Is The TV Guide The Future of Streaming?



Is An Interactive TV Guide The Future of Streaming?





The online electronic program TV guide was really one of the best things about watching cable and satellite TV. There was no jumping from app to app to view content. Just choose something to watch from the guide, press a button on your remote and you went right to watching the show in seconds.





Apple's New "TV" Guide App





Are All Those Roku Channels Really Needed?


New Roku channels were really cool when their platform was new and there were maybe only 50 channels. But now it almost seems it's getting to the point where no one really has the time to look through 4,500 Roku channels to watch TV for the evening. Especially when our TV viewing time is limited as it is. There always seems to be so much else competing for the little leisure time we have left for watching television.

The Roku channel store at last count has over 4,500 channels, not to mention this long list of private Roku channels. Imagine surfing between even a small fraction of all these channels on a daily basis to find your content. The way things are going, in a year or two there will be 7,000 and then maybe 10,000 or more Roku channels available to sift through.



Roku Search is a Great Feature


The number one complaint a while back cord cutters had was finding content. Roku has made some good advances in this field with their voice search remote, and also has a long list of search partners.

The Roku search app helps you find TV shows and movies by name or actors or directors. You also can search through a wide range of content including news, live streams and short video clips.

Roku also addressed finding content on their platform by offering a personalized "My Feed" section. This allows their users to keep track of movies and TV shows, plus it will notify when they become available to watch by tracking partner channels. You have to wonder though, how many Roku users really use it?






Partner Channels Designed to work with Roku Search and My Feed in the United States

• 100live
• 4KUNIVERSE
• A&E
• ABC
• ABC News
• Above Average
• Acorn TV
• Action Arena - Free Movies
• Action House Movies
• AfricLive TV
• AJ Bell Youinvest
• aljazeera documentary arabic
• All Nations Christian Center
• Amazon Instant Video
• Anointed Temple of Praise
• AOL On
• AOPA Live
• Applause Network
• Asian Crush
• ATL Grind Television
• BA Recipes
• Baeble Music
• Barcroft TV
• Best New Hip Hop Music Videos
• BIGSTAR
• BingeNow
• Bitwit
• Biztales
• Blanket Fort
• Bloomberg TV
• Blue Zone Sports
• Body of Christ Church Int'l
• Boowa & Kwala
• BYUtv
• C Plus Plus for Beginners
• Cathedral of Praise
• CBS All Access
• CBS News
• Cell Life Church Live
• Christian Movie Night
• Church Network
• church of Christ Channel
• CinemaNow
• City of Praise
• CNNgo
• Comedy Central
• Comedy Dynamics
• Comic-Con HQ
• CONtv
• CPBBC
• Cracked
• Crime
• Criminal
• Cristiano Television
• Crossroads Church TV
• Dad's Favorite Movies
• Dallas Mavericks
• Dear Rockstar
• Deen TV
• desicinema
• Destiny Pointe
• Discovery GO
• Disney Channel
• Disney Junior
• Disney XD
• Documentary Depot Free Movies
• Docurama
• Dove Channel
• DramaFever
• Dream Palace
• DroneTV
• elsharq tv - arabic
• ENCORE Play
• End Time Prophecy
• Epic Meal Time
• EPIX
• Every Day Grace TV
• FailArmy
• Faith Christian Center Church
• Family Flix - Free Movies
• FandangoNOW
• Fandor
• Fawesome.tv
• FilmRise
• First Church of God
• FlixFling
• Fox Business Network
• Fox News Channel
• FOX NOW
• Free Cult Films
• Freeform
• FrightPIX
• FXNow
• Gateway Church
• GetConnected Tech Show
• Ghana360
• GirlPower TV
• Golf News Net
• Google Play Movies & TV
• Great Big Story
• Green Screen
• Haines House of Cards
• Haivision - Video at Work
• Happykids 3
• HBO GO
• HBO NOW
• headphnz
• Health & Wellness Channel
• Honor
• Hope Aglow
• Hopewell Baptist Church
• HTML5 for Beginning Beginners
• Hulu
• IGO Church
• iMoviePods
• iMovies On Demand
• IndieFlix
• Intrigue TV
• 
• Istikana TV
• Java for Beginning Beginners
• Javascript Crash Course
• JukinVideo
• KSL TV
• KSTU FOX13 Salt Lake City
• Leo Training
• Life and Spirit Online
• LifeStream Television
• Lifetime
• Lucy Show
• Made to Measure
• MarinesTV-Test
• Marriage Channel
• Mashable
• MCSportzHawk TV
• MEIER NY Real Estate Coaching
• Mekamleen TV - arabic
• Met Opera on Demand
• Midnight Pulp
• mihantv
• Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
• Mount Zion Baptist Church
• MTV
• Muslim TV - MTA International
• NAT GEO TV
• NBC News
• Netflix
• New Beginnings Church
• New Testament Church
• Newsmax TV
• Newsy
• Nick Jr.
• Nickelodeon
• Nigerian Movies - NollyLand
• Node.JS for Beginners
• NOW TV
• Old Reel Movies
• ON Classic Movies
• Oromar TV
• OVGuide
• PackTV
• Passion River
• Past To Present
• PBS KIDS
• PCR On Demand
• People are Awesome
• Phoenix Entertainment
• Phoenix Flix
• PIX 11 - WPIX New York City
• PlickTV
• Pop Flix Classic Movies
• Pop Flix Classic TV
• Popcornflix
• Popcornflix Kids
• PowerNation
• Prayer Channel
• Premiere
• Qello Concerts
• Radio Free Cybertron
• Radio Pushers TV
• Rangarang
• RCCG Winners Chapel TV
• Red Carpet Action
• Red Carpet Comedy
• Red Carpet Drama
• Reel Big Movies
• Reel Flix
• RepYoCity TV
• Road2Fame TV
• Rolling Stone
• Rover's Morning Glory - RMG-TV
• Screambox
• Second Ebenezer
• Seeso
• Seevii
• Shop Now Channel
• Shout Factory TV
• SHOWTIME
• Showtime Anytime
• Shudder
• Shuttlecruiser Movies and TV
• Silent Movies
• Sing And Spell
• Sling TV
• Smithsonian Channel
• SnagFilms Watch Free Movies
• Spanish Subtitle Classics
• Spectrum TV
• Spike
• SpiroFit
• STARZ
• SundanceNow Doc Club
• Super Deluxe
• SurfaceProArtist.com TV
• Syfy Now
• Tabernacle Int'l Church
• Tabernacle of Praise Ch Int'l
• TEDTalks
• Teeter Taught Animation
• Tennis Channel
• That Family Show
• The Basketball Channel
• The Big Screen
• The Oklahoman
• The Pet Collective
• The Web Design Channel
• The Web Dev Show
• The Well - Weekly Sermons
• Thriller Theatre - Free Movies
• Tribeca Shortlist
• Tubi TV
• TVW, WA State Public Affairs
• UFCTV
• UPROXX
• Uptoten.com
• Us Weekly
• VH1
• VICELAND
• WGHP FOX 8
• WHPR TV Now
• Wiley Jackson Ministries
• WIMZTV
• Wine Savvy
• Word of Faith
• WWE Network
• XLTV
• Yahoo
• Yesterfear
• VidAngel
• Viewster
• Viki
• Vimeo
• VUDU
• Wall Street Journal Live
• Watch Cooking Channel
• Watch DIY Network
• Watch Food Network
• Watch HGTV
• Watch Travel Channel
• WatchFreeFlix
• West Angeles COGIC
• Western Classic Movies
• WestwoodMBC



Apple May Be Onto Something Even Better


Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook during their last WWDC keynote briefly spoke about their Apple TV Guide app named "TV" and how it now pulls in movies and television shows from over 50 streaming video sources.

The even bigger news is, later this year Amazon will be launching their Apple TV app that will also allow you to access Prime Video content directly from the Apple TV guide app.

At last count there are now 1,600 apps on Apple TV. A fully integrated guide that lets you quickly find content from all streaming content providers could prove to be extremely useful.






What The Future Holds For TV Streaming


We may never see a TV guide like what we had from our TiVo or Cable TV box. But if streaming TV giants like Apple or Roku ever did implement an interactive TV guide that allowed us to choose our favorite channels and then listed everyone's content making entering and exiting channels or apps a thing of the past. This would truly be a game changer and we will have reached another milestone in the way we interact with our media streamers to help us find and watch some great TV.



Rendition of a Roku EPG TV Guide we may hopefully see someday...





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