If you like to watch TV shows and maybe even are collecting entire TV series on your computer or DVD or Blu-Ray, you may find an application to track TV series, including your watching progress, helpful.
SeriesGuide X is an application for Android 2.1 that helps you keep track of TV series that you own, watch on TV or plan on watching in the future.
What I particularly like about the application is that you do not need to create an account to use it, it simply works right out of the box. To get started, you need to use the built-in search or the trending TV shows listing to add TV series you are interested in to the apps' database. The app recognizes TV shows from various countries including the US, UK and Germany.
Shows that you have added to the application are displayed with their name, a thumbnail screenshot, starting date and time, and channel it aired on. Thumbnails are usually correct, but I spotted on that was not and there was no apparent option to correct it. When you click on a show you are taking to an overview page offering information about it. The information displayed here include whether the show is still airing, a short description of what it is all about, a rating taken from TVDb, a screenshot, information about stars, writers and links to all seasons and episodes of the show.
The app displays similar information for each episode you take a look at. Here you can also check episodes that you have already watched, which changes the episode displayed on the start screen of the app. You can basically use the feature to keep track of the episodes that you have already watched and those that are still unwatched. It is furthermore possible to add TV shows to the favorites which you can display on the start screen separately from other TV series you have added to the application.
The application links to IMDB and TVDB on the Internet which you can open from each episode listing. These websites open up in the Android browser that you are using and usually provide additional information about the show and selected episode.
Another interesting feature is the option to add TV shows to the calendar application of the phone, so that you can keep track of past and present shows easily using the built-in calendar.
Two features that I'd like to see are currently missing. First, it is not possible to play TV episodes using the application. It would be really useful if the app would link to websites where you can watch the media and local storage. The second feature that I imagine would be useful to some users of the apps is a collectors option to select TV seasons and episodes that you own, and those that you plan to purchase, maybe even with links to online shops to make the purchase right away.
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