09
Aug
unnamed (4)

The NFL pre-season started this week. That doesn't have anything to do with the PGA, but I thought it might liven up this story about a golf app.

 unnamed (5) unnamed (2) unnamed (3)

PGA Championship is the official Android app for the eponymous sporting event. It's sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, and by "sponsored," I mean that there appears to be a photo of a car that I can't afford on a lot of the app screens. That sponsorship does come with some nice perks, namely live score updates and free video coverage of the championship, no cable subscription required. Of course, the "Countdown to Rochester" screen probably would have been more useful if the app hadn't been published late yesterday, August 8th, on the opening day of the tournament.

unnamed unnamed (4)

The app is marked as incompatible with tablets for no discernable reason. Which is a real bummer, considering that it's at least somewhat possible that sports fans might want to watch their game on the biggest screen available to them. Of course you could try side-loading it onto the tablet of your choice - it's a free app, after all - but specifically leaving tablet users out in the rough is more than a bit annoying.

2013-08-09_10h17_58

Early users are also reporting video errors and invalidated packages, even after a quick-and-dirty update to version 1.0.9. So the tradition of woefully bad "official" sports apps continues. Better luck next year, folks.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • krudl3rx

    The tournament is on CBS (weekend) - that is why no tablets.

  • Michael

    It works fine on my nexus 7, after sideloading.

    The APK : https://copy.com/mbVfpQYHfGQa

    Live Video links which can be played by the native player or MX (Or on your desktop in VLC)
    Marquee Group : http://pga-lh.akamaihd.net/i/pga_1@121308/master.m3u8?_a_=on&__b__=400-2200
    Par 3 : http://pga-lh.akamaihd.net/i/pga_2@121308/master.m3u8?_a_=on&__b__=400-2200
    Press Room : http://pga-lh.akamaihd.net/i/pgapress_1@131147/master.m3u8?_a_=on&__b__=200-2200

    • clobber

      Please tell me how you got those links because it works awesome in MX player. I can't get it to play in VLC on desktop though? Just putting it in there as a URL under Media->Open Network Stream.

      Do you have the URL for the broadcast?

      • Michael

        A little digging around the app.

        To get it to work properly in VLC, you need to download the playlist file, open that in a text editor and select which quality you want and paste that link in vlc.

  • Brother Love

    I'd just like to know how Tiger set a record -24 in Round 1 with his 2 Rivals on -23? amazing lol
    top right screenshot above

  • Gerjannn

    It's just a big LOL how people create apps everytime. A beautiful holo action bar, but at the bottom the most ugly iPhone-look-a-like click bar, seriously, how can you do that.

Quantcast