Starting today, Haystack TV is available for the iPhone!
Haystack TV first launched on iPad last March and since then we've received amazing feedback from our users. Even though the iPad app has consistently received 5-star reviews we felt as though we needed to create a new user experience suited for a smaller screen. We took everything we had learned from the iPad app and built a new app from the ground up in order to create a way to watch news that was best suited for the iPhone.
The iPhone app is the culmination of countless hours of research, design, and development. The app features some key innovations that will create a truly enjoyable news-watching experience:
A GREAT LEANBACK EXPERIENCE
We noticed that our existing users love the "My Headlines" channel that we build for them each time they open Haystack TV. Each user's headlines channel is different, and is based on both their interests and what's trending and important in the news.
When you launch the iPhone app you're immediately taken to a fullscreen mode for watching your headlines. You can swipe back and forth between videos, and the video switching is fast (we call it “instant playback”). As you watch and skip, Haystack TV learns more about you so we can better tailor your headlines to your interests.
Swiping isn't the only way to access more video news on Haystack TV. If you tap on the grid icon in the top right corner you can easily hop from one of your favorite channels to another. We source content from hundreds of publishers and give you the best of what’s trending day to day.
But we took browsing one step further. We realized that people love to keep watching a news video while browsing. So we created a “mini-player” at the bottom of the screen, which allows you to keep watching your current video while you use the grid view. This simultaneous browse and watch mode makes consuming video news really efficient, and entertaining.
ON THE GO OR AT HOME – YOUR CHOICE
Haystack TV works great when you're on the go, at the gym on the treadmill, or while you're shuffling around your home doing errands. But if you’re in the mood to watch the news on your TV you can do that too! Tap on the Airplay button and your video will immediately start playing on your Apple TV. Or if you have a Cast-ready device like a Chromecast, tap on the Cast button. Your phone acts as a remote control to watch the news on your TV!
MORE COMING SOON
This is just the beginning. Our goal is to give you a great customized, leanback experience for watching the news, that is easy-to-use, entertaining, and most of all, informative. We have a great roadmap full of great features planned for the future. If you have ideas or suggestions just email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!