Oh Hot Tamale! It’s once again the time for us science fiction-geeks to celebrate that we are one step closer to those awesome high techy things we see in the movies. Granted, TV has been on mobiles for a long time, but let’s face it, it did kinda always suck noodles. Well, Nokia TV is here to remedy the situation! Available and free in Finland and bound to be my favourite app in the near future.
You know those guys in Wall-E that just sat on their asses and watched TV on their hover-chairs and missed out on the life around them. Well guess what, they had it right (to some extent), the life around them wasn’t all that spectacular. They had probably allready seen the spaceship and you know what, I’ve allready seen the sights on my bus ride to work. That’s why I want to watch TV and movies on my mobile device. I used to be happy with the news and reddit, but then again, I used to be happy with LEGOs too when I didn’t have access to better entertainment. Granted, LEGOs still kick ass, the view from the bus window does not.
Obviously a service like this is ALL about the content. Currently we have a featured list, I don’t know how this is moderated, but I imagine there’s a dude somewhere in the Nokia House basement and he picks them. Anyway good picks, no problem there. A bit random, but I guess that’s ok. The Services-portion has the current content producers listed: The Voice (music and entertainment), URHOtv (sports), Ruutu (Nelonen), Katsomo (MTV3 and affiliates) and YLE Areena (The Finnish Public Broadcasting Company).
The App opens up in a panorama with those two views and a settings-panel. Each service opens into a Pivot-view with a relevant featured-, latest- and categories-lists. All pretty straight-forward here. Checking out a Doctor Who-episode was very pleasant and quick. Didn’t get a chance to check out how the 3G holds up, but speculating from the video-quality and the fact that this content is hosted geographically near, suggest it should run better than your average youtube-videos.
The app is simple and nice and really inviting with the good content at launch. And that makes it a very nicely delivered app in my book. What I would love to see in the future is the possibility to subscribe to a series or a show and get notifications, when a new episode is available, or a warning that an episode is about to expire. Also obviously a cache-memory to get the show, while I’m still in WIFI-range to watch when I’m on the move.
About the Author
Jesse Santtila (@JesseSanttila)
Jesse is an IT student at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. He loves technology, gadgets, design, punk rock and video games. He has been lately very excited about the upcoming Finnish startup-scene and brilliant ideas people come up with.