Peel: Saving TV Viewers from Missing the Shows They (Might) Love
Who hasn't discovered a show they love...after it's already aired a season (or three)? Shows like Joss Whedon's Firefly are a testament to the fact that a series can gain a fan-base even after cancellation; Firefly had many (myself included) cursing the fact that they hadn't watched it while it was on the air. While time machines would be the only cure for that little issue, the free Peel app offers an alternative to the grueling search for new movies and television series--the ones we all know are out there, but have yet to find--with their free app.
The Peel app (iPhone, iPod touch, and Android device compatible) is essentially an interactive TV guide with a far more appealing interface. It takes the users TV and film preferences and uses them to suggest other programs that may be of interest. Additionally, it lists shows and movies on at any given time (users enter their location) in their preferred genres. It also has the option to connect to Facebook and Twitter so that users can comment on the programs they are currently watching. As someone who spends far too much time watching (and searching for) TV and film, it’s definitely appealing to have something fill me on ones that I'm missing.
For those really looking to simplify their viewing experience, there's the Peel Fruit (only compatible with the Peel app for Apple). Selling for $99, the device syncs the app with your television so that users can find out what shows they like (or might like) are on currently and, by a mere touch of the screen, turn their station to show or movie. While it might carry a bit of a price tag for what is essentially a remote, it has a good chance of enticing those tech-savvy TV lovers.