TVTonic Has Tons of Potential, but is Stuck On One Channel
November 15, 2006 2:48 PM
Given the massive amounts of video that small and large programmers are serving up on the Internet daily, it was only a matter of time before a new crew of sites emerged to help sort through the clutter. TVTonic is aiming to do that by sifting through podcasts and TV shows.
I go to the Web site and the first thing that pops out at me is a big green button that says “Get Started.” That seems clear enough, so I hit the button and it asks me to install TV Tonic. Right away, I think this will turn off half the visitors. Because who wants to install another program? A Web-based service would be much better.
But I soldier on. The installation only takes a few minutes and then a screen launches with an “Activate” button. I hit that and the next button says “Watch TV Tonic.”
Now, a page opens asking me which channels to add. I choose Looney Tunes, Rocketboom and Yoda Today HD. Maybe I’ll be more flexible if I downward face dog in hi-def.
Next I hit the task bar button to launch TV Tonic. An embedded player starts up with a preview show called “CineKids” playing before my channels. The video is short and I expect it to simply jump right into one of my channels when it’s done. But it doesn’t. “CineKids” keeps playing over and over and over again, even when I click on the buttons for “Looney Tunes” and “Rocketboom.” I shut it down and relaunch the program.
And the same thing happens.
This is really too bad because TVTonic looked like a cool way to watch Internet video in one spot.
Bummer for TVTonic. I’ll probably uninstall it now.