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#1 Edited by jgittins (27 posts) -

I recently got one of those nice LG oled smart TVs but I was sad when there wasn't a giantbomb app for it. So I've been trying to make my own.

Here's a demo video

https://streamable.com/vhq3z

https://i.imgur.com/b4c2o7y.jpg

I've got it to play premium videos, live streams, and podcasts. And there's a working search function. It's still a bit janky and buggy at the moment though. Hopefully I can get that stuff fixed and upload it to the LG store in a few weeks. The app will probably run on other smart TVs too, but since I have an LG that's what I've been testing on.

The source code is all on github if anyone wants to contribute, help fix bugs etc, or use it as a base for their own giantbomb application.

https://github.com/jamesmgittins/smartbomb

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#2 Posted by ParadoxControl (224 posts) -

Hey nice work! How different is it to create an app like this for other TVs? I know Sony is Android under the hood I think, and I think LG is WebOS (what ever that is) but how different is it all really, any idea?

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#3 Posted by jgittins (27 posts) -

LG webOS is based on blink (the browser engine from google chrome) so It's just built with html5 and javascript, which can run on pretty much anything. There are a few LG specific function calls for handling the remote control that would need to be changed for other TVs, but other than that it should all just work. I haven't tested it yet but I'm confident it will run on Samsung Tizen TVs with minimal changes. Samsung apps are also web based, using the slightly older webkit engine. For android TVs I could probably wrap it in a webview to turn it into an application. I know the android webview is also based on blink so it will likely just work there too. The tricky part is every TV manufacturer seems to have their own SDK to build applications, and their own app stores to submit your app to. So it could take a while.

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#5 Edited by LordRenrew (47 posts) -

Dude! This looks amazing! I just picked up my OLED yesterday, and finding this was a pleasant surprise! Looking forward to it being posted!

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#7 Posted by jgittins (27 posts) -

I submitted it to LG over a week ago. I'm still waiting for them to accept it or reject it. They're pretty slow it seems. I've been testing it on Samsung and it seems to be okay there, so I will submit it to Samsung this weekend hopefully.

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#9 Edited by LordRenrew (47 posts) -

@jgittins: awesome! My Sony had built in chromecast, when I returned it I was sad that I would have to use the ie explorer from Xbox. Didn’t know GB app could exist for a TV!

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#11 Edited by jgittins (27 posts) -

I'm still waiting for LG to approve it. I emailed them to ask what the hold up was and they said they are prepping for a new version of webos so it's taking longer at the moment. They said it usually takes about 2 weeks and they've had it for nearly 4 weeks now, so hopefully not too much longer.

Crazy that it takes them 4 weeks to test an app I wrote in 1 week.

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#12 Posted by klhall1987 (2 posts) -

Do you have a link to the repo for the build? I'd love to look over your code. I've never build an app for a tv before and I'd love to see how it was done.

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#13 Posted by LordRenrew (47 posts) -

@jgittins: yeah that really sucks. can't believe they still have not approved it.

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#14 Posted by chonkun (49 posts) -

@jgittins any luck? did they approve it? I searched for it but didn't show on my LG TV

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#17 Posted by Ruiyo (10 posts) -

@jgittins: also wondering whether LG have told you anything about this yet? Would love to have it.

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#18 Posted by Bollard (8060 posts) -

I too am very much interested/looking forward to this. Hoping for good news soon!

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#19 Posted by jgittins (27 posts) -

@lordrenrew: @bollard: @ruiyo: @chonkun:

They did eventually get back to me a few weeks ago. Unfortunately they failed the app for a number of issues. They sent me an xlsx file with some notes on things I need to fix, but I can't really figure out what they mean by some of it. It looks like the xlsx file has embedded WMV videos but I haven't been able to open them. The only version of excel I have is for Mac and it doesn't recognise the embeds.

If any of you are excel pros and know how to get those videos out of this file that would be a massive help and I might be able to figure out how to fix the issues.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WGYpRo5pXcAHyB9ESd_0-Whl0yQiVSeE

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#20 Posted by Bollard (8060 posts) -

@jgittins: Unfortunately I don't have Office at home, but I can open it up at work tomorrow and see if I can recover the videos. Seems like some of the fails are just for TCR-type stuff like having the Back button always return you to the previous page and having the Pause/FF/Rewind buttons work in the player, so hopefully not too tricky to fix!

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#21 Posted by Ceen (29 posts) -

I ripped the .WMV files out for you (I hope you are OK extracting .rar files?):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uLYnqsxgr_LkjANYNPq4SPtxXVVVeR24/view?usp=sharing

Hope this helps.

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#22 Posted by jgittins (27 posts) -

@ceen: Thanks so much. The videos aren't great quality but hopefully I should be able to track down those issues.

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#23 Posted by Ceen (29 posts) -

@jgittins: No problem, man. As somebody who’s always looking for that perfect Giant Bomb big screen experience I’m more than happy to try and help out a developer. Keep up the work and if it comes to a Samsung TV I’ll give it a go!

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#24 Posted by dadmiralackbar (5 posts) -

Count me as another that would love to have a webos GB app for use on a new LG. Looks great and good luck with the bugs.

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#26 Posted by flamingeyebrows (165 posts) -

@jgittins: As someone who recently picked up an LG OLED, is there any development on this? :) I am rooting for you guys!

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#27 Posted by Rohsiph (27 posts) -

Any progress on this? Just picked up an LG OLED myself and I'm struggling to get the site to work in the TV's web browser.

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#29 Posted by YasserIndieGames (4 posts) -

Any progress on this

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#30 Posted by deckard (257 posts) -

Is LG ever going to get off their ass and approve this?