Rogers releases City Video app for Android smartphones and tablets, requires Ice Cream Sandwich

Daniel Bader

November 30, 2012 9:11pm

Here’s something we didn’t expect to report on an otherwise-slow Friday afternoon. Rogers has released an Android app for its newly-acquired City Television channel titled City Video.

Like its iOS equivalent, the app allows you to watch the last or two episodes of many popular Citytv shows like 30 Rock, 2 Broke Girls, Parks & Recreation and more. The interface is surprisingly well-designed, with a simple, Holo-esque navigation pattern and a gorgeous sliding side panel that is reminiscent of the new Rdio.

Surprisingly, the app requires Android 4.0.3 to run, likely because it taps into many newer API libraries that ensure optimal performance. Considering most, if not all, of the current Android phones Rogers sells are running Android 4.0 or above, this makes sense as a long-term solution. We’re just a bit surprised that the company is willing alienate an arguably huge portion of its potential audience by striking out Gingerbread.

The app has been designed more for phones than tablets, but scales up nicely to the Nexus 10 thanks to some clever visual tricks. Nonetheless it would be nice to see Rogers build a tablet-specific version with more information and a permanent left sidebar when held in landscape mode, for instance. However, a bug appears to be preventing the app from displaying video on devices running Android 4.2, so the trying to watch a clip results in a force close on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. Hopefully Rogers releases a fix for this quickly, as I can see myself using City Video on my tablet fairly often.

Check out City Video for Android and let us know what you think.

(Thanks Curtis!)

  • Curtis MacAulay

    your welcome! I love that android is getting more and more dev support these days!

  • Feduu Udakta

    Nice, Rogers purchases TV channels, arenas, sport teams, etc. I wonder where the money are coming from… Oh, that’s right…

    I have been Big3 free for 2 years.
    Wind Mobile + Teksavvy.
    Feels good man.
    Join the revolution!

    • Kev L

      Revoution? Lulz

    • techie01

      You d*****s you’re still paying Rogers for Wireless roaming on Wind and Teksavvy prob the same cable in into your house that used to be Rogers, moron.

  • EvanK

    I love 30 Rock. Sad to see it ending because Alec Baldwin is leaving 🙁

  • isdfoa

    who would have expected a carrier to come out with such a modern looking app that is both smooth/fluid and visually pleasing?

  • delumen

    Crashes right when you hit play on a video, I’m using Galaxy Nexus running 4.2.1.

  • John z

    Garbage app. Why would anyone actually install this? Sorry but all Rogers apps are Garbage. They barely work & most of them need a Rogers Subcription.

    Move along people. Nothing to see here.

  • Gregory

    works on my nexus s. nexus 7 however, crashes upon trying to load a video.

  • DeeZee

    Works fine on my Galaxy Note running Liquid Smooth Jelly Bean, as well as on my girlfriend’s stock Note II.

  • Mrb

    i still dont get the appeal of watching tv on a phone. most advertising suggests a 40″ or bigger tv these days and then you get ads for tv on a phone. plus it uses a ton of data i bet.
    i sound grumpy

    • Pat

      Right on. Watching stupid shows on a phone, even if in the bus, shows one’s intellect level.
      Where is society going?

  • Mischa Price

    I can buy an android tablet now

  • Brett Coleman

    Oh yeah, Feduu Udakta, wind is terrible and tek savvy is Bell, fyi.

  • Mike Hawk

    I love stuff like this. Been using the iOS app on my iPhone and stream it to my TV. Looks great!

  • kspraydad

    @fesduu.. lol…im with teksavvy too…but ultimately im srill paying Rogers As they are the wholsaler…