It is a site for searching TV and Film. A search for ‘Atonement’ for example brought back 13 hits including the film (which I saw on Sunday, and if you liked Ian McEwan’s book, you’ll enjoy the film) as well as episodes of Taggart, Law & Order, Planet Earth etc who had episode entitled ‘atonement’.
Searching on TV brings back some basic info (cast, link to official site etc) as well as when it is next on TV and what channel and time . I like this. It’s simple and clean. One of the options, once you have found your content, is to embed a series/episode/film/ actor etc on your blog/website (see below)
This will obviously be nice as an app for facebook/myspace/bebo etc, although I am not sure of mass appeal for normal websites/blogs – but that may just be me.
What don’t I like?
There is no way to save your searches ( as least not that I could find – am I missing something Lottie?). If I don’t want a million embedded widgets or want to repeat searches each time I log on there doesn’t seem to many options, which quickly make this a much less useful site – outside of being a one-off search engine for media. Having a personalised splash page with your searches on it would be great, so you can see at a glance what is on and when for what you like / who you like – a sort of personal tv/DVD/webtv planner, if you will. Tie all that up with a nice rss feed and we are really talking.
The site is also very slow at the moment (a problem they have acknowledged) which if you’re a inpatient internet surfer/user (as most are these days) makes it a bit like watching paint dry awaiting your search results. But, it is a beta.
They seem an enthusiastic bunch and it is still early days of the (currently closed) beta, so no final judgments can be made yet. If the plans are to move in the directions I have mentioned then this could have enough to keep me hooked for a while. I look forward to keeping an eye of developments.
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