I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. It is insanely frustrating that Google and Netflix refuse to integrate with the TV app across Apple’s platforms. There is no reason YouTube TV and Netflix cannot integrate. It is a product decision that they are making intentionally. At a time when seamless integration is an expectation, these product decisions make absolutely no sense to me.

While more expensive than its competitors, the Apple TV device is by far the best streaming device available on the market. Once a user adds all of their favorite apps and services, the TV app becomes a valuable tool to surface, aggregate, and organize shows, movies, and sporting events. Why a content provider would intentionally choose to not use every channel available to them to get their content in front of as many eyes as possible is completely illogical to me.

The reality is that my family searches the Apple TV app first, YouTube TV second, and Netflix third. I have noticed this behavior with each family member. So, if the content is available directly on another app, YouTube TV and Netflix lose those streams. Admittedly, Netflix is on notice at our house. I’m just not sure we need it anymore.

For perspective on Iowa’s caucus results last night, I want to remind everyone just how small Iowa is based on population.

There are 281 cities in the United States with larger populations than the number of people who voted last night. This is based on the 2020 census.

So, when we take a step back and think about how small Iowa really is, we begin to realize how ridiculous it is that we allow ourselves to be swayed by 110,000 people in a state with no major metropolitan areas.

I went to Iowa. I love Iowa City. The reality is that Iowa is not representative of the country as a whole. We have to remember that.

Watching the Iowa Caucus coverage tonight and thinking about all of the language that has been used at the debates and rallies over the last several months (years). If you listened just a little bit during your history classes in high school, you would be able to link the words and rhetoric being used by the Republican candidates to those used by Mussolini and Hitler in the 1920s and 1930s to gain power.

Rick Steves put together an hour-long program about the rise of Fascism in Europe. Obviously with just an hour, the program can only cover the topic at a very high level, but in that one hour, you will notice a clear linkage between how Mussolini and Hitler duped their countrymen and how Trump has done the same thing.

The main lesson learned by the Italian and German participants in the program? Education, education, education. But think about what has happened in the United States in the last several decades. Civics education is no longer considered mandatory or even all that important in many high schools. The foundation has been set to allow history to repeat itself.

It is not that much of a stretch to see a future where the world must come together to prevent a fascist United States from doing something incredibly heinous. History can and does repeat itself especially when education is minimized and dismissed.

Can someone please explain to Republicans that there is no “Democrat Party?” Saying it just makes them sound really, really dumb. There have to be more intelligent candidates out there, right?

Discovered an annoying difference between the Fire TV and Apple TV versions of the YouTube TV apps this morning. I wouldn’t be so annoyed if the feature wasn’t so helpful.

On the Fire TV, the Select button takes the user back to the previously watched channel which can be super helpful when trying to check in on a couple games without using Multiview.

On the Apple TV, the Select button pauses the current show which really does not make a whole lot of sense to me. Like the Fire TV remote, the Apple TV remote also has a Pause button so why use the Select button to perform a function that already has a dedicated button? It’s not great UX design especially for those households that have streaming devices from multiple vendors.

Being a solution manager myself, it is somewhat relieving that even Google makes mistakes like this from time to time, but it is a great opportunity for the two product teams to get together and create consistent user experiences.