[iOS App] Giant Bomb Video Buddy

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I saw the HD Disappearance thread also, and thought it might be related somehow. Thanks for the detective work Soup!

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For the record, I can’t download just high quality or low quality videos either (tried Million Dollar Abby 2)

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Hey I 've just started having an issue when trying to load any of the Latest videos on the Apple TV. When I click on the latest tab it goes to a white screen and exits to the main Apple TV screen. I've tried uninstalling it and reinstalling but it still does the same thing. It only seems to be the latest videos tab, others seem mostly ok.

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Hey I 've just started having an issue when trying to load any of the Latest videos on the Apple TV. When I click on the latest tab it goes to a white screen and exits to the main Apple TV screen. I've tried uninstalling it and reinstalling but it still does the same thing. It only seems to be the latest videos tab, others seem mostly ok.

Yup same thing for me.

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Hey I 've just started having an issue when trying to load any of the Latest videos on the Apple TV. When I click on the latest tab it goes to a white screen and exits to the main Apple TV screen. I've tried uninstalling it and reinstalling but it still does the same thing. It only seems to be the latest videos tab, others seem mostly ok.

I can confirm I am having the same issue on the latest non-beta tvOS.

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I think it has to be related to the missing HD versions of the all the latest videos. Hopefully its fixed soon.

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@not_much_chop said:

Hey I 've just started having an issue when trying to load any of the Latest videos on the Apple TV. When I click on the latest tab it goes to a white screen and exits to the main Apple TV screen. I've tried uninstalling it and reinstalling but it still does the same thing. It only seems to be the latest videos tab, others seem mostly ok.

I can confirm I am having the same issue on the latest non-beta tvOS.

The beta OS doesnt fix it either so I dont think its an OS issue. @not_much_chop might be on to something regarding the video versions as it only affects certain parts of the app.

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Since I upgraded to a device with 3D touch, I notice that the video controls keep appearing without any interaction from myself.

Has anyone else experienced this? I only see this behaviour with the Giant Bomb Video Buddy app; YouTube and other video apps are fine.

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Really love this app, but it seems the new API is hiding some items. Can't find Metal Gear Scanlon in search at all and just searching endurance run only gives one video. I hope we see an update soon!

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#514  Edited By Griffinmills

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@whatitdotaku said:

Really love this app, but it seems the new API is hiding some items. Can't find Metal Gear Scanlon in search at all and just searching endurance run only gives one video. I hope we see an update soon!

I’ve noticed this too and came here to discuss/report. I found when searching for VinnyVania it turns up zero results, but searching for “curse” (Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse) brings up the Castlevania 3 episodes. Seems like the search doesn’t like results you get via searching “show“ names.

So for the Persona 4 ER, for now, just type in persona. You can also try something like searching for ”part 50” for a more specific search. Actually, you can search “part 0” and get most series to show up! Just some workarounds for now.

As a heads up to whoever is listening, I’d gladly donate significantly for an updated Video Buddy!

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@griffinmills:

Yeah! Last night as I was trying to find things I did get some (I did Dracula for Dracula's Curse) and started putting stuff in lists. Metal Gear Scanlon is the tough one that I've not been able to find much of unless I go all the way back in the "Premium" List. I've only been able to get "Rising" for MG Rising. I'll try the 0 trick though. Agreed that Shows seem to be what breaks it.

I really hope it gets updated, I'm on an old iPad 2 for a tablet device so GBTV doesn't work since I can only get iOS 9 and below stuff :\ I really love the list feature. I'd also gladly donate because it's a great app!

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#516  Edited By Griffinmills

Doing some fiddling and searching for Metal Gear Scanlon I found that you can find most of them with the following search string “style”

V - part

4 - part

2 - part

and

3: part

for MGS3. Note you need the colon instead of the dash for 3. If you just put a 3 it doesn’t work.

The original MGS, though, I’ve yet to find a good short hand search. Stuck with ”part 0” for now. It’s kind of interesting to go to the website and look at MGS1 and all the episodes are just named “part xx” instead of their full names.

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Bug (?): I noticed that the quick look for Darksiders III was missing in both Latest and Quick Looks on iPad but it was visible only my iPhone. Then on iPad I tried unchecking the hide trailers option in settings and now it's visible again (This option was unchecked on my iPhone all along.). So seems there is a bug where regular videos are mislabeled as trailers ? No idea if that's a backend issue at GB or not.

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#518  Edited By Griffinmills

@void: great catch, it is also hiding the bombcast video feed, both regular and premium versions, when “hide trailers” is checked. I’ve noticed hidden or missing videos, very rarely, over the years using Video Buddy but never thought to uncheck the trailers option and usually found them when looking at other categories.

Also, weirdly, the quick look for DS3 doesn’t show up under the quick looks category at all. Tack on that both Bombcast videos are the same length and, like last week, neither is marked as Premium anymore. These may all be site bugs and not Video Buddy specifically.

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Searches seem to have had a nice update site side that have results in Video Buddy back to normal, hurrah! Thanks GB Top Men, very much appreciated.

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Has the app been removed from iOS? All I can find is GBTV which doesn’t support Chromecast. I accidentally uninstalled video buddy

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Hey yall, anyone had issues using the app with Chromecast lately? Mine isn't finding any chromecasts anymore. Thoughts?

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#525  Edited By Falk

The last couple of days I've just been getting "An error occurred. Tap to retry." and no videos are longer listed.

EDIT: And now it works again for some reason.

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video buddy app has stopped working for me. app fails to open. running iPadOS 13.2. have tried restarting device, have tried deleting and reinstalling app.

if i had to guess i think 13.2 broke it? only change i can think of. anyone else with a similar issue?

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#527  Edited By horsemmeat

@onlineatron: Same issue with me :( app opens and shuts right away! Doesn't work on my iphone as well after updating

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@horsemmeat: any luck sorting it? i’ve started using the gbtv app but it just isn’t the same...

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#529 rorie  Staff

Let me ping the dev and see if he can look into this. Sorry for the trouble.

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@rorie: thanks! seems like the issue has been resolved after my ipad took a beta update.

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spoke too soon! app opens fine now and videos play but timestamps do not load – they display at —:— and the seek bar stays at 0. running iPadOS 13.2. could be a quicktime issue? i’m no expert.

sorry for the bother

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@onlineatron: Same issue with me - can't scroll through the video. At least I can open again though :)

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Is this app no longer up? Link says it’s not available in my country (Australia) just did a fresh install of iOS :(

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@ikilledthedj: I recently got a new iPad myself and went to install it and couldn't find it in the store either. Seems to be no longer listed. However, since I've downloaded it in the past, I was able to go to my purchase history in the App Store and re-download just fine from there. Hope that helps fellow aussie duder.

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You guys should check out "Bomb Cyclone", it is a new iOS app that is being actively developed. It works great.

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#536  Edited By function404

I'm here again.

I run Video Buddy on an iPad gen 2 which runs iOS 9, so it's a bit on the older side, but it's what I use to watch/listen to while I try to sleep. There is no other app I can use with my iPad that will download since it's such an old OS, so new apps don't really work and for some reason, GB's website won't work on any browser app for my iPad (another user experienced this as well in the main Bug Reporting thread).

For quite a while now, I've been unable to play videos completely in the app, with no timestamps even showing for the video to play much like @onlineatron. I have relinked my account to the app with no luck, turned the iPad on and off, and while others said they could find their app in App History if they deleted it, I'm afraid I can't seem to find it (I haven't deleted yet) to re-download it.

I really do enjoy this app, and would prefer it to having to scrounge up a new tablet. If you're out there, @soup_menu do you happen to know what the issue could be?

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@function404: Hey there! I'm very sorry to hear you're running into trouble. Although the app isn't really supported any more at this point, if you're not able to get things working in a browser either it sounds like it may be a bigger issue with iOS 9 and not just the app itself.

The first thing that came to mind was that it's possible that the Giant Bomb website and/or video server is requiring newer encryption than iOS 9 supports, in which case the two wouldn't be able to talk to one another. I did a little poking around though and, as best I can tell, that doesn't appear to be the case. I'm afraid I'm at a bit of dead end but hopefully Giant Bomb's Top Men can offer some additional insight.

Sorry I can't be of more help, but thank you for keeping the GBVB torch alive all this time!

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@soup_menu: that’s a shame as it’s my favourite GB video app to this date. Love it and still watch regularly through the app.

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#539  Edited By Griffinmills

Not really a Video Buddy specific bug I think but thought I’d come here and mention it.

There are 32 videos listed on the Latest tab on the site (mostly Lockdown related) since the 13th but in Video Buddy there are only about 7. They all show up if searched by name and play just fine it seems to be more that they are missing something simple like a tag that apps like Video Buddy key in on.

The six that appear are

GTFO second vinny experience from 4/15

Ape Escape with Jan from 4/15

Final Fantasy VII combat trials with Ben from 4/16

Nancy Drew Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake from 4/17

Bloodborne Identity 8 from 4/20

They are all situated between Bombcasts 630 and 631. To be clear, these are the only videos that Appear, all 20+ other videos uploaded later are missing unless searched for by name. This isn’t really a new thing. Videos tend to miss the feed from time to time and I catch on when I visit the site proper but this is a bit of an epidemic! I assume this issue causes problems on some other platforms too maybe? Hopefully an easy fix like a missing tag or something. Thanks!

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I haven’t been able to play any videos from the video buddy on my iPhone and iPad for at least a couple days now. When I tried looking the app up on the App Store to see if there were any recent reviews mentioning issues, I saw that it has been delisted/removed and is not available in my country (USA). What’s going on?

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Is the app still being developed? Are there going to be updates to bring it up to current iOS?

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@randalian said:

Is the app still being developed? Are there going to be updates to bring it up to current iOS?

I don't believe it has been actively supported for a good long while at this point.

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@megahurtz: @megahurtz:

I have video buddy installed on my Ipad and Ipad mini and it is currently working as of 11/20/2020. I tested by playing the Assassin's Creed Syndicate Playdate archive.

Unfortunately, on my iPhone, it was offloaded by the operating system because I hadn't used it in a while. When I tell it to reload the app it says the app is no longer available "keep or delete" which is a real bummer.

I love the effort put into the more modern offerings but for me nothing beats the simple layout of Video Buddy. Landscape viewable black and white text listings ( with small thumbnails) that are brighter or dimmer based on whether you've watched a video or not. So much information is communicated succinctly and in such density, it's perfect, imo. Like the old.reddit.com layout, it works and is so much better at these feature sets rather than trying to look like window 8 or netflix or whatever these carousel layouts are supposed to do.

I donated to Video Buddy back in the day and would gladly put money towards an updated app, Video Buddy or a newer equivalent, that understands and respects this POV.

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This does not show up on the iOS store. Nothing called Giantbomb Video Buddy.

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@griffinmills: The app stopped working for me around the launch of iOS13. I highly recommend Bomb Cyclone as a replacement.