GetGlue is continuously massaging its socially connected app for TV watchers, and the latest update reflects some of the ways TV viewership is changing. Like Foursquare's recent changes, after an initial focus on check-ins and sharing, the new updates are all about helping users figure out what they're doing / watching next. There's a redesigned guide (again) in v5.0, now offering a personalized view at not only what's on right now via traditional broadcast networks, but also video on-demand and internet services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, HBO Go and more than a dozen others. With the rise of on demand viewing from a number of sources, it will be interesting to see if GetGlue can fill in some of those viewership statistics companies like Netflix have kept private.
There's also a new "Search & Discover" feature to find programs with browsing by genre or curated lists from GetGlue staff. Reworked show pages feature more social tie-ins, and the app also lets users directly add images, videos or news articles to their posts for some IntoNow-style meme creation and spreading. Finally, DirecTV customers can connect the app to their satellite boxes and change the channel directly from GetGlue's guide. The new app is rolling out today, let us know if its social networking focus is helping you finding new shows to watch or if it's just another source of oversharing on Twitter and Facebook.
GetGlue Entertainment App for iPhone Releases New
New Features Include TV & Streaming Guide, and Remote Control for DIRECTV Subscribers
New York, NY -- September 5, 2013 - GetGlue, your app for TV and movies, today debuted its updated iPhone app just in time for fall TV, making your watching experience simpler and more enjoyable. GetGlue's new features include a TV & streaming Guide, and remote control for DIRECTV subscribers.
"The way people watch TV is changing. What is not changing is people's love for great storytelling and engaging content," said Alex Iskold, founder and CEO of GetGlue. "The new GetGlue for iPhone has been designed from the ground up for the modern viewer. It is one simple app to discover, watch, keep up and discuss their favorite shows."
Major features include:
● What to Watch: Find What to Watch right now on TV, on streaming and in theaters using the fully redesigned guide. In addition to what is on TV, the guide includes new movies and shows from On Demand, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, HBO GO, CBS, FOX, FX, AMC and a dozen more streaming services and apps. Another exciting feature is the remote control for DIRECTV - users can connect their GetGlue app with their DIRECTV box to change the channel right from the On TV Now section in the guide.
● New Search and Discover: The new "Search & Discover" allows users to indulge their TV mood. Browse by genre or pick from "Fun Lists" curated by GetGlue's editorial team.
Choose a show to "Binge Watch," select a movie from "Date Night," or just go straight to the "Latest & Greatest." The "Want to Watch" feature helps you track your watch list and get reminders for new episodes, seasons on streaming, and theatrical and VOD releases for movies.
● Updated Show Pages: Updated show pages include Summary, Feed and Watch tabs.
By default, the Feed tab shows you updates from your friends and what is trending right now. Use the new filters to see videos, photos or live comments from other fans. Connect your Twitter account to get Tweets from friends about your favorite shows. We've also added episode information so you can find upcoming air dates, track the newest episodes available on streaming and revisit past episodes.
● Posting memes, gifs, videos and more: In addition to commenting on shows, users can now add memes, gifs, videos or news articles to any of their posts. GetGlue's content curators select the best fan posts and feature them on show pages for the entire community to enjoy.
The GetGlue App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone or at www.AppStore.com/
Version for Fall TV