September 19, 2014
Single purpose API
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This week, Segment.io co-founder Peter Reinhardt blogged about building The Reel Box, a mash-up site launched in March which displays local movie showtimes from Fandango alongside Rotten Tomatoes ratings, YouTube trailer videos, and Google Maps to each theatre. At first glance, it looks insanely useful--so why is it more likely to receive a cease-and-desist letter than a VC offer?
Hollywood studios haven't released their good fall movies yet. TV shows like Game of Thrones, Mad Men and the like are months away from their next seasons. You need something to watch, preferably right now. Don't worry, the ProgrammableWeb community is here to help you out. Movie mashups are always a popular submission to our directory and last year we took a look at a few of them. Today we'll look at some recent movie mashups that should help all but the most picky viewers find something worth checking out.
"Every day, movies expire from Netflix Watch Instantly," Twitter's Robin Sloan tweeted. So, the one-time Current TV online strategist decided to do something about it. Using the Netflix API, he wrote a program to find the movies that are about to expire. Then, he tweets them out from @queuenoodle, an account that has already hit nearly 4,000 followers in a day.