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#1 Edited by Scott-R (16 posts) -

Hello!

I've been working on a small project since 2016, and it's about time to let all you lovely duders know about it.

Say hello to GBTV!

Why am I making this? Well, I've been using the Video Buddy app for years, and I've loved using it, but it was beginning to fall behind in terms of iOS feature support, and Giant Bomb video shows (sorry soup_menu!). Over winter, I got some ideas for how I would have a GB video app work, so I started to make the app, having no idea if I would ever release it, but here it is!

Features:

Subscribe to your favourite shows!

Get a push notification when a new video is posted in your favourite shows.

Download your favourite shows!

Download any episode of any show, and watch them offline.

Picture-In-Picture (iPad only)

Watch your favourite videos whilst doing other stuff!

Sync playback position between giantbomb.com and your Apple devices!

Never lose your place again on any video.

Works on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

One App Store download gets you the app on all your devices, with your initial set up synced using iCloud.

Why should I use this app instead of Video Buddy/Burger/QLCrew/Giantbomb.com etc?

Hopefully, some of the features I've added appeal to you. However, all those places are still great places to get your GB fix, and all of them offer some features my app does not (yet) have. I just hope to offer my own take on this sort of thing.

Screenshots:

iPhone:

Browse all videos
Browse all videos
Choose from all Giant Bomb video feeds!
Choose from all Giant Bomb video feeds!
Dark mode included!
Dark mode included!

iPad:

Also on iPad
Also on iPad

Apple TV:

Netflix style UI (plz don't sue me Netflix)
Netflix style UI (plz don't sue me Netflix)

What About Android Support?

In a previous life, I was an Android developer, but it's been a long time since I have done any large scale Android development, so I have no plans for an Android app so far. These plans may change though (especially if you hassle me enough about it :x)

Special thanks to @soup_menu, @wcarle and @frobie. This app would never have got off the ground without your hard work and advice.

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy GBTV!

GBTV on The App Store

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#2 Posted by wcarle (325 posts) -

@scott-r: Looks great duder! Keep up the good work!

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#3 Edited by Scott-R (16 posts) -

Thanks to everyone who has agreed to help test the app so far. The first alpha is now available for testers, which supports video subscriptions + notifications, video playback and browsing. There are still plenty of spaces for more testers, I've already had a lot of great feedback, so all voices welcome!

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#4 Posted by chango (989 posts) -

This seems really great! Can't wait to try it.

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#5 Posted by citizencoffeecake (1486 posts) -

Looking forward to it! I would volunteer to test but I have no idea what TestFlight even is.

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#6 Posted by Scott-R (16 posts) -

Alright! So after a month or so of alpha development, I think the app is ready for beta! I've updated the screenshots and things to show off some of the new UI

Am I correct in thinking a lot of people would enjoy the option to download videos? I had some other features planned first, but I think a lot of people would like that?

Let me know!

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#7 Edited by Scott-R (16 posts) -

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Video downloads now supported. Watch your videos offline!

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#8 Posted by sschulze (6 posts) -

I would love to download this app! Will you be syncing between the app and the website? I'm currently using the video buddy app and the progress I have been making on my phone hasn't been tracked on the website. Would be an awesome feature.

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#9 Posted by Scott-R (16 posts) -

Well, I massively missed my own Summer 2017 deadline, but the app is now available on the App Store! You can download it from here. I think the CDNs are still catching up so it might not appear for a few more hours in the App Store search results, but it's there!

@sschulze said:

I would love to download this app! Will you be syncing between the app and the website? I'm currently using the video buddy app and the progress I have been making on my phone hasn't been tracked on the website. Would be an awesome feature.

Yep, all position syncing is done using giantbomb.com's API, so any video you watch on device, will be synced with the website, and vice versa :)

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#10 Posted by wonderva (304 posts) -

Been involved with testing this app; it's awesome. The only bug I've found was the app would crash if you were to search for a video. Seems like its been fixed

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#11 Posted by polly (3 posts) -

The app is beautiful! Thank you so much for all the good work.

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#12 Posted by LordRenrew (43 posts) -

Are you considering adding Chromecast support?

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#13 Posted by wchigo (858 posts) -

Nice to see it finally getting to 1.0 and being released on the app store! Also helped beta test this and it was really slick and nice. After I downloaded it from the app store, I guess it remember my settings since it didn't ask me to link my account again.

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#14 Edited by Zero_ (2054 posts) -

Oh man, the 11.0 requirement prevents me from getting it. I'm on 10.3. I could update but I'm holding out for a jailbreak.

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#15 Posted by wonderva (304 posts) -

Scott noticing a bug on my iPad Mini 2

Downloaded videos will not play unless you are connected to wifi. Otherwise, hitting play will cause a crash to home screen.

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#17 Posted by Scott-R (16 posts) -

@polly: Thank you! That's very kind of you to say 😊

@lordrenrew: Chromecast support on the to-do list, but I can't say when it will happen.

@wchigo: Thanks for your help in testing! Settings sync via iCloud, so all your devices will magically log in

@zero_: Sorry! If it helps any, I'm not planning on moving from 11.0 minimum any time soon, so hopefully there will be a public jailbreak soon for that.

@wonderva:That's a good catch! Found and fixed the bug, an update will be out in a few days, pending Apple approval.

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#18 Posted by LordRenrew (43 posts) -

@scott-r: it’s a great app! Thanks for the response!

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#19 Posted by lebkin (345 posts) -

Is it on the Apple TV too? I don’t see it in that App Store. Thanks.

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#20 Posted by Scott-R (16 posts) -

@lebkin: Sorry, I should have said this in my original post. The Apple TV app is delayed a bit while I work on some performance issues, so not yet available sorry!

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#21 Edited by lebkin (345 posts) -

@scott-r: Glad it wasn't me being an idiot and missing the app. I look forward to getting it on the Apple TV as well! Thanks for all the hard work.

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#22 Posted by PointyCat (2 posts) -

Well done on the app. I look forward to when you add Chromecast support.

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#23 Edited by Penguin21189 (1 posts) -

@Scott-R, Dude thanks for this app and excellent it’s got iPhone X support from 1.0! Works like a charm.

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#24 Posted by Marokazam (19 posts) -

@scott-r: Getting a video with Jeff's voice saying "this is an error message". Can't seem to log out and reauthenticate.

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#25 Posted by Scott-R (16 posts) -

@marokazam: Thanks!

@penguin21189: Not sure why you might be getting the error video, but yes the next update will have a logout button to reset your credentials.

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#26 Posted by Scott-R (16 posts) -

V1.0 is now live! This version includes a logout button, so if you’ve been running into the unauthenticated Jeff video, try logging out and logging back in.

The app also now includes an email feedback feature, and an App Store review button.

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#27 Posted by lebkin (345 posts) -

I’m not getting any syncing of progress between the app and Giantbomb.com. The app always starts each video at the beginning. I tried logging out and back in. I also deleted the app and reinstalled. No change. Is there a setting I’m missing?