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Yahoo Releases Video Discovery App for iOS and Android

Yahoo wants to make it easier for you to find the shows you want to watch online: The company released a new app called the Yahoo Video Guide Thursday, which allows users to search for movies and TV shows across more than 30 online services, and then launch playback with deep inks into other apps.

The app is available both on the App Store and Google Play, but initially just works for U.S.-based users. Some of the supported services include Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, HBO Go, YouTube, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and others.

Yahoo’s senior product manager Robby Stein touted the app as “an easier, faster way to find and stream your favorite movies and TV shows in the cord-cutting age” in a blog post. The app also offers plot summaries as well as ratings from Rotten Tomatoes to help users decide on what to watch, and there is even a “mood picker” that’s supposed to help find things to watch through animated Gifs.

The idea of these kinds of video discovery apps isn’t new. Rovi’s Fan TV app offers much of the same functionality, as do Yidio and a number of other apps. However, it’s undeniable that Yahoo, despite all its corporate woes, still has a huge microphone, and is capable of funneling lots of its users to its various apps and properties — and as the number of streaming services is growing, it’s likely that some of Yahoo’s users will appreciate some hand-holding.

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