MovieLaLa, a social network for movie fans, has released an Apple TV companion app called Movies Now that allows you to search multiple streaming services at once. This means that by using Movies Now, you can tell if a TV show is on Netflix, or see if a movie is on HBO — in other words, Movies Now is essentially a guide to finding stuff to stream.
Movies Now syncs subscription services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and HBO in one place, and supports features such as list creation, trailers and review information from Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB. Once you find a movie or TV you want to watch, Movies Now will open the content provider’s Apple TV’s app for you.
The app also handles automatically detecting which apps have been installed on the Apple TV, so you won’t need to log in Netflix again for example, and it detects what region a user is in to match up content libraries.
“How many times has someone told you of a great show to watch and you forget to ask them ‘Where can I watch it?’” MovieLaLa CEO Dana Loberg said in a press release. “Without a smart aggregating system for all your subscription services, users continue to hop from one subscription service to the next hunting for new shows to watch, without the ease of discovering in one place, for all your entertainment needs.”
An iOS and web browser-based version of the app are possibly in the works according to Loberg.
Movies Now is the second companion Apple TV app MovieLaLa has released. Called Trailer TV, the first app (also available for iOS, on the web and for Android) let users watch trailers and learned from their tastes, similar to the way Pandora creates personalized radio stations. As users skip or favorite certain trailers, Trailer TV is able to provide a better selection of trailers catered to the user.
MoviesLaLa, which is available for download on iOS, allows its users to share movie recommendations, buy theater tickets, configure taste profiles and join meetup groups to go watch movies with.
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