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App Wrap: ‘MovieReading,' ‘BuddyTV Guide’

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

MovieReading

There’s a new way for people who are visually impaired to understand better what's happening in movies when there's no dialogue, like the legendary scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark in the clip above.

It's a new mobile app called MovieReading and it uses acoustic fingerprinting technology to work meaning all it has to do to sync up to the right spot is listen to the movie.

From there, the user then hears a narrator explain what's happening on screen. The app also helps those who are hearing impaired becoming up your own little closed captioning device in your hand. You download all the content before the movie begins, that way you can flip your phone into airplane mode in order to still be a courteous moviegoer.

The app is designed to work with first run movies in theaters or at home. Right now, though, there are just a handful of movies in there. MovieReading is a free app for iOS and Android devices.

BuddyTV Guide

Or if you know you want to watch at home on your TV and would rent or buy it but would prefer to watch it for free via your cable, Netflix, Amazon or whatever subscription, then check out BuddyTV Guide.

You search for a movie or TV show like Raiders of the Lost Ark and it'll tell you where you can watch it for free or for a fee, searching your cable service, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO Go, Crackle and iTunes.

Aside from doing that, the app also helps you choose what to watch by showing you what's trending. It also has your cable TV listings in there, heart your favorite channels for quick and easy access to just those. Plus, as with every app now, everything you do here is sharable via social networking.

BuddyTV Guide is a free app for iOS, Android, and Windows devices.

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