OntheBox.com, the UK TV listings portal, today announced it has re-launched, introducing a range of new and improved features, including cinema and radio listings.
The site unites everything to do with entertainment; from film, TV and radio listings to reviews, previews, news features and exclusive video content, in one place. The well-established site now has the number one ranking on Google for ‘TV listing/s’ on a Google search.
Users can now search for cinema listings by film, location and cinema chain, and can access OntheBox.com’s massive database of information on film casts, movie stars’ biographies, film synopses and photos. Visitors can also find comprehensive UK radio listings, complete with detailed show information and alerts that slot straight into their Outlook calendars.
Furthermore, OntheBox.com has improved its search engine functionality, allowing users to quickly find the information they want across TV, cinema and radio listings.
With these additional interactive features, OntheBox.com is now the UK’s most comprehensive entertainment listings site, while still remaining an easy-to-use resource for all visitors. Initially launched in 2000 and owned by Media Corporation plc, OntheBox.com receives 1.5 million unique users and over 5 million page views per month.
Justin Drummond, CEO, Media Corporation plc, commented: “Users are increasingly sophisticated and it is critical to keep up with Web 2.0 standards as well as editorial ones. That means offering layers of interesting, related content so that as well as our listings we have daily reviews, news and features and have introduced unique video content that covers everything, from star interviews at red carpet events, to vox pops of users’ views on current issues such as the Brand/Ross debacle.
Never resting on our laurels or on the well-established brand of OntheBox.com, we are constantly striving to improve the site in order to achieve our goal, which is to be the ultimate entertainment industry resource on the net.”
The revamped TV listings interface has been simplified despite the introduction of greater functionality, such as the ability to customise layouts with just a few mouse clicks. Listings can be viewed in a list or grid format and channels can be added or removed, depending on user preferences. By following a simple registration process, users can return to their personalised settings every time they visit the site.
The new interface includes recommended listings by entertainment sectors such as sport, entertainment or news channels, allowing users to quickly scan channels in their area of interest. Shows can be highlighted by genre, allowing users to quickly source specific shows on channels with varied content.
The newly appointed editorial team is driving unique and exclusive content across the site. The new feature ‘TV Highlights’ gives users daily recommendations, inside news, analyses, features, rants and reviews from the week’s television, which may be accessed from the home page.
The ‘Film Highlights’ feature keeps users up to date with the latest film reviews and news. Users can also get the hottest information direct to their inbox with OntheBox.com’s weekly newsletter, allowing them to stay informed without having to proactively search for the information themselves.
OntheBox.com allows users to:
§ View TV listings – for over 250 channels, including terrestrial, digital, satellite and regional channels.
§ View UK cinema listings – searching listings by film, area, cinema chain
§ View radio listings – for 25 of the most popular UK radio stations
§ Watch TV programmes online – streaming TV
§ Watch films online - streaming movies
§ Listen to UK radio stations live and online
§ Watch regular unique video content
§ Enter and read comments next to every programme that is listed
§ Write blogs with opinions on any TV programme or film
§ Get daily recommendation on what to watch on TV from ‘TV Highlights’
§ Find all the latest film reviews in the ‘Film Highlights’ section
§ Register and sign up for the weekly newsletter delivered direct to your inbox
§ Receive email or SMS alerts before a specific programme starts
§ Customise the TV listings layout according to their favourite channels
§ Create a list of ‘favourite’ TV listings pages that users can revisit at any time
§ Search through archives of past TV listings, and blogs up to five months prior
§ Search an extensive movie database with information on film casts, biographies, synopses and photos
§ Read the soaps’ latest gossip in the ‘SoapBox’
OntheBox.com is the UK’s most comprehensive and interactive entertainment portal providing a one-stop-shop for anything to do with TV, film and radio past, present and future.
Owned by Media Corporation plc, OntheBox.com was established in 2000 and now has the number one ranking on search engines for UK TV listings.
OntheBox.com receives 1.5 million unique users and over 5 million page views per month. The site has a 50% retention rate, which indicates a high level of relevance and usefulness.
Advertisers on OntheBox.com benefit from a large and diverse audience and extensive capability for running rich media adverts, such as MPUs, which achieve a high average click-through rate. Site sponsorship packages are available alongside specific programme or genre-targeted advertising.
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