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Looking for Apple TV 4 Beta Testers

shnhrrsnshnhrrsn Posts: 17Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

I've been working on an alternative client to Plex’s Apple TV app that I'd love to get some beta testers for.

Here’s a video of it in action:

If you‘re interested, you can sign up here to get an invite via Testflight: https://catch-tvos.herokuapp.com




  • gusestrellagusestrella Posts: 8Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    just signed up. Looking for a better client that plex native . Would love concept of a tv and a separate Movie app - navigation between then is so much different.

  • BadgerdogBadgerdog Posts: 200Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    As a lifetime Plex member, I applied to the official beta program, but never heard from them..

    I run 5 Apple TV4's on our local in-house LAN..

    I'd love to help you out....


  • shnhrrsnshnhrrsn Posts: 17Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @Badgerdog looks like you got it installed, let me know what you think!

  • BadgerdogBadgerdog Posts: 200Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I spent a considerable amount of time with the beta last night..

    Sorry, I've been busy today at work, so I didn't get a chance to get here and provide a lot of feedback. I will do that first thing tomorrow morning for sure...

    A quick summary.... Wow!!! :)>-

    You've done a fantastic job with what I've seen so far. Plex IOS for Apple TV programmers should take some lessons from you in how to lay out the flow and intuitive use of particularly how the TV Shows interface is handled. LOVE the TV Guide forward look and all the date/time with episode numbers of what's up and coming for each series. Fabulous touch...

    I do have a couple of things for you to address which I'll cover tomorrow, including the mouse pad use with the remote, which is hyperactive, for lack of a better description.

    One quick fix is the spelling of LARGE under Sound Boost. You have it currently at LAGE ..

    If this is just your beta, I can't wait to see what you do to develop this excellent interface further... thanks for letting me try it.

    It has the potential to become my GO TO standard interface for use with Plex on all my Apple TV 4's..


  • BadgerdogBadgerdog Posts: 200Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Ok... another day.. another dollar.... 50 cents for some of us working in socialist countries like Canada .. :(

    Anyway ....

    Besides the cosmetic spelling issue I covered in my last post, the two most important things that I think needs to be addressed relates to the mouse activity.

    1. For all mouse arrow movement around the screen, the thumb pad on the remote control seems to be too sensitive. I'm constantly having to adjust my tendency to over correct when moving between items, which I don't seem to have the same problem with Plex's official app.

    2. When in PLAY mode and the video is streaming, I can't seem to make the pause and 10 second forward and back function to work consistently. Maybe it's related to the mouse arrow issue in point #1?

    Question: Have you altered the way this works as compared to Plex's official app? It's almost as if you need to hold down the remote mouse pad button left or right to get it to scan forward and backward through a video, but it's so sensitive it either over shoots or under shoots most of the time. To be honest, I find it a real challenge to watch a video where I actually want to stop and move forward and backward.

    That's what I have so far, but again, I love this interface, so keep going with it... please !!!

    Hope this helps ... \m/


  • phunkysaiphunkysai Posts: 1,157Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Just signed up...I'll check it out tonight and let you know....

  • shnhrrsnshnhrrsn Posts: 17Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @Badgerdog awesome, glad you're enjoying it and thanks so much for the feedback!

    I'll definitely look into the issues with the Apple TV remote, I don't use it (can't stand the thing) and I can't think of anything done specifically to change sensitivity, but I'll see what I can do.

  • phunkysaiphunkysai Posts: 1,157Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    OK, I tried it last night, and here are the notes I took:

    • The top menu (with the library names) - can it stay active while I'm scrolling across it? Unlike the official Plex app, as I'm scrolling across, the selection jumps down to the left-hand menu. I have 6 libraries, therefore, if I want to scroll from the left-most library (Family Videos) all the way to the right-most library (TV Shows), I have to do this: Right-Up-Right-Up-Right-Up-Right-Up, which is more annoying than if the selection just stayed in the top menu and let me scroll right over to TV Shows.

    • Is there any chance of getting a 'list view' option for all libraries? I see that TV episodes are in list view, which is nice, but it'd be great to have an option to change Movies to list view.

    • in Movies, what is "Queue"? I can't figure out what it is showing me.

    • I'm not getting posters on the main views. If I click into a subcategory in the left-hand menu, then posters display. Posters are also slow to load as I'm scrolling down.

    • Do you plan on adding Playlists, Channels, and Watch Later? I use those quite often....

    Those were just some quick notes as I scrolled around the interface. I'll try to use it like normal the next few days and let you know if anything else pops up.

    Great work! Keep it up!

  • shnhrrsnshnhrrsn Posts: 17Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
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    @phunkysai Thanks so much for the feedback, I'll try to get these resolved.

    Queue is unwatched movies sorted by most recent release date.

    As for the poster loading issue, could you try changing the TV and Movie poster settings to "Plex" instead of TVDb/TheMovieDb and see if that changes things?

    Also if you could send me your ISP, General Location and download speed it'd be helpful for me to debug why they're not downloading (feel free to DM for privacy)
  • phunkysaiphunkysai Posts: 1,157Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I did change the setting to Plex but it didn't seem to resolve the issue. I'll check again tonight.

    ISP: Charter
    Location: Greer, SC
    Speed: 60 mbps

  • phunkysaiphunkysai Posts: 1,157Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Also the guide is a cool idea..is it supposed to be working? It's not showing anything currently...

  • shnhrrsnshnhrrsn Posts: 17Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @phunkysai hmm ok, your location/speed definitely isn't the issue then. Guide should definitely be populated, sounds like there's some networking issues going on, I'll look into it

  • BadgerdogBadgerdog Posts: 200Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @phunkysai said:
    Also the guide is a cool idea..is it supposed to be working? It's not showing anything currently...

    Hi .. :)

    It's working for me here in Canada on EST Time Zone....

    I do find that it takes time for all of the data, whether it be posters (I'm using Plex), or any of the content to be updated. However, I'm on a 5Mb DSL service and it's not going to be as fast as 100Mb broadband etc..


  • BadgerdogBadgerdog Posts: 200Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I notice that if I scroll a TV Show just added line of shows to the right, once I get the end, it simply blows me out of the app back to the Apple TV main screen...


  • gusestrellagusestrella Posts: 8Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Registered a while ago but not receive note. Let me know if interested to have other test and for feedback. I see so much opportunity for a fresh approach to the client on the Apple TV !

  • shnhrrsnshnhrrsn Posts: 17Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @gusestrella you should have gotten an email right away from Apple TestFlight

  • itzmeitzme Posts: 448Members ✭✭

    I only had a minute to sign up and sign into Plex. I'm amazed at how fast it was to setup and load. Seems really quick? Are files specs anywhere? like the sound type (DTS) and video resolution (1080p)? Theme music and Rotten Tomatos meta, like Plex, would also be great.

  • shnhrrsnshnhrrsn Posts: 17Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @itzme Haven't gotten to that stuff yet, but it's on my todo list!

  • itzmeitzme Posts: 448Members ✭✭

    Trickplay like ff and rew is better than Plex using my universal remote, I'm impressed. Playback quality seems excellent. I don't do a lot of tv shows, just a few, but I was able to grasp how the tv Guide works, and I had no idea how handy that could be,seeing the air dates and the futur air dates.

    Do you plan to support audio passthrough or DTS? is there a way to set Just Added as my default Movies view? As my default View upon entry? What is the data used for Watch Now? I'll admit I'm a little confused about what happens when I check or uncheck Media Stacks options in Settings.

    I hope to keep testing!

  • mini.PLEXmini.PLEX Posts: 289Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    edited January 18

    @shnhrrsn - thanks for the beta... literally just run it for the first time so wanted to put fwd my first run thoughts, experiences and finally some questions.

    But first off - really great work!! very encouraging to see this kind of development for plex on the atv4

    • Love the use of the vertical menu, reminiscent of PHT
    • Nice big posters, just the way I like it for sofa browsing
    • I like the TV show list view, nicer than the official plex app view IMO (episode thumb could be bigger in the top left hand corner)

    A few things I can't quite get my head around...

    • is the TV on deck feature missing? I would like to see direct navigation to next up episode or currently playing episode in a season etc
    • does this data pull directly from my plex server? I ask as it appears to change my movie posters and I experience a syncing movies page

    Experiences... conscious its Beta, so not intended as complaints and they are just my opinions :)

    • Experiencing a regular bug with navigation where every now and again 'left & right' just doesn't work, whilst other times 'up' becomes disabled to bypass I have to quit the app (menu/enter still work).
      *please note: the disabled navigation appears to carry over to the apple TV navigation, which seems very odd... so much so, I'm wondering if its a wider issue with my atv rather that just the 'Catch app'

    • At one point 'Watch Now' & Most Popular' were denoting the same movies so I was seeing 2 rows of the same posters

    • I'm guessing its by design, but I really dislike the fact that moving across the top Menu (libraries & settings) it auto jumps to the section when you land, either that or it just jumps far to quickly

    • Although I like the vertical menus 'All Movies, Queue, Most Popular, Recently Released etc'... I'm trying to work out if there is actually a need for it, as a majority of these menus are already available as horizontal poster widgets. If the menu could be removed/hidden (possibly to the left) it would be great to have the whole page as a list of menu/widgets with the posters (hope that makes sense). Would be great if the current 10 poster limit for the widgets was opened up to 25 or more.

    Requests... if I may be so bold (I wouldn't usually, but I really like the direction this app is going)

    • Integration for Home Users... seems I currently have to login as a user, rather than my main plex account and have the option to switch Home user accounts (family members etc)
    • the ability to re-arrange the vertical menus (I prefer 'Just Added' at the top)
    • top shelf support from the atv home menu
    • search and a vertical alphabet when browsing All movies

    Sure you already have lots on your to-do list, so realy hope this long list has been received as intended 'encouraging helpful feedback' ...like I said, I wouldn't usually bother, but really like what you are doing here. Keep up the great work!

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