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Need a TV companion? Tubetime is almost perfect
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Need a TV companion? Tubetime is almost perfect

IMG_0126There is no shortage of TV remote control apps but they all seem to fall short especially on multiple device home entertainment systems. There are even fewer decent TV Program Guide apps available especially for Canadian TV viewers. Well say hello to Tubetime.

Tubetime is a really nice looking program guide that does way more than provide TV listings although it does a really good job at that if listings are all you want. Tubetime provides full customized  and searchable listings for your cable or satellite provider as well as over the air listings with detailed program descriptions for your region.  Although it is an iPhone app right now it still scales nicely to my iPad mini.

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Many of us treat our TV viewing as social experiences now and this is where Tubetime really shines: you can register a simple Like that is tabulated live, share your thoughts about whatever you are watching to Facebook or Twitter and follow the Twitter hashtag and interact live. It takes TV viewing to a whole new social level.

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IMG_0128The offers tab doesn’t offer much, a few games and quizzes but, as sponsors come on board expect to see special offers and other interactive content. Right now the most interesting offer is right at the bottom of the page. The ability to order “The Connector” a cool little gadget that for a mere $9.95 turns your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a really good Universal remote for most of the common devices found on Home Entertainment Systems.

 

P1050210“The Connector” is simple to set up and does not require to use your computer or even know the model number of tour TV, Cable box or AV Receiver. Once you plug the little gadget into the top of your iDevice all you have to do is to follow step by step instructions to configure Tubetime to control each device on your system. It took me less than two minutes to set up a Videotron cable box and a Samsung TV set.

I was able to set it up for a Sony TV and a Pioneer AV Receiver just as quickly however sadly it could not connect to two current Bell HD Satellite Receivers models numbers 6131 and 9242. Tech Support told me it would be a couple of weeks before it can support these models. Email support by the way was pretty good, I got a complete response in just under three hours.

So if you want to turn your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a really fun TV companion Tubetime is a free download at the Apple App Store , an Android version is on the way soon.”The Connector” is $9.95 as an in-app purchase.

[box type=”info”]Edited April 5, 2013 to indicate Bell Satellite Receivers now supported[/box]

Bob Benedetti

<p>Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal</p>

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