Don’t know what to watch on Netflix tonight? Consider this

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No more wasting time in search of the ideal streaming fix.

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In the age of streaming, we’re spoiled with choice these days. Not only do we have libraries of content from multiple apps to choose from, including Hollywood classics and new films straight from the theatres, but the rivalry is so fierce that Amazon, HBO, and Disney are constantly fighting for our attention with their own hot new exclusives.

Even with a well-curated watchlist, picking what to watch across various services may be a time-consuming process as you comb through all of your streaming subscriptions to discover exactly what you’re looking for for the evening’s viewing session.

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A new software claims to have the answer in the shape of a game that is only available on the Fire TV platform for the time being. It gamifies your choices by using the Amazon-owned IMDB film and TV trivia database to help you find the perfect movie or TV show for your mood.

What’s in it for IMDB and how it works

The “IMDB What to Watch” app asks you which streaming services you have before showing you a few games to help you narrow down your options.

The first is straightforward: it scans your services, compiles their libraries, and then presents you with three possibilities to choose from (or ignore) without having to go into each one individually to check what’s available.

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The following is a little more refined. “This or That” will ask you a number of questions, such as genre selections, to help you narrow down your options to a few well chosen options.

Finally, the app offers you to curated collections of relevant films (such as the featured “Movies Made in Paris”) and challenges you to view and rate them all within a set amount of time, rewarding those who participate with badges.

IMDB also promises that a few additional games in the app are on the way, including one that gathers movies based on a dream cast of your choosing and a “Time Machine” game that, presumably, displays selections based on some historical criteria, such as era or possibly an actor’s repertory across the decades.

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Amazon Prime streaming, which features a “X-Ray” feature that shows you information on a show or movie while you’re viewing it, down to the precise stars as they appear on screen in a certain scene, already makes good use of its IMDB knowledge base.

And, while the new, free IMDB gaming app integrates the libraries of various competing streamers, you can bet Amazon, the app’s parent corporation, will benefit from it as well. When faced with several options, what do people choose the most frequently? Which celebrities are the most popular? Which genres are you interested in? Which movie poster is most likely to attract attention?

Even if you don’t have to pay for the software, its makers will make sure you get something out of it. We’d be astonished if the app didn’t break free of its Fire TV restriction soon, given how much data it can access.

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Let’s hope the app doesn’t include a recently cancelled Netflix original.

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