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Boomerang is a children’s cartoon television channel. You can find Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and more on there. The television channel is now also hosted online by the streaming service VRV.

All of your favorite old cartoons are available in one place. The amount of titles and episodes available to viewers is astounding. Boomerang does a great job of keeping the viewer happy.

The streaming hos,t VRV was created in 2016. It aims to pull together channels for fans of anime, animations, sci-fi, comics, tech, among other genres. Over the years, VRV has hosted quite a few popular channels. Some of the channels that have since left the company are Shudder, Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, and Funimation.

Website Design

The overall website design is from VRV. It is a large streaming service that offers multiple channels to subscribers. Some of the channels that can be found on VRV include NickSplat, Crunchyroll, Cartoon Hangover, Hidive, Mondo, Rooster Teeth, and VRV Select.

The idea of a parent streaming company offering channels ideally sounds pleasant. However, VRV is not what I would call a good parent. The website feels very clunky. Featured shows are boxed and not organized very well.

Apart from the appearance of the website, navigation is confusing. One of the more important qualities of streaming services is navigation. Viewers don’t want to spend time trying to figure out how to find the libraries. Personally, I want to be able to get to the library to browse titles as quickly as possible.

When it comes to navigating channels on VRV it is uncomplicated, but frustrating nonetheless. A dropdown menu allows users to change channels. The only thoughtful design is corresponding specific channels to colors. For example, NickSplat is orange and Boomerang is the signature blue color the channel has always used. Otherwise, there is nothing special about the design.

Content

When it comes to content, the Boomerang channel has it all. There are so many shows to choose from and a large selection of episodes to boot. The channel has a plethora of movies and series alike.

The content is usually locked for premium members that subscribe to the channel or the rest of the VRV service. Fortunately, there is plenty to choose from as free members, as well. Not only does Boomerang have older titles like Yogi Bear and The Jetsons; it also has content from Cartoon Network. Shows like Code Name: Kids Next Door and Courage the Cowardly Dog are available on the channel.

Desktop & Mobile Accessibility

Viewing the streaming service from the desktop browser is unpleasant. The poor design is off-putting and frustrating. The positives are that the videos do not lag and the sound quality is okay. The navigation gets confusing. Ultimately, the website is somewhere in the middle on a scale of good and bad. If it came down to content alone, I would say the Boomerang channel is phenomenal.

The mobile browser is annoying to use. The parent company VRV’s home page is a large ad asking for viewers to create an account. Instead of creating my account there, I downloaded the app instead.

The mobile app to watch Boomerang is named VRV after the parent streaming company. First thoughts on the application are pleasant. Creating an account is painless and almost fun. There is a feature to shake the phone and receive random username suggestions. After selecting a name you can choose an interesting icon for your profile. The overall app was also underwhelming. The functions were similar to the desktop and again, not very user-friendly.

Positives

As frustrating as the web site’s navigation and lack of character are, there are some pretty positive things about it too. Most of the issues lie within the parent company, VRV, and not Boomerang itself. The Boomerang channel is one of the best channels the streaming service offers.

There are so very many shows available to the premium users of VRV. At an affordable price of $4.99 per month, you can watch as many old cartoons as you desire. Even better, for $9.99 per month, viewers can access all of VRV’s channels. At first, the price tag might sound alarming, but the amount of unique titles and channels you get in that package is a pretty sweet deal.

The names of the titles are amazing. There are a ton of unique shows that you can only find on Boomerang. Old cartoons like The Smurfs, Carebears, Looney Tunes, and Tom and Jerry are among some of the most recognizable. Apart from Boomerang cartoons, there are Cartoon Network shows available, as well.

Finally, one of the most positive things about the Boomerang channel is the amount of free content included. There are a few shows that allow users without premium memberships to watch the first few episodes. There are also many movies available for free.

Negatives

There are a few issues with the Boomerang channel. Most of the issues are with the parent streaming service, VRV. Being its own streaming service instead of a channel hosted on a platform would solve most of the problems.

The problem I have with VRV is its design and layout. The overall viewer experience is not pleasant, by any means. The design is grey-scale in the worst possible way. The website does not utilize proper shades of grey to create interesting depths. The color scheme affects readability, which is unfortunate.

The flow of the website is practically non-existent. There is no clear pattern to direct eyes. It looks like the shows are lumped together without a second thought of design. There is no pattern concerning genre, category, or sub-category. For a channel with as many shows as Boomerang has, I wish the categories were more distinct.

The organization is the key to success in most streaming website cases. Big names like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ know how important this feature is. VRV and the Boomerang channel should reconsider their category and sorting features to better suit viewers needs.

Improvements Needed

There are a few improvements the Boomerang channel could implement to further enhance their user experiences. Most of the changes would be to the parenting streaming platform, VRV.

If Boomerang could take all of their inventory and bring it to a more flavorful environment, they could easily charge the small channel fee. The experience could even include games featuring characters from the cartoons similar to the ones we saw floating around the web in the early 2000s.

If staying with VRV is the only way for Boomerang to stream its library, forcing the company to re-think its organization system would be useful for all channels. Adding a more visually appealing category system would be best for user experience.

Summary

The Boomerang channel on VRV is overall, a very solid choice to watch some feel-good oldies. There are cartoons containing titles from the time Boomerang first started airing to some of Cartoon Network’s newer (2000s era) shows. Boomerang delivers a unique experience to viewers.

The navigation and website design are frustrating, but the extensive library more than makes up for it. The user experience is not very pleasant. The website’s organizational system needs a lot of work, as well.

Ultimately, for the price, the subscription is worth it. An amazing number of titles for only $4.99 per month is a fair price. Titles of movies you forgot existed will jolt you with nostalgia and convince you to waste several hours binge-watching.

Likes & Hates:
The low pricing is unbelievable
Boomerang delivers on quality content
There are many episodes of series to choose from
Free content is plentiful
Movies are available
Cartoon Network shows are included
The streaming platform service, VRV is frustrating
The website design is poor
The organization of titles is non-existent