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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.
Founded 2010
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.
Founded 2007
–  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.
Founded 2009
–  Peel Universal Control


This post by Edward Vielmetti suggests that Google+ is to Twitter as Usenet is to IRC

It got me thinking about what “web social tool” I need and whether Google+ is what I am waiting for.

For the last week I’ve been a light Google+ user.  I’ve “circled” a couple dozen people; I’ve post one or two things; I scan the feeds.  I must confess I don’t get it yet.  I haven’t figured out what role it plays among RSS feeds (I’m an avid Reader user), emails, Twitter, Facebook (and increasingly, LinkedIn).

Google+ is people centric.  I don’t want more people centric services–I have enough of that.  I want topic centric.  If I read a good post about social TV on a “friends” feed–be that Twitter, FB or Google+–I want (immediately!) to get plugged into the ‘social TV topic stream” independently of who posted it.

Maybe, what I want is already fulfilled by Google.  All I have to do search for “social TV” and I will get all I wanted to know but was afraid to ask.  But that’s not how it works; we all know the problem with noise and spam.  Ultimately, the best quality filter is experts.

This is why I think Klout and/or PeerIndex could be revolutionary.  As far as I can tell, they are the only ones who are trying to tell me “look at this post from this person because they are the de facto experts in the topic that interests you.”

All in all, either I haven’t figured out how to use Google+ or it’s not what I’ve been waiting for.