Many guys are ditching cable these days in favor of other content delivery options, and rightfully so. Cable offerings are an antiquated way of finding and paying for entertainment. There’s a huge markup of content, most of which is never watched but a required part of the bundle. Say what you will though, cable does have one advantage over the new methods: channel surfing.
For all the amazing improvements services like Netflix and Amazon Instant have brought to streaming movies and TV shows on the web, there has been one consistent, glaringly painful problem. There isn’t a very useful way of browsing and searching for programs to watch.
There are several sites out there, but we’ve found three that make finding and discovering (good) content much easier.
CanIStream.It is a search engine for streaming. Type in the movie or TV show you’re looking for, and it brings up a profile, listing your options for viewing it. These include instant streaming options from the major players like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and others, as well as streaming rentals and places to make a digital purchase. A one-stop-shop for finding out if a program is available on the services you use.
All streaming services lack a good way to browse available content, and few offer a full list. The Stream Me Up feature at WatchItStream.com is a random movie and TV show finder that presents you with a title and description with ways to watch. If it’s not your thing, there are Pandora-style options for ditching, saving, and modifying the engine’s options.
A smart option for finding the good stuff amongst the 40 year old sitcoms is the Netflix finder at the crowd-sourced ratings site Rotten Tomatoes. You can adjust the acceptable average review, release date, genre, age rating, and even search by actors and directors involved.
The classic Instantwatcher.com is still useful, but less so than the others. It appears to have been designed in 1995, which makes user-interaction difficult.
Do you have a smart way to find good things to watch on streaming services? Support the content revolution and share them with the rest of us in the comments!