Devices like the iPad have become spectacular as repositories for streaming TV apps and video services, but they're not so great at discovery of said streaming shows, which tend to be scattered around like Easter eggs across different apps. The latest version of Fanhattan takes a small step forward in the great Mission To Help iPad Users Find Their Videos, but it's not the perfect app yet.
What next-gen streaming video devices need is a better centralized search-and-discovery dashboard. The Xbox 360 has an excellent solution via Bing, where shows can be found via any of the Xbox 360's available video apps (and there are many). Fanhattan on iOS has been offering a similar functionality for a while now with an IMDB-like database of movie and TV show information and a launchpad for videos on various services like Netflix, iTunes and Hulu Plus, but the selection of video apps that Fanhattan can access isn't quite as extensive.
Screenshot by Scott Stein)
The latest version of Fanhattan that's available on the App Store today adds HBO, Cinemax, NBC and CW, showing show availability in searches and ... [Read more]