I had been looking for a TV/Movie tracking site (I already track my music with last.fm, my games with raptr.com, and my books with goodreads.com) for a while when Trakt showed up, and I love the site.
That is, I love it as a way to track what I watch in XBMC - as a recommendation engine it keeps suggesting the same few movies we have all seen (Inception, Matrix, Nolan-Batman etc.).
The key, vague as it is, is to get Trakt onto devices that are less nerdy than XBMC and its ilk. Windows Media Center would be a step in the right direction since it comes with Windows, but you may also want to look into something for the iPad, where a lot of non-nerdy people watch movies and shows now. And what about Netflix, Hulu, etc.?
1. There is no way to see the results of the question? I really think that VLC support for people less Geeky watch their shows.
2. There is no RSS Feed for this blog? :( It's hard to see if there is something new in the blog without that!
@Adeiko I'll be adding an RSS feed soon and the crappy poll thing we're using doesn't give you the total votes so far view (it's free though).
@TJOHO Fully agree with everything you said. Our recs are a starting point and we need to keep refining and inserting some randomness. I was literally just talking with Justin about this about an hour ago.
@zag2me Thank you for the kind words. We're really having a lot of fun doing this and you should see a few of your ideas popping up soon for the XBMC guys.
Thanks for your feedback, guys. It's the best way to get us moving in the right direction!
I'm not sure how you're doing this behind the scenes, but I'm guessing that you don't have movies and TV shows in your database unless someone watches it - in which case you scrape it from iMDb. This means that your database will be kind of limited to the (somewhat narrow) taste of our community. Let's face it, the ones nerdy enough to use a media center and trakt are the ones who watch The Big Bang Theory and those movies I mentioned below.
One way to diversify would be to put search into your algorithm (I'm no programmer so I have no idea if this is even possible): instead of a "Nothing was found : ( " if the movie is not currently in the database, would it be possible to
1. scrape it based on the search and then enter it into the database?
2. have the fact that someone searched for it indicate interest in it and therefore factor into the algorithm for your recommendation engine?
As I said, I want you guys to succeed so that I can have a great site to track my TV and movie watching with, not one that will wither and die on me. Good luck!
Anyway, my first question is, do you get already some funding? - If not, this idea must be funded to grow as expected! Secondly, don't underestimate manual scrobbling, I can imagine, that this can be especially important re. movie watching, e.g., in a cinema. It's a bit different from music scrobbling - a song has usually a length of 3-4 minutes and a movie has usually a length of 90 minutes. So manual scrobbling isn't such a hurdle. I asked further concrete questions and raised some ideas on your support forum. I wish you all the best in making trakt as famous for movies scrobbling as last.fm for music scrobbling. Keep the community always involved as last.fm do it!
I think manually marking shows will always be a part of trakt. We will just need to create better APIs to support it (also the mobile app to go with it *someday*).
P.S.: Is it possible to submit shows that aren't in the library? I download stuff to an unsorted media-folder and usually start pputting it in the library after I've watched it (especially with TV-shows). The xbmc-plugin tells me that the shows (usually named "
Anyway, enough with the complaining. I really enjoy this service and the community that goes along with it. Keep up the good work.
We are looking into working with things in file mode, the challenge there is making sure it is accurately identifying what the file is. With library mode that makes the accuracy very high.
We have a planned update around the calendar for sure. I am envisioning that we seed the calendar automatically based on what you're watching, but we will give the ability to manually add/remove shows too which would give the flexibility you are talking about.
We will always be evolving based on community feedback and interaction.
My answer to the question is obvious for several reasons ... media player support.
Ps: Added to Feedmyapp @ http://www.feedmyapp.com/p/a/trakt-tv-trakt-helps-keep-a-record-of-what-tv-shows-and-movies-you-are-watching/22556