SideReel.com offers its users a way to track, locate and view television shows on the web. Users can explore a variety of programming options, ranging from science fiction and reality to drama, comedy, cartoons, teen programming and more. The site also includes television related news and updates, such as cancellations and show developments. Users can explore TV listings or the editor’s picks area or search for specific shows by keyword.
Top 10 lists present popular television shows while SideReel Tweet feeds are shown on the homepage. An Android application is available for mobile users. Shows are presented with the total number of seasons and episodes, air time, status, genre, synopsis and download options. SideReel also supplies recommendations to help users discover new shows they may like.
SideReel was founded in January of 2007 by Peter Arzhintar and Zach Larson. The site has garnered quite a bit of attention from internet users.
The current SideReel community includes more than 2.5 million registered users. The website was showcased on the best watch list created by CNet in April of 2007. By May of 2010, the site was recognized as the largest independent television property in comScore’s television entertainment category. Rovi acquired SideReel in 2011.
SideReel seems to do more than just list television shows, the site almost celebrates them. Users can find programming that suits almost any popular genre. The site contains a wealth of information on show developments, cancellations, upcoming programs and more. Users can create an account and track their favorite TV shows and receive recommendations based on their current viewing interests. The Android app allows television fanatics to take SideReel with them.
SideReel uses a pleasant design that favors shades of blue and a plain white background. The site contains a number of advertisements, which add a bit of clutter to the interface. For the most part, the ads can be easily overlooked (especially once the user starts tracking shows and learning how to navigate the site). Users can quickly learn interesting details about their favorite shows and stay on top of developments within a few simple clicks.
A new user can join the SideReel community by clicking the blue “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form appears on the left side of the following page. At the top, a pair of buttons is available for users who prefer to sign up with an existing Twitter or Facebook account.
Those who choose to fill in the form provided are asked to supply a username, password, email address, preferred time zone, year of birth, country location and gender. After successfully entering the Captcha code, the user can submit the form. A small box at the bottom of the form is automatically checked to sign the user up for email updates. The user can uncheck this box to opt out.
SideReel invites all television viewers to create an account for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges required when joining the SideReel community. All users are given the same level of access. Some television shows are available to view for free while others require a fee. Those that require a fee are made available through a third party service (such as iTunes). The user must pay the amount listed however no additional fees are applied by SideReel. Users are not required to make a purchase to maintain an account.
SideReel.com is a great resource for anyone who really likes to watch television. Users who follow shows closely can really appreciate the features included with the site. Users can track their shows, view some shows on the site and learn more about the program.
The SideReel website makes it easy to follow television shows online or with a mobile device. Users can also discover new shows through the site’s recommendations system.