Featured App Review: Boxfish TV Guide
Since the advent of Cable Television, our living rooms have slowly been subjected to more and more choice. Channels are now everywhere. Choice is a great thing and they do say that variety is the spice of life but, can there be such a thing as too much choice? Of course there can, and now there are so many channels that half the time we feel as if we don’t want to watch any TV at all. TV guides have been around for a long time and yet, they aren’t that much help, with all of the channels and information streaming through our sets, we need an app and a TV guide that can keep up. Read on to see if Boxfish is that TV Guide.
Description: You can’t describe Boxfish as just another TV Guide because Boxfish isn’t like any of the others. Boxfish allows you to see exactly what’s on, including the topic being discussed (e.g. Kobe Bryant on SportsCenter) at that exact moment on each channel, and what’s coming up across multiple cable providers including: Comcast Xfinity, DirecTV, Dish, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Verizon, AT&T, Charter and more. You can set reminders and all of the usual things you need to do with a TV Guide. However, where Boxfish differs is that you can see what’s happening Live across the myriad of TV channels from your cable provider. You can also set alerts for mentions of your favorite athletes, celebrities or topics across live TV. Boxfish is the only App capable of this due to the incredible Boxfish platform that processes every word spoken on TV! You can use it as a remote control for DirecTV and Google TV boxes and there’s even a social element to the app, allowing you to see what’s hot right now – taking the agonizing choice out of your hands.
How it Works: To get started with Boxfish, you’ll have to head on over to the Play Store to install the app, then you’ll need to input your ZIP code:
After that you’ll have to choose which is your cable provider:
While setting up the app, you’ll be asked to pick from your favorite channels:
Once you’ve gotten all of your channels all chosen, you’ll be given a view of what’s on right now:
Boxfish will overlay TV Topic hashtags that are used for the programs, which is a nice touch when news or sports programs are on and a traditional show title or description will not suffice. You can click on a channel to see more:
To see what’s coming up, just swipe to the right:
You can take a look at what’s trending as well:
Of course, this is just a small taste of what Boxfish can do for you. There are a whole lost of features included within the app and the best thing is that they are all at your disposal, nothing is pushed upon you and best of all, the app is completely free!
Opinion: There are only a handful of TV shows I watch right now, and a few outlets I know are going to deliver. So, being able to sift through all of the stuff I don’t want to watch or even hear about is a massive boon for me. Not only that but, if there’s really nothing on TV I want to watch, I can consult the rest of the nation to see what’s worth taking a look at. For years now, we’ve had to keep hitting the “Channel Up” button to find something we want to watch and while Cable boxes are really quite sophisticated now, their TV guides cannot match up to what Boxfish are offering here.
- Speed (4/5) – Initial load takes a little time but, after that it’s really quite quick at finding the latest listings.
- Features (5/5) – If you’re still wrestling with the TV guide from your cable provider, you need to give this a look. There’s a whole lot packed into Boxfish and it works great on tablets like the Nexus 7.
- Theme (4/5) – Boxfish is a good-looking app and everything is easy enough to navigate.
- Overall (4/5) – There’s just too much choice these days, not a lot of it is any good and unless you can remember the times of every show you’re into, you need Boxfish. You’ll come for the TV Guide and stay for the extras.
- Supports a wide range of cable providers.
- Can be used as a remote control for DirecTV and Google TV boxes.
- Works great on that tablet you have lying around the sofa.
- UI is both good-looking and easy to work with.
- Could do with a little bit of a speed boost.
- A way to connect to your Twitter account in-app would be brilliant.
Conclusion: Whether or not you’ve enjoyed premium cable for a long time, or you’ve just gotten cable, Boxfish is a great tool to have at your fingertips. Cable boxes might have gotten a lot more sophisticated but, they’re still quite sluggish and hardly user-friendly. With Boxfish you can quickly and easily check on what’s coming in a few hours or in the week and you can also get a grasp of what’s on TV right now. You can tailor your favorite channels just to you so you don’t have to sift through all those pesky channels you don’t care about. Overall, Boxfish TV Guide might be a little slow at times but, it’s fully-featured and one of the easiest ways to find what you want to watch on TV.