Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Now in Scarberia!
Global Go vs. CTV Go
I am using the Global Go app reasonably regularly now. It mainly is because using my tablet in my bedroom or in my home office is sometimes a lot more convenient than having to go to my living room to sit in front of my TV. I can watch an episode in the background while I do paperwork in my home office for example. (My PVRs don't have whole-home functionality, and I currently don't have a TV located in a convenient spot in my home office anyway.) I have my Rogers account so I can go back several episodes' worth of my shows if necessary. The amount of commercials the app requires us to sit through to is also OK. I don't actually need my Rogers account though, since having a week to watch the latest show is usually good enough for me.
In contrast, I have no access to previous shows using the CTV Go app since Bell Media has no agreement with Rogers here. However, as I said, it's OK because I usually only need the last episode. Importantly though, the CTV Go app seems a bit more clunky, in that for my shows, the commercial breaks don't actually happen at commercial breaks, but several seconds before. So, for example a show may cut to commercial a few seconds before the ending, and then you have to wait for the commercials to end before you can watch the final few seconds of the show. Also, it disrupts the flow of the show. In addition, the CTV Go app forces us to watch more commercials than the Global Go app does.
The CTV Go app is even more clunky on Android. It's stupid but on my Nexus 7, when you access the CTV Go app, all the browsing is done in portrait mode. However, when you actually watch a show, it's all in landscape mode of course. So you can't just leave the tablet in a stand unless you like browsing sideways. On my iPad though, it switches everything to landscape as appropriate. Whomever approved this release of the Android version of the CTV Go app doesn't have very high standards for functionality.
Given the above, if I was choosing Rogers with Global Go vs. Bell with CTV Go, I'd pick the first one (TV content notwithstanding). However, I'd be fine with the apps without traditional TV service (like Rogers cable vs. Bell Fibe) since with the apps, traditional TV service is no longer mandatory for me. I just have it for my wife.