Cybertainment: Clicker makes it easier to find online viewing

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Online TV viewers have a one-stop search tool that will steer them to TV, Web series and movies from a wide range of online sources.

Clicker makes it easy to find something to watch online, including TV episodes, Web-only series and movies. After locating the item to watch, it delivers a list of places either to stream it or buy it, including Xfinity, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Hulu Plus and Netflix. Clicker indicates how many episodes are available, how many are free and how many require payment.

It delivers suggestions for similar programs to watch, based on one's searches.

There's a queue that stores episodes for later viewing. Netflix subscribers can sync their Netflix and Clicker queues, and find all of their viewing wish list in one place.

The Charts section lists the most popular TV and Web episodes.

Clicker has a partnership with Facebook. The two accounts can be integrated, and users can share information about what they're watching with their Facebook network. Clicker's website bears a strong resemblance to Facebook in terms of graphics and layout. People who don't want their Clicker activity shared on Facebook have the option of separating the two accounts.

Billboard has started factoring in streaming data from online music services such as Slacker, Muve and Spotify, along with digital download sales, for five of its hits charts, including Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Latin Songs, Hot Rock Songs and Rap Songs.

Until now, radio airplay was the main measurement for ranking the hits. Adding streaming and downloads provides a better reflection of the way people now listen to and buy music.

The change makes them consistent with Billboard's all-genre song chart -- the Billboard Hot 100, which already is calculated using streaming and download data.

Billboard also is launching a new chart -- R&B Songs -- which will focus on the week's top titles, excluding rap. The new R&B chart will use the same methodology.

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Adrian McCoy: or 412-263-1865.


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