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 Films on TV this Christmas - Christmas 2011


Posted 28th November 2011 | By Richard | In Category Site News

Hello again everyone, it’s that time of year again!

 

If you’re looking to find out what films are showing on TV throughout December on both Freeview and Sky then you’ll be pleased to hear that the website has just been updated with film listings going all the way up to December 31st. Head on over to the home page now to start browsing!

 

Please do keep in mind that because it is so early, it is always possible that a TV channel might change the time a particular film is showing, or indeed the film itself. Whilst it is rare it can happen, so please do check back closer to the film being shown. We’ll do our best to make sure that any changes they make are updated as soon as possible.

 

Also, there are still a couple of TV channels that we don’t yet have film listings for, but we do expect to have them from the start of December.

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 Some stuff has gone, but you probably won't notice


Posted 2nd August 2011 | By Richard | In Category Site News
After sitting down this evening to look at the filmflow.tv stats (something I haven't done in a while... I should probably do that more often) I noticed something a little interesting.

Out of all the users that visit filmflow.tv, a massive 2% of you visit the DVD section and an even bigger 0.8% of you visit the cinema section. Apologies if you didn't quite realise I was being a little sarcastic there.

When filmflow.tv started, there were potentially two people that could run the website. Now, there is only me, and I now have a completely separate full time job to deal with as well.

Updating filmflow.tv doesn't actually take too long. The majority of it is automated (which is why there might sometimes be slight mistakes - sorry about that) but what isn't automated is the DVD and Cinema sections. Updating those sections probably take about 80% of the total amount of time I dedicate to keeping this website going, for less than 3% of the total traffic.

So you have probably realised by now that what I'm ultimately saying is that the DVD and Cinema section will no longer be running. One day, if filmflow suddenly becomes well known and popular then I'll probably bring it back, but until then filmflow will now be a TV only website.

So until next time, happy film watching!Comments »

 New Feature: Hide unwanted films


Posted 28th January 2011 | By Richard | In Category Site News
As you might have noticed, there's quite a lot of films showing on TV everyday. Although a lot of these are great films, not every one is going to be to your taste.

To make the FilmFlow experience even better, we've now introduced a feature to stash away all the films you know you'll never want to watch. And like most things on FilmFlow, it's just one click away. Here's how it works:

To hide a film, move your mouse cursor to the top right of any film on the FilmFlow home page. You should see a "X" appear as you mouse moves to that area. Simply click the "X" and the film will fade away.



The next time this film appears on TV, it'll be almost be completely transparent and at the end of all the other film listings.



If you change your mind, simply move your mouse again to the top right hand corner of the movie, and click the "Unhide this film" button.



We hope you all find this feature useful. Remember to stay tuned to our blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts because there's still lots more to come!
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 How to get free SMS and Email reminders for any film


Posted 8th January 2011 | By Richard | In Category Site News
As most of you might have already noticed FilmFlow doesn't offer a reminder service directly ourselves, but you might not realise that by using Google Calendar you can get free SMS and email reminders for any film you find on our website.

The process is quite simple to set up and should only take a few minutes of your time. Once it's all set up, adding a film reminder is only a couple of clicks away. To help get you set up we've made a little guide below that should help.

Step 1 - Get a Google Account

Note - If you already use any Google service like Gmail or iGoogle (the customisable home page) then you already have a Google account and can skip this stage. Instead, click here to be taken directly to the Google Calendar page and move on to step 2.

Signing up for a Google account is easy and best of all, it's free. First of all, click here to go to the sign up page.

Enter all the details that it asks for and if you are using your own personal PC, it's best to make sure the "Stay signed in" box is kept ticked.



As soon as you have filled all the details in you'll instantly be taken to the Google Calendar page!



Step 2 - Set up you mobile phone

In order to get your free SMS reminders, you'll need to give Google your mobile number, and confirm with them that it is in fact your number. To get started, click on the "Settings" button at the top right of the page, and then select "Calendar Settings".



Now click on "Mobile Setup".



Now you need to enter your mobile number in the "Phone number" box. At the moment, Google supports 3, o2, T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone. If you are not on one of these networks you are free to try putting your number in, but you should be warned there may be charges involved.



Once you have done that, click the "Send Verification Code" button and a text message should now be sent to your phone with a code. Simply enter that code in the "Verification Code" box and then click "Finish Setup".



As soon as you click the "Finish Setup" button, you will get a text message confirmation and then be taken to the notifications settings page.



The default settings are that you get an Email and "Pop-Up" reminder 10 minutes before the event. A Pop-Up reminder is only useful if you have Google Calendar open at the time, so we'll change this to "SMS" by clicking on the drop down box that contains "Pop-Up", and change it to "SMS".



If you don't want an Email reminder as default, you can simply remove this by clicking on the "remove" link".

When you have finished, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Save".

Step 3 - Set up the reminder!

Note: Once you have completed Step 1 and 2, you won't have to do any of those again, so from now on this is the only step you need to remember!

First of all, find the film you wish to be reminded of by going to FilmFlow.tv and clicking on any movie. You should now have the movie details pane open on your screen like this:



Next, hover your mouse over the "More" button, and select "Add to Google Calendar".



A new window will open, taking you to the Google Calendar website. You will notice that all the details of the film have automatically been entered for you, including the reminder settings that you set up previously. All you have to do now is click on "Save".



10 minutes before the film starts, assuming your reminder settings match the above screen shot, you'll get an Email and SMS reminder 10 minutes before the film is due to start.


(We changed the start time in case anyone notices, waiting around until the proper start time was just too much :p)

Remember, all you have to do from now on is this final step. So to set up a reminder it's 2 clicks:
  1. Hover over the more button and select "Add to Google Calendar"
  2. Click "Save" on the new window that opens up, and then close the window.
Hopefully these instructions have been simple enough for you to follow and will make your FilmFlow experience even better.Comments »

 The day after the weekend before


Posted 20th December 2010 | By Richard | In Category Site News
Well it’s been quite an interesting weekend! We are pleased to say our little website has been shown on the BBC’s technology program ‘Click’ – and it’s brought quite a few new users along with it, so welcome to you all :)

Firstly if anyone experienced any issues browsing the website at the weekend we do apologise. We obviously try to make the website as quick and as available as possible, but our poor servers just weren’t prepared for thousands of people all trying to access the website everytime the website was on TV. Hopefully any downtime didn’t last too long.

Secondly, it’s great that so many of you have been emailing in with your suggestions to make FilmFlow.tv even better! We’ll look at every one and try our best to improve the website based on these comments as soon as we can. Some have actually already been implemented into the website already.

One comment that has been popping its head up quite often is the fact that we only allow Facebook logins. We knew that some people would find this disappointing and in a way we find it quite humbling that so many of you have contacted us about it. You obviously like the website so much that you are frustrated enough to contact us about it and this is great – all feedback is good feedback! Please be aware we are listening, and it has always been our plan to introduce further methods of signing in next year via Twitter and OpenID. Our intention is certainly not to single out only Facebook users, we simply wanted to allow the most amount of people to be able to log in from launch.

We also have loads of other ideas that we believe will make FilmFlow.tv even better, from simple things like email notifications, all the way up to watching movies on demand. Hopefully you’ll all join us along the way :)

Remember you can keep track of all our developments by following us on Twitter, on Facebook, or by subscribing to the RSS feed of this blog.

But until next time, we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a very happy film viewing New Year.Comments »
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