iMediaShare Lite: iPhone App Written Review
If you’re like most of us, then you’re likely stuck in a pretty strange situation: You’re paying lots of money per month to set yourself up with either a full, traditional cable/satellite package, or you’re paying for some sort of online streaming kit. Either way, you’ve likely looked into other options (Apple TV, Console Streaming, etc.) and have been wondering exactly how much you can save by swapping. To throw a new name into the mix, why not research iMediaShare Lite by iMediaShare, a spinoff of Bianor The app makes it easy to stream content to your Internet-enabled television, and at no cost, too! For our full review, check below.
Concept and Functionality
As stated, the basic idea behind iMediaShare isn’t really anything new. The app aims at helping you get media from your iOS device to your tele, mostly through the use of a local Wi-Fi connection. You see, you’re going to need an Internet-ready tele, though this isn’t as hard as you think. iMediaShare supports your sort of posh edition models that come with it built-in, but having any one of the number of supported deices (including popular gaming consoles) will do.
Once the app has found your tele, it can immediately begin streaming content to your system. You can select media from the long list of channels that are currently open, even with just the light flavor. However, we did have a lot of trouble getting iMediaShare to work. It had a hard time locating our XBOX 360, as well as an Apple TV. Furthermore, streaming video was sort of hit-or-miss, as we’d often lose video, sound, or both without much explanation. However, when the streaming did work, we enjoyed it quite a bit.
Practicality and Design
Overall, though, we do think the app looks pretty good. At the very least, we had no problem navigating its menus to get where we needed to go. However, we’re not quite sold on the usefulness of it just yet. For instance, we could hook it up to your XBOX to enjoy some local streaming, but the machine does that anyway. Same thing for most other boxes that the app supports, as well as Internet TVs in general. Still, the app is worth having as a sort of Remote With Extras for your television: The convenience of this is hard to argue with.
And at the end of the day, iMediaShare is still free, which makes it a solid value all the way around. If you’ve been looking to try something like this, but don’t want to pay an expensive fee, then iMediaShare is perhaps the easiest and best way to dip your toe into the water. If you do give it a whirl, leave us a note in the comments saying how it went!
iMediaShare Lite requires iOS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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