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I downloaded this to watch Free Solo on demand on my Apple TV rather than wait for the rebroadcast, and I am pleased that the app allowed me to do that via my tv provider account.
I am displeased that the app made me log in repeatedly to watch, even though I used the app on consecutive days. I had to log in again once every day, and it even interrupted me in the middle of a show I’d been watching, even though I was authenticated 25 min earlier when I started watching it.
I am also very annoyed that the app requires you create an account with them in order to resume watching a show at the point where you left off. The app clearly remembered where I was, as the progress bar on the thumbnail of the show advanced each day, but it refused to let me resume unless I created an account with Nat geo AND allowed them to send me promotional emails. No thanks, I just made rough guesses where I left off.
The experience using the applet tv version of this app was so poor that now that I’ve watched the documentary I was interested in I’m going to delete the app. There’s just too many hurdles in the way of making this a good viewing experience.
First, I don’t mind ads. But the sheer number of ads; the “choice” to see multiple or single ads and the repetition of the same cross promotional nonsense makes this format frustrating at best; and a waste of time in the new digital era of media.
I’d love to be fly on wall of the exec meeting discussing ad placements in the app. “Hey lets synergy our cross promotional shows and really...zzzzz!” “Blue sky that idea Farnsworth!!” - seriously, just give me the ad without having me navigate the idiotic menu with a prompt the size of a pea. Give me multiple ads at once! I don’t care about the ads, I get it, it makes you money but why can’t media companies understand user experience should be front and center. Why can’t you just deliver a similar TV experience? Do you get digital is the new TV? No need to make it harder. It’s entertainment. I pay you to immerse myself in nonsense; not to think about what ad I’d like to see especially when....it’s the same stupid ad. Ok I get CW is pushing supergirl by repeatedly showing her thrust out her bosoms over and over; I get CW is pushing Charmed, which btw, I couldn’t figure out which show was which. And both shows aren’t even close to the target demographic of the tv show I am watching. The chance of me watching CW is zero.
Perhaps I’m cynical but I have more hope for a 5 year old exploring play dough than these dumb “tv” execs.
Too many ads and the update stinks!
I get it, companies need to make money and when it comes to tv that money is made through ads. I just don’t understand the need to place 5 or 6 ads for every commercial break. It’s ridiculous and most definitely not promoting anything when all I feel like doing is putting my device down during the break or (lately) just turning the show off. Thanks to the new update I can no longer stream forward and backwards through the show so if I miss something I’ve just missed it. You can’t even go forward or backwards by 10 seconds! If I choose to start the show over to see what I missed I have to sit through all of the ads again as well. Plus, the update now cuts off the last minute or two of the show so I never see the conclusion of the episode. All of these issues just seem to make the experience worthless. I love nature shows, but for all of this new trouble I can just go watch some documentary on Netflix instead without all of the issues.
- National Geographic Partners, LLC
- 70.1 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.
- Age Rating
- Rated 9+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2018 National Geographic Partners, LLC. All rights reserved.
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