One of uTest’s greatest strengths is its 55,000+ professional testers from 188 countries around the world. And we go to great lengths to build such a vibrant community, whether it be via our blog, forums, uMeetups, or other avenues.
And while we’ve leveraged our testing community to take over the worlds of mobile app testing and website testing, as well as app security and usability testing, there’s one area in which the uTest juggernaut has lacked a presence: that’s right, television. But thanks to our recent D Round investment and several hours of work, uTest is pleased to announce the launch of uTest.TV. All testing. All the time. On TV!
“Think about it,” said uTest CMO, Matt Johnston. “uTest has more than 55,000 professional testers, as well as 1,000+ customers – that’s more than the audiences of LifeTime, CSPAN2 and ESPN8 (aka “the Ocho”) combined! If there’s room for them, then there’s almost certainly, probably, possibly room for us… right? No, seriously, I’m asking…”
Let’s hope so. We have a lot riding on the success of this network (remember, we spent, like, an entire afternoon on it). But with the below list of original programs, how can we possibly fail?
Charlie’s Angel Investors
You thought Shark Tank was riveting television (seriously, did you?) – well, see what happens when angel investing all-stars Chris Dixon, Dave McClure, Ron Conway and Michael Arrington work with fledgling entrepreneur Charlie Sheen to refine, launch and scale his winning startup idea.
Level-headed tester Michael Bluth takes over after his entire dev team is imprisoned for “light treason”. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional test team makes his job unbearable. A comedy for smart people, this show is destined to be cancelled within three years tops, so watch it while you can.
Real World: Testing
Spontaneous. Unscripted. Likable. None of these words describe the new season of the Real World, where eight testers will live and test together in the harsh confines of a 25-room mansion. What happens when testers stop being fake and start being force-fed alcohol? Your guess is as good as ours.
Saturday Night Live Load Testing
It’s Saturday night and you’re ready for some laughs, but you won’t find any here. That’s because we use Saturday night for live load tests of our network server. How else can we prepare for literally dozens of viewers? Tune in if you want, but all you’ll see is the same sketches as the week before, plus tons of commercials (bada bing!).
The UX Factor
Simon Cowell is back, and he’s pretty pissed off – this time it’s about poor information architecture, usability, and graphic design. Watch as a cavalcade of designers bring their apps before the toughest judge on TV.
Two and a Half Testers
The life of a free-wheeling, womanizing, alcoholic tester comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year old nephew move into his test lab. Jokes and laughter will be dubbed in later.
This new-school drama follows a group of testers in the nation’s most upscale IP address. Will Dylan break Kelly’s code? Will gambling cost Brendan his status as Scrum master? Will Donna Martin graduate with an ISTQB certification? Is Andrea getting too old for testing? You’ll watch, but you probably won’t admit it.
How I Met Your Test Manager
Set in Silicon Valley, this comedic drama follows the recollections of test engineer Ned Tosby, who explains to his co-worker the events that led to his meeting of their test manager. Trust us, it’s funnier than it sounds.
The Young and the Testless
Explore the glamorous world of denial of service, forbidden tester-developer romance and other over-the-top plotlines in uTest TV’s #1 daytime drama. Passionate acting, witty dialogue and believable storylines – this show has none of them. But characters might come back from the dead. Deal?
16 and Testing
She’s only 16, but she’ll do what she wants! In this case, that means software testing. This show follows the lives of 16-year old girls as they enter the adult world of software testing. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll judge.
Kourtney and Kim Test NewYork.com
You’ve seen them test their husbands’ patience, but wait til you see the Kardashian sisters test the Big Apple’s official website! And you thought maybe they couldn’t figure out computers (spoiler alert: they can’t).
With new murders each week – grisly murders that can only be solved with the help of low-talking, sunglasses-wearing, bad-guy-strangling software testers – CSI: Testing is the world’s most popular crime testing drama. It’s also the only crime testing drama, but whatever.
The .XML Files
A software tester for the FBI and his skeptical, sometimes attractive sidekick investigate the supernatural and unexplained (like GUI bugs in IE 7) while hidden forces (product & dev) work to impede their efforts. The truth is out there, but let’s test it anyway.
60 Minutes (of testing)
Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick. Watch old people become incredulous at the fads of today’s young test teams. Hidden cameras explore the dangers of exploratory testing. Are jeans at work to blame for the lack of quality in mobile apps? Why are testers constantly on your lawn? To find out, tune in on Sunday night (when all the other good stuff is on).
It’s Always Sunny in Testadelphia
This show follows “The Group”, a gang of underachieving testers who run an unsuccessful testing firm called Testadelphia. Drug use, profanity and strong language are just a few of the reasons to tune in. If you ever wondered what testers on crack would look like, look no further.
Which of these programs will be must-see TV for you? Ready to experience the greatest testing entertainment — or should we say, testertainment — experience of your life? Then check out uTest.TV >>>