I've recently spent a few weekends developing a Giant Bomb app for Amazon's Fire TV line of devices.
For a long time now I've wanted something that would let me watch GB videos on my Fire TV and while sideloading the GB Video Buddy was fine for a while, I finally decided to just make a TV-focused app myself.
If you've ever used an app that uses Android's Leanback library then the app will look very familiar to you.
The working title of the app is "The Giant Bomb Enthusiast App" and it's just now at a point where I feel like it could use a bit of beta testing before I release it on the Amazon App Store.
So! This is where you (may) come in:
I'm looking for 10 or so patient and friendly owners of Fire TV devices that are interested in trying out the app and reporting back to me any (major or minor) issues they encounter.
If you're interested, please send an email to gbenthusiast (at) gmail (dot) com that includes the following:
- Whether or not you are a premium member
- The model(s) of Fire TV device(s) you own
- The email address you have registered with your device(s) (if it's different than the one you're emailing from)
- (Optional) A promise that you're cool and you just want to watch some GB videos on your TV and you understand this is a beta and you won't freak out if things don't work perfectly all the time or at all
And in an attempt to prove I'm not just doing some of the worst phishing for email addresses ever, here are some screenshots of the app in action:
A note for potential testers:
I'm only one person working on this in my spare time and I've only briefly tested most of the functionality in real-world scenarios.
One of the more glaring areas that needs improvement is error handling, so you may encounter some "this spinner has been spinning forever I think this is completely broken" scenarios.
Additionally, this app uses your API key to make requests to the giantbomb.com API endpoints, so don't refresh the videos manually too often lest you get your API key temporarily suspended. You can check your activity level at giantbomb.com/api.
Please report issues to gbenthusiast (at) giantbomb (dot) com, with as much detail as you can muster.
Finally, when requesting to be invited to the beta, please ensure you haven't disabled Amazon App Store emails on your Amazon Account (this is pretty common if you've opted out of all marketing emails). It's a bit lame, but in order to get the invite email you need to have App Store emails enabled.
To check/fix this, you can go to Amazon.com > Your Account > "E-mail Preferences & Notifications" > Expand "Promotional Emails" section and ensure the "Amazon Appstore" checkbox is checked.