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Using CONK! on Mobile Devices

CONK!’s terrific user interface employs a cutting-edge technology called responsiveness. What this means is that the interface auto-magically reformats itself, on the fly, to whatever the dimensions are of the web browser displaying it. And it just doesn’t “squeeze stuff in”, either – it will actually change the layout of the screen depending on the size and orientation of your device’s display. (The best way to test this is to bring a CONK! screen up on your tablet, and then turn the display from portrait to landscape; you will instantly see a different layout for the new screen orientation.)

So, the good news is that CONK! itself works great on virtually any device running a modern web browser, at any screen size. Now here’s the bad news: Not all videos on CONK! will play on smartphones and tablets – in reality, roughly half of them won’t. This is due to the licensing requirements some of our content providers impose on us; and you might say that it’s part of the payoff for getting so much of this content on the cheap.

Amazingly, the contractual definition of “mobile devices” does not include notebooks and laptops – they will all display all the videos on CONK! So if you want to access CONK! on your ultrabook at the coffee shop, you’re good to go – you’ll be able to access our entire video inventory.

But if you’re on a tablet… well, that’s another matter. Some of these definitions of what a “mobile device” is are kind of legally archaic – but we do what we have to to get videos cheaply, and we pass those savings onto you.

We should mention that the “mobile device” distinction does not apply to news videos or games – they will always display on any device. It’s only some movies and TV episodes that will not play. If that’s the case, what happens when you try to access one of these banned videos will depend on your device and your browser: you might see an error message, you might get just a black box, or you might see a white space where the video player is supposed to be.

Unfortunately, this is part of the downside of streaming video for only twenty bucks a year; and we don’t see this problem going away any time soon. Just keep in mind that, compared to all those poor bastards who signed up for Netflix, you’re saving about a hundred bucks a year!