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Locate TV goes into public beta

Posted on October 1, 2007 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The PR woman has been belting on at me for ages to give this a mention, and seeing as today, it's now available to the public rather than just we brave beta testers, I thought I'd finally relent and talk about Locate TV.

It's supposed to be like Google for tele, movies and actors. You type in the name of a film, TV show or actor, and it tells you what the actor's been in, when the next showing of the programme or movie is online or on television (you can tell it where you live and what TV services you have access to) or whether it's available on DVD. You can then embed a little widget in your blog that gives other people access to the equivalent information for their region, etc.

At the moment, it has two problems, apart from a not inconsiderable slowness, IMHO:

  1. The widgets are fugly. Ugh.
  2. It doesn't do a good job of aggregating data into an easily consumable format - true of Google as well, I suppose, but not helpful when you have to keep going back and forth between search results to make sure you've covered all eventualities.

If you do a search for Doctor Who, for example, it gives you 30 results. The first three are

Doctor Who (2005) - TV Series
NEXT ON: Saturday 6th October 12:00pm - UKTV Gold
Time-travelling adventures, following the exploits of the Doctor, aided by his trusty sidekick
Doctor Who - TV Series
Sci-fi adventures with the eccentric Time Lord
Doctor Who - TV Series
A mysterious traveler can visit any point in space and time.

Could have done with them stuck together, I reckon, although the spelling of traveler in the third one suggests an American source, even though it just lists DVDs.

So still a bit wobbly, but could be useful with a bit more smartness in the aggregation logic and a better web designer.

Click to see LocateTV results for Airwolf. Always up to date, always relevant to you.

UPDATE: Stu tells me that a similar - and possibly better - service is available from Bleb. Thanks Stu!

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