When Television Time fell on my desk, I was delighted to have the opportunity to check it out. I’m aware it’s overkill, but I watch around 20 TV shows a week throughout the year, and with so many networks and premium apps, it’s really hard to keep up with everything. The app has a bit of a way to go, but for the most part it makes my hobby a lot easier to manage.
After Television Time first started, I was greeted with a giant selection of shows, complete with descriptive logos (everything but Scandal was nicely cropped) and a bold, easy-to-read font. As I went through the list, I saw a wide variety of shows, but both live and off including Father Ted, Gargoyles, Thread, Grimm, breaking Bad, and even anime like Trigoun Where Berserk. Every show that I watch right now was listed, which is about 100 in all. The purpose of the application is twofold: to queue up a “watch list” and to follow the programs being broadcast and provide you with updates.
The home screen is pretty bright. Current shows are displayed in a banner-like format with updated artwork, in the order in which they will be shown. So for example checking it on Monday it showed my programming as Gotham at 20 hours, Fargo at 10 o’clock in the evening, The daily show at 11 p.m., and The evening show at 11:30 am. This is also useful for shows that do not work on a fixed schedule and may take a break. In the “to watch” section, the individual episodes are displayed along with a quick summary, which is a good idea.
One big concern I have is that the release dates are not always up to date. While this does indicate when some upcoming titles will air in the near future (X-Files, which is about two months), it doesn’t display everything, like Big city, which has a confirmed date for Season 3 of January 2, 2016. Also, the dates in the search feature are not helpful, for example, when searching for Married, he showed it as a “2014” show, although it also aired its second season that year. The same goes for everything else – at first glance, people may not be able to tell if a show is still on the air.
Television Time, for the most part, is doing exactly what it sets out to do. While I had previously gathered all of my shows into a checklist, using the app adds a huge degree of convenience, and I no longer have to juggle broadcast dates on a constant basis for myself. ensure that I record a program. At the same time, I hope the developer will improve their game a bit and continue to support the app for the long haul. Plus, don’t get too excited – at the end of the day, this is still a glorified list tool.
Television Time is an iOS that can be downloaded for $ 2.99 from the iTunes App Store.