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An Important Update About the SideReel iOS and Android Apps

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We are sorry to announce that we will be pulling both the SideReel iOS and Android apps from their respective stores and discontinuing their availability this week. This is something that we wish we did not have to do, and delayed doing so for as long as possible.

Unfortunately, we must pay licensing fees to display various information – show listings, posters, etc. – in the apps, and the cost of this information was not being offset by the advertising revenue we have been making. We have been losing money continuing to run these apps for quite some time, and sadly we can no longer afford to do so.

Our website – which is mobile responsive – will continue to run unchanged. This means that if you were only utilizing the apps previously, you can still access your tracker – and many additional features not present in the app (such as your lists) – by going to sidereel.com on your desktop or in your mobile browser. Your login credentials will remain the same, however you can contact us at customer_support@sidereel.com if you are experiencing any issues. Our hope is that one day we can figure out a model where we *can* offer SideReel apps once more. Until then, we hope that you will continue to utilize the SideReel website. Thank you for supporting the SideReel apps throughout the years.

-The SideReel Team

 

The SideReel Store Is Open for Business!

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Exciting news, SideReelers!

Have you been coveting fun SideReel gear that you can use around the house or wear around town? Well, we’ve finally opened up a SideReel store! Items feature our logo and popular badges that you earn from using the site, such as the Golden Girls Cats as seen on the SideReel tote.

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We’ll be adding new items regularly, so be sure and check back! Additionally, let us know which sort of products (and badges) you’d like to see available in the future in the comments. You can also request that your favorite badge be made into a product via Facebook or Twitter and we’ll do our best to make it happen!

Currently, we can only ship to the U.S. and Canada, but we hope to eventually be able to ship elsewhere.

Visit the SideReel Store now!

Exciting Activity on SideReel

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With the new year comes the launch of another exciting new feature on SideReel. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve launched user activity feeds!
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These activity feeds will show you everything from the recent activity of your friends that you are following (see above) to just your own activity (see below) to the activity of the SideReel staff. They’ll let you know what everyone’s been tracking, rating, reviewing, and more!
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To view the activity of the people you’re following, you can simply choose Activity Feed from the drop down menu in the SideReel Navigation. You can also view a mini version of this feed from your Personalized News page.
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Additionally, you can see your own activity from your Profile and you can check out the SideReel staff’s activity on the News page.
We’re hoping you will find this new feature useful – it’s a great way to see what your friends are up to and to find new people to follow! Please give us any feedback you might have.

 

SideReel’s Tracker Gets a Redesign

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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

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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!

Check out our New, Responsive Mobile Site

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Exciting news, SideReelers.

We are happy to announce that at the end of last month, we launched a responsive version of SideReel for viewing on all of your mobile devices! The site has a new, modern look and feel, including a responsive design using Groundwork, an open source CSS framework that was developed in-house. Learn more about Groundwork!

The new mobile site is offering basic SideReel functionality to start, but we are already working on adding additional features and will continue to do so regularly.

Please check it out and as always, we are eager to hear your feedback.

SideReel Joins AMN

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Big news! After about two and a half years as a part of Rovi Corporation, SideReel is on the move once more. As of August 15th, SideReel has left Rovi and joined All Media Network, a new company established by SideReel leadership in partnership with Ackrell Capital. Joining SideReel at All Media Network are its sister site, Celebified.com as well as 3 other Rovi Consumer Web properties: AllMovie, AllMusic and AllGame.

We’re all really excited about this next phase and feel confident that it will enable us to bring you all even better products! If you haven’t yet checked out any of the other All Media sites, we encourage you to do so. We know that as entertainment fans, you’ll also love them as much as you love us! SideReel will also be working more closely with our other sister sites moving forward, beginning with SideReel movie picks transitioning over to AllMovie, which will be occurring shortly.

As always, we want to thank you all for being incredibly loyal users. Without your constant support and feedback, SideReel would not be where it is today.

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You can “Like” All Media Network on Facebook here.