BuddyTV's new iPhone app, which hit the app store a few days ago is compatible with Sony Internet TV with Google TV, Logitech Revue, TiVo Series 3, and any devices controlled by Google TV.
BuddyTV Guide provides listings for cable and satellite TV providers in the US. These include Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner, Verizon, DirecTV, Dish and many more.
In the video below, CTO Bill Baxter takes us through the main features on an iPad for easier viewing. It combines a viewing guide on your iOS devices, with social features like chat and being able to broadcast what shows you are watching to Facebook and Twitter. It also suggests shows for you to watch that are airing now, upcoming, trending, or on your favorites list.
The problem it is trying to solve, says founder Andy Liu is that "70% of the time people are watching sub-optimal content. People turn on TV and end up at Karate Kid 2." The BuddyTV mobile app tries to be smart about suggesting what shows to watch. It doesn't care if the show is on your cable system, Netflix, DVR (if supported) or somewhere else. It lets you "heart" and rate shows and channels, and then it gives you recommendations base don what it thinks you want to watch. Perhaps the best little feature is the ability to go through your program guide and heart just your favorite channels and then look at only those.
The app also pulls in previews, recaps, and other TV trivia from the main BuddyTV site. And you can set reminders for shows you want to watch with notifications on your phone. (Because you need to be reminded to watch TV).
What makes it Simple & Smart:
- Prioritizes favorite channels to the top
- Link to your Netflix account (if applicable)
- Tap on the guide to tune-in* on your TV
- Recommends shows based on your tastes
- Suggests shows that can get buried in the grid
- Access episode guides, cast info, and more
Here's a slicker promo video:
You can download the free app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad from iTunes App Store.