It’s probably unhealthy how much television I watch. Seriously. That being said, I enjoy watching TV and movies just as much as reading, and until the quality becomes so poor that I can’t stand watching anymore, I think I will always be addicted. But for your benefit, I’m probably an expert on what you’ll need if you’re an avid watcher like myself.
8. TV and Movies: Sidereel, Cineplex, IMDb, and The Movie Network GO (plus YouTube)
Sidereel was a must for me. For a while now, this TV tracking website has been keeping tabs on all of the shows I watch (which trust me, there are far too many to keep track of by myself). And now it’s on my iPad. Very handy for sitting down each day and making sure the TV shows listed on my Sidereel match the TV shows listed on my PVR schedule, without having to cart around a laptop.
The Cineplex app is also great! Look up show listings, buy tickets, link up your Scene account, and more! Now you can skip the Box Office line – buy your ticket on the app, bring your iPad along to the theatre, and they can just scan the ticket on there! So easy! (Still have to stand in line for your popcorn, though. First-world problems.) What I also think is really neat – you can access the complete Cineplex Magazine Archive for free! Or, even better, just get a free subscription to the magazine through your Newstand, and it’ll be sitting there waiting for you. Score!
IMDb was also a must-have app for my iPad. Just like I need Shazam because I can never remember new artists, I’m always that person sitting in a movie or watching TV thinking, “Shoot, I know I’ve seen that actor before. But, where?” If you’re like me, you know how super frustrating, not to mention distracting, that can be! Well, now I have a mobile way of checking just who that actor is and why they look so darn familiar. IMDb, ftw.
Okay, so if you don’t already have a subscription through your cable/satellite/whatever provider, I don’t know how useful The Movie Network GO would be for you. However, for us lucky ones that already have a subscription, this app is, for real, amazing. The library is fantastic, and seems to be changing as often as the regular TV stations’ schedules (which seem to be more or less a monthly rotation). How great is it that you can access all the latest releases right on your iPad? I watched Pitch Perfect (one of my newer favorites) to test out the app – the picture quality was tops, the sound was great (for such tiny speakers), no commercials or ads or anything annoying like that. You can save things to your Watchlist, including whole seasons of their currently airing series, including those on HBO Canada. For any TV and movie lovers with a TMN subscription, seriously, seriously get this app.
There’s not really much to say about the YouTube app. It lets you watch YouTube videos. Yay! Mostly I’m just including it so that it doesn’t go accidentally overlooked by any new iPad owner. You can hook it up to your account and it will easily keep you up to date on your subscriptions, etc. Works for me. Enjoy!
Hope these reviews are continuing to be helpful! As always, if you guys have any recommendations, send me an email or leave a comment! Thanks, guys!
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