You’ve probably noticed an addition to the foot of our reviews for the last few weeks from a service called GoWatchIt. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s the deal: GoWatchIt is, in the service’s own words, a “universal social discovery, bookmarking, and alert notification system; allowing you to easily find, share, save, and receive automated alerts about movies and films, from its announcement through to its availability.” In other words, it’s a way to keep track of how you can see the movies you want to see, a place to keep track of what you want to see, and a reminder of when those films become available on new services. For example, clicking “Watch it” at the end of our Brief History Of Time review provides easy links to Netflix and Amazon, where the film can be found on DVD and Blu-ray, and to iTunes and Amazon’s streaming service, where it can be streamed or purchased digitally. Clicking “Queue It” adds it to a list of films you’d like to watch.
We turned to GoWatchIt as a partner because it provides an elegant solution to the chaos of modern moviegoing. With so many different platforms for watching movies these days, it’s tough to know where to find what you’re looking for. As a user, I find the Queue feature especially useful. If I miss a queued film in theaters—which I do all the time—I receive a reminder when it comes out on home video. And using GoWatchIt, I can see with a click what services will let me watch it. As moviegoers who don’t want to miss anything, we’ve found it incredibly useful, and suspect you will too.