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.
How do I know when new episodes and movies are available without regularly visiting multiple places?
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.
I already check my email regularly, so I created a bi-weekly email detailing now streaming content online. It's simple, takes very little time to scroll through, and most importantly I don't need to go anywhere: it comes to me.
Here's what I care about:
- New shows, seasons, episodes, and movies
- Episodes and movies that are expiring soon
- New movie trailers on http://trailers.apple.com
Here's what I don't care about:
- Reality TV
- Soap Operas
- News and talk shows
Here's what it supports:
- Amazon Instant
- Amazon Prime
- Showtime Anywhere
- Redbox Kiosks
New emails arrive every Tuesday and Friday evenings.
Here's what I got from this email:
- I watched the "Always Woodstock" trailer
- "The Tomorrow People" is now on Netflix
- A couple female-oriented shows premiered on Hulu
- New season of "Bob's Burgers" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" premiered
- "Breathe In" is on Netflix Instant
- "Carrie" remake is on Amazon Prime
- HBOgo is about to remove "Ender's Game"
All that in about 15 seconds of scrolling.
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 class="alert alert-info mt-2e"> If you'd like to join the email list <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email me</a>. </p>