Reelgood, a startup geared toward serving to twine cutters discover their subsequent binge, is out at this time with its biggest update yet. The corporate has been creating its streaming information over the previous 12 months to unravel the problems round discovery that exist when customers drop conventional pay TV in favor of streaming providers like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Prime Video, and others.
The corporate first launched as an internet site in the summertime of 2017 earlier than expanding to mobile final fall. Throughout that point, it’s grown to over 1,000,000 month-to-month lively customers who now test in with Reelgood to seek out one thing new to observe.
With at this time’s replace to its iOS app, Reelgood is including a variety of options, together with personalised suggestions, curated picks, alerts for exhibits and flicks you’re monitoring, superior search and filtering, and the flexibility to trace content material over 50 extra streaming providers, amongst different issues.
As discovery is Reelgood’s focus, the up to date app now presents two new kinds of suggestions.
One is Reelgood’s personal tackle “As a result of You Watched” – a kind of viewing suggestion you’ll discover at this time on particular person providers, like Netflix. However these are extra restricted as a result of they’ll solely counsel different exhibits or motion pictures they provide themselves. Reelgood’s suggestions will as a substitute span all of the providers you’ve gotten entry to, providing a extra common set of options.
This function is tied to Reelgood’s watch historical past, the place you monitor which exhibits and flicks you’ve seen. Meaning it’s important to use Reelgood as your monitoring app as properly, to ensure that this function to work.
The app’s different new approach of providing suggestions is much less personalised – the truth is, it’s random. As a result of generally serendipity is a greater option to discover one thing, a function known as “Reelgood Roulette” enables you to shake your system whereas on the Uncover tab to get a non-personalized, random suggestion.
Reelgood credit Netflix Roulette, created by Andrew Sampson, as the idea for this addition. Actually, it acquired the rights to the software program final 12 months, after which up to date it to assist extra streaming providers.
The app additionally now presents extra highly effective search and filtering capabilities involving Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb scores, plus forged and crew listings. This lets you question up issues like “Meryl Streep’s top-rated motion pictures” or “drama collection with an IMDb score of no less than eight.zero that got here out within the final three years,” for instance.
Reelgood’s search and filtering mechanisms have all the time been the place the place it excels, but it surely’s much less helpful as a easy tracker. For that, I favor TV Time, which helps you to shortly mark total seasons or collection as “Watched” and presents dialogue boards for every episode the place you possibly can put up images and memes and chat with different followers.
TV Time, nevertheless, hasn’t been as helpful for making suggestions – its suggestions have been off-the-mark once I’ve tried it prior to now, usually leaning too closely on community’s again catalogs than pushing me to extra present or trending content material. It makes me want I may mix the 2 apps into one for the most effective of each worlds – monitoring and suggestions.
The up to date Reelgood app additionally doubles down by itself curation capabilities by providing editorial collections. For instance: 2018 Emmy Nominees, IMDb’s Top 250 Movies, Original Picks, Dark Comedies, British Humour, and extra. This generally is a good option to discover one thing to observe once you’re actually stumped.
And as you uncover new exhibits and flicks you need to see, you possibly can set alerts so that you’ll be notified once they hit one of many streaming providers you’re subscribed to, related the monitoring function on Roku OS.
Lastly, Reelgood’s replace consists of the addition of 50+ streaming providers – meaning there’s now assist for extra area of interest providers like IndieFlix, FilmStruck, Shudder, Fandor, Crunchyroll, Mubi, AcornTV and Starz, amongst others.
“Reelgood four.zero is the fruits of all we’ve realized about how folks watch and the more and more fragmented streaming world,” mentioned Eli Chamberlin, Reelgood’s head of product and design. “Our purpose with this launch was to take all of the streaming content material on the market, and show it in essentially the most significant approach doable so that folks can get essentially the most out of their current streaming providers with out losing numerous hours searching.”
The brand new app is rolling out to iOS today on the App Store.