Video App Review – PrimeTV

This is a video app review of PrimeTV, brought to you by the developer Renfred.  Version 1.12 was used for this review.

 

From the developer –

PrimeTV is a TV show tracking app designed exclusively for your Windows Phone.

No more frustration over which TV show will air on what channel and what time. Just hit up PrimeTV and you can browse through all your favorite shows in this beautifully designed, Metro concept inspired app.

That sums up the main function of the app, but it does so much more.  PrimeTV gives you a very organized way to add all of the shows you watch, which then unlocks a lot of useful information about those shows.

Once you’ve added your shows, PrimeTV will use the Metro interface to give you the Upcoming list, the already Aired list and a general TV-related news section.

Once you click into a show, you get a summary page, a list of all the episodes, including un-aired ones if they are known, and a news section which is specific to that show, which included an integrated web-browser. There is also a show gallery, with many random pictures of the show.  You can click to full-screen the picture.  As of version 1.12, you cannot save the pictures to the phone or set them as your lock-screen wallpaper, but this option is coming in version 1.13.

In the episodes page, you can checkmark boxes to indicate that you’ve watched that episode.  If you click and hold on a show, you have the option to “Mark all previous watched” and “Mark all previous unwatched”, which allows you to quickly manage the list.  You can click on a particular episode, giving you a preview of the plot, a picture, and even a video trailer, if available.

The “Settings” section is very detailed, and really allows you to tweak the program to your liking. The “Time Adjustment” section allows you to adjust show times based on time zone, and allows you to manually adjust each show’s starting time, if it’s wrong. The “Animation” section allows you the adjust between higher performance or better visual effects. The “Wallpaper” section lets you manually select the background wallpaper within the app to a certain show, or keep it as the next upcoming episode’s wallpaper. The “Organizer” section lets you change how you want your main list of shows organized, as well as your upcoming episodes list.  The options are great, and much appreciated.

One of the coolest newer additions to PrimeTV is the Live Tile feature.  If you add PrimeTV to your start menu, you can now see which shows are coming up next, along with a background of one of those shows!  It’s extremely well laid out, and really makes this app even more useful.  If you shake the phone within the app, you can change the live tile background to another upcoming show.   One negative is that this live tile only updates when you run the app, so it can display shows from a previous day.  The developer is planning to give the live tile pushed updates every 6 hours in the next revision.

 

The developer has big plans for version 1.13.  Along with the save-able gallery pictures and improved live tile functionality, there will be an option to enable toast notifications of an upcoming show 15/30 minutes before it airs.  He also plans to integrate Trakt.TV into PrimeTV.

BOTTOM LINE:

Positives:

  • Perfect way to avoid missing your favorite shows, and to learn all about them
  • Slick Metro interface, graphically beautiful, great performance
  • Extremely configurable to your liking along with a very organized feel
  • Handy, show-related news with an integrated web-browser
  • Live tile integration
  • App is updated often, squashing bugs and adding features
  • Low $0.99 price with nice trial

Negatives:

  • Live tile does not automatically update (fix coming soon)
  • Unable to save pictures to phone (fix coming soon)
  • Youtube show trailers is beta, and doesn’t always work

 

SCORE: 9/10

 

Links:

PrimeTV ($0.99 or free trial limited to 8 TV shows)

 

 

 

 

 

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