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Moviefone update adds TV show listings, streaming search

Though the Internet finally pushed Moviefone’s famous-yet-obsolete call service out of business earlier this year, AOL’s nostalgia-inducing call-in showtime directory hasn’t yet thrown in the flag. This morning, frequenters of the Moviefone website/blog were greeted with a new blue user interface and a post introducing the company’s fresh re-branding effort, which includes updated mobile apps and a new framework that now includes search functions for both movies and TV – episode listings, cast information, air times, and curated Watch Lists are just some of the new offerings.

The dedicated page for Scandal has listings for every episode across three seasons. Clicking the “Watch Now” button next to each episode triggers a drop-down menu with availability and pricing across multiple mediums: for Scandal, there are HD, SD, and HD+ versions of the show available on Amazon, Vudu, iTunes, YouTube, and Netflix, with prices ranging from $2 to $3 per episode. Clicking one of the options takes you directly to the streaming service’s page for the respective  movie or episode.

Moviefone’s blog post also included a link to its page for Marvel’s The Avengers as an additional example showing off the new search function. The page included an embedded Rotten Tomatoes score, cast and credits, 10 critic reviews and 150+ fan reviews, related news, trailers and clips, and viewing choices ranging from a free HD version available with an Epix account, to $24 HD and $18 SD purchase options via Best Buy’s Cinema Now service.

 According to the blog post, Moviefone’s updated mobile app is good to go for Android, but the iPhone and iPad versions aren’t quite ready yet – the company says it’s “just making sure [the] experience is camera-ready,” and that it “is coming later today.”

Apparently, Moviefone is on the prowl for the new voice to greet film and TV fans alike. If you think you could provide the iconic voice for the new Moviefone, text “STAR” to 265265 for more information.

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