With TV programming now widespread out opposite a accumulation of services over normal network TV, it can be tough to know what to watch next and what’s popular, given how much good calm there is to select from. An app called TV Time is assisting with that, by permitting TV fans to lane shows they’re watching, learn new programs and consort with associate fans following any episode. Now the company is doubling down on its ability to help you find your next show with the launch of personalized recommendations.
Your recommendations are formed on the app’s bargain of dozens of signals, including things like which shows you watched, which you binged through, those your friends watch, those where you intent in the show’s community, those you’ve favorited, and more.
You can additionally filter your recommendations by network, standing (ended, upcoming, etc.), genre, service where the show is accessible and other factors.
(Above: TV Time identifies me as a sci-fi nerd who has nonetheless to watch Stargate. we know, we know!)
What creates TV Time’s recommendations singular is that they’re formed on your observation function opposite all of television, not just a singular service like Netflix.
“There’s an implausible volume of peculiarity TV being done now — some of the budgets are violent — and since all these opposite platforms are doing it, it becomes some-more treacherous for the consumer to find out where to watch, to remember where they left off and to remember when the premiere is,” says TV Time COO Dan Brian. “It’s tough to contend it all.”
Similarly, reckoning out what to watch next is also formidable since there are so many ways to lane what calm you like, but nothing of that information is now accessible opposite platforms. That is, Netflix doesn’t know what you like on Amazon or HBO, and so on.
“We took the 8 billion episodes of TV that had been tracked in the app — episodes that are from every height that exists,” Brian explains. “And since we have that 360 grade perspective of what people watch, we should be means to make the best recommendations to you as to what to watch next.”
In practice, the recommendation algorithm leaned a bit too tough on picks from television’s back catalog, we found in testing, and didn’t as heavily take into comment favorited shows as I’d like. But the guarantee of appurtenance training is that its recommendations will get better in time, the some-more it’s used to find and follow new shows.
TV Time began its life as WhipClip, a source for a authorised collection of GIFs from favorite shows, before pivoting to turn a social TV community.
This is an area startups in the past tried to enter, as with GetGlue (acquired by i.TV half a decade ago), or social TV pioneer Miso, which close down in 2014. Arguably, these companies arrived too shortly — before the cord-cutting trend gave way to dozens of streaming services and à la grant options galore for building out your own personal gold of TV.
While in the past, all of America clearly watched the many renouned TV shows together at the same time, anticipating someone now who likes a show you watch is reduction common. And to find them examination it at the same time as you is even rarer, interjection to the finish of “appointment television” for almost all solely for a tiny series of breakthrough hits like “Game of Thrones.”
That creates an app like TV Time feel like a place where you can really find “your people” — either it’s associate sci-fi lovers, reality show junkies or whatever else you’re into.
Beyond its new recommendations, you can use the app to lane favorite shows, find out when shows are returning or learn what’s renouned among the community, and more.
On your profile, you can set shows as favorites, lane your personal TV observation information and see how your posts to TV Time’s show communities are doing. You also can follow friends to see which shows are being watched by people you know.
After imprinting an part as “watched,” you can then bound into the village to perspective the reactions, which are shared in the form of GIFs, photos, videos, memes and more. The app creates meme-building easy, interjection to an enclosed set of screencaps that can be churned with other content, then shared to the community.
You also can record a video greeting — something that’s a renouned activity on YouTube, and accessible in some-more of short-form format on TV Time.
There’s a startling volume of village engagement, too.
A show may have a hundred or some-more reactions posted by fans, many with hundreds of likes. And a buzzy show like “The Walking Dead” may have hundreds of video reactions alone after a new part premieres.
The company says there are now some-more than a million people using the app daily, where they’re means to lane any one of some-more than 60,000 shows and some-more than 8 billion TV episodes. Users check in with TV Time some 45 million times per month, and rivet some-more than half a million times by posting comments, photos, GIFs, videos and more.
As TV Time improves these recommendations in the weeks ahead, it will also start to show your “TV Time score” — how good your interests compare with a given piece of calm — in all of the show pages in the app.
With its newfound ability to make personalized show suggestions, TV Time hopes to attract some-more infrequent TV fans, and eventually aims to sell its information on what people are examination to help surprise TV producers and networks which shows to fund next, as good as yield rival insights, among other things.
“But we’ll never sell particular profiles of people,” Brian stresses. “We’re operative with partners on aggregate, anonymized information about what the trends are,” he says.
Today TV Time generates income by a reward tier, which has tens of thousands of profitable users. But this will likely be forsaken in time as its information business beam up.
TV Time is a free download on iOS and Android.