NextGuide, my personal favorite TV Guide app (that I built at the company I run), is now updated to include Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video alongside live TV, Hulu Plus, iTunes, and Netflix. It’s really a great experience to browse all providers simultaneously and to search for shows and actually know where they are watchable. You can get the update here on the App Store.
That’s the “big” news (yes, adding a streaming provider with tens of thousands of hours of streamable shows and movies is a big deal IMHO), but we also took the time for a lot of across the board improvements to the app. Here are some of the highlights:
>> New Gestures – two-finger swipe within showcards, pinch to hide, fullscreen media gallery, and more!
One of my favorite things about a great iPad experience is gestures. One of my favorite favorite things about any app is hidden features. While it’d be fun to document them everywhere, we’ve loaded up the NextGuide experience with many new gestures. Explore around, let us know what you find and think of them!
>> Enhanced Cast & Crew with 1-click saved searches and Wikipedia biography lookups.
File this under “finally!” When we shipped the 1.0 version, the cast and crew view just wasn’t that useful. Now, go to the cast and crew tab for any movie or show, and tap on a person you are interested in. Want to find more stuff from them? Tap “add to interests.”
>> New Category Editor with easy drag & drop category setup
While we made removing/hiding categories really easy in the app, it’s always been a pain to add them. Now, push and hold on anywhere in the “Category Bar” to get a slick interface to add genres, custom genres, and trending topics.
>> Channel Setup now part of Initial Setup Wizard
The customer is always right, and lots of ours told us they didn’t like the fact they couldn’t customize their channel lineups until after launching the app. Now you can.
>> Improved “Your Picks” algorithms
Let’s face it, recommending content is a very hard thing to get right. Our focus is to get beyond the baseline concept of “if you like this then you’ll like that.” We’re constantly working to improve it, and I think our users will see a lot of progress in this department.
>> Lots of other little new features for you to explore throughout the app
Thanks again to every one of our users, even the 1-star reviews in the App Store – its the best way to learn, and learning is what we’re doing!
ps – sorry about not blogging much, just been working on, you know, everything you just read about.