I don't need any help with watching more television. I watch way too much of it as it is.
But being a big proponent of time-shifting and creating a more intelligent interlock and filtering mechanism between digital cable and the Web, I couldn't help but mention "MeeVee" which I recently stumbled across.
MeeVee positions itself as a TV search company (think Google for cable), and just announced today a second round infusion of VC cash to keep its TV listings up to date.
Their 30 second elevator pitch goes something like this: They're the Amazon.Com TV Guide on the Internet. They intend to provide several mechanisms on their site by which to recommend and provide a "personalized TV guide."
Marcus Welby Meet Grey's Anatomy
With respect to MeeVee and TV, I'm all about personalized recommendations for anything...when they work.
Although Amazon's collaborative filtering mechanism works fairly well for my tastes, I take my TV watching a whole lot more seriously than I do ordering stuff off of the Internet. When I'm ordering something via the Web, I generally already knew what it was that I wanted to buy.
That's a very different animal from relying on the collective intelligence of the Internet audience, from whom I'm looking to tell me what TV shows I might like to watch that I'm not already watching.
I'll spend some time on MeeVee, and even if they don't make their Kitty Hawk escape from their earthbound Web 2.0 orbit, it's good to know there are people out there worrying about how to improve my TV watching habits.
Especially amidst the backdrop of 57 channels and nothin' on.