[Amazon Fire TV + Android TV] The Giant Bomb Enthusiast App

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#204 Posted by jb_pdx (5 posts) -

Wow! Super cool what you've done here. Ticks all of my boxes (except the "infinite" one - but sounds like you might be working on that?). Hoping to check out the live E3 shows tonight on my TV vs Surface Pro (icky).

Really do appreciate your hard work on this. Just another reason why GB is the best video games related site/community on the internet. Much love to you guys!

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#208 Posted by jaytima (14 posts) -

awesome news about gb infinite, thanks for the hard work!

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#209 Edited by xanderstrange (1 posts) -

Hey there! I’m new to Giant Bomb and just signed up for the premium subscription. One of the first things I did was download the app for my Fire TV devices at home. Got my main one working in the living room and now that I installed on the device in my bedroom every time I try and start a video, on either device now, I get an error video saying my credentials couldn’t be verified or I may be attempting something “sinister.” Lol. I have a Fire TV device in every room with a tv in this house and would like the app to work on all of them. Is there a limit for the amount of devices my subscription can be on? Or is there a way I can verify that these are all me, in the same home? Now I can’t get anything to work unless it’s on my phone.

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#213 Edited by sendo_ (27 posts) -

My mibox updated to Oreo today and gb enthusiast is asking to relink premium account however everytime it says there is a problem authenticating.

Edit: Clearing apps data/cache fixed it.

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#215 Posted by lostinthewired (75 posts) -

@sendo_: Thanks for posting the fix. I was having the same issue too.

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#218 Posted by johnnymcginley (522 posts) -

Hello,

I am getting the "this is an error video" on premium videos through the app. Free videos like Quick Looks are working. Any suggestions?

I tried clearing cache and app data but no joy...

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#219 Posted by MrTimscampi (5 posts) -

Works great on the Shield :)

It would be really dope to add Live Channels support to this for the GB Infinite stream.

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#220 Posted by Wiseblood (853 posts) -

Any plans on supporting Oreo's channel feature? Would be pretty cool to have the latest videos right on the home screen.

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#221 Posted by Pythagosaurus (13 posts) -

Anyone else experiencing extreme buffering issues the past two weeks or so?

On an Nvidia Shield, hard wired into a gigabit fiber connection, and every minute or two it buffers for 10 seconds or so.

Doesn't matter which GB video I'm watching. Nothing else buffers on the Shield (Netflix/Plex). And GB doesn't buffer on any other device in my home. I've had to take to casting to the Shield from my phone. Very annoying.

I've already tried a full factory reset and reinstall and it didn't help. Ideas?

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#222 Posted by johnnymcginley (522 posts) -

I can't get any videos to play on this over last two days, both live and archive. Anyone else having problems?

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#223 Edited by sendo_ (27 posts) -

Anyone else having issues with this today ?

All of a sudden it's asking me to relink my account and it's not accepting any code I give it.

Edit: Man I feel like an idiot, I swear I had experienced this before and low and behold I posted in this thread about it along with the solution (clearing app data).

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#224 Posted by Pythagosaurus (13 posts) -

Still getting constant buffering, after 3 months with no solution.

Completely wiped my Shield back to factory twice. I've upgraded my internet connection from 150mbps to gigabit fiber (and speed tests give me a reliable ~800mbps to the Shield). Replaced my router.

But still. Videos will consistently play for a few minutes, but then start to buffer. Maybe 7-8 seconds. And it will then continue to do that every 20-30 seconds. Makes the app unusable. Since this is my primary way of using Giant Bomb, I'm starting to think about cancelling my premium membership after enjoying it for the past 8 years.

Any ideas out there? Is this project being maintained at all? Are there any alternatives in the works for Android TV?

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#225 Posted by BlackLagoon (2104 posts) -

@pythagosaurus: A shame the app isn't working for you, I'm having no trouble with it on my Sony TV. You could try watching through Kodi, which is what I was using before I found this app. The official GB Kodi Add-on is broken and long since abandoned, but there is an unofficial updated version that I think still works:

https://github.com/jimporter/giantbomb-kodi

You'll probably want to download the files directly from the in development "master" branch instead of the packaged releases, since those haven't been updated in several years.

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#226 Edited by Odc (113 posts) -

@alecgdouglas I see that you've got a video_progress_sync branch in your repo. How is that going? I can try and help out if it needs more work.

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#227 Posted by alecgdouglas (107 posts) -

@pythagosaurus: Hey there, really sorry to hear all the trouble you're having getting videos to play in the app. It sounds like you've done all the troubleshooting I could suggest, and since I don't have a Shield to test on myself and it sounds like it's working for most other Shield users, I'm not really sure what else can be done.

It sounds like you should easily be able to stream the highest quality, but out of curiosity, does the same happen even if you select the lowest quality?

Do you have any issues streaming other media on that device?

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#228 Posted by alecgdouglas (107 posts) -

@odc: I've all but stopped actively developing features for the app. I'm happy to take a look at pull requests and manage releasing updates, but between my newborn and work I just haven't had time to work on this.

Feel free to try finishing out video progress sync - I'm sure there are a lot of users out there that would appreciate that! :)

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#229 Edited by JustSurvive (7 posts) -

Still getting constant buffering, after 3 months with no solution.

Completely wiped my Shield back to factory twice. I've upgraded my internet connection from 150mbps to gigabit fiber (and speed tests give me a reliable ~800mbps to the Shield). Replaced my router.

But still. Videos will consistently play for a few minutes, but then start to buffer. Maybe 7-8 seconds. And it will then continue to do that every 20-30 seconds. Makes the app unusable. Since this is my primary way of using Giant Bomb, I'm starting to think about cancelling my premium membership after enjoying it for the past 8 years.

Any ideas out there? Is this project being maintained at all? Are there any alternatives in the works for Android TV?

This just started happening to me in the last two weeks and I am on a Shield TV as well, don't have this issue with any other streaming service/app on there.

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#230 Edited by ngoodman (3 posts) -

@odc@alecgdouglas I also want the website progress syncing. I've started work on a new branch here: https://bitbucket.org/neilgoodman/gbenthusiast/src/issue-46-and-53/

I'm working on these issues, and I've documented the high level approach I'm taking:

I'll be doing this in my spare time and I can't commit to any timelines, or that I'll finish, but feel free to reach out if you want to collaborate!