Searching for the Streams
It’s one thing to suddenly have access to a vast selection of global television, but finding out exactly what’s on is another story altogether. Thankfully, there are searching sites cropping up, dedicated to making it easier to find exactly what you want – and we just so happen to keep a list here.
Everyflix is the newest entry to this list, and at this stage concentrates on UK services including Amazon, Netflix, Sky, Now TV and more. The main goal of Everyflix is to ease the endless suffering that streaming viewers endure when searching for new content over multiple services.
Everyflix offers advanced filtering via genre types, Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB ratings, years released, director, actor name, etc along with email notifications when new content arrives.
We’re going to keep a good eye on this one, as it may indeed become an invaluable service as it expands in the future.
uNoGS may sport the weirdest name in our current list of content search engines (it actually stands for unofficial Netflix online Global Search), but it is the only one at the time of this publication to include every Netflix-supported country out there. If you want to find a show that is available in a different region, this is the search engine to use. (Of course, you’ll need a good Smart DNS provider or VPN service to access those other country libraries though).
While this site works so well for Netflix searching, it does little else, so it won’t scrape through Hulu, Prime (UK, US, DE or JP), Sling TV, or any of the FTA catch-up services for that matter.
Tank Top TV
Tank Top TV is a great way to search for on-demand movies and television shows in the UK & US using their own wonderfully unique style. Yes, you can search for specific films similar to other sites, but the great strength of Tank Top TV is the way you can browse film and television posters and limit the services only to those which interest you. Subscribe to both Amazon Prime UK & Now TV and you don’t want to include PPV films? No worries, just select those two services along with any other free ones like All 4 or the BBC and your film posters will only include what you have asked for. You can drill down further by genre, add interesting films to your own Watchlist or simply click on a film poster for further information. What is also pretty cool is that you can add new release films to your Watchlist, and when they become available on your chosen services, you will receive an email.
Tank Top TV is without doubt still our favourite television search engine, at least for UK content. We would love to see them expand this more to include other countries.
Moreflicks (which is run by the folks who own Unblock-us) is another option for a global television and film search engine, combining Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, Fox, Now TV, Crackle and even the BBC iPlayer. You can select a specific country library for Netflix and Crackle, or search through all of them at once. Normally, subscribers are restricted to the country where they register with Netflix, but with a region unblocking service such as a smart DNS, it’s possible to switch between libraries and enjoy the much greater range of shows on offer. Moreflicks is a great way to see if signing up to Netflix is what you are really after, as well as a fast and easy way to browse their global collections. Tip: If you subscribe to Netflix or any of the other services, always include Crackle in your search – it is free after all.
Can I Stream It
Can I Stream It, searches a vast collection of mostly PAYG or US subscription services, from Netflix and Amazon to Hulu and Crackle. Enter a show into their search field and it will list an enormous range of ways to watch the show, from online streaming to digital rentals, BluRay and DVD deliveries to outright purchasing. It is aimed less at the free market than the UK search sites, but does give a good insight into what options are available.
What Is On Netflix
What Is On Netflix is a little limited to be honest, as it only looks at the American version of Netflix, and only does one thing. But what it does is worth mentioning. Head over to this website and you can list the best ranked movies as listed by Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB. This may be just what you need to find that movie to watch on a raining Sunday evening.
TV Catchup Australia: If you are based in Australia or keen on Australian content, TVCatchup Australia could be the place for you. It’s a little cluttered, but allows users to search for a specific show, or browse television networks by channel. At the moment it seems to cover all the main FTA channels. but no subscription services. Once you find the show you are after, you will be linked directly to the episode in question.
Lemon TV: New Zealand users have a nifty service called Lemon TV. This allows aggregated searching from the main NZ streamers, including FTA services like TVNZ and TV3, subscription services from Lightbox, Quickflix and Sky Go, as well as selected PPV. But what also interests us here are all the US and UK services you can add into the mix. These include the BBC iPlayer, The CW, CBS, Hulu and NBC, as well as a pile of global Netflix regions.
Filmefy belong to UnoTelly and if you are a UnoTelly customer, this is a great way to search for Netflix content for the regions they support. Sadly, it doesn’t do much else, which is a real pity since UnoTelly unblocks a lot of other streaming services, but it is pleasant enough to use all the same.
JustWatch is a Berlin-based TV-listings aggregator which separates into seven different markets, the US, UK, Germany, Australia, NZ, Canada and Brazil. Unfortunately, none of these markets are linked and while it has the potential to be a big help in finding content, they seem to have given up adding new important services, especially free-to-air ones.
The US region lacks Sling TV, CBS All Access and any of the other major broadcasters like NBC, ABC or FOX, and while the UK region has the BBC iPlayer and ITV (still listed there as ITV Player incidentally), they miss All 4 and Demand 5, both of which have huge on-demand catalogues sporting entire box-sets.
JustWatch’s Australian section may include Stan and Quickflix, but lacks Presto or any catch-up services including SBS’s absolutely huge free on-demand library, with New Zealand’s region lacking pretty much everything.
What is even more confusing is that JustWatch not only seem to have given up on adding new services, but instead they have begun concentrating now on DVDs? And there I was thinking it was 2016.
All this talk of global television searching may perk up an interest in watching content from all around the world. Thankfully, many of those pesky geographic restrictions can be easily unblocked with a Smart DNS provider. There are loads of them out there, but we recommend one of the following: