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Peel Released on Android, Finding Your Favorite TV Shows Became A Lot Easier


If you needed a new way to find and discover your favorite shows, then you’ll want to check out Peel which just made its way onto Android after being download over a million times on iOS.  The app can show you favorite programs, recommend similar shows, provide brief descriptions, remind you when they are on, and even allow you to share them with friends.

Their PR department explains it much better:

Peel uses a recommendation engine developed by a finalist from Netflix’s algorithm contest  making it an intuitive application that adapts to your viewing habits. Peel offers a visual touchscreen guide that enables you to like or dislike shows, as well as set up reminders and share your finds and your favorites with friends via Twitter and Facebook. The more you use the app, the more customized and better it gets at predicting what you want to watch.

After just a few minutes of time with it, I can tell you that the UI is looking mighty polished, it allowed me to set everything up quickly by choosing my cable provider, and is already recommending programs. Oh, and it’s free.  

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Peel Simplifies TV Creating a New Generation of Channel Surfing

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – July 21, 2011 – Peel, the company dedicated to changing the way you watch TV, announced today the release of their smartphone app for Android phones making it easy to find and discover favorite shows. Peel for Android displays custom tailored programming recommendations in an intuitive and elegant fashion eliminating the need to scroll through channel-listing grids.

The app’s home screen displays colorful thumbnails of “Top Picks,” or favorite shows. Touch one of the thumbnails and the app displays what channel that show is on as well as a brief description of the episode that is playing. Alternatively, users can swipe across the screen to explore more shows sorted by genre. As you interact with the app, Peel learns what you like and helps you discover new shows that suit your tastes. With that, Peel moves the channel surfing experience to the smartphone, leaving the television screen available to display programming.

“Offering Peel to Android users furthers our reach and philosophy, it’s not about what channel or network a show is on, it’s about the shows themselves,” said Greg Lindley, chief experience officer for Peel. “Peel is designed to get to the heart of what the user likes by using a unique customization engine that recommends shows based off of user interaction.”

“As the lead Android engineer for Peel I am very excited to be able to bring our application to a whole new audience,” said Hong Wu, Senior Software Engineer at Peel. “Now both Android and iPhone users can enjoy the Peel experience of show recommendation and never having to waste time channel surfing again.”

Within the app, you can set reminders, so you will never miss the beginning of a show. There is also a search feature that allows users to quickly find what network a particular game or program is on. Peel provides a social aspect as well, allowing you to share what you are watching via Facebook and Twitter.

Setting up the Peel app takes just a few minutes. Peel isolates where you are, which cable or satellite provider you are using and your basic TV preferences such as favorite show genres and sports. Once set up, the app immediately begins delivering tailored TV recommendations.

The free Peel app is available for Android users on the 2.0 operating system or higher. To download the app visit: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.peel.app

The app is also available for iPhone and iPod touch® and can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store by visiting: http://ax.itunes.apple.com/us/app/peel/id384977370?mt=8#ls=1

About Peel
Peel was founded around passion for making the home entertainment experience friendlier. Combining program discovery, simple and seamless universal control and shared entertainment experiences steps beyond simple remote controls and changes the TV landscape. For more information visit http://www.Peel.com.

  • Anonymous

    I have Directv and I love apps like this that help recommend shows. I tried this app out and it was “ok”. I prefer the Directv app over this simply because I can record shows from that app. And also I think it’s sometimes easier to find good shows with the Directv app also. But this app would be great for anyone else that likes these kinds of apps.

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  • Anonymous

    Not compatible with TF, or any tab?   Fail.

  • Kohdiak

    Where’s the Tablet version??

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  • Anonymous

    It’s Always Sunny for the ultimate win.

  • Mauricio Sanchez

    Haha, I love this. I set it up in 1 minute, and it let me know The Office was on. That’s a win in my book.

  • Anonymous

    First can we have a good app that lets us WATCH TV shows?

  • Um thats what i pay my cable company for…a On TV Guide…some of us dont need the TV Guide Channel anymore lol

  • #*%#!_$_#@!$)#

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    • Adam Elghor

      nice name how do you pronounce it?

      • #*%#!_$_#@!$)#

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        • Adam Elghor

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  • John

    cool. i’ve always used a personalized/customized fav tv show RSS list via (tvrage.com) 
    & just put that into “Scrollable news widget” on one of my homescreens

  • Mctypething

    Seems pointless to me. Everyone already knows what shows they like.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. Let me WATCH for once! Everything that lets you watch requires you to pay on top of what you already pay. I mean, come on, I pay for HBO but because I have Cablevision I’m left out of HBO Go?

      • Adam Elghor

        YES…..i want FREE mobile tv…why is that so hard to do?

        (insert tv provider here) should make their own app so i can watch my favorite shows that i already payed for on my phone!!!!!!!!!!!! GEEEEZZZ!!!!!!!

        • Just buy a Slingbox and the Android Slingplayer app…  I’ve been watching my entire Comcast lineup including my DVR on my Droid(s) for over a year, and on my WinMo Devices since about 2005.  Can’t beat it.  Sure, it’s not free… but it leaves absolutely nothing to complain about.

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  • Manny

    I think they want us to watch Glee.

  • Manny

    I think they want us to watch Glee.

    • Adam Elghor

      its a trap!

  • Bprokosz

    did they really have to showcase Glee in like every picture…that makes me NOT want the app…ugh….

    in other news, I’m really glad I got grandfathered into unlimited data now that I got HBO GO, Netflix, Crackle, and  now this.

  • Dave

    oh yeeah!