New iPad app gives you Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck … and not very well, either
European app developers are always surprised to find that TNM likes to look at their media apps, often passing on a nice note to me about my post. Americans, it is said, are notoriously bad at foreign languages, and I’m not much better (though Google Translation is very handy). But I find that looking at media app, but completely ignoring its content and concentrating on the design and organization, helps me to evaluate the app or website more objectively.
I suppose the same would apply to this new iPad app for Glenn Beck, because the content is essentially incomprehensible, gobbledygook, it is easier to look it – and once you get by the actual content of this app you see there is not really much here.
The app is essentially a way, now that Glenn Beck is no longer on Fox News, to distribute his programming. So this free app, Glenn Beck, gives you a couple of archived television episodes (sure to grow over time, of course), as well as a feed of the radio program which is three hours long per day.
Want to watch Glenn Beck cry? That will cost you because this is a “reader” app in the vein of Netflix – you have to already be a subscriber to Glenn Beck’s GBTV plus in order to access the live video streams. That will cost you $9.95 per month (though there is a 14-day free trial if you are curious).
Because the app will not stream the video to your Apple TV this app is not quite a return to the big screen for Beck, but if you are obsessed with the man you’ll get plenty of opportunity to see your hero – this is Glenn Beck everywhere and all the time.
The app, however, is meh.