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<p class="mt-05e mb-15e ta-right c-ccc">Published by Dan on Oct 30, 2014</p>
<h1 class="center of-yh mb-0"><a href="/projects/now-streaming-email.html">"Now Streaming" Email</a></h1>
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<h2 id="introduction"><a href="#introduction">Introduction</a></h2>
<p>When I moved back into Atlanta six years ago, I didn't get cable TV. Not because of any deep philosophical or financial reasons: I was just indifferent about it and curious how far streaming had come. Since then streaming has exploded into our phones, game consoles, and TVs but it still has a major problem.</p>
<h2 id="the-problem"><a href="#the-problem">The Problem</a></h2>
<p><strong>How do I know when new episodes and movies are available without regularly visiting multiple places?</strong></p>
<p>The solution won't come from one of the service providers. They want their website to be your starting-point so they can push their new content and more easily direct you to mutually beneficial places.</p>
<h2 id="the-solution"><a href="#the-solution">The Solution</a></h2>
<p>I already check my email regularly, so <strong>I created a bi-weekly email detailing now streaming content online</strong>. It's simple, takes very little time to scroll through, and most importantly I don't need to go anywhere: it comes to me.</p>
<p>Here's what I care about:</p>
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<li>New shows, seasons, episodes, and movies</li>
<li>Episodes and movies that are expiring soon</li>
<li>New movie trailers on <a href="http://trailers.apple.com">http://trailers.apple.com</a>
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<p>Here's what I don't care about:</p>
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<li>Reality TV</li>
<li>Soap Operas</li>
<li>News and talk shows</li>
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<p>Here's what it supports:</p>
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<li>Netflix</li>
<li>Hulu</li>
<li>Amazon Instant</li>
<li>Amazon Prime</li>
<li>CBS.com</li>
<li>HBOgo</li>
<li>MAXgo</li>
<li>Showtime Anywhere</li>
<li>Redbox Kiosks</li>
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<p>New emails arrive every Tuesday and Friday evenings.</p>
<h2 id="the-implementation"><a href="#the-implementation">The Implementation</a></h2>
<p><img src="/assets/projects/now-streaming-email/email-2014-10-14-b9f6abe34c98dbb2704dc0e553b7f2cd.png" alt="Sample Email"></p>
<p>Here's what I got from this email:</p>
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<li>I watched the "Always Woodstock" trailer</li>
<li>"The Tomorrow People" is now on Netflix</li>
<li>A couple female-oriented shows premiered on Hulu</li>
<li>New season of "Bob's Burgers" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" premiered</li>
<li>"Breathe In" is on Netflix Instant</li>
<li>"Carrie" remake is on Amazon Prime</li>
<li>HBOgo is about to remove "Ender's Game"</li>
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<p><strong>All that in about 15 seconds of scrolling.</strong></p>
<h2 id="conclusion"><a href="#conclusion">Conclusion</a></h2>
<p>I've been getting these emails for about a year, and it really helps keep me up-to-date on what's new, with minimal effort. The implementation wasn't easy, but the result (while not perfect) is simple.</p>
<p class="alert alert-info mt-2e">If you'd like to join the email list <a href="mailto:dan@topdan.com">email me</a>.</p><!-- post:content:end -->
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