Camera-based app scanning streaming services for highlighting IMDB watchlist overlap
Miloš StankovićOct 13, 2022
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An augmented reality scanner for phones to point at a TV or computer screen and browse through the streaming platforms' libraries, highlighting the movies and shows that you have in your IMDB watchlist.
Save time on picking what you are going to watch. There are so many streaming platforms now and browsing through them to see what is on them takes ages.
Increase the probability of enjoying what you decide to watch by sticking to the premade watchlist. Not taking as much gamble with unknown titles that are pushed by individual services.
One solution for all entertainment content platforms - centralize your streaming service experience via IMDB. No more need for watchlists across several streaming sites.
How it works:
You would have to be logged in your IMDB profile on your phone.
Open the scanning app that is a camera primarily, and align it with your TV or desktop computer.
A scan in the way QR codes are scanned would be done by the app and highlight the titles that are in your IMDB watchlist with a yellow tint overlay. The movies would also be listed in order as text after you click the "end scanning" button.
The app would need a database of movies' posters, and all their variations for functionality in countries that might translate titles.
As IMDB is owned by Amazon, they offer only a filter to see which movies from your watchlist you can watch on Amazon Prime. But it's a miniscule overlap going from my example, 22 titles out of 400. A 5.5% overlap.
The app can also scan for movies that meet certain filters, like an IMDB rating of 6.5 or higher, more than 10,000 votes, and then have them suggested as well.
You can also make it so that the scanner can show you the movies that you have already rated on IMDB, with a score 7 or higher. Meaning those you liked and might want to rewatch.
These could be extra options behind a pay wall or a golden plan.
I found an attempt to solve the problem of merging IMDB and Netflix, yet my proposed solution is not limited in regards to geography, that is different libraries in different countries. It's also not limited by one streaming service.
Also, it's quite an easier user experience, just point at the screen.