So… I went premium.
I did not need it, I enjoyed the exercise walking to and from the TV to the computer. But for those really short videos (2-5 minutes), the playlist feature was a nice to have.
When Videostream gave an offer on their lifetime version, I took it and decided it ought to be for the better. And voila~ I exchanged my daily, multiple short walks for Videostream Premium.
Well, for starters, they must have quite a fun team working on Videostream. Their thank-you message after I made the purchase was quite funky. Not your usual thank you message. I don’t buy on Google Play a lot, so I can’t tell how much effort went into creating the thank you page.
Diving into the Premium version… I like the playlist feature!
The biggest plus, for me, is even after you close the app, it remembers your previous playlist. And other than serving as a playlist, where it has the usual repeat and shuffle buttons, it also helps by keeping a history of the videos I often watch. For instance, some children shows get played a lot, so I can just put them on the playlist and click on them like choosing from a menu, instead of having to load it over and over and over each time the app restarts.
You can remove individual videos from the playlist, re-order the videos or click the “clear all” button at the top to start afresh.
It’s good so far.
Gripes? I have two.
First, the “add to playlist” button at the bottom right corner interferes with the close button of the video that’s at the bottom of the list. Sure I can work around it, like dragging the video to a higher position and then using the close button.
The team works pretty fast so I presume this interface issue is getting worked on as you read this.
Second. My electrical bills are going up! The TV did not get a lot of attention before… but now, it’s almost, always, perpetually turned on and have something playing on it! Nooooo……
Videostream only works with a Chromecast.