For folks who have been following CrackBerry for a while now, you may have caught the times where I've mentioned I never really watch a lot of television. It's just really not my thing to have a set schedule in order to watch the few TV shows that do interest me, so instead I have a few networked media players that I make use of such as a Roku along with XBMC installed on a computer that stays connected to my TV.
The problem with that set up though is that I can never really find the remotes, I'm not exactly the most organized person and those remotes are small and they tend to get lost fairly quickly. The one thing I always have around is my BlackBerry, making it the ideal remote when paired with a good app that can handle all of my networked players.
Now I've tried a lot of apps in the past the worked for sure but none of them offered me the sort of integration that the recent entrant Clicker offers. Rather than just sticking to one networked player, the Built for BlackBerry app Clicker ties them all into one app and from my own experience, does a great job of doing so. Here's all the systems it covers:
- WD TV Live (running WDlxTV firmware)
- WD TV Live Plus (running WDlxTV firmware)
- WD TV Live Streaming Media Player
- WD TV Live Hub
- XBMC 12+
Clicker even goes so far as to offer quick access links to the services you use the most such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora and more. Perhaps the best part of Clicker though is that it is fairly easy to set up. Now, I say that as a person who has fought with other apps before in an effort to get them working right but Clicker came out on top in this area.
Just have your BlackBerry connected to the same WiFi network as your media player and you should be good to go as Clicker will find all the settings for you. Keep in mind if you have any firewalls or routers blocking access they'll need to be configured correctly for such things, you can't really fault the app for those problems.
Today is a good day to actually check out Clicker as well as it has just been updated with several bug fixes and performance enhancements. Additionally, you'll find support for dark and light themes with configurable background colors, text entry via the BlackBerry keyboard and even volume control on supported media players.
You'll find Clicker available in BlackBerry World right now for only $2.99 with support for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones plus, the developer has included support for the BlackBerry PlayBook as well. If you're in need of such an app, this is one you'll certainly want to check out.