Amazon Adds X-Ray to TV Shows To Tell You What You're Watching While You Watch It

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Amazon X-ray—the Kindle Fire feature that knows everything piece of information about a movie you're watching while you watch it—is expanding to TV shows.


The service is pretty awesome and it keeps you from wondering who that actor is on the screen or what you've seen him in before. X-Ray slurps intel from Amazon-owned IMDB, so every time you pause, you get basic detail on every actor on screen in that scene. Then you can go further and explore specific people, from reading their bio, to learning about their career, and finding everything else you'd ordinarily pause the TV show to look up on IMDB anyway. For now, X-Ray is only available for the following shows on Amazon Instant Video:

  • Justified
  • Downton Abbey
  • The West Wing
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Falling Skies
  • American Horror Story
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Doctor Who
  • The Walking Dead
  • Lost
  • Glee
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game of Thrones

Presumably X-Ray will be added to other shows soon enough. And if this is the future, we quite like it. [Amazon]

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This is what I hoped XBOX SmartGlass would do. (Maybe it will eventually?) Recently watched The Hobbit, and Smartglass had a couple of featurettes and things, but man, it would be cool if it were more like "pop-up video" or something, with facts and bits of information synched up with the screen (it knows where you are in the video already).