Veoh TV Beta Rocks My World
June 22, 2007 12:42 PM
What do I like best in Internet video? Yes, you guessed it. Ease of use and simplicity.
The Veoh TV service achieves both.
I downloaded it yesterday and took it for a trial run today. Veoh bills the service as an Internet DVR that lets you search for, watch and manage online video.
So once I register, a nearly full-screen window pops up with links for favorite, channels, recommendations and search. I say “nearly full-screen” because I can still see my computer’s task bar across the bottom. This is a good thing, as one of my key gripes against Internet TV services like Joost is they can take over the entire screen, leaving you at their mercy.
I decide to start with “Channels” since I haven’t downloaded any videos yet into favorites. Oh, this is so easy. I love the navigation—it’s simple and once I click on the folder for channels, the screen simply lists CBS, NBC, CW, PBS and Fox. In big letters. On a nice clean screen!
I choose CBS and click on “How I Met Your Mother” from among the shows listed. The video loads almost instantly and the episode plays. Yes, it plays without any problems.
Now the screen migrates to the full-screen takeover mode, but if I just gently tap the mouse, the controls come up on the screen. Plus, I can right click on the upper right hand corner to turn the player into regular size. The video looks fantastic. The only issue I have is figuring out how to use the fast forward button. It’s right next to the play button—well, duh—but if you touch it once it sort of restarts the video. I actually have to hold it down the whole time to get it to fast forward.
I’ve only spent a few minutes on the service, but I’m giving it a gold star for ease of use.
I’ll be back next week to try it some more.