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Free Minnow video guide app combines streaming platforms

Discussion in 'Streaming and Digital Media' started by Martin Dew, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. Martin Dew

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    What I find fascinating is that this is exactly what Apple claimed their TV app was going to do but, they have fail miserably. A big reason is because they could never get Netflix to sign on so, how did this company get Netflix onboard when Netflix told Apple that they wanted their subscribers to use their app?

    I may download this and see how it works but, I wonder how it handles multiple profiles for services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ ad Apple TV+ on devices like Apple TV?
     
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    But you can't WATCH anything within the Minnow app, nor can you keep track of all the content you are currently watching, both of which you can do with Apple TV.

    Those are not insignificant points to leave out when comparing the two.

    What Apple TV does is much more fully integrated and therefore more complex than what Minnow is doing.

    Minnow has not gotten Netflix "onboard" with anything. This is just searching their database the same way Siri and Roku already do.
     
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    It seems I've read somewhere that Apple wants a cut for any subscriptions signed up through through Apple TV. Netflix didn't need to give Apple a cut for really doing nothing. I can't say I blame them.

    But if you go to the Minnow site, it shows the Minnow app is available on Apple TV and Apple TV 4K anyway! So you can install an app on Apple TV to do what Apple TV could do directly. !?!?!
     
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    No, no - you're confusing a couple of different things. You can't sign up to services like Netflix through the Apple TV box because of the commission thing, but that's a different issue from why it's not on the Apple TV app.

    For example, you also can't sign up for Disney+ and Amazon Prime through the Apple TV box either, but they ARE included in the app. Netflix chose not to take part because it saw value in controlling the user experience of its service.

    Saying that this company was able to achieve a deal with Netflix that Apple wasn't is a terribly inaccurate representation of what this is.
     
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    Roku already has something like this built in to their search engine.
     
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    Oh, I've already got an app that does that, called JustWatch.
     
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    Exactly. That is all Minnow is.
     

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