We’re still a long way from the holy grail of television viewing. Everything on demand. As soon as Apple can figure out a way to make it happen, and slice off revenue for cable TV networks, television networks, and producers, we’ll be happy Mac and Apple TV owners.
In the meantime, there are more ways to track and watch television shows than ever (just not every show is on demand). If you have a list of TV shows you don’t want to miss, your favorites can be added to Calendar on your Mac with the free TV Series app.
The claim to fame here is simple. View TV show information and schedules in TV Series. Then, add TV shows to Calendar on your Mac (either an entire season, or a single episode).
That means you can get an alert or email letting you know that a favorite TV show will be aired. TV show data comes from the popular Online TV Database site.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is more extensive. TV Series is a work in progress and won’t impress you with feats of stability or dependability. The interface is cumbersome, clumsy, and not intuitive. Worse, it’s slow to pull down TV show information, even with a fast internet connection.
And, just when it’s going along well, it quits or hangs for no apparent reason. Obviously, TV Series is a good idea, but it’s also a work in progress. Even though it has been cleared to be downloaded from the Mac App Store, I’ll take a look at it when it comes out of beta (it’s not even a version 1.0 app).