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Type of businessSideReel_header_cell_0_0_0 Online mediaSideReel_cell_0_0_1
Type of siteSideReel_header_cell_0_1_0 Video Portal / Entertainment FansiteSideReel_cell_0_1_1
HeadquartersSideReel_header_cell_0_2_0 San Francisco, California, United StatesSideReel_cell_0_2_1
ParentSideReel_header_cell_0_3_0 RhythmOneSideReel_cell_0_3_1
URLSideReel_header_cell_0_4_0 SideReel_cell_0_4_1
RegistrationSideReel_header_cell_0_5_0 OptionalSideReel_cell_0_5_1
LaunchedSideReel_header_cell_0_6_0 February 24, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-02-24)SideReel_cell_0_6_1

SideReel is a website that offers users the ability to search for television shows, get new episode alerts, watch full episodes online and mark the episodes they've watched. SideReel_sentence_0

The company also announced it had surpassed 1 million unique visitors in one day. SideReel_sentence_1

It is a TV community site with user discussions, reviews, and news. SideReel_sentence_2

SideReel acts as a medium, connecting users to content centered on the shows that interest them and organizing the information around those shows. SideReel_sentence_3

History SideReel_section_0

SideReel launched in April 2007 and was featured in CNET's Webware "beta watch" that same month. SideReel_sentence_4

In 2011, SideReel was acquired by Rovi Corporation, and the site was launched. SideReel_sentence_5

The company also announced it had surpassed 1 million unique visitors in one day. SideReel_sentence_6

In July 2013, Rovi spun off SideReel, along with AllGame, AllMovie, AllMusic, and Celebified, as All Media Network; the company's owners includes the original founders of SideReel and Ackrell Capital investor Mike Ackrell. SideReel_sentence_7

In 2014, a free SideReel app was launched, allowing fans to find, track and watch their favorite TV series on iOS devices. SideReel_sentence_8

The site's Android and iOS apps were later withdrawn as they were too unprofitable. SideReel_sentence_9

Business model SideReel_section_1

SideReel compiles a comprehensive list of television shows and aggregates content for them. SideReel_sentence_10

The site provides links to view full episodes online, as well as a forum to discuss and review TV shows. SideReel_sentence_11

This site allows users to actively collaborate on updating site content, and uses Facebook Connect to foster user participation and a sense of community. SideReel_sentence_12

Users of Connect can see what shows friends like, and share their favorites. SideReel_sentence_13

Criticism SideReel_section_2

In 2010, an LA Times article was published using interviews with unnamed anti-piracy experts who accused SideReel of being a way for viewers to watch shows that are not available online by linking to pirated streaming sites. SideReel_sentence_14

The company denied the charges, stating that it was merely a specialized search engine that points to legitimate sites and removes infringing links when notified of them. SideReel_sentence_15

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