Bring Multi View back to Optik TV
As of September 23 2015, Telus Optik TV removed the multi view TV app for some reason. Not sure why the multi view TV app was removed, but my 'idea' is to have it, or an improved version of it, brought back ASAP.
When I contacted Telus support to find out why it was removed, the only explanation given was that occasionally 'old' apps are removed to make room for new apps. No reason was given for why multi view was chosen to be the 'lucky' app to be removed. Also, I haven't seen any new apps/functions/features added since multi view was removed.
I realize multi view wasn't perfect. In another neighbourhood 'idea' post, JensenCD made a great suggestion with regards to how multi view could have been improved. In addition to design improvements, there was also an occasional 'glitch' with multi view. Once in a while, some of the preview boxes would go black. This was easily resolved though, by simply scrolling past the bottom preview box, then back up. At that point, all boxes again had pictures displayed in them.
Despite any 'downfalls' multi view had, it was a very handy app. One of the main reasons I switched from Shaw TV to Telus Optik TV, was because Optik TV had this app. I am an avid NFL fan (and NFL Sunday Ticket subscriber) and multi view always got a 'workout' every Sunday of the NFL season. I was able to keep tabs on several NFL games at one time thanks to the multi view TV app.
The multi view app was also handy when major news events happened. When the unfortunate shootings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa took place a year ago, multi view was a great way to keep up with coverage from several news channels at one time. Via the side preview boxes, you could easily see when one of the news channels not on the 'main screen', had breaking news. You could then quickly flip over to that channel to get the latest updates.
Also, thanks to Telus adding 10 additional channels for the last Winter Olympic games, using multi view, you could keep up with all events that were taking place at the same time.
The loss of multi view is very disappointing. It may not be an app that would be used on a regular basis, but it was an app that was a very handy app to have when multiple sporting/news events happened at the same time. This type of functionality is not available with other TV providers such as Shaw, and was something that gave Telus a 'leg up' on its competitors. It doesn't make sense to me to remove a feature that was a selling point for Optik TV, and helped differentiate Telus from other TV providers.
As mentioned above, my 'idea' is for Telus Optik TV to bring back the multi view TV app ASAP.