We are all used to using television guides, they are a fairly standard fair with a fairly standard interface that has also been translated to the web.
You either get a list of channels across the top or down the side and a hour or half hour interval time list going in the other direction.
The other thing that is standard across TV guides, especially the online variety, is that they generally only go forwards.
That is that they show you what is coming up on television – but for an online television guide that doesn’t really reflect the reality of what television viewing is like – online.
What is really needed is a TV guide that goes forward as well as backwards.
The idea would be that as you scroll backwards in time, as well as the name of the show that is on there would be a watch icon that takes you to a place on the internet you can actually watch that show.
It could even take into account older shows outside the seven day window (repeats, things on Dave…) by linking to archive sites like SeeSaw (when it returns to full health), YouTube or even a place to buy them like iTunes.
Shouldn’t be that difficult to build either as most broadcasters with their own catch up service have some form of an APi or at least an RSS feed.
So – please – somebody build it.
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- Rovi Sues Hulu, Expanding Its Patent Fights Over Online TV Guides (paidcontent.org)
- SeeSaw Announces Deal with NBC Universal International Television Distribution (prweb.com)