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Topic # 24262 19-Jul-2008 11:16
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tvGuide at AppStore

TV Guide for New Zealand Programme Listings from Orsome NZ

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Reply # 149577 20-Jul-2008 07:31
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Maybe I've missed the point of this, but why would you want to spend $4.19 on an app that does what you can do for free with Safari? Does it do something special?



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  Reply # 149626 20-Jul-2008 13:57
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Why not just download the XML yourself and format it...

Maybe one might prefer the speed of use, better layout than tackling a website designed for 1024x768, and the difference in amount of data that is transferred from full webpage vs tickle of data for next 3 shows of selected channels or a view of the three hour period. With NZ data prices over 3G you may just save a little of that $4 over a few months.  
It has a landscape view showing channels and timeline, portrait view of selected channels with next 3 shows, or drill into channel and view all programming for the day.

Anyhow each to their own, was cheaper than a beer, and was the first NZ iPhone application I had come across. (others work with NZ info but had not found one specifically for NZ)

Also from Orsome, the bubbleWrap app was in the top 25 free apps this morning (at #9)!  Good to see kiwis up there.





 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 149628 20-Jul-2008 14:09
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MattD: Also from Orsome, the bubbleWrap app was in the top 25 free apps this morning (at #9)!  Good to see kiwis up there.

Didn't know that BubbleWrap was a Kiwi app - hours of fun with popping sounds, of which I have on my iPod.

tvGuide is at #1 on the Top Paid list today.




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  Reply # 149635 20-Jul-2008 14:51
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manhinli:
tvGuide is at #1 on the Top Paid list today.
Hmm I still don't see tvGuide in the top 25, the featured hot, or new...  however BubbleWrap has moved to #7

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  Reply # 149637 20-Jul-2008 15:07
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I just paid for it, would rather have it as a xml file to a app than trying to pull up the tvnz site on a 2g phone

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  Reply # 149657 20-Jul-2008 16:32
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I believe Telegram by PolarBearFarm is an NZ app too...

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  Reply # 149746 21-Jul-2008 08:29
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Just a couple of questions regarding the tvGuide app for those who bought it (I almost bought it myself, finger was hovering over the button but decided to ask a couple of questions first)

  1. How many days does it show?  (I'm after a week both forward and back)
  2. Does it cache the data for offline use? (My iPhones sole data connection is at home on Wifi)
  3. What are the full list of channels shown?
  4. How much information can be displayed for a show?

Thanks for any replies.

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  Reply # 149765 21-Jul-2008 09:16
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Also another question is.. where does the info come from?

apps like xmltvnz download the data (client based) from each of the tv stations websites. but I guess this program connects to a website and downloads all the data already made? Do they have the rights to do this?

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  Reply # 149778 21-Jul-2008 09:35
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Arithon: Just a couple of questions regarding the tvGuide app for those who bought it (I almost bought it myself, finger was hovering over the button but decided to ask a couple of questions first)

  1. How many days does it show?  (I'm after a week both forward and back)
  2. Does it cache the data for offline use? (My iPhones sole data connection is at home on Wifi)
  3. What are the full list of channels shown?
  4. How much information can be displayed for a show?

Thanks for any replies.

Jon


1. It can show two days worth of programs. i.e 21/07/08 from 00:00 to 22/07/08 23:59
2. No
3. 13 Channels in all - One, 2, 3, C4, Prime, CTV, Maori, Discovery, The Box, Sky Movies, Sky Movies 2, Sky Sport 1, Sky Sport 2
4. None, Just name and a very very short description.

Probably should have been a free app (IMO), but I like to support local devs, which was one of my reason for getting it.

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  Reply # 149789 21-Jul-2008 10:07
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MattD:
Why not just download the XML yourself and format it...


Hey, I was just curious how people justified purchasing it. Thanks for your response.

It's good to see any NZ app out there and people supporting them. Just jealous I don't have the time at the moment to try some iPhone dev myself...

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  Reply # 149799 21-Jul-2008 10:36
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Cheers for that NZBullet.  I might buy it anyway and feed some requests through  Cool

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  Reply # 149800 21-Jul-2008 10:54
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nzbullet:
Probably should have been a free app (IMO)

Why should it be free? Personally, as a developer I can't justify spending my time creating something without getting paid. I'm sure you'd agree with respect to your job as well.

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  Reply # 149813 21-Jul-2008 11:22
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lduncan:
nzbullet:
Probably should have been a free app (IMO)

Why should it be free? Personally, as a developer I can't justify spending my time creating something without getting paid. I'm sure you'd agree with respect to your job as well.

Layton


OK perhaps not free. What I should have said is I am not sure it is *really* worth the money for what it can do. I am happy to support the guys, hence my buying it.




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  Reply # 149828 21-Jul-2008 11:57
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I'm a big fan of this app - I have actually never been able to use TVNZ's site to see TV listings because it's all Flash.



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  Reply # 149943 21-Jul-2008 17:19
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wanion:
MattD:
Why not just download the XML yourself and format it...


Hey, I was just curious how people justified purchasing it. Thanks for your response.

It's good to see any NZ app out there and people supporting them. Just jealous I don't have the time at the moment to try some iPhone dev myself...






I think the selective quote gives a different context to my response. Was just a little rebuttle in same tone as you said you missed the point and could not see why anyone would want to spend money on it ;-)



I purchased the app, as was easier than writing it (much more cost effective), and also good supporting local developers.
The cost is minimal.

Maybe by the end of the year I will try my had at it... couple of ideas in mind, but ownership/rights to data source is a question

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