People watch a lot of tv, and an increasing number of people are doing so using Apple TV. With so many shows to watch, it becomes difficult to remember when shows air, and what apps are required to watch them.
What’s the problem?
With the number of shows that people watch, it can be difficult to remember which channels offer which shows, and when each show airs. With more people looking to reduce or cancel their expensive cable packages, streaming devices like Apple TV are becoming more popular. These devices typically offer apps from each major content provider, and therein lies the problem: how do you keep track of which apps offer your shows? How do you remember when new episodes air?
How can it be solved?
If the Apple TV offered a simple and efficient way to aggregate and keep track of multiple TV shows, users would have a better experience using the Apple TV to watch all of their shows.
Initially, I explored the idea of displaying a show’s available episodes in a vertically scrolling list. This idea did not move forward, but did contribute to the final design. The vertical list did a good job of displaying the different shows, but was not as good at displaying the episodes in each show.
Showing content bleeding off the edges implies that the user can view more content, without using arrows or directly telling the user to scroll.
This concept displays the list of shows horizontally. When a show is in the middle position, the available episodes for that show are displayed vertically.
Watch List—home screen
While the Watch List icon is docked on the top row of the Apple TV home screen, the user can hover over it to see an overview of what episodes are available.
Watch List presents different shows in a horizontally scrolling list, while episodes are displayed vertically. Content extends off the screen to inform the user that they are able to scroll.
Siri on Apple TV lets you use your voice to easily manage which shows are on your Watch List.
A show can also be added or removed on it’s search results page. When you add a show from the search page, you will be asked which app you’d like to use to watch that particular show. Going forward, this app will be the default.
When an episode becomes available, the user is notified. Here the user has the option to set a reminder, including a location-based reminder, to watch the newly available episode later.
The user is also able to tap “watch” which turns on their Apple TV remotely. The Apple TV turns on the TV, and the new episode starts playing with just one tap.
Does this solve the problem?
The stated problem was that it is difficult for people to keep track of multiple TV shows, and this problem is magnified on streaming devices given the number of apps available. Watch List aggregates your shows and keeps track of when new episodes become available, and which apps offer the shows you watch. The experience of browsing your available shows and episodes is lightweight, and focused. Notifications tell you when new episodes are available, and if you want to set a reminder for later, you can do that right from the notification.