Where’s the digital-age TV Guide?
The Wall Street Journal
We may be living in the golden age of television, but it’s almost impossible to find all the good shows out there, said David Pierce. TV used to be simple: You turned on the set and flipped channels and settled on the best option. “It wasn’t always great, but finding it was easy.” Now you have to trawl the vast libraries of Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Go, and there’s no TV Guide to help you navigate this sea of content. Presented with so many options, I usually give up and watch The Office “for the umpteenth time.” Determined to end this paralysis, I recently went in search of a service that would tell me what to watch. I tried aggregators like Apple’s TV app, which puts a number of content providers in the same place and offers viewing suggestions, and Reelgood, a useful app that offers recommendations based on Rotten Tomatoes reviews and viewer data. But none of these services are comprehensive: Reelgood doesn’t track some of the content providers I use the most, such as YouTube TV and Sling. Until we get a real TV Guide for the digital age, “this so-called future of TV feels a lot like wandering through the Blockbuster shelves back in the day, always searching for the perfect thing but never quite finding it.”