Three years ago, way back in June, 2011, we were proud to introduce our first iOS product, Roadshow. Today, I removed Roadshow from the App Store.
The specific reason for pulling Roadshow is that it is incompatible with the just-released iOS 8. It will still save videos and play them back offline — Roadshow’s reason for being — but the delete video feature no longer works, and that is a fatal flaw. It would be ridiculous to use Roadshow to save videos to watch later, and then have no way to delete them short of deleting the entire app.
That said, this day has been coming for some time. We had high hopes for Roadshow, and I've loved hearing from customers who put it to an astonishing variety of uses. But the reality was that it never worked as a business. It brought in less than $9,000 in revenue over three years, which did not come close to covering the initial development costs (three people working for 9 months). Without any prospect of revenue growth we could not justify further development, and over time its utility declined. One by one a number of major web video sites (e.g. Vimeo) made changes that broke Roadshow’s ability to save their videos.
I am grateful to everyone who gave Roadshow a try, mentioned it to friends, and wrote reviews. It was exciting to work on a very different sort of app, and fun to be able to watch videos as part of our jobs. We’re very busy working on Fetch these days, but someday I hope to return to iOS.