Starting today, Yahoo will be your guide for streaming services by providing one app as a search engine for all others that enrich your life with entertainment. Sort of ‘one app to rule them all’.
- Yahoo Video Guide is today’s equal to TV guides 20 years ago
- It will offer the schedule of movies and TV series across numerous streaming platforms
- Yahoo Video Guide is available on Android and iOS device, only in the U.S.
Yahoo seems to be struggling these days to find a place in a digital world where Google dominates everything. Its glory days appear to be behind it, but Yahoo is no quitter and they’re not done yet with coming up with new ways of remaining relevant. One of their preferred branches seem to be gathering multiple services and becoming their search engine.
Other news have shown Yahoo Mail to now integrate all other services, such as Hotmail, Outlook.com, AOL, and Gmail. You can access all your e-mail accounts from different providers through the same Yahoo app. Now, the company is moving in a similar direction with streaming services.
The ‘Yahoo Video Guide’ is an app for both Android and iOS devices that is similar to the TV guide of old. However, seeing that the world is moving away from cable TV and instead moving to streaming services, it’s one of the areas to tackle. According to senior director of product management, Robby Stein, there is a need for just one app that would guide you throughout all of them.
Now, there’s Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon, FOX, AMC, ABC, Disney Channel, Spike, PBS, Google Play, and many others to choose from. Rather than ending with numerous apps on your phone, Yahoo will gather them all together in just one. It will provide with titles of movies or TV series, a short description, on which service you can find them and when. It’s basically the first stop on your way to finding entertainment.
Then, users only need to tap, and it will direct them toward the service they’re subscribed to. Or, at least, offer the information on which one to choose for the night. It could be particularly useful for those with multiple subscriptions. It will be easy to keep track of, and potentially follow your favorite TV series.
The app will also offer a “Mood Picker”. These are three icons, representing happy, sad, or angry, through which you can pick one, and the app will recommend you movies based on your answer. Though it’s not sure yet how this will work. If you’re sad, will it provide cheerful movies to cheer you up or tearjerkers to keep you sad? Then there would be no point of the ‘happy’ marker.
Yahoo Video Guide is now available only in the U.S. on mobile devices for download, and it won’t require a Yahoo ID.
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