Qplay Internet Video – Utter Nonsense

Qplay Internet Device for TV
Somebody ought to get their head examined!

And I mean right now, kiddo!

There’s a new $49 device out there called Qplay TV adapter for playing Internet video on your TV.

But here’s the catch – Before you can get the $49 Qplay adapter to play Ram Leela songs or any other Internet video on the TV you first have to invest on an iPad tablet costing $280 and up (iPad price depends on screen size, storage capacity, model and cellular connectivity).

This whole idea of Qplay forcing users to have an iPad, download an app, and connect the Qplay adapter to the TV before Internet video of Bollywood or Kollywood songs will play on your TV is utter nonsense.

Just in case you’re unfamiliar with Internet video, here’s an example: πŸ˜‰

I can’t imagine any of the other set-tops like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Box (forthcoming), TiVo, Xbox, PlayStation, WD TV Play, Google Chromecast or Smart TVs requiring an expensive iPad tablet first before they will play your Internet video.

I have used the first-gen Roku box with its small remote for four years now. Works fine with a gazillion channels like Netflix, Amazon Prime etc.

I don’t care if Qplay comes from the co-founders of TiVo.

I ain’t biting.

My four-year-old Roku still does the trick fine.

What’s wrong with a Roku remote or any other remote for that matter?

How Qplay Works

To get the $49 Qplay device to work with your TV, you first need to get an iPad and then download the Qplay app to the tablet!

I checked on my iPad 2 at the AppStore for the Qplay app. Yes, the app is available and requires you to be running iOS 6.1 or higher.

You use Qplay app on the iPad to discover content, playback and as a remote control for the TV which is connected to the Qplay adapter. The whole shebang is integrated with the cloud, where the video content is stored.

Then there’s all this blah blah blah from Qplay about Qs (curated streams of video), continuous playing, cloud serviceΒ  and social sharing.

If you ask me, consumers don’t give a damn about the cloud and not many care about the social aspect too (at least not an asocial person like me).

I don’t care if my Internet video comes from the cloud, Earth or Mars. I just want it to be simple like the Roku.

One of the biggest reasons for Roku’s success is its simplicity. Hook up the Roku box to the TV (wireless or Ethernet). Voila, you’re done. At least, that’s what I did four years back. And it’s still going strong.

Another Downer

In another big downer, the current version of Qplay does not even support Netflix or Hulu Plus, two of the biggest sources of Internet video in the U.S.

No Netflix support is insanity!

Qplay only supports YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, Vine and Instagram at the moment.

San Jose (CA) based Qplay was founded in August 2012. Redpoint Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers bankrolled the startup.

I can’t imagine Qplay getting off to a big start in its current incarnation.

4 Responses to "Qplay Internet Video – Utter Nonsense"

  1. sam   February 26, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Offtopic:

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Lok-Sabha-elections-Pew-Research-Center-survey-suggests-crushing-loss-for-Congress/articleshow/31061304.cms

    Where is the India Elections page Searchindia Isstyle?

    Again No, AAP, may be due to their delayed decision to contest the polls.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Yeah, I saw the Pew Research findings this morning (my time).

    I’m working on an election post right now with the likely headline – “Desperate Indian Cuckoos Seek to Replace One Corrupt Party with Another.”

    Once I complete that, I will pin that to the right column of the SI Blog above Tamil Movie reviews. Give me a few hours.

    Once I do that you can post any election related comments to that easily accessible post.

    Thanks for your (im)patience! πŸ™

    • sam   February 26, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Funny Headline, unfortunately true for us Indians.

      But never give up hope……

  2. boopalanj   February 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Planning to meet the “Son of God”? πŸ˜‰

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcIXCok9HPg

    Looks like a usual movie!! πŸ™

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: Planning to meet the “Son of God”?

    I recently met the Son of God by way of Reza Aslan’s book Zealot.

    And I discovered that much of what we know about the Son of God a.k.a. Jesus is a myth, even the Gospels.

    I wonder if you know that most of our ‘information’ about Jesus comes from works written decades after he died, and then embellished (particularly the ‘miracles’ nonsense) through the ages!

    In a sense, Jesus would be shocked to learn that his bizarre antics led to the founding of a new Religion called Christianity.

    Life is weirder than we can imagine.

    Zealot provides a good overview of Jesus and Christianity. Those who don’t like to read lengthy stuff (and there are many in the Twitter age) will be pleased that Zealot is just 216 pages and a quick read.

    BTW, Jesus himself was illiterate or at best semi-literate.

    Christianity is as big or a bigger con than Hinduism or Islam.

    • boopalanj   February 27, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Yes, I’m aware of the part that much of what we hear today had been written & re-written several years after he died.

      But did not know he was semi-literate.

      I’ll try to read this book (Zealot) if I’m able to get it here.

      But that is how most of the Gods are formed (at least in India). A recent conversation with a friend of mine and references to some of the early literary works of Tamil hint that the famous Tamil God Murugan – was once an independent young leader who seems to have lived around here, won a bloody war against another tribe and protected his tribe or group. And he rose to supreme leader position in his tribe – slowly adapted by most of the other people.

      Centuries after, he would be connected with the Lord Shiva worship in the north, as Murugan being his (second) son and a brother of the Ganesh (the elephant god), because he owned an elephant. I believe, same should have happened to another South Indian god popular in Kerala – Iyyappan – who should have been a leader lived once, worshiped independently, later merged to the Shiva family as third son. Ok, I know you’re not interested in these πŸ˜‰

      So the bottom line is, The gods today – are stories of some, being told and re-told by several people for centuries – and like an Ice cube that is exchanged through multiple hands, it loses its shape and original form. Man’s best creativity is seen in spinning stories and miracles around them.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Whatever languages Jesus may have spoken, there is no reason to think he could read or write in any of them, not even Aramaic.

      p.35, Chapter 4 of Zealot by Reza Aslan

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