A new, free desktop app from a movie site acquired by Warner Bros. hopes to attract users to an interface that brings their watching habits from throughout the Web to their social network.
Warner Bros. announced its new film and media hub Flixter Collections today, a desktop application which will connect movie buffs with content across several sources in a social media primed, feature-laden interface. Currently being rolled out this week in a public beta, it aims to streamline access to iTunes video, Netflix history and queue, as well as other video sources including the hard drive.
Flixter Collections' main goals are for each user to build a collection, "explore new content and connect with friends" from a personalized dashboard, to mildly paraphrase their Web site. Movies and TV shows will be searchable "from across the entire universe of entertainment," and the app will keep track of bought, rented, watched or recommended content. Folks can share what they are watching on Facebook, as well as access show pilot episodes.
After connecting to video services and social networks, visitors can browse the interface, see friend's content and research current releases through reviews, trailers and online ticketing, as did a reviewer from All Things Digital. That same writer also predicts Flixter Collections integration with Ultraviolet, a cloud-based media network that is supported by over sixty tech and media companies participating in a group called the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE).
The home screen of Flixter Collections has columns for "Free Download," "In Theaters Now," "Coming Soon to Theaters," and "New Trailers." In addition to this, the top navigation bar has the options Home, Collections, Friends and Explore. ReadWriteWeb coverage did not find streaming content on the app, so much of the point for amassing collections of content within Flixter must be for sharing, as well as providing easy ways to buy or download video. Sharing is flexible, where the user can decide which titles to include in their public feed.
Flixter Collections is only in beta, but may find a place for itself if enough adopt the app to make its social aspect usable, or if it includes enough free content to provide a viable legal media source.