If you love watching TV shows and movies, then you might already know about GetGlue. It’s probably the most popular app for “checking in” to TV shows and movies and discovering new stuff. They just updated the Android app to 5.0 bringing a new look and new features for the upcoming Fall TV season.
For starters the Watch section has been redesigned and will help you find out what to watch right now on TV, on streaming, and in theaters. Streaming services include On Demand, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, HBO GO, CBS, FOX, FX, AMC, and a dozen more. They also added a new Search & Discover that lets you search by genres or from “Fun Lists” created by the editorial team. You will even get reminders for new episodes, seasons on steaming and theatrical releases for those that you selected as “Want to Watch.” Show pages are now updated with more information.
Of course watching a TV show or movie is just part of it. Commenting on it is where things get interesting and GetGlue now allows you to add memes, gifs, videos or news articles to any of your posts.
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The guys at GetGlue have redone their social networking app for Android from scratch, giving it a completely new interface and a set of different features. The user interface has been refreshed and cleaned up, giving a Google Now card-style look to the app. Aside from the nice new aesthetics, there are added tabs to monitor TV shows, movies, and sports, as well as a search tab. Curiously, and disappointingly, books, movies, topics and games have been removed in this update.
In addition, a personalized “smart guide” feature that syncs with your cable provider’s guide which suggests the best movies, TV shows, and sports to watch has been added to the app. Also, you can now check in and chat with friends while you watch, as well as watch clips of your favorite programs through the app. However, Foursquare integration has been removed.
The new UI is nice, but the axed features make it a bittersweet update. You can check out the full change log and download the free update after the break.
Source: GetGlue Blog
Stalwart music tagging app Shazam continues to move into areas beyond music. You may have noticed the Shazam logo showing up on TV shows or during commercials. That was a sign that app users could use Shazam to get additional information about the show. Shazam is now expanding that capability to enable users to tag any show on any network. Using Shazam, users can pull up information about a TV show’s cast, what they are tweeting about, IMDB and Wikipedia entries, and more. The app also enables users to tweet out or share via Facebook.
GetGlue is everyone’s favorite check-in service for TV shows, Movies, and sports games so wouldn’t it be nice to carry on real-time conversations as well? GetGlue just added the feature, so whether you are watching sports, a reality show, or any other favorite show, you will become part of the real-time conversation. You will see friends who also checked-in and comments from other fans. GetGlue even filters the noise so only interesting comments show.
Along with real-time conversations, they have redesigned the user experience to be more chat-like. You will find a new home screen that is basically a menu that helps you get to where you want quickly, and the check-in flow is now streamlined as it now takes one less screen to check-in.
If you don’t already have GetGlue you have to give it a try. Download links below.
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Yahoo just released IntoNow, which is another TV and Movie social sharing service, but with a nice twist. When you are watching a show or movie, you can hold your phone up, and within a few seconds it will tell you the name of show with season and episode information so you can share exactly what you are watching on Facebook or Twitter. It even gives you the link to IMDB so you can get more information. This is reason enough to download the free app just to see it work its magic. I tested it on 4 different shows/movies in our hands on video and you can see how impressive it really is. It is as efficient as Shazam is with music.
Get Glue already is one of the leaders here so the question is if you should be switching? I think there is a lot of promise with this app, but I am not ready yet because there isn’t an option to actually type in the movie or show. The listening engine is the only way, so in a movie theater it might be annoying to people around you if you whip out your bright phone to check in after the movie starts. I would like the option to be able to type it in before the movie actually starts. Honestly, I doubt a lot of people are going to find this a hindrance since most viewing is on the TV at home. GetGlue fans that love the stickers will have a hard time moving to this as there is no reward system in place.
Correction: Apparently IntoNow is not meant to be used for new movies in the theater. It is only meant to be for anything that has run on TV in the last 5 years. I still think it should let you type in shows or movies because it is possible that it won’t recognize something even if you are actually watching it on TV.
On the plus side, it does have a notification feature that lets you know when your friends are watching the same episode and it lets you see what is popular right now with all users. I will be keeping an eye on IntoNow to see how it develops. Consider me intrigued.
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