SideReel

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SideReel
The logo of SideReel.
Type of business Online media
Type of site
Video Portal / Entertainment Fansite
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
Parent All Media Network
Website SideReel.com
Alexa rank Negative increase 4,741 (August 2016)[1]
Registration Optional
Launched February 24, 2007; 11 years ago (2007-02-24)

SideReel is a website that offers users the ability to search for television shows, get new episode alerts, watch full episodes online and mark the episodes they've watched.[2] The company also announced it had surpassed 1 million unique visitors in one day. It is a TV community site with user discussions, reviews, and news. SideReel acts as a medium, connecting users to content centered on the shows that interest them and organizing the information around those shows.

History[edit]

SideReel launched in April 2007 and was featured in CNET's Webware "beta watch" that same month.[3]

In 2011, SideReel was acquired by Rovi Corporation,[4] and the Allrovi.com site was launched.[2] The company also announced it had surpassed 1 million unique visitors in one day.[2]

In July 2013, Rovi spun off SideReel, along with AllGame, AllMovie, AllMusic, and Celebified, as All Media Network; the company's owners includes the original founders of SideReel and Ackrell Capital investor Mike Ackrell.[5][6][citation needed]

In 2014, a free SideReel app was launched, allowing fans to find, track and watch their favorite TV series on iOS devices.[7] The site's Android and iOS apps were later withdrawn as they were too unprofitable.[8]

Business model[edit]

SideReel compiles a comprehensive list of television shows and movies and aggregates content for them. The site provides links to view full episodes online, as well as a forum to discuss and review TV shows and movies.[9]

This site allows users to actively collaborate on updating site content, and uses Facebook Connect to foster user participation and a sense of community. Users of Connect can see what shows friends like, and share their favorites.[citation needed]

Criticism[edit]

In 2010, an LA Times article was published using interviews with unnamed anti-piracy experts who accused SideReel of being a way for viewers to watch shows that are not available online by linking to pirated streaming sites. The company denied the charges, stating that it was merely a specialized search engine that points to legitimate sites and removes infringing links when notified of them.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sidereel.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "Rovi acquires SideReel, launches AllRovi.com". vator.tv. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  3. ^ Needleman, Rafe (April 27, 2007). "Beta watch: SideReel opens new video wiki". CNET. 
  4. ^ "Rovi Buys Sidereel, Expands to the Web". Gigaom.com. March 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rovi Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Performance Announces Agreements to Sell Rovi Entertainment Store and Consumer Website Businesses". globalnewswire.com. 2013-07-31. Archived from the original on 2017-08-08. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Digital Entertainment Veterans Launch 'All Media Network' to Perfect Digital Media Discovery". BusinessWire. December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "SideReel app lets fans watch and track their favorite shows on iOS devices". adweek.com. 2014-03-13. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  8. ^ "An Important Update About the SideReel iOS and Android Apps". SideReel.com. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  9. ^ a b Chmielewski, Dawn C. (September 21, 2010). "Hollywood sounds alarm as streaming video websites enable a new wave of piracy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 

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