After having no success with YouTube Mobile, I decided to give TinyTube.net a try because I heard that it works with the Curve. Not entirely true. I couldn’t stream any videos and because I didn’t have a memory chip yet, I couldn’t save the videos either.
Streaming just simply doesn’t work with the Curve. I spoke to a Telus rep about this and I was told that they have been trying to get streaming video to work and they were supposed to release an update in March 2008 that would have allowed streaming. Since the update never came out, it should arrive some time in the summer. There are no guarantees.
I have seen some people claim that if you try different resolutions then the video works. I tried streaming both hi and low quality video and I still got an error message.
As a site, TinyTube isn’t that good either. The content on the site is pitiful compared to that of YouTube. I tried searching for my favorite videos from YouTube on TinyTube and was met mostly with empty searches.
Once you find a video you like, you click into it and you get a strange message that is sort of confusing. The message talks about how your video will be ready shortly and it gives you a job ID like “23423982435982734″ and an ETA for your content that shows up as “~0.07 minutes”. Mmmmkaye. What’s the hold up? Does TinyTube employ an army of monkeys that need time to render the video?
Then when you refresh enough your content becomes ready and you can watch or download depending on what you have specified. Some of the videos I downloaded were unavailable adding to my already unsatisfactory experience.
At this point things are looking pretty bleak for the BlackBerry Curve as a device for mobile entertainment. In my next post, I’ll be getting a memory chip in the hopes of finally getting sweet video on my Curve.