Yahoo Video Guide Searches and Suggests Movies Across Streaming Services


Yahoo Video Guide Combines All the Streaming Apps You Own Into One Recommendation Engine

Android/iOS: If you subscribe to a lot of different streaming video services, you know that picking something to watch is complicated. Yahoo Video Guide makes it a lot easier by showing you all the available options for the services you actually use.

When you first open up the app, it’ll scan your phone for streaming video apps (like Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO Go, ABC, Fox, etc), and then build out a list of recommendations for stuff to watch based on the apps you have installed (you can always add in more services manually if you want). From there, you can search for movies and shows based on the featured tab, by genre, directly from the search bar, or by the awkward GIF-powered “Mood Picker.” You can also rule out paying for anything by filtering away rentals or buy options. The recommendations themselves are a bit generic and aren’t based on your viewing habits, but it essentially makes it so you can browse all the video options on every service at once, which is awesome when you’re in the mood for a particular genre.

Once you pick something to watch, tap the play button and it’ll automatically open in the video app it’s available on. This is a much better option than apps we’ve seen before and should make hunting for something to watch between multiple services a lot easier.


Yahoo Video Guide (Free) | Google Play
Yahoo Video Guide (Free) | iTunes App Store



The tech twilight zone, where Yahoo aimlessly spins


There is a dimension of tech beyond that which is cherished by investors.

It is the middle ground between failure and success, between innovation and stagnation, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of man’s knowledge. This is the dimension where activist investors and private equity firms prey. It is an area which we call the twilight zone.

And this twilight zone is where Yahoo has been stuck for nearly a decade now. The company’s core operations have been struggling to stay relevant in an online-ad market that was dominated by first Google, and now Facebook. The harder Yahoo raced to catch up, the further it found itself slipping further back in the race – a mythic, archetypal nightmare played out in real time on the stock market.

Yahoo’s reality, for a while now, has been this: In tech, there have been three tiers all along. The clear winners, that is, the Googles and Facebooks, which write the rules others must follow. The clear losers, that is, the incumbents and me-too startups that can’t adapt to or abide by the new rules and fall by the wayside. And the very, very unclear middle tier – the companies that are clearly not winning but can’t be labeled clear losers either because they still see some profit growth and, in a good quarter, some decent revenue growth.

The tech press and most tech investors love the top tier and even the bottom tier. They are coherent narratives you can fit into a headline, or even better, a cell in a spreadsheet. But nobody wants to deal with the middle-tier, which always involves too messy a narrative. The company won’t die. But it won’t thrive either. It aspires to innovate, doing so in intermittent flashes. Yet things never quite gel, nor do they quite fall apart. And so on…

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