TV recommendation engine BeeTV has just released a new iPad app designed to let users get personalized show recommendations and share what they are watching with their friends.
The app, BeeTV HD [iTunes link] is designed to bring the full BeeTV website experience to the iPad.
Users who opt to sign in using Facebook or Twitter can find out what their friends are watching. Users can also share what shows they are watching or planning to watch across their social networks.
The main BeeTV page shows users what shows are currently trending - as well as what shows their friends are currently discussing or watching. The trending area is based on activity on Facebook and Twitter and is a good way to grasp what content is popular at a given time.
Tapping on a show or movie page gives the user an overview of what others are saying about a particular program or movie as well as any comments that friends have made.
n a lot of ways, BeeTV is similar to checkin services like GetGlue or Miso, but the difference is BeeTV's approach is more focused on helping people find new things to watch - or share what they are currently watching - rather than necessarily being about checking into a program.
Users can enter their zip code and select a television provider to get customized updates and recommendations for content to watch now or at a future time. Using Facebook likes and ratings within the BeeTV ecosystem, the recommendations are tailored to the user.
Users can indicate that they plan to watch a future program by tapping a timer icon. They will then receive notification alerts before the program airs. BeeTV HD also lets users check out TV listings for their area, using a convenient link to Zap2it's TV guide.
The iPad app looks very much like the BeeTV home page. It's easy on the eyes and arranges data in a flexible grid format. We did have some issues with the app crashing but overall found the interface to be quite good.
Our favorite feature of BeeTV HD is the â€œupcoming favoritesâ€ section. I recently moved to a new city and still don't have the cable lineup memorized; I also don't know the syndication schedule very well. Being able to see that The Simpsons is on a local affiliate at 7:00PM is a nice touch. I also like that I can see a list of upcoming movies on the various premium stations.
For those looking for a TV guide with a social twist, BeeTV HD is a great couch companion.
Written by Christina Warren for Mashable
Author: / Posted: 11-06-2011