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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    http://www.clicker.com/

    Clicker.com launches a TV Guide for the Internet
    Thu Nov 12, 2009

    * Clicker.com aims to be the TV Guide of Internet age
    * Analysts say approach is new, but competition will come

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Clicker.com launched a TV Guide for
    Internet television on Thursday, designed to provide a new way to find
    everything from old Seinfeld episodes to cooking shows.

    "What is TV Guide for the next generation going to look like?" asked
    Chief Executive Jim Lanzone. His aim is for a comprehensive Internet
    guide that makes it easy to find programs, save them, click to them
    and get reminders.

    Of course, the real TV Guide -- once a highly popular printed listing
    of television programs sold at grocery stores across the country --
    still exists as a website of its own. And there are lots of other
    choices for consumers.

    In addition, that website, TVGuide.com, also provides a search engine
    and listings of television available on the Web.

    YouTube has videos, Hulu offers network TV programming and other
    material, BuddyTV offers listings and TV news, Channels.com advertises
    "no more hunting for videos." And there are video search engines like
    Truveo and BlinX.

    "There are sites where you can watch programs, and there are a range
    of sites that touch all the different pieces, but I am unaware of
    anyone who does all of these things," said Greg Sterling, of Sterling
    Market Intelligence. He said that Clicker seems to be a candidate.

    The company has $8 million in backing led by two venture capital
    firms, Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures.

    Lanzone sees video moving away from ordinary television and more and
    more to the Web in coming years, making a service like Clicker.com
    ever more of a necessity.

    The Clicker.com database allows consumers to chose programs in many
    ways, as well as enabling a form of social networking -- a necessity
    in the latest Web companies.

    Allen Weiner, an analyst with Gartner, said Clicker.com wants to be
    "the interface between the consumer and video channels" and that it
    "takes a much more holistic view" than others.

    But he said if Clicker.com is successful it can expect competition
    from major high tech firms like Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Apple Inc
    (AAPL.O) and possibly from TV makers. And he believes the task
    Clicker.com faces is tough.

    "This is a market that has to prove itself. It is not easy to be
    comprehensive, and it's not easy to update material."

    (Reporting by David Lawsky; Editing Bernard Orr)

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    Clicker Hands-On: Web Potatoes, You Need This
    Jeff Bertolucci, PC World, NLSN TLVSN (************************/nlsntlvsn)

    Nov 12, 2009 6:08 pm

    The Web is awash in movies and TV programs, but how do you find the
    really good stuff--you know, the shows that interest you? You could
    browse multiple sites, including crowd-pleasers like Hulu, but that's
    too slow and tedious. What we need is an easy-to-use Internet
    programming guide, and that's what Clicker strives to be.

    The site just opened to the general public after a 58-day beta period,
    and from what I've seen so far, it's a great resource for someone who
    watches movies, TV shows, documentaries, and other videos online.
    Clicker provides fast access to more than 400,000 full episodes of
    programming from some 7,000 shows, according to company CEO Jim
    Lanzone's blog.

    "Clicker is a hybrid of many other kinds of information and
    entertainment sites: one part directory, one part search engine, one
    part Wiki, one part entertainment guide, and one part DVR," Lanzone
    writes.

    Clicker is free to use. You don't have to join to use basic features,
    such as searching for specific shows, but the service works best if
    you create an account. The home page provides links to new, popular,
    and recommended programming. There's also a query window (not
    pictured) where you can search by title, topic, category, and so on.

    It's pretty easy to find free TV shows--as well as pay movies on sites
    such as Amazon VOD and Netflix. Say, for instance, you want to watch
    "Caddyshack II" (a celluloid classic, I know). Enter the title, and
    Clicker provides a movie synopsis and a link to Amazon VOD, a pay
    source.

    Click the Amazon link, and a separate browser window takes you
    directly to the movie on Amazon, where you can watch a preview, or
    rent or buy the film.

    Clicker is a comprehensive programming guide. You can browse multiple
    categories and sub-categories to find the show you want.

    To get the most from Clicker, you'll need to create an account. If
    you're a Facebook user, this is easy: Simply use your Facebook ID
    (email and password) to sign up.

    My favorite Clicker feature thus far is the Playlist, a virtual DVR
    that keeps track of your favorite shows, films, news videos, and so
    on. If you missed an episode of a particular TV sitcom or drama, you
    can find it fast via your Playlist.

    I'm sure I'll find more likes and dislikes as I delve deeper into
    Clicker. But for now, I'm impressed. If you watch a lot of movies or
    TV shows online, this programming guide is worth a look.

    Jeff Bertolucci at jbertolucci.blogspot.com
     
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  2. oxonbeef

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    Ssshhhh!! don't tell everyone streaming internet tv redirects make me good money.
     
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  3. oldenstylehats

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    Interesting concept. Lanzone's been around for a while. I imagine a big part of him being able to pull this off is his relationship with one of the VC's that invested. The right person could do this with a much less cluttered interface and probably garner a lot more ground-level support. BUT if Clicker's recommendation engine is worth a damn, it could work.
     
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    wait til you see my last post about streaming tv...:D :D :D
     
  5. ForeverNever

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    Question: It talks about being "part wiki." Will we be able to add links similar to sidereel?
     
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    i hope so, that would be cool! :eek:
     
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    I just attempted to add a link and it said "thank you" so it's either under review or it just didn't work.
     
  8. charliebones

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    That didn't take long, I tried to jump on xxxclicker and someone already took it...today! :hijacked:

    Always a day late and a dollar short!
     
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    didn't look too hard... xxxclicker.net is available for under $10.! :eek:

    use this to search: http://www.name.com/names
     
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  10. charliebones

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    I was hoping for the .com Maybe I'll grab that one...THANKS!:cool: