Agree with you both.
Communication has been shocking. Beta 2 expires soon.
If it expires, then yes you'll have to go back to the old app. Lets hope that doesnt happen but it feels like something isnt going right somewhere.
Personally I haven't used it much outside of testing because of the lack of boost support. As I pay for boost, then of course I want to watch movies and content in 1080p 5.1 and the app doesnt do that.
On the plus side, I agree there aren't really many bugs and in fact you could even see beta 2 as a candidate for general release but im sure they've had enough time to further refine based on the feedback we've continued to give them and maybe the full release is coming soon.
One way or the other the trial seems to have completely collapsed now so we wait and see what comes out of the ashes.
But the current build is months old so imagine they have managed to iron out more bugs then the current build so it wouldn't be a stretch to think they might just go release build with what they have been working on. Unless you think they have done no app development since they released beta 2.
The other negative would be that if the trials manager was to be believed when I was told a couple of weeks that a survey from the developers was imminent....
There is more to do and more to check? If there wasnt then the developers wouldn't have told the trials team that they were readying a survey (that we should have got 3 months ago by the way).
Its a bit of a stretch to go from "yes we have questions" to "oh no we dont and we are ready to release".
I just hope that the trial doesnt evaporate, and the app doesnt get released. I will be emailing the trials team until i get a reply if it gets down to a week to go before expiry.
This is my first trial so ive no idea..
However, its fair to assume that when the app counts down like that its for a reason... so I assume it just disappears or stops working at that time.
Back to the (very) old app until they decide to release it.
As many of us have said... SO disappointed with communications from the trials team - we've no idea whats going on.
Obviously again we all assume that this has not been for nothing and they have a mostly working app that could easily be released (they must have made extra tweaks in the last 3 months surely too).
We do know that on release the intention was to support Apple's TV app functionality so thats a huge thing - maybe they've been testing that in the background and concentrating on that... who knows.
Lets hope it doesnt just disappear - I will certainly be asking the trials team whats happening next week.
This is my first trial as well, but I followed the last trial closely last year when I got Apple tv, and it seemed to be OK by the threads reported on here, then gone without a trace,which can't happen to this one surely,as I have enjoyed using it for the football and some boxsets!!!!
When the Beta app’s validity date is reached, it will remain installed on your tv but it just stops working. You can then delete it. So that just leaves the “old” app as the only option on tv. If a new Beta is then subsequently released, that will be a “new” app.
Same as what happened previously on this never ending Beta trial!
Incidentally, I was reading yesterday that NBC Peacock (which recently launched in the US) was developed out of NOW TV technology. NBC is, of course, part of Comcast Corp (as is Sky, “parent” of NOW TV). So maybe “the development team” has been a bit busy on a higher priority project?! 😮
Anyway kudos to you folks (“the class of 2020”) for keeping the faith! Personally I no longer think this app is ever going to fly 😟 It looks increasingly to me that the past thoughts of the esteemed @moroboshi will turn out to be correct...