With so many TV shows and movies available online these days, it can be hard for viewers to find exactly what they are looking for. To make life easier for television watchers, Guidebox, a service that answers the question, “Where can I stream or purchase this?,” released a free API that lets developers integrate movie and TV episode search into websites and mobile apps.
The Guidebox API aggregates services such as Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and Amazon, allowing users to purchase or stream available movies and TV episodes directly from their computer or mobile device or send programs to Airplay or Chromecast for playback on a large screen TV.
The San-Francisco company says its new API will serve as a launch point into movie and TV episode playback. Guidebox founder Jeremey Riney calls the Giudebox API the “missing piece” for a new generation of movie website and TV apps.
Guidebox announced three partners with the launch of its API. GetGlue, a social networking site for TV fans, integrated the service in its latest iOS app to power "watch now" buttons that initiate playback of a particular movie or TV episode on streaming or purchase sources. Search engine DuckDuckGo uses the API to surface TV episodes with “watch now” buttons, while online community ShareTV uses the API to display free TV episodes with a play button.
The Guidebox API is in beta and access is by invite only. Interested developers can request an invite code here.