Watchily Review

Watchily ReviewWatchily takes services like Amazon streaming videos, Netflix, iTunes and more and combines them with media management tools including CouchPotato, Sickbeard and NZB Drone. The developers are putting all of this together in a very innovative way, making it easy to use these tools and to integrate your search results into an all-in-one affair.

How it Works

The developers say that anyone who uses CouchPotato, NZBDrone or Sickbeard is likely to find use for Watchily and to genuinely enjoy using it, as well. The tool can search for movies across several different services. The new design will take all the results and combine them into one, showing which sources have the video available. For instance, if you searched for The Avengers, you’d get a result that would show you which services it would be available on, but they’d all be grouped together to make everything easier to work with and keep organized.

Watchily has been in development for 2 years. The current developer bought the project and integrated it with his ideas. The site runs on PHP, JavaScript and other technologies, but the developers say that could change over time.

The result with this site is a service that combines availability information from sources like Sickbeard right alongside sources like Netflix. You can find most anything with this type of search, given that it’s not as compartmentalized as most of the content search options out there.

The site is located at http://www.watchily.com/. You’ll have to create an account, but registration is free and it’s fast. You can start searching through many different sites at once. The interface is easy, giving you radio buttons to choose from. You can limit your search to sites that you have access to, narrowing the results, or see if the content you want is available on a given site and, perhaps, get a subscription to watch it.

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Getting the Best Results

According to the developers, NZBDrone integration with the site is performing better than Sickbeard at the moment, but that could easily change as further development is completed. As far as devices go, the developers have used Google TV, gaming consoles, Smart TVs and other hardware, but the best results have been obtained using a standard PC with the Watchily service. The developers haven’t tried the service with Pi yet, but they report excellent results using regular PCs and recommend them as your standard hardware.

A fork of Sickbeard, SickRage, is slated to be integrated with the site. The developers report that they’ve gotten excellent results pulling media information with SickRage, so you may want to consider giving that fork a try if you’re currently using Sickbeard. SickRage retains the same API scheme as Sickbeard.

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Worth It

This site is too easy and useful to pass up. Being able to search through listings for shows and movies across all the huge online streaming services without having to go to each one individually is a great idea and likely to catch on. Sickbeard and the other services it integrates are really the best media managers out there, so those who want to organize their content and searches better are sure to find use for this particular site, and to appreciate what it has to offer.


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