The cord-cutting era has made streaming availability a blessing and a curse. People can stream their favorite TV shows and movies from anywhere. However, the content they want to watch is scattered across hundreds of streaming services. Some services are free with ads, some require subscriptions and others charge rental fees. Thanks to streaming availability APIs, you can make things a lot easier for the users of your app or website.
But which ones are the best fit for you? To answer that question, we’ve listed 8 streaming availability APIs that cover the range from student developers to startups to major companies.
Flixed’s mission is to make streaming easier for everyone through our content, data insights and services like our Local TV Guides. We have also developed our own Streaming Metadata API that covers the top American streaming services. If the scope of your project matches our offering, then let us know. But we recognize that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s why we’re sharing some of what we learned about the streaming API industry by featuring these alternatives.
Streaming Availability APIs for Projects of All Sizes
Whether you’re a student working on a class project, a web developer wanting to enhance your site’s user experience, or an app developer that needs to add global coverage to your content services, one of these companies has the streaming availability API for you.
A subsidiary of media research firm Nielsen, Gracenote provides data services to the global sports and entertainment industries. The company’s data services include million-title catalogs of movies and TV shows, all indexed across popular on-demand services. Additional metadata lets you enhance your app by displaying content images, descriptions, cast, crew and more. Gracenote’s discovery features let you tailor recommendations and other content to your users’ preferences and search behaviors. Large enterprises from Apple to Tesla rely on Gracenote’s APIs, but the company also supports startups. Contact Gracenote to discuss pricing.
Businesses as varied as Comcast, Plex and MediaHound use the Internet Video Archive (IVA) APIs to develop their content platforms. IVA got its start 15 years ago by distributing movie trailers to video rental stores. As the industry evolved to streaming, IVA adapted to provide a wide range of data services. You can get data on millions of titles from Netflix, Amazon, Google Play and Hulu.
IVA offers free trials to its various solutions. The Entertainment Discovery solution costs $1500 per month and is limited to movies and TV shows aired or released within the past 365 days. For more comprehensive coverage, IVA’s All Access solution provides access to its entire database for $2500 per month.
More than 400,000 developers rely on The Movie Database’s (TMDB) APIs to power their sites and apps. TMDB is a community-driven service that has crowdsourced TV and movie metadata since 2008. International coverage is a particular strength with content coverage and support for nearly 40 languages. At the moment, access to TMDB’s APIs is free for all users provided they comply with TMDB’s attribution rules. The API service does reserve the right to charge commercial accounts.
Finding streaming availability API providers for the big services is pretty easy. But what if your project focuses on specific genres such as anime or horror? That’s where companies like Watchmode come in. Its database indexes content in the catalogs of more than 200 on-demand streaming services. As comprehensive as Watchmode’s service is, however, country support is limited to Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the United States. To try Watchmode out, sign up for their free Developer plan. It gives non-commercial projects 1,000 calls per month. Commercial projects have several options based on their call volume, starting at $249 per month.
Berlin-based JustWatch is one of the largest streaming search services in the world. In addition to serving the content-consuming public, JustWatch offers a number of business services. The data it collects on users’ search activities (and their profiles) powers a movie marketing operation. JustWatch also offers an availability API that covers hundreds of streaming services in more than 50 countries. API customers can also access JustWatch’s consumer behavior data to power recommendations and other features. Contact JustWatch to learn more.
A few years ago, Reelgood acquired Guidebox, a startup that supplied streaming data services to individual developers as well as large companies like Roku and Metacritic. The Guidebox API is still available for developers with indexed content from more than 240 streaming services. Guidebox claims to have the most accurate coverage in the data services industry, approaching 97% for Netflix and Hulu and 94% overall. Contact Guidebox for pricing.