A few years ago, my wife and I took the plunge to “cut the cord” on cable television. We just weren’t watching enough TV to justify paying for it, and we wanted to see if we could do without it. So we decided to go the streaming route where we would get our TV shows through Hulu Plus and Netflix, and our movies through Amazon, Netflix, and iTunes. To this day, we are glad that we have made the choice to do this.
But, one of the things that we have always had a hard time with is figuring out where and when a movie or show is streaming. For example, sometimes a TV show is on Hulu Plus, but not on Netflix, or a movie is available on iTunes, but not on Amazon or Netflix. A part of me wishes that all the different services would release shows and movies at the same time, but we know that is a pipe dream.
That’d leave you with the arduous task of searching between all the services, if it weren’t for a new app: Can I Stream It?.This web app takes the headache of trying to figure out what is playing on what service, and I have really liked using it. Here’s why.
Finding a new film that would interest you can be difficult. So many new movies come out each year, but then, the majority wouldn’t be ones you’d necessarily want to watch. Plus, there’s so many classic movies that you might really like, but would never hear of without searching for them.
We got the chance to talk to the Goodfilms team, who are working on developing their app to help people find movies they’ll love easier. Following is our interview with them, where they talk about how they can give better recommendations for movies, their thoughts on Netflix recommendations, and how they use web apps to build their app.
In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting QVIVO. The developer describes QVIVO as QVIVO is a social media center app making your entire media collection available on any device, all organized and in sync via the QVIVO Cloud.
QVIVO automatically imports your movie, TV and music files from around your home into beautiful libraries, complete with covers, trailers and even subtitles. All media files, iTunes libraries and playlists added to one QVIVO device shows up on all of them.
Read on for more information and screenshots!
When it comes to watching movies and TV shows, I am all in. Tasty snacks, comfy couch, cold beverages: you name it, I’ll have it. To me, watching videos is a phenomenal experience and I don’t like to be disturbed. That’s why I watch them all alone. No nags, gossips or useless banter when my eyes are glued to the screen.
This habit of mine annoys my friends to the core, as I never accompany them to the movie halls or a TV show marathon. But, I would gladly take their recommendations on what to watch next. At times, I need the help of an algorithm to feed my video addiction and use apps like Glue. I recently discovered Matcha and took it upon me to check if it’s any good.
The short answer, of course not. The industry is, however, fighting a needlessly difficult battle in which users pay the price—literally and figuratively. So the real question is, are we, the users, fighting a losing battle? Personally I think the short answer to that is, yes.
Around every corner is another hurdle for those of us who want to enjoy our video media via internet rather than the traditional cable, satellite or physical media source. What are we to do?