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

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!

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

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.

Have You Updated Your SideReel iOS App?

Hey iOS users, we’ve recently updated the SideReel app (for iPhone AND iPad), which now contains a frequently requested new feature as well as stability fixes. If you have not recently updated, we highly recommend that you do so now!

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With this new release, the app now offers two views of your Tracker. You can still view all shows that you are tracking as before, but you also now have to ability to view only shows with unwatched episodes. Additionally, there is a bubble notification on the Tracker button which displays your total number of shows with unwatched episodes. Especially for users who track many shows, this new Tracker view should make for an easier, better, more efficient mobile experience.

This release also includes a fix for UK users that should solve stability issues that many of you have reported.

As always, we welcome your feedback! Update your app here and if you like the new changes, please feel free to leave us a review!