Channel surfing is a time honored tradition, going back to the early days of the remote control. Though unlike those dark days of Entertainment scarcity, when channels were limited and traditional television and radio were the only viable options, audiences today have are facing a new problem. The problem of choice.
According to critics we are now living in a “Golden Age” of entertainment. Never before has there been so much to choose from in terms of what to watch. The democratization of the Internet and the creative possibilities that have come with it, professional-grade video-cameras now price within reach of mere mortals, has been a boom in terms of originality and quality in entertainment.
Ideas that never would have gotten past the “gate-keepers” in the old media model are now able to find large and enthusiastic audiences online. Just look at the massive success of Netflix original series, including the resurrections of cult shows such as Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror series which, while a modest success in its native Britain, would never have made it to air on network television in the United States. Sadly, not all ideas are equally great, or at least not to everybody’s taste. Now, with it much easier to get shows made and distributed, there are more shows to choose from than there ever have been before. As anybody who has tried to find something good to watch on Youtube can attest. The cries have been heard and now there is Cathod.tv to help consumers find the best entertainment for them.
How does Cathod.tv work?
Cathod.tv is a web-site based application for mobile devices, created and intended to assist new media audiences including streamers find, save, get notifications and discuss television shows and new movies available on the web.
A search engine, cache, news-letter and chat-room (remember those?) in a single program. It eases the process of finding something to watch and replaced the finger-cramping scrolling through platforms such as Netflix or Amazon Prime and frustration of finding the app that is streaming that one awesome show everyone is talking about endlessly.
It also knows which of the many available apps are streaming the shows you want to see and can link you directly to them, eliminating the need to scroll search. Cathod.tv also offers a personal library, allowing users to watch shows according to their own whim without fear of it being replaced in the queue or having to link back to the app if they are not able to watch the show when they find it.
Can it be trusted?
Cathod.tv puts an emphasis on social networking and user engagement, much of its review and recommendation content being generated by users sharing what they have found though using the app. With little to no vested interest in the app. or the shows themselves. It is fans telling other fans what they find good, in an accelerated, 21st century version of word-of-mouth.