Change may be slow, maybe subtle, but it is an inexorable fact of life. Things change.
Unfortunately, I remember growing up in the Midwest when we had half a dozen TV stations. No cable. No DVRs. No satellite. Everyone pretty much knew which TV shows were on which TV stations and at what time. Today, choices abound and we need to tools to help us find what to watch.
It’s All About Fragmentation
TV screen viewing habits have changed dramatically in recent years, thanks to the internet and satellite technology.
TV shows are everywhere and available on almost every device with a screen and a connection. What we need is a way to curate what’s available.
Apps like TV Pilot can help because you get a look at TV shows you may enjoy but haven’t heard about.
Think of TV Pilot as iTunes for TV shows but without the option to buy or download or stream to your Mac. TV Pilot uses Trakt.tv to track television shows and movies. The app displays series and episode information, and lets you browse through an entire season.
As Mac apps go, this one is self explanatory. The toolbar at the top displays favorites, a summary view, lets you search by actors and episodes, and each selection displays plenty of useful information.
Not bad for a few dollars, right?
TV Pilot has a few problems, though. First, it’s Mac only. An iPad or iPhone version would be far handier in the living room or family room where the TV is located.
Second, the app is network television series-centric. TV viewing habits are changing and fragmentation is becoming the new norm. Many people are cutting the cable TV cord and have found YouTube viewing, Apple TV, and other viewing options from Amazon and Google make for a better, less expensive mix.
What I would like to have is an app that brings together the best and most popular of the new era of television watching. TV Pilot’s app icon seems to suggest a throwback to network television series. 300 channels and nothing is on.