There are many sites recommending all sorts of things these days: music; movies; places to visit, eat and stay; fashion… and, of course, there is Amazon that recommends anything.
How about TV shows, though? Frequently I find myself helpless in front of the TV with too much choice and yet nothing worth seeing only to find out the next day that I missed something great or, worse, that there is some amazing show on Season X that I’ve overlooked for years.
So far, I’ve found three recommendation services aimed at me (B2C), the bloke on the sofa, and a fourth serving multi-channel cable/satellite players (B2B).
B2C. A real-time social guide for TV and social TV platform that makes every show across every network instantly social.
Beta release in the Spring of 2011
– SocialGuide Raises $1.5 Million For Social TV Guide
– SocialGuide debuts daily social TV rankings
B2C. Bringing the social graph to movie and TV recommendations and aggregating the millions of movies, TV shows, and clips floating around the Web for an enhanced search and discovery experience.
Founded Sept 2010
Beta release June 2011
– Matcha: A Social TV Guide And Movie Recommendation Engine That Doesn’t Suck
– Matcha’s social TV guide connects with Netflix, Hulu
Originally B2B; branched into B2C. A social TV service that is a real-time, cross-platform hub for all consumers’ activity around TV.
Israeli with offices in Italy and the US.
Founded Aug 2007
– beeTV gets in your head, tells you what to watch
– beeTV Raises $8 Million For Stunning Personal TV Recommendation System
– beeTV integrates social TV into new apps
B2B. A software company that has specialised in TV content discovery through recommendations, search, and interactive TV guides.
Founded in 2005
– TVGenius TV trends blog
What other ones have I missed?
There are two services that I’d classify as “intelligent remotes” (as explained to me by Michel Cassius). However, I feel that once we being accepting these services, others like Tivo need also be considered.
Started as an an online TV guide and discussion center but, with it’s upcoming smartphone app that includes recommendation, it becomes an interesting player in this space.
– BuddyTV turns your iPhone into a smarter viewing guide and remote
It’s one part application, one part hardware. It will keep track of your favorite shows and, after a few days, start recommending other shows that you might like.
– Peel Universal Control