Nowadays, we have made a choice in the world of streaming. We have not only a library of content from several applications from which you can choose Hollywood classics and fresh releases from the cinema, but also the competition is so fierce that Amazon, HBOand Disney constantly fighting for our attention with new hot exclusives.
Even with a well-chosen watch list, deciding what to watch for multiple services can be a daunting waste of time as you browse all of your broadcast subscriptions to find exactly what you need for a nightly viewing session.
The new app believes it has a response in the form of a game that, at least for now, is exclusive to Fire TV platform. Using Amazon’s IMDB movie and TV trivia database, it displays your choices to help you find the exact movies or TV shows according to the mood you’re feeling.
How it works – and what’s in it for IMDB
The “IMDB What to Watch” app first asks which streaming services you have access to before offering you multiple games to narrow down your choices.
The first is simple enough – it scans your services, collects their libraries, and then throws up three options to choose from (or shuffle) without having to dive into each individual service to see what they have.
The next one is a little more refined. “This or That” will ask you a series of questions, such as choosing between genres to help refine your options down to the most selected.
Finally, the program introduces you to selected collections of related films (such as “Films Made in Paris”) and invites you to view and rate them all over time, handing out badges to those who participate.
IMDB promises that a few more games in the app are also on the way – one that combines movies based on the dream cast of your choice, and a game “Time Machine” that probably presents options based on some historical indicator. be it that era or perhaps the actor’s repertoire over the centuries.
Amazon itself makes good use of its IMDB knowledge base by streaming Amazon Prime, which has an “X-ray” feature, to show you information about a show or movie while watching, down to the details of the exact stars as they appear on screen in a given stage.
And while the new free IMDB gaming app holistically supports libraries of multiple competing streamers, one can expect Amazon’s parent company to also receive valuable information. What do users choose most often when opening a choice in multiple services? Which stars are the most popular? What genres? Which movies are most likely to click?
You may not have to pay for the app, but its creators will make sure you use it. And the more data it can get, the better, we’d be surprised if the app didn’t quickly break free from Fire TV exclusivity.