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Cord cutters have a new best friend. The new Yidio app for the iPhone is a search portal for movies and TV shows. With this app, you can find out whether a program is available for free, on a subscription service, or a la carte. Yidio aggregates TV show and movie information across multiple sources, such as Hulu Plus, Netflix, iTunes and many others. The service can even launch the video directly, provided you have the app (Netflix, for example) running. While this free app is not perfect, it is very useful. Finally, every option for tv shows and movies is in one place!
When you start Yidio for the first time, you are given a tour of the main features. You can also link Yidio to your Facebook account, so it knows what you like. Yidio is a very powerful search app with many choices for filtering and presenting results. You can use this app to manage your favorite movies and TV shows across several source services. Yidio supports many different providers, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Crackle, ABC, PBS, HBO GO, and many more. Yidio can be your go-to app for video content, presenting you with the best viewing options.
Yidio’s home screen presents popular TV shows and movies, in addition to new releases. Tapping on a video image takes the user to a detail screen. From this screen, one can see the various sources (Netflix, iTunes, etc.) for playing the program. Ratings and reviews are also displayed. It’s also possible to add the program to favorites and share it with a friend.
Swiping right or tapping the menu button reveals browsing, search and source controls. A search field appears at the top of the panel. This search field is also accessible by clicking the magnifying glass icon on the main screen. Users can browse videos based on top picks and “my feed”, which requires a free Yidio account.
With a Yidio account, you can actually earn credits to buy content on Amazon. Registered users can earn Yidio Credits by adding programs as favorites, sharing programs, watching programs, and interacting with the service in various ways.
The browsing and search panel also features preset searches. Users can search for free TV, free movies, and top programs, along with other preset searches. If these preset searches are not up to snuff, more experienced users can alter search parameters from the top tool bar on the search results screen. Search results can be sorted, filtered and the results can be presented in different formats. (continue…)