Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Couchville: Simple TV Listings

Category: Showcase, Yahoo!

Couchville is another site that has stepped up to the plate to fill the void after the Yahoo! TV ruckus (there are others such as TV Listings.

Couchville’s purpose is to be a simple TV listings website. In addition to being usable and fast, there are interesting features such as the draggable program guide (a la Google Maps). Shows are also very easy to link to.

Setting up your page is as easy as completing a form that progresses as you select your options.

Ironically, Couchville uses some YUI components itself.

What do you think? They are interested in feedback.


Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:28 am

3.4 rating from 14 votes


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The ajax usage is powerful in this website. Awesome :)

Comment by PohEe.com — March 6, 2007

Very well done. I love the simplicity of it.

Two suggestions:
1) Make it international, or at least include Europe (not as difficult as it sounds)
2) The search feature shouldn’t take you away from the main guide. Perhaps have the right column list the results found, and clicking on them will cause the listings to automatically scroll to the correct position.

Comment by I Like — March 6, 2007

Very impressive, a lot of work went into creating that! Snooping around a bit I noticed the JSON being returned as Content-type text/javascript instead of application/json, Content-Length and Content-Transfer-Encoding seems missing. But it does get gzipped! But all in all, an extraordinary achievement!

Comment by Marc — March 6, 2007

It doesn’t work for me…

I get Server Error in ‘/’ Application. :(

Comment by Dominik Hahn — March 6, 2007

Doesn’t work for me either. I tried yesterday from Tech Crunch and got further than today from Ajaxian. From Ajaxian I get errors on the first page. Firefox 2 on windows.

Comment by Stephen Kellett — March 6, 2007

This rules! Totally easy to navigate into my area, and i didn’t have any errors at all, FF2

Comment by Mike Ritchie — March 6, 2007

I think it’s a rather nice way of browsing the listings :)

When I press the “Add to Favorites” button though, for some reason I’m taken *to* my favorites listing. That’s not what I wanted, and not what the button’s label would suggest was going to happen! It’s very disrupting, because most of the time I have nothing to do on the favorites screen and I have to go back to the guide. Simply adding the little star to the tile and changing the button to read “Remove from Favorites” would have been much better.

And a little bit about accessibility… I was really hoping the application would respond more favorably to text resizing, considering it’s 99% text. So if I make the text smaller, it would be great to zoom the whole thing out and see more channels. And if I make the text larger, some of the labels currently get cut. I don’t expect it to be easy to fix, but it would be great for accessibility. Not all people that watch TV have large computer screens or sharp eyes.

Anyway, I rather like this. Well done.

Comment by Michael van Ouwerkerk — March 6, 2007

Oh yeah one more thing, just an idea. This emphasizes my preference for a more direct approach to data and GUI manipulation: wouldn’t it be nicer to have a context menu on the channel row headers that allows you to show and hide the channels? A long list with more than 100 checkboxes hidden on a screen behind a link called “Settings” is as far away from direct manipulation as it gets.

Comment by Michael van Ouwerkerk — March 6, 2007

@Dominik & Stephen, please guys, “it doesn’t work for me” or “I get errors” is simple user feedback we have to struggle with every day, not something I would expect from fellow developers. If you go through the trouble of giving feedback give the folks some constructive comments!

Comment by Marc — March 6, 2007

Cool use of ajax. I like the vertical/horizontal dragging. The only missing piece is easier channel selection as Michael said. By default I have 200 channels showing, but really am interested in a dozen or so.

Comment by amackay11 — March 7, 2007

Shame Couchville has shut down. The good news is there are plenty of other drag and drop TV guides out there. Here is another drag and drop TV Guide It uses the Prototype frame work btw ;-)

Comment by TVAdd1ct — September 10, 2008

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