TG4 are a very forward looking television network here in Ireland. They are the public service broadcaster for Irish-language speakers. TG4 had a plan to launch a new online player on their website and approached us to build a brand new app to coincide with the launch.
We sat down with TG4 to outline the goals of the project. We wanted to take advantage of the latest iOS features and add brilliant new features to make it the best player in Ireland.
To make the best player app in Ireland. To do this we needed to start fresh. A brand new app that would support the latest devices, have chromecast output and on the fly language switching.
TG4 gave us the autonomy to expand on the initial brief and we proposed a number of additional featured that they loved.
We met with the team at TG4 to outline their requirements, understand their viewers and bring our own ideas.
While the majority of their viewers speak Irish we wanted to make the player accessible to everyone. We decided to add support for multiple languages in the app. The only problem is the default system Apple provide requires you to close down the app and launch it again when you change language. This wasn’t good enough so we decided to roll our own. On the fly switching on languages, check.
The viewers also wanted Airplay support on the new app, so they could continue watching on their TV. We went a step further and proposed Chromecast support also, a first amongst the Irish player apps.
We love power users, so we proposed a few features for them too. Split screen support on iPads means users can watch TG4 while working away on another app. Great for watching the GAA in work! We also suggested 3D Touch support, which allows us to add quick shortcuts to different parts of the app from the home screen.
TG4 are brilliant to work with. Although having an idea of what they wanted they gave us free reign to come up with new concepts and propose them.
We designed the TG4 player be a fully universal app, meaning it works flawlessly on both iPad and iPhone. We outlined various reusable ‘blocks’ in our designs which would work brilliantly on both devices.
In the new TG4 player we wanted content to be king. We crafted a beautiful tile design which puts the artwork up front and centre. With a section up top for featured content and a smaller section below for the latest programmes.
We designed the search functionality to closely resemble the home screen so that we wouldn’t break the flow and again letting the content do the talking.
The video player screen keeps the controls out of the way until the user needs them. We added in quick controls for casting to a Chromecast, Airplaying and choosing subtitles.