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Quick Guide: Keep Track of The Shows You Watch with These Apps

Industry experts predict nearly 400 original shows will be produced and marketed in the U.S. in 2015 – a huge difference from the days when it was easy to keep track of the shows on just a few networks. That means keeping track of what you’ve watched and want to watch can be a big job. We have four app suggestions to make your TV watching less of a pain.

TeeVee 3 is an app that bills itself as “your TV shows guru.” The app not only lets you know show schedules, but also is able to fill you in on the casts from a database of more than 30,000 shows along with detailed series info and an episode guide. There’s even a countdown calendar for all of your favorite shows. The app is $2.99 and available for iOS only.

Beamly is for those who tend to rely on reviews and feedback from others to help shape viewing habits. Beamly calls itself the social network for TV and for good reason. Not only can you get reminders of when shows are on, but also find, follow, and chat with other fans who are into the same shows as you. The app is free and available for iOS and Android platforms.

TV Listings By TV24 has schedules for every channel in the U.S. and lists all upcoming movies, series, and sporting events for the next seven days. Add alerts so you never miss an episode. Users can search by category, like reality, documentary, sports, or kids. Free for Android.

BuddyTV is a great choice for those who watch shows from a variety of sources, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle, HBOGo, and Amazon. Think of Buddy TV as the central clearing house for all your viewing options. Users can set up BuddyTV to send reminders of when shows are on, remotely schedule recordings with pay TV services like DirecTV, and even serve as a remote control for many services. Free for iOS.

Check out the latest PC Mike tech segment for NBC-TV below to see the apps in action!

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.