The National Film Board of Canada is “Canada’s Public film producer and distributor”. For over 70 years it has delivered thousands of unique documentaries, animated films and more to the world. Growing up, I loved watching many of their children’s features on TV. I’m now able to watch them whenever I want through the NFB Films application on my BlackBerry PlayBook. Yes, I can even watch William Shatner sing O Canada over and over again. Through the app, you are able to watch over 2000 films; which are encoded in MPEG 4 H.264 at 56k, 415k and 1000k. In the application you can search through featured films as well as search by channel or title. If you have found a film that you’d like to “dog ear”, NFB Films includes a Favourites section.
It only takes a few seconds to open up channel listings and start watching movies. The application allows you to view films in (almost) full screen mode, or stay in the original view where you can see the film synopsis and details to the left. You’re also able to pick any point in the film to skip forward or back to. I’m glad that RIM has included this application on the PlayBook. I’ve you haven’t had a chance to check it out, go make some popcorn, dim the lights and enjoy. If you have removed it, you can reinstall it for free from Blackberry App World.