iPad app and how you would like us to fill the extra space.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Jammer on March 30, 2011, 03:29:39 PM
I just got an iPad 2 and one of the first apps I installed was IceTV.  I agree that an iPad version would be awesome if/when resources allow for its development.  As far as space utilisation goes, I think that the upscaling factor (i.e. larger fonts/icons etc) will probably mean that there won't be a lot of additional space to fill anyway.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Daniel Drysdale at IceTV on March 30, 2011, 03:40:22 PM
I'm not so sure about that, I don't know that there has to be a lot of upscaling moving to the iPad.

My plan is to start with "basic" iPad support in an upcoming version, essentially providing all the current functionality but in an iPad layout rather than an upscaled iPhone one.

Once the basic iPad functionality is done then we would look to find better uses for the larger screen size in future updates.

The biggest issue, aside from resources, is securing legal content to fill the extra space. We can't just scrape websites for reviews, images etc like some other apps you see around the place, everything must be our own content or properly licensed (at our expense).
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: markb on March 31, 2011, 02:56:59 PM
Why do ipad users want a specific app? Why not use the standard web site? The iphone is a little special because it is screen constrained compared to a PC but that is not true of an ipad.

I'd rather ICETV devote their meager resources to improving the standard web site which would benefit everybody, including ipad owners. They need at least to fix the obvious bug (discussed on these forums again today) that you can't set a timer for a specific channel (only network). BTW, as a developer myself, surely this is an absolutely trivial addition?

Also, I personally really would appreciate IMDB, metacritic, and rottentomatoes links added like has been done for the iphone app. Improve the consistency between iphone app and web site. The diagnostic facilities need to be improved so a user can see the last EPG, and last timer fetch, on his account, etc. Preferably provide a history log of such fetches. etc ....
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Daniel Drysdale at IceTV on March 31, 2011, 03:23:28 PM
Hi markb,
I appreciate your feedback and while I agree that iPad users can make use of the website there is certainly a case of an iPad app as well.

To address your concerns, we are planning on a serious revamp to the whole interactive site to make it more "app-like" and in general a smoother and more pleasant experience in general. We will certainly consider IMDb, Metacritic & Rotten Tomatoes links as they are just as applicable to the website as the iPhone.

As for the "bug" regarding timers locked to a channel, the news is not so good. This is not a bug but an intentional design choice, we used to have the channel setting but we were constantly receiving feedback from users  suggesting that it was not particularly useful and that the current Network + quality method would be better. Of course this was when the networks were still providing SD + HD simulcasts, now with the multi-channel no HD simulcast situation the channels method would probably be better.

Unfortunately reverting back to a channel based system would require changes across the board and updates to APIs used by third parties, in short a hell of a lot of work, so we certainly have no plans to do it any time soon if at all.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: grampus on March 31, 2011, 05:03:47 PM
Why do ipad users want a specific app? Why not use the standard web site? The iphone is a little special because it is screen constrained compared to a PC but that is not true of an ipad.
I think its nice to have a dedicated App on my ipad, which one would hope may cut my bandwidth useage down, and
I rather like one of the nifty features on the Ipad presentation.
The "my week"  shows all your devices instead of having to reload "my week " for each device.

Hopefully that will get to the website as a feature.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Jammer on March 31, 2011, 07:20:34 PM
Why do ipad users want a specific app? Why not use the standard web site? The iphone is a little special because it is screen constrained compared to a PC but that is not true of an ipad.
Haha, spoken like someone who doesn't own an iPad!  I'm not having a go at you, Mark.  I don't think a specific iPad app is being asked for; rather, a universal app....and a lot of iPad apps are now universal.  That's why I was saying that perhaps the upscaling factor might take care of the additional screen real estate i.e. the font/icon size for the iPhone app could easily be tripled in size without being too large on the iPad.  But I'm speaking as someone who really has no idea about these things and if Daniel says that it's not a feasible idea, then that's good enough for me.

In any case, I've said my 2c and will let the experts make the decisions  :)  I just thought I'd add my vote to this thread.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: markb on March 31, 2011, 11:35:45 PM
Unfortunately reverting back to a channel based system would require changes across the board and updates to APIs used by third parties, in short a hell of a lot of work, so we certainly have no plans to do it any time soon if at all.

Daniel, of course I am aware that you used to have timers set by channel and that you improved this by allow them to be set by network. That is, in general, a better option and I WOULD NEVER suggest you take that away! All I am suggesting is that you provide an option for a user to set by specific channel if he occasionally wants to, as an addition the present functionality and api's etc. There just are some cases where setting by network is too coarse (as others around here have recently complained).
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: markb on March 31, 2011, 11:39:47 PM
Haha, spoken like someone who doesn't own an iPad!

Actually I bought an original 32GB 3G iPad at launch. Had it for 4 months and could not get enthused about it so sold it on ebay. Load of rubbish, should call it an iFad. ;)
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: markb on April 15, 2011, 09:09:03 AM
We will certainly consider IMDb, Metacritic & Rotten Tomatoes links as they are just as applicable to the website as the iPhone.

Hey Daniel, I am sure you would have seen this too but Rotten Tomatoes recently introduced an API. See http://developer.rottentomatoes.com/. Just something for you to consider.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Daniel Drysdale at IceTV on April 15, 2011, 09:29:01 AM
Thanks for the heads up markb I hadn't seen it, I'll check it out. We have a lot of work planned on Interactive this year so this is the time to suggest things while our plans are still fluid.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: grampus on April 15, 2011, 10:42:31 AM
If it hasn't been mentioned before,
There does not seem to be an entry that allows you to "resend all" timers on the current version.
Maybe this could be included in the settings selections.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Daniel Drysdale at IceTV on April 15, 2011, 10:49:51 AM
Suggestion noted, I'll add it to the TODO list and discuss it with the team.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: holmesy999 on April 21, 2011, 06:54:44 PM
The iPhone app used to work only iPad for a couple of days- but now it just crashes when it load.....

Give us our iPad app!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: JPP on July 11, 2011, 10:36:11 AM
No problems with that on my iPad 2  :). Even the iPhone App is just so much quicker and easier to use than the Web Interface (particularly if you scale the App up to fill the screen - yes, I know it looks a bit ugly then  :( ), that I would certainly encourage the development of an iPad version with much more available information too of course.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: grampus on July 11, 2011, 02:57:14 PM
that I would certainly encourage the development of an iPad version with much more available information too of course.
YES PLEASE.
My Ipad (1) crashes occasionally.  Just learned to live with it, but look forward to seeing most of the facilities ported over.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: jazzymc on June 27, 2014, 02:48:58 PM
OK time to revive this thread ... so any updates on an ipad app?
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Daniel Hall at IceTV on June 27, 2014, 06:23:40 PM
Work has started on a completely new smartphone and tablet design with additional features over and above the current smartphone app.

Our current expected release would be around October.
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: markb on June 28, 2014, 09:27:20 AM
OK time to revive this thread ... so any updates on an ipad app?
LOL, 3 years later ...
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Vortical on June 20, 2015, 02:02:39 PM
Is the iPad iceTV app ever going to be updated so it's not an upsized mobile phone version?
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: IanL-S on June 20, 2015, 02:33:23 PM
Is the iPad iceTV app ever going to be updated so it's not an upsized mobile phone version?

It would be really great if that would be done.

Ian
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Leon K on June 20, 2015, 02:40:39 PM
Hey Everyone,

I believe after the Skippa Launch we will continue more directly on the update of the iPhone / iPad / Android apps, and will also create an iPad friendly version at that time.

Post some suggestions that you wish the iPad version has and we can see if they are do-able?
Title: Re: IceTV ipad update?
Post by: Vortical on June 20, 2015, 03:14:46 PM
1. Being able to stream the skippa to the iPad and the iPad being able to AirPlay the stream to an AppleTV would be great.

2. TV guide to take advantage of the landscape view showing multiple channels on separate lines.

3. Visual improvements in all items that take advantage of the bigger screen.