Review of Dijit's NextGuide App for Apple iPad (Page 1 of 2)
I’ve never been much of a “TV person,” to be honest. Being that I’m not a big fan of scheduling my life around sitting in front of the big screen at a given time, it’s just never been practical for me. However, I’ve gradually integrated television into my digital life using a combination of tools that have been around for a while (TiVo), Internet-based streaming services (Netflix), and a method to discover what shows I want to watch. That method is Dijit’s new NextGuide app for Apple's iPad.
What is NextGuide?
In a nutshell, NextGuide is a free iPad app that is designed to pull together broadcast television service, digital delivery services, and online streaming services all into one place--giving users a simple platform from which to discover and share content that they like to watch.
How to Set Up NextGuide
Setting up NextGuide is easy. Of course, one has to download the app first--don't fret, it's free! Once installed, users are prompted to enter their cable/satellite provider, which is what will provide the broadcast shows' listings and times in the guide. In order to personalize NextGuide and allow it to uncover suggestions based on what has been watched and favorited, users can also create a free account for the service.
How to Use NextGuide
It's important to remember that NextGuide is not a media player or streamer in itself; rather, it's a guide (hence the name) to help users discover content that they'd like to watch. Built in, NextGuide finds content from Hulu Plus, Netflix, iTunes, and broadcast television. (For Netflix and Hulu Plus, an active account will be needed, and iTunes shows/movies will have to be purchased or rented.)
The app itself is gorgeous and easy to navigate--the design thankfully ditches the skeuomorphisms of Apple's in-house apps, but otherwise looks like it could have been crafted by the big fruit company themselves. It behaves equally as well, and is largely self-explanatory, although a short tutorial and welcome screen is available to show off each of the functions.