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SideReel Content Trends – February’s Numbers Soar!

Hey SideReel!

Check out February’s SideReel Content Trends, our second monthly recap of all the best in SideReel! We’re doing everything we can to offer the deepest library of TV content anywhere online, and February’s SideReel Content Trends showcases those efforts. We’re nearing 12 million total show tracks – that’s 12 MILLION – and with almost 120,000 more users in February, we’ve exceeded 6 million registered users.

FOX again topped the list for most show tracks on SideReel while The Walking Dead upstaged newcomer The Carrie Diaries for most monthly show tracks.

How I Met Your Mother kept the top spot on the SideReel Meter, which uses a detailed calculation of SideReel audience data to determine the most popular show of the past month. The Walking Dead and Glee – both not on the list in last month – joined the top 10 in February.

Find out more in this month’s SideReel Content Trends.

Missed last month’s issue? Check it out here.

 

The SideReel app is on the iPad

Hey, SideReelers!

We’re always trying to give you more ways to find, track and watch your favorite TV. So we’re happy to announce that you can now use the SideReel app on your iPad! The newly released second version of our iOS app is iPad compatible and syncs easily with iTunes and Hulu Plus, so you can watch episodes directly on your iPad.

The app, which is available on any iOS device, features an improved layout and stability, and a better experience for you to find and track shows. It also allows you to create a personal television calendar of the TV you want to follow and get notifications when your shows are about to air.

The app still has the usual SideReel features you’re used to, like finding and tracking shows, marking episodes that you’ve watched and getting access to our TV listings that include more than 27,000 shows!

So head to iTunes now and try it out!

 

SideReel Content Trends – What’s new this month at SideReel

It has been our promise to showcase the best in online TV content, and we are always committed to giving our users the ability to find, track and watch TV content wherever it is online.

Part of that commitment is ensuring that our users can find that content directly from the source; that’s why we have more than 500,000 featured sources of TV content online.

In addition to showing our users where to find TV content online, we strive to make sure content owners keep control over their content by monitoring the specific sources we make available to our users. Part of that effort has meant banning more than 1,000 domains that have abused the community-driven environment that we’ve tried to create on SideReel.

Add it all up and you get SideReel Content Trends, our monthly snapshot of the latest happenings on SideReel. From top networks to most popular shows, SideReel Content Trends gives you insights into what’s the best in TV online.

Find out more in this month’s SideReel Content Trends.

SideReel Launches TV Listings

Exciting news, SideReelers!

We have launched a new feature that will give you yet another way to keep up to date with everything that’s on TV: listings! These are different from our show calendar and your tracker in that they are all-inclusive Primetime listings (whereas the show calendar is a view of popular new episodes and your tracker displays new episodes of only the shows you are tracking). We think these listings will be another great way for you to discover new things that you want to watch on TV!

Currently, you can use the TV listings to set your US Time Zone and see what’s airing during Primetime between 8 and 11 PM. Additionally, “New” episodes are flagged! Soon, you’ll also be able to further customize your listings. Upcoming enhancements include the ability to select different days and time windows, read detailed episode descriptions and select your specific cable provider.

Check out our TV listings by clicking on the image above OR by clicking the “TV Listings” tab in SideReel’s top Navigation (Hint: It’s on the left!). Please play with these listings and let us know what you think – we’d love your feedback!

SideReel Turns On Frictionless Sharing

Hey SideReelers-

We have some exciting new updates in the land of SideReel Social. Much like some of your other favorite services (think Spotify or Hulu), we’ve launched Frictionless Sharing for our Facebook & Twitter Connected users.

What does this mean? This means that IF you are a Facebook and/or Twitter connected user, you now have the ability to automatically share when you track a show or mark an episode as watched on SideReel or SideReel mobile apps.

Not feeling social? Don’t worry! You can control within your sharing preferences how much or how little you share. For both Tracking shows and Marking episodes as watched, you can opt to either 1) Share Automatically to Facebook and/or Twitter or 2) Receive a prompt each time or 3) Never share anything.

We at SideReel are super enthusiastic about television and are excited to share with our Friends what we’re tracking and watching. It’s an opportunity to see who shares your tastes and strike up a conversation with them! We hope you’ll do the same, but also understand that some users are more private. This is why we’ve offered all three options for the way in which you share the actions you take on SideReel. Furthermore, nothing will be shared on your behalf without your knowledge and consent. The first time you Track a show or Mark an episode as watched, you will be informed that these actions will be shared moving forward, unless you edit your Preferences, which you can do at any time.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Working at SideReel: Definitely Worth the Blood Loss

Go inside the SideReel office and get a feel for our fast-paced, creative work culture, as described by actual SideReel employees. SideReel’s engineering department offers a fun and unique pairing experience and is looking for smart, accomplished humans and non-humans to join our team.

Like what you see? Check out our Jobs Page for details on how to apply!

SideReel Feature Spotlight: What’s That Box?

Hey SideReelers!

You may have noticed (and/or lamented) that when you click on a link to watch a video on the site, a popup displays on your screen immediately afterwards. Here’s why! This popup is an opportunity for you to either:

1) Mark the episode as watched and save that information to your SideReel account.

or

2) Flag the link for removal if it did not function properly. You can then select a different link.

Since we realized how different these 2 functions are, we’ve revised this popup in the hopes of making it even more useful!

Now, after clicking on a link, SideReel will attempt to guess on your behalf whether you will want to do #1 or #2. Depending on this guess, you’ll see a different popup. If we think you were successfully able to watch your episode, we will display this:

However, if we think you were not able to sucessfully watch an episode, you will instead see THIS version of the same popup:

Believe it or not, these new popups have already been out on the site for over a month. We really hope that they have helped to make your episode watching experience on SideReel even more positive; they have certainly helped us to maintain a better catalog. However, keep in mind that if you prefer not to see this popup after clicking on a link that does not work, that you can disable it from your preferences on your profile.

As always, we’re happy to hear any feedback you about this feature. Has it worked for you? Did you even notice a change?

-The SideReel Team

A Note to Our Users

A Note to Our Users-
As you have been using SideReel in recent months to watch and track your favorite TV shows online, you may have experienced some frustration in that there have been fewer options as to where you are able to watch your favorite shows. Furthermore, some of you have noted that you have submitted links offering options to watch shows, only to find that they are then being removed from the site.
We have read your comments, concerns and feedback. Here’s the good news: SideReel isn’t going anywhere! It has always been a part of SideReel’s copyright policy that we follow takedown requests from copyright holders. SideReel will remain a place where you can both watch TV online and submit links to do so; we will also continue to uphold our copyright policy.
Aside from being a place to watch your favorite shows online, we want to remind you that we are committed to providing you with a more awesome entertainment experience. This is why we’ve been rolling out enhancements to your TV Tracker, SideReel’s news and original video segments and our social features, as well as a number of exciting new features that are on the horizon. SideReel most importantly is a community created by TV fans for TV fans and we are excited about what’s in store for the future. We love our users and look forward to hearing your input on what other features and experiences you want our team to build for you!

-The SideReel Team