Apple should buy Can I Stream It? — or offer a similar service

In the past I’ve reviewed Can I Stream It? and liked it. Perhaps Apple should buy the service or else launch a similar one.

Can I Stream It? is a website that’s a must-have if you like watching, renting or purchasing movies online. The site allows you to search for movies (and TV shows) to see if they’re available on popular streaming, rental and digital purchase services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Google Play, Vudu, HitBliss, Crackle, Redbox Instant, YouTube, EPIX, Xfinity Streampix and SnagFilms.

Subscribe to Can I Stream It? (it’s free) and you’ll notified when a currently unavailable program or film later becomes available. The site even provides the purchase/rental price for films and TV shows, as well as direct links to sites such as iTunes for buying or renting them.

Why should Apple consider buying the service? Because currently Can I Stream It? offers the best source to find out exactly what movie/show is available online — a task that can otherwise be daunting and time-consuming. What if the Apple TV had an interface that would let you find exactly what you're looking for and access it with a few clicks? Naturally, Apple wants you to rent and buy only from iTunes, but giving us the info as to what is available where would be a great service to Apple TV fans — and would, in many cases, send users back to iTunes. 

Of course, Applemay be planning to offer a similar service without buying Can I Stream It? In 2015 the company bought Matcha.tv, the developer of an iOS app that provided video listings info for both pay-TV channels and online video sources, along with video recommendations and a “universal queue” for both types of content. 

Matcha.tv provided a comprehensive overview of everything that’s available to watch via cable TV providers (Comcast), streaming video services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime), and digital video stores (iTunes, Amazon). Additionally, you could manage what you watched from a universal queue, get video recommendations, and connect with social networks to see what your friends were watching/liking.