SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fanhattan, the entertainment discovery service that allows users to browse and watch on-demand movies and TV shows from the top digital media services, today released a new version that integrates Facebook and Twitter into Fanhattan for iPad. The new features allow users to discover and share TV and movie recommendations from their most trusted, sought after critics: their friends. Additionally, movies and TV episodes in the VUDU library are now available as a default on-demand service, increasing the library of content and consumer choice.
“Fanhattan makes discovering and watching the TV and movies you love easy – and now you can tap into your network of friends to help you find even more to watch,” said Fanhattan CEO Gilles BianRosa. “By increasing our content offering as services expand to the iPad and infusing the Fanhattan experience with information that consumers find useful, we are keeping Fanhattan fresh and making it the best starting point for entertainment on the iPad.”
Amping up Recommendations and Social Information
With Facebook integration, users get an aggregated view of movies their friends have recently enjoyed. By signing into Facebook within the Fanhattan app, Fanhattan automatically populates a list of suggested movies and TV shows drawn from titles recently Liked by friends. Once connected to a Facebook account, Fanhattan continually updates with new recommendations every time a friend Likes a movie or TV series on Facebook. And the sharing goes both ways; Fanhattan now lets users share their favorite TV and movie choices with friends on Facebook by enabling users to post their Likes directly from Fanhattan. Additionally, Fanhattan has also integrated the official Twitter streams and Facebook pages for TV shows, movies and celebrities, enabling users to easily get the latest on their favorite entertainment without leaving the Fanhattan app.
In addition to making the Fanhattan experience social, the company also announced today that VUDU has been added to the default list of playback sources on the iPad. VUDU has created a name for delivering high quality entertainment through many different platforms and this integration brings the VUDU catalog to Fanhattan users at the flick of the wrist. VUDU is the newest service to be integrated by Fanhattan, which already works with iTunes, Hulu Plus, Netflix and the ABC Player.
Expanding Fanhattan beyond the iPad
Fanhattan’s ability to let you know where you can stream, download or go see a movie is now available beyond the iPad app. When a user recommends a movie or TV show through Fanhattan, a personalized window into the Fanhattan content is created on Facebook, the web or wherever the user is sharing their favorites. Now consumers who are not Fanhattan users can easily see where they can download, stream or go see the movie or TV show.
Fanhattan is a free app available for the iPad. To download Fanhattan: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fanhattan/id436928538?mt=8
Fanhattan is your starting point for entertainment discovery. Find movies and TV shows (top hits to Hollywood classics) from across the most popular digital media services – ABC, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Netflix, and VUDU. Immerse yourself in a world of related content to help you discover the entertainment you’ll love. Available now on iPad, Fanhattan is coming soon to connected devices in the living room, on the web, and on the go.
Fanhattan is led by a team of experienced executives, designers, and engineers from TiVo, Netflix, VUDU, Disney, MTV, MGM, Apple, Best Buy, E!, eBay, Yahoo!, and WebTV. The company is backed by blue-chip venture capital firms including NEA, Redpoint Ventures, Greycroft Partners, BV Capital, LA angel investor Jarl Mohn, and independent investors from the entertainment and technology industries.