The Apple TV app is an example of Apple designing an app to look good at the expense of working well. Its basic job: give me a list of the shows I’ve been watching, regardless of what service they’re on.* What we get instead is a horizontal scrolling set of thumbnails, and only 4–5 fit on the screen at a time. And they’re sorted most-recent first, when I usually want to watch the oldest unwatched episode first. (That is, I want to watch last week’s Arrow before watching this week’s Silicon Valley.) A simple, vertical list of episodes is the right way to do this, but it doesn’t look all fancy with high-resolution thumbnails, and it provides no place to include suggestions for other movies and shows, because doing that harms the usability of the function being performed (showing me a to-do list style manifest of my unwatched episodes).

* Except Netflix.

David Ely @davextreme