Let the Internet Be Your TV with Frequency

Ever since I decided to cut the cord and get rid of cable a little over a year ago, I’ve found myself watching a lot more videos online. I soon realized that since I was now forcing myself to do this, there was a good amount of video content online that could help me get my limited TV fix. I have also been noticing that many of the news websites are starting to put more video content online than ever before, which is a welcome sign for people like me.

Through this continual experiment, I found that although I liked watching videos on my computer, I preferred to watch them on my iOS devices. When I learned about Frequency a couple of weeks ago, I just had to give it a try to see if it would meet my needs. The easiest way to explain it, is that it is your personal video app where you can get content from around the web and watch it on your iPhone.

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Creating Channels to Watch

I will be perfectly honest and say that I didn’t expect much when I first downloaded this app. What originally appealed to me was the possibility to watch more videos from some of the news sites that I visit frequently. But, when I first started to set up the app, I soon realized they were not fooling around with the amount of video content you could choose from.

Searching for channels to add

Searching for channels to add

When you first start to use Frequency, you have to set up channels to watch and you can do this in a variety of ways. First, you can connect your social accounts — Twitter, Facebook and YouTube — and it can pull in video content from them. Secondly, you can search and select channels through the vast amount that are within the app itself. This can be done by selecting a topic, and then scrolling through the different channels and finding ones that you like.

Watching Videos

I am always a little leery when it comes to watching video on the iPhone, but with the Retina display it is much better than before. Frequency does a good job of utilizing the smaller screen size to give you a good experience. When you click on a channel you will see all of the videos and you can scroll through to find the one you want to watch. When watching videos, you can either view it in portrait or landscape mode, and if you have an Apple TV, you can also send it to your TV and watch it there.

Viewing a video in portrait mode

Viewing a video in portrait mode

There are also some social features as well as a watch later function that can come in handy. When you’re done watching a video, you can share it to Facebook, Twitter and also email or send via text to someone. I think that this is the perfect amount of social interaction to have on an app like this as you don’t want to saturate it and take the goal of watching videos away.

Social features (left) Save For Later features (right)

Social features (left) Save For Later features (right)

Just Right

After using Frequency on a regular basis for the last couple of weeks, I came away thinking that it was right where it needed to be in terms of features. They made the experience of finding and watching videos simple to do and they didn’t try to add on other features to make it feel overwhelming. I felt it was easy to navigate and they were able to still provide you with what you needed, even though they were limited by the smaller screen.

There are a couple of things that I would do to improve the app and make it better. I would love to be able to organize my channels and put them into folders. Since they are on top and you scroll through to see them, if you have a lot of channels it is somewhat cumbersome to have to keep scrolling through to get to the channel you want. It would be nice to be able to organize them into folders, where you can organize them how you like. Second, I wish there was a way where I could create a channel for a site that may not be in the list that is given to you in Frequency. With the web app, you are able to input an RSS feed and Frequency will pull in videos from that site and it would be nice to have this option in its iPhone counterpart as well.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Frequency is a solid video watching app to use on the iPhone and I enjoyed it and will continue to use it. I can definitely see it coming in handy for those that are consistently mobile and don’t necessarily have a ton of time to sit down to watch the news. It is also great for those of you who have decided to cut the cord and save some money.

Speaking of money, the app itself is free to use and there is nothing to pay for. It would be interesting to see if they could somehow score some quality content and maybe make it an in app purchase. Anyways, if you are looking to get more of your video fix, or are looking for alternatives because you cut the cord as well, go and check out Frequency.


Watch videos from around the world wide web with Frequency