The ‘Reel Blog: News, Features, and Insights from the SideReel team

Have Your Say With SideReel Community Reviews!

Looking for a way to let the world know why they should check out your favorite show? Make your voice heard with our new Review feature! Every show on SideReel now has a Review tab—and you get to be the critic! It couldn’t be easier: just assign a star rating and write as much (or as little) as you want.

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Writing reviews is also a great way to earn more SideReel badges. We have a whole new set available for our reviewers, and we can’t wait to award them!

Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think of this great new feature! Sound off on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on our Get Satisfaction forum!

Reintroducing Genres and Ratings

Looking for something new to watch? Check out our totally redesigned genre pages! We’ve completely reimagined our discovery pages to include new categories, sub-categories, and dynamic suggestions! We’ve even integrated your star ratings of shows with our new pages, so that the Top 10 lists in each genre come from yours and other ‘Reelers top choices! After all, who better to make recommendations than TV power watchers?genres

 

ratings-badgeSpeaking of star ratings, we’re also thrilled to introduce a new set of badges for those who are taking the time to rate shows! Whether you’re a Rating Newbie, are ready to step up on to the podium as a Rating Champ, or have graduated up to the level of TV Appraiser, we want to reward you for making a difference to our site. Thanks for continuing to be awesome!

 

 

Let us know what you want to see happen with the site! Leave a note on Facebook, Twitter, or Get Satisfaction, or email us at info@sidereel.com!

From Pilot to Power Watcher: Announcing SideReel Badges

We know you love watching TV and we thought it was high time you got rewarded for it. Its our opinion that watching a series is an accomplishment worthy of congratulation—and keeping track of multiple shows only increases the degree of difficulty. That’s why we’re proud to introduce SideReel Badges, which reward you for both tracking shows and marking episodes as watched.

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It’s simple: the more you watch, the more badges you earn! We’re proud of you whether you’ve tracked one show or 100, five episodes or 500! Find your own level, from Tracking Newbie up to Show Runner. Go from Pilot to Power Watcher! To find out which badges you’ve earned, you can check out the right hand side of your Tracker or profile pages. There, you’ll see the most recent badges you’ve earned in each category. Don’t forget to click “See More” to find all of the badges you’ve been awarded!

We’re your biggest fans, so we want you to be proud of your SideReel experience. Let us know your thoughts on Badges here in the comments or at info@sidereel.com.

Introducing What’s New Tonight

We’re passionate about television here at SideReel, which is why we’re always looking for ways to make it easier to find what’s worth watching. It’s also why we’re proud to introduce you to our What’s New Tonight page! We’re making it simple to find out what you can look forward to in prime time when you’re not in the mood for reruns. We give you everything you need to know on one page—no more checking each show individually or scrolling hour-by-hour through your cable guide. With eight days worth of information available, you can find out if you missed anything last night and schedule your evenings for the rest of the week.What's New Tonight + Premieres & Finales Calendar

Want to make sure you plan your Game of Thrones finale viewing party for the right date? Don’t miss our enhanced Premieres & Finales Calendar! We’ve made this great feature even better by allowing you to filter by type (Premieres, Finales, and Specials), and added the ability to look ahead and see what’s on deck for your shows in the coming months.

As always, we value your feedback. Be sure to let us know what you think of these exciting updates on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on our Get Satisfaction forum!

SideReel’s New iOS and Mobile Web Experiences

We know one of the main reasons you use SideReel is because it’s tough keeping on top of everything you want to watch. That’s why our new iOS app is designed to help you find, schedule, and track your personal prime time experience. In addition to a completely redesigned interface for iOS7, some of the great new features include:SideReel's iOS Apps

  • The ability to filter your tracker by both show and episode status. Want to see only unwatched episodes of shows currently on hiatus? Go ahead and customize your tracker!
  • Links to high quality sources like iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and Hulu Plus that you can access right from your iPhone or iPad.
  • A user-friendly design that allows you to more easily track shows and mark episodes as watched.
  • A unique experience for iPad users that incorporates all of the features of the iPhone interface, but with large screen usability in mind.

For our Android and Windows Mobile ‘Reelers, we also have a beautiful, new mobile site with a lot of the same features, including full mobile tracker functionality (with filters), our great back catalog, and in-episode links to those same reliable, high quality sources.

We love helping you customize your television experience, so don’t hesitate to give us your feedback on our Get Satisfaction page, on social, or right here in the comments!

SideReel’s Tracker Gets a Redesign

Tracking your favorite shows on SideReel just got even easier. We are pleased to introduce our latest site improvement, a redesigned personal show Tracker! Not only does the Tracker have an updated visual look, but it also has some awesome new features. These include the ability to sort your tracked shows, find out when your series usually air on live television, and see stats about how many total shows you’re tracking and watching.

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We’re pretty happy with this updated design and feel confident that your Tracker is now easier to use and will enable you to more easily discover what episodes you might be missing of your favorite TV shows. We hope you love this redesign as well and as always welcome any feedback you may have.

SideReel Introduces Show Ratings

SideReel is pleased to present our newest feature, show ratings! With our new ratings system you can recognize your favorite shows and provide insight that will improve the SideReel community experience. This 5 star rating system displays the average stars for a show to give you an idea of what our audience enjoys. Mouse over the star ratings to provide your opinion about shows you’ve watched. When you rate a television show, the stars will change from orange to blue and your rating will be displayed next to the average. You can always come back to a show page and change your rating if you change your mind.
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In the future we will use these ratings to provide even better show recommendations to you. Join us on SideReel and start rating those shows!

SideReel’s Exciting Transition & Maintenance Work

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Over the past few weeks SideReel’s engineering and dev operations teams have been diligently working to transition SideReel’s service to new web servers. This is due to the recent sale of SideReel by Rovi to All Media Network, LLC. All Media Network, LLC was created by SideReel’s original founders and investors, which were involved with the company prior to Rovi’s acquisition of SideReel in 2011. All Media Network also includes the popular web properties AllMusic.com, AllMovie.com, AllGame.com and Celebified.com.

The move to new web servers has caused some periods of downtime for the SideReel.com service. We are working hard to reduce the number of maintenance periods during which the site is down and providing quality service to you 24 hours a day. We are already seeing faster response times on the site as a result of moving our web servers, which means you should see pages load faster.

One of the ongoing issues we’ve seen since the web server transition is some users have systems which have DNS cached our old web server location. If you are seeing the SideReel maintenance page, try visiting http://v4.sidereel.com instead. If you can see that site, then your issue is a DNS one. To clear your DNS, we recommend visiting this web address and following the instructions.

https://www.whatsmydns.net/flush-dns….

We are excited about the new/old ownership of SideReel. We feel this transition will ultimately be better for users, as it will allow us to focus on building products that are core to the SideReel brand without being obligated to build products for a larger corporation. We have exciting plans in the near future for building new and improved products for both mobile and desktop.

Questions or feedback? Email us at info@sidereel.com. We’d love to hear from you!