OutTvGo Beta Video Streaming, Almost

OutTvGoOutTv just unleashed a new video streaming service, OutTvGo, but in beta version — technically, it means it’s not productionalized, not the final version, and very likely has bugs (meaning program or system errors).

According to the site’s frequently asked questions (FAQ), “OutTvGo is a subscription-based on-demand video streaming service with LGBT focused TV shows, movies and entertainment.” The subscription fee will set you back $3.99 per month, plus applicable tax, or approximately $4.19 per month.

The service only requires a browser. It doesn’t require users to install a special app. That’s a good strategy on their part — since apps are tied to the mobile OS, and that means they would have to jump through so many hoops to push an app through to app stores, not to mention the cost associated with it.

As of the beta release, it will only work properly with  desktop computers, and presumably mobile devices with big screens like a tablet or iPad. It won’t work properly yet on mobile devices with smaller screens like a standard smartphone. They mentioned in their FAQ that it will soon support mobile devices, and that’s good. Right now, if you open the site in your phone it gets cropped, the page won’t resize automatically. You have to pinch the page in order to resize it so it fits your mobile device’s screen. And that’s not desirable.

OutTvGo is a great idea, and for $4.19 per month, it’s a good deal. But if you intend to watch from your phone, you may want to wait before you start paying subscription fees until the site supports your device.

I will sign up for sure to watch RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race Season 2. But not yet, I want the site to go full production before I do.

It would be great if OutTvGo offered a trial period to new subscribers for a limited time (like 15 to 30 days), like what Netflix did. After all, the service is beta. And new subscribers will be like Guinea pigs testing out the service en mass, and potentially experiencing the kinks of a brand new system.

Now I wonder what their policy is with streaming using  different devices using a single account. Are they going to be very restrictive like Netflix? Will they support WiFi enabled TV for home theater streaming? Is the video quality going to be great? Is the video interface clunky like Logo TV (it’s true)? So many questions. All can be answered once curious people like me try it out, but if I’m going to spend my money, it better be a finish product. And this one… is not there yet. So OutTv … offer a trial period?

Anyway, congrats! And as RuPaul puts it, “Good luck! And don’t fuck it up.” :) 

[ Update 2016-08-23 10:20pm ]
Per OutTv’s response to people’s comments on their Facebook status update (where they end up deleting some comments concerning making it a free service), their contract with content providers prohibits them from giving fee trials. They said that the cost of providing the service also prohibits them from making the service free for existing OutTv cable subscribers. As well, it seems like an app version of the service is in the works.

 

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