Your own personal TV guide

Published December 30, 2020

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There’s an enormous amount of TV out there - existing and brand new, bingeable and streaming weekly - and the vast catalogue is only going to keep on growing. In fact, the appetite for amazing TV seems to be growing with many famous names and faces making the transition from the big screen to the small screen… and, of course, the big screen not being so big at the moment!

One of the problems this creates, apart from not having time to watch as much as I’d like, is how to keep track of what I’m watching, where I’ve got to with it and what’s coming up soon. There are lots of apps that help with this but one particular app has stood out to me: TV Forecast.

Track all your favorite shows in one place. Always know what’s up next. Falling behind? Mark off your progress as you catch up, at your own pace.

Let’s look at those in slightly more detail:

  • Track all your favourite shows. The app links in with Trakt so any show you can think of should be on there. It has old stuff, new stuff, and upcoming stuff, so you’re covered no matter what you’re thinking of watching.
  • Always know what’s up next. There are two tabs to the app, one tells you when the next episode of your show is coming up, so you can plan accordingly. It looks way in the future, as well, some of my shows suggest upcoming episodes in the hundreds of days.
  • Mark off your progress as you catch up. This is my favourite part of the app, rather than telling me what’s actually going to air soon, keeping track of where I personally am within a show’s history. It tells you which episode you’re watching, and how many left you’ve got to catch up on. Perfect. I’ve found this is really encouraging me to finish shows, where previously I’ve just drifted away from them and never wrapped it all up.

It’s all keeping me much more organised, and this particular app has a nice user interface and great look that encourages me to keep using it. The only thing I haven’t quite decided on is how far to use it for shows that I want to watch but haven’t got round to yet. I’ve added things like Bridgerton which I’m hoping to catch up on soon. But do I add some of the more random stuff that I might get round to one day? Things that I don’t want to forget but can’t promise I’ll actually watch? I don’t want to clutter up the list too much so at the moment I’m just using it for the high profile upcoming stuff, rather than every little show I’ve ever thought looked interesting.

You can add up to five shows for free, so could keep track of that as a rolling list, or for a nominal in-app purchase get access to add as many as you like. I think it’s totally worth it, if only so we can all keep tabs on when the next episode of The Mandalorian will appear.

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