In a world where Netflix releases entire seasons of TV shows at a time, like House of Cards and the new season of Arrested Development, personally, I find it increasingly difficult to schedule myself around when HBO wants to air a show or even when it has already aired something.
So when I shared a screenshot on Twitter a few months ago of Episodes, an app that allows you to follow and manage TV shows, a handful of people asked me which app this was I was using. Managing and tracking TV show scheduling is clearly something many people need a solution for.
TeeVee 2 is similar in that it allows you to follow your favorite shows on television without having to manually input any information aside for the name of the series.
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Simply enter the name of your favorite TV shows and TeeVee populates all the information you would expect to see including show titles and descriptions, cast, and more. TeeVee will remind you when new episodes are due to air in the app or with a notification and includes a countdown to upcoming episodes or seasons. It even pays homage to retired seasons, like The Office, with the sincere message: Forever in TeeVee’s heart.
What makes TeeVee standout is its clean and modern user-interface. Just like Twitterific 5 has a dramatically different UI next to Tweetbot, and iOS 7 looks brand new compared to iOS 6 or prior, TeeVee feels completely different than Episodes while delivering a similar function. Fans of the lighter, simpler look will appreciate TeeVee.
As we’re all learning with iOS 7, while the functionality of an app or operating system can go unchanged, the user-interface of that app or OS can cause you to completely reinterpret the experience. TeeVee pulls that off with its modern TV show tracking app.
When iOS 7 launches this fall, I think more and more people will look for apps that match the new UI even if it means parting ways with an app you’ve come to love.
While I generally wouldn’t recommend using an app purely on its user-interface, as functionality is what we primarily look for in an app, if the feature set is considerably matched then user-interface can be the deciding factor.
TeeVee felt empty in one area, but this leaves opportunity for more features in future updates: when you add a series, a list of suggested popular TV shows would be useful. As a workaround, I jumped over to IMDB for recommendations. As it is currently designed, it expects you to have your favorite shows in mind, but I would like to see show recommendations in the future.
Even though I still prefer to binge watch episodes as I did with House of Cards, I still find it strangely rewarding to be able to catch and watch a TV show as it is broadcasted live. TeeVee can help you get there with the clean and modern aesthetics of iOS 7. It’s a smooth, minimal app that I can highly recommend; it’s notifications make it worth buying and setting up just to make your iPhone or iPod touch even more useful.