Today’s tech companies offer streaming services that give cable companies a run for their money. From live events to movies to TV shows, almost everything is available online. At first we only had Netflix and Amazon in a race, and now consumers have a choice of Disney, Apple, Hulu, HBO, NBC, etc.
While more choices are better, it can become a headache to keep track of TV shows and movies across all platforms. This is all the more evident since many popular TV shows have multiple seasons. It takes special dedication not to forget to watch a show on a particular channel and when the new season arrives.
Some online services like Trakt offer TV and movie tracking, but the experience is best served on the iOS and Android apps.
We’ve already listed the best apps to track TV shows on Android and iOS, and in this article we’ll be comparing two of the best apps on the market, Hobi and TV Time. The comparison covers UI, features, cross-platform, price, and more. Let’s go.
Hobi and TV Time offer a fairly straightforward user interface. All the main options are presented in the four tabs at the bottom.
Hobi uses a dark theme with a gradient accent color palette while TV Time lets you switch between white and dark themes from the settings.
Overall, I liked Hobi’s approach here. The My Shows tab shows upcoming episodes in a nice bubble UI, and the stats tab also looks better than the TV Time stats page.
Discover new shows
Let’s be clear: Hobi only offers the ability to follow TV shows. It does not support movie tracking. TV Time keeps track of TV shows and movies. This is a big advantage over Hobi.
Both apps provide a convenient way to discover new shows through a discovery tab. By default, Hobi displays trending shows, new season coming back this week, new shows coming up in the current month, popular shows, and more.
It also categorizes shows based on genre like drama, action, horror, comedy, adventure, and food. You can also browse shows provided by major cable companies such as HBO, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Netflix. I expect to see Disney + and Apple + in the list.
TV Time takes a simple approach. In the discovery menu, the top section recommends shows based on your watchlist. Instead, it only shows the best TV shows and movies at a time.
You can use the filter menu at the bottom to sort shows by genre, most added by others, and more. I like the way TV Time displays a streaming platform where the mentioned show is available.
TV and movie monitoring
Hobi and TV Time display added TV shows in the Watchlist menu, which opens by default when starting the app.
Hobi allows you to manually check each show and season. It shows the progress bar at the bottom which indicates where you have reached in a show.
The My Shows tab displays the next episodes of the shows you have subscribed to with the date and also allows you to watch the trailer.
The Statistics tab is perfect for nerds. It shows the total time you’ve watched all shows, categorizes stats by genre, your favorite show type, and more.
TV Time is more advanced in this regard. When you open an episode of a show, it asks you to rate it, lets you enter your mood, asks for the streaming service you used, your favorite character, and a random poll about that episode.
If you haven’t watched an episode, the app will provide a list of the streaming services the show is available on.
The Upcoming tab displays the next episodes with the remaining days. The Stats page is as rich and in some ways better than Hobi. It also displays the data as a graph. You can access it from the Profile> Statistics menu.
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The use of TV Time is completely free. The main functions of Hobi are also free. However, you have to pay $ 12 as a one-time payment to access an ad-free version and unlock the stats tab.
Watch TV shows in style
Hobi and TV Time give several reasons for choosing one over the other. Hobi looks better and has a working discovery menu. Social integration and the free price of TV Time give it an edge over its rival.
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Last updated on October 10, 2019
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