A demo of the new video discovery service Fanhattan (preview) blew me away. This free iPad app sounds simple--it finds stuff about movies and TV shows you want to watch--but the depth of the content, utility of what the site does, and clarity of the interface just puts this app on a different level than anything else I've seen.
Fanhattan officially launches at the D9 conference today; CEO Giles BianRosa gave me a run-through last week. This write-up is based on his demo; unfortunately I didn't get a preview copy of the app to try myself.
The main feature is Fanhattan's database of which content is playing where. If you're looking for "The Fighter," Fanhattan will tell you, perhaps, that you can see it on iTunes and get it from Netflix DVD delivery, but the Amazon and Hulu indicators will remain unlit if it's not on those platforms. If you're looking for episodes of a TV show, you might see the availability indicators change as you move from season to season, as many shows' seasons appear differently on various content sales and rental sites. It solves one big iPad annoyance: having to hop between apps trying to find a specific movie or show you want to watch.
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When you want to play content, Fanhattan fires up the appropriate player on your device; it doesn't try to appropriate the audience for itself. And if you never want to see a service, because you don't subscribe to it, you can disable it from appearing. … Read more