Wow, I haven’t thought of TV Guide in a long time. I remember as a kid my grandma had a perpetual subscription to it and it was always on her coffee table next to the TV remote. I can’t remember the last time I actually read one, now we have guides built right into our TVs or cable boxes to see what’s on so I don’t see a need for it. Anyway, TV Guide just announced it’s new TV companion app for finding, watching and social sharing on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.
TV Guide Mobile today debuted its next-generation, one-stop TV companion app providing personalized discovery, instant watching, and social sharing, exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The new product’s centerpiece is TV Guide’s Watchlist, its groundbreaking platform featuring dozens of innovations based on user research and feedback. More than 500,000 people already have created Watchlists on TVGuide.com, which has more than 25 million monthly unique users. TV Guide Mobile’s first-generation apps have been installed more than 7 million times.
Watchlist makes TV simple again: When users add shows, sports teams, actors and movies, Watchlist shows them on a single screen all the ways to watch – on TV, on demand, streaming and DVD. Users also can share and discuss what they’re watching with their social networks or link to ABC, ABC Family, CW, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, MAX GO, Crackle and iTunes to watch their favorites. Additional video sources will be added over the next few weeks.
New features unique to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch include New Tonight Trending, a social hot list based on what TV Guide users are watching, plus Watchlist filters for News and New Tonight, which show users only their favorites.
In addition to Watchlist and New Tonight Trending, new features include:
Social check-in and discussion: Throughout the app, check in, share and discuss what you’re watching via social networks using TV Guide’s “I’ll Watch” button.
Video Search and Curated Video Channels: Find the TV shows, movies and web originals you want to watch now or browse through editor- and guest-curated channels. The first guest curator is Shira Lazar, host of What’s Trending; each week will feature a new guest curator.
Celebrity Watchlist Videos: The biggest stars – Sigourney Weaver, Tina Fey, James Van Der Beek and more – share why they love their favorites in these exclusive TV Guide videos.
Super-Charged “Classic” Listings: Our best listings grid ever, including alerts, HD and favorite channel filters, “I’ll Watch” social sharing, and instant “Add to Watchlist”
Original Editorial Content: TV Guide’s original breaking news and features – and the ability to discuss them with editors and other fans
Unique Advertising Opportunities: TV Guide has created a number of unique, beyond-the-banner opportunities, including video showcases, branded content, and the ability to sponsor the “Add to Watchlist” button.
The TV Guide App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.