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The new fall TV season is upon us and, if you’re anything like me, you’re already giddy with excitement to see your favorite shows return or new ones grace your screen. This TV season promises to be quite impressive, with How I Met Your Mother bowing for its final run, The Big Bang Theory’s nerds improving their social skills one awkward step at a time, Scandal continuing to grab everyone’s attention, and Revolution, Elementary and Arrow returning after a lot of success in their first season.

That’s not to mention the many new exciting shows and incredible actors coming back to TV. James Spader is already causing trouble on The Blacklist, Andy Samberg has induced many giggles on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Robin Williams is going bonkers on The Crazy Ones, Tony Shalhoub and Michael J Fox are set for a big comeback in We Are Men and The Michael J Fox Show respectively. And did I even mention the high-concept Sleepy Hollow and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D?

So how do you keep track of what’s airing and when? There are probably dozens of solutions, but none have worked for me over the past couple of years as well as SeriesGuide. Being a self-confessed TV addict — my Trakt profile tells me I’ve seen over 5000 episodes in more than 80 series — I can vouch for how well SeriesGuide works for any serious TV enthusiast and in the following post I’ll show you the three features that I really love about it.

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Hello, my name is Rita El Khoury and I’m a TV series addict. As my Trakt.tv profile would attest, I’m not using the term “addict” loosely. I’ve seen over 4700 TV episodes (that I could remember) and collected more than 7600. And it doesn’t stop at TV series either, I’ve been passionate about movies for a long time as well.

It’s safe to say that I take my entertainment pretty seriously, and I always scour the Play Store looking for the best Android apps to help me discover and watch new material, enhance my experience, and organize my collections. Here are the best 30 apps I would recommend to any fellow movie or TV lover.

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In the modern digital age, media is king. Whether it’s music blaring out of speakers, photos being styled and shared, movies and TV shows on demand, or the online video craze – we are all consuming entertainment at a mind-boggling rate, on an ever-growing number of devices.

iTunes is one of the most popular platform for organizing and collecting media, and for good reasons – it gets the job done, and it is backed by a goliath of an online store. It does have its limitations, though. If you want to stream media from your iTunes library, you’re going to need an iOS device. I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, here, that’s not going to suit you.

An alternative streaming system worth considering is Plex. Once you’ve set up a Plex media server on your Windows, OSX, or Linux computer, you can stream content to nearly any smart mobile device via Plex’s app. Unfortunately, there are times when streaming doesn’t cut it, either because you are restricted by a data cap, or because wi-fi isn’t available. For this kind of problem, Plex offers a syncing service (part of the PlexPass subscription), which, when combined with its beta Plex for PlexPass Android app, allows you to download media to your Android device, with ease.

Or, at least, that is the claim – but can media management really be that simple? Time for a test…

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As you know, I’m a pretty big fan of movies! Earlier this year I reviewed Movie Mate Pro, an app for tracking theatrical releases. There is another side to the coin though; what about movies out of theaters that are released for purchase or streaming? With the amount of different online options out there, it can get tough to keep track of them all. That’s where eTrizzle comes in.

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I love watching movies. I have a pretty decent collection, reference movies often, and always have a list of movies I want to see — both old and new. Just recently I noticed my brother updating a list on his phone of movies he’d like to see while we were watching previews in the theater. He was using a simple text file, but I started to wonder what kind of apps existed to do just that. Then Rita told me about Movie Mate Pro [Editor note: you're welcome!].

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One of the things I was most excited/curious about when I got my Nexus 7 was multimedia. How would the experience be for watching videos and using it for various media functions? My friend assured me that it was fantastic, but to be honest I was a little skeptical because a 7″ screen seemed a little small. Boy was I wrong! Watching videos and reading look great on it and it’s comfortable to hold in one hand to boot.

In honor of that, here are ten multimedia apps I’ve enjoyed using on my Nexus 7.

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I’m a movie and TV show fanatic. I could sit on my couch all day long and watch one show after another. In fact, I do that whenever I get a chance. For a couch potato, the problem these days isn’t the availability of content, on the contrary, there’s an abundance of scripted and original material. The problem arises when I try to find a new show or movie to watch. Discoverability is so broken, that valuable time is wasted searching for new content. Recommendations are confined to lists, which are very Web 1.0 and don’t take into account my personal taste and interests.

Enter GetGlue who have been hard at work for a few years now, trying to recommend entertainment based on what users already like and dislike. After doing a commendable job with their web and iOS apps, GetGlue brought their expertise in suggestions and check-ins to Android users.

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Zombie Flick is the a new game from developers Full Fat, who have impressed the Google Play Store with several popular games such as NFL Flick Quarterback and Flick Golf. This new title, Zombie Flick, is like an interactive 1970s Zombie movie where, surrounded by the living dead, you must defend yourself by throwing household objects.

Immersive, easy-to-play and above all fun, Zombie Flick is a great addition to the series and demonstrates that the Play Store’s zombie fetish is far from over. Lock all your doors, board up your windows and read on for more…

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I don’t know if you’ve heard, but a bunch of these new sites called ‘social networks’ have been cropping up all over the place and they seem pretty popular. Social networks, of course, allow us to share some or all facets of our lives with our friends, our family, and the general public. While the vast majority of social networks are web-based, a lot of them come with accompanying Android apps. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular ones (as well as a few niche networks).

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Back in February last year, Google made a pretty big step by bringing the Android Market to the web through your browser, aiding the discovery and installation of apps off-device. And at other various points in recent history, the company has introduced music services, as well as accompanying marketplaces for books and movies. They’ve all been available, but as individual services that’s caused one big mess and forever shown how Apple’s simplistic approach has reigned superior.

No longer, as Google has introduced Google Play, tying together the various Google storefronts into one location with shelves for music, movies, apps, games and books. In addition to simply consolidating everything (which is already a major improvement), Google have taken some inspiration from iCloud and enforced an “everything, everywhere” mantra. In this article, we’re going to review Google’s updated service’s web app.

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