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Best Free iPad App of the Week: i.TV

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Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Best Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.

This week’s pick is i.TV – the best TV guide type app (with lots more to it) that I’ve found for the iPad. It lets you see what’s airing on TV, and what’s available on Netflix, Hulu and iTunes.

Here are some of its key features:

-Local TV listings based on your service provider (US and Canada).
-Bookmark favorite shows
-Schedule your TiVo DVR
-Miss an episode of your favorite show? i.TV helps you find it on iTunes, Hulu, and Netflix
-Add shows to your Netflix disc or instant queue
-Entertainment news that updates in real time and filter by favorite shows
Sign in to i.TV with your Facebook, Twitter, Google or AOL account to access advanced features and allow synching from your iPhone to your iPad.

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i.TV Is One of the Most Frustrating iPad Apps I’ve Used

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i.TV is touted as ‘the #1 TV guide in the App Store’ – and I think that’s a fair claim when it’s working. The thing is though, it just will not work consistently without major headaches.

I’ve tried out several TV listings apps on the iPad, and i.TV is by far and away my favorite. It has the cleanest and easiest to use inteface – so I can see what’s on more quickly.

It frustrates the crap out of me though – because once every week or so it completely forgets all the settings for my location, cable provider and cable plan. And of course it can’t show anything when it doesn’t know those details. This wouldn’t be so bad if it could be easily fixed each time it occurred. If, say, I could just plug those details back in and it would start working again then it would be just a couple of minutes wasted and then back to normal service.

But that’s not the way things go when it gets one of its frequent bouts of amnesia. When it does, it prompts me to enter my TV service provider (Time Warner Cable), my plan etc. Then nothing will happen. So I’ll go to settings within the app, see that it’s still blank, and enter the required info again. I’ll check back to make sure the info has ‘stuck’ in the settings, and it has, but still the app does nothing. I’ll then quit the app via the Multitasking Bar and re-open it. Then it will have forgotten my info again. Sometimes I go through this little circle several times, but always with the same end result – no listings.

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