One of the many reasons cord cutting has grown so popular in recent years is the abundance of video content available online. It would take 1,000 lifetimes to watch all of the videos out there, and the amount of content continues to grow exponentially. But despite all of the great content that’s freely available, cord cutters continue to subscribe to pay services like Netflix and Hulu. One reason is obviously to gain access to their content, but there’s also another problem with sites like YouTube: It is becoming increasingly difficult to find good content.
A newly launched app and website is looking to tackle that problem by offering a curated viewing experience that delivers curated streams of continuous videos that are structured like traditional TV channels.
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One of the biggest differences between the online viewing experience and the pay TV viewing experience is that the former is active while the latter can be either active or passive. In other words, you can sit down in front of a television and watch content on demand, or you can flip to a channel you enjoy and watch new content that is continuously broadcast.
With online video on the other hand, you have to seek out each new video unless you want to rely on YouTube’s algorithm-based next feature, which never seems to go very well.
A new free service Cornflix TV was created to give viewers a new option when tuning into online videos. Instead of just watching one clip and searching for the next, Cornflix TV offers a series of curated channels that are structured like TV channels. So for example, you can open the Entertainment category to watch continuous feeds of free entertainment shows like The Tonight Show and The Voice. Or flip over to the Food & Drink category and enjoy an experience similar to Food Network.
Content can also be further drilled down by channel. Examples include “World’s Fuzziest Videos,” Top Gear, Red Bull TV, CNN, College Humor, Dude Perfect, BBC Trending and “Today’s Funniest Clips.”
Cornflix TV currently offers 15 broad categories that are home to more than 500 channels. It’s available for free on the web at cornflix.tv, or as a free download for the iPhone and iPad, Android devices, and the Apple TV.