... Open and free responses are what we want (Enterr - now's your chance for some gloves off critiques).
Oookay, since you asked for it!...Here goes:
First and foremost, thank you for the feedback! I've forwarded this to our team to discuss and we're really grateful on your thoughts. (all of them)
For anyone else, we'd love you thoughts too so, if you have time, please let us know what you think. The good, the bad, the ugly.
We want this to be the best product possible.
The slogan "What's streaming worth watching" understand I cannot. Yoda speak is it? Does it mean "Streaming: what's worth watching"?
We're looking at this, tag lines are always difficult, just like logos. Meaningful, extremely short, memorable, easy to say ... a lot to put in 6ish words or less. Our goal was/is to denote that we a.) Cover streaming content and b.) Try to find you things worth your time. Your suggestion definitely helps and we're going to re-evaluate how to make it better if at all possible. Would love to hear other peoples thoughts on this, even if it's the same.
Missing apostrophes in the About text: "isnt", "theres", "thats" (was this copy&paste from winword?)
Umm, yes, it was, from the websites Visual Studio project actually, but is corrected.
The lack of cursor position counter (e.g. "4/10") in roGridScreen bothers me; it comes to bite me later, when i have selected "more sci-fi" and it shows me a multi-row list, saying on top "Sci-Fi & Fantasy (60)" but is unclear how many are there per row and roGrid is in wrap-around mode - meaning is very un-obvious when moving left/right, have i reached the 1st or last item on current row or not.
We'll look at that, not sure what the plan on it is yet.
The way the menu system works is bizarre, requires user self-training; considering the big "blink" when selecting Home vs Genres vs Playlist and changing everything underneath, there should be a selection highlight to show the mode (i.e. say i clicked "Genres", so change the icon for it to a different color).
Good idea, we'll do just that. Since there are all essentially list screen grouped in different ways, we can see you're point that it's hard to know just where you are.
i am confused about the difference between "Home", "Genres" and "Playlists". "Genres" okay, i get it! But what in the world does "Home" mean?! I don't feel any homier there, it's just another screen with lists. I guess you couldn't come with a better name for what that is, said main screen or whatever it is - but it is important to use helpful names. Not to mention if you cannot describe it easily, maybe it shouldn't be there.
Home was taken from the website meaning. While the other screens are specific grouping, Home was kind of a collection of special starting groupings, we'll look at renaming it to Main or something.
"Playlists" is even stranger - i have no clue what that is. At first i thought it will be things i had bookmarked while browsing - but no. Seems it's just the entries from "Home" and "Genres" repeated again. Hmm, what's the point?
We were discussing just that when I saw your post. Playlists are essentially the other lists, but played as a group. An episode plays, gives you a chance to launch the movie, back up or go forward in the list, or allow it to continue on its own. We were discussing options having it separated as it is or putting a playlist option on each list.
In fact, seems to me there shouldn't be separation at all to Home vs Genres vs Playlists. Take a cue from Netflix. And there are not that many rows in Home and Genres, so put them together - first the rows from Home, followed by Genres rows. Thus it will all be in one screen and in order of importance.
If those were the only ones, yes. But we are adding other groupings, such as Themes where we have a couple dozen groups like 'Couples Therapy' or 'Road Trips & Escapes', or Services where we group what's new and what's all on Netflix (and the others), or Hosts with their own custom interests and categories, and so on. Between these, and more plans for Home (Main?) there will be many dozens of lists. So the top menu was to categorize them into general group types for people to get to what they were in the mood for quickly.
"Play on Netflix" does not start a movie, just Netflix main screen or wherever ileft off (tried multiple times). "Play on Amazon Instant" worked, OTOH.
We're not permitted to launch Netflix into a movie, no one is except Roku. This is an agreement between Roku and Netflix that isn't documented anywhere we can find, but we were given a heads up on it. We can launch into the others, and are quite capable of launching into Netflix, but would never get approved for the store if we did. The launch screen explains it a bit, but looks so much like the other launch screens that it would get missed. We'll change the wording on the Netflix links to something like "Launch Netflix".
Thanks for the bonus feedback. Sadly we ran into some production launch issues with it and didn't intend for it to be release in its current form. We've got some major updates coming there so stay tuned. May open up a seperate thread for feedback with it elsehwere.
... and we fired our web guy.
I will definitely hit your Tangrams app, used to play with those (plastic ones) as a kid, along with the soma cube (similar concept, in 3D).