Ratings are actually something Netflix has proven to be bad at. They even want(ed) to remove the stars system and replace it for thumbs up. In other words, suggestions, while nice, are not why it became so big.
In the podcasts land most content is free. The shows are usually already containing the category in their title or else in their tags. This means a simple search works very well in opening a series of podcasts in any category. To know if it's any good from your app would be great but again, even netflix sucks at this. Googling for reviews is still your best shot both for series as well as podcasts.
I cannot see yet what Podflix brings over using my Overcast app and simply using the search functionality. I'm already getting all the content I want in a single search and at a great price you cannot hope to beat: free.
So I guess my question is: what problem are you solving? I would have a good session thinking about this and than broadcast very clearly on your landing page what problem you solve that I have today. This can be a problem I don't even know I have right now. However, it is not availability of great podcasts at a great price. I already have that. Overcast also gives me playlist and downloading for a ride.
In any case I wish you all the best and hope you find good product market fit!
The title literally suggests me to compare the product to netflix.
But that's not up to you. That's up to users and the decisions they make.
I think we may have differing views of what makes Netflix Netflix.
An aside: I really wish we could find another word for "best". So tired of seeing that all over the web. Oh, and "modern" also, but at least I don't see that here.
Nowadays I don’t subscribe to any podcasts. I just find interesting episodes and add to playlist — like pocket/instapaper — episode-centric, instead of podcast-centric. https://www.listennotes.com/listen/
And if you want to build an app, you can use podcast api: https://www.listennotes.com/api/
That said, I don’t know of any current podcast app that doesn’t handle streaming if that’s what you want.
They sort of have streaming but tend to be more oriented around "subscribing" which is unnecessary and frictiony, IMO.
For example, I want to binge listen to all podcast episodes of a person, eg kevin systrom https://lnns.co/Ut_qSy6-TwP
You can take a look at my playlist https://lnns.co/8OfbFlditV2
But yeah, I really hate hearing about Squarespace, Simple Contacts, RX Bar, Mac Weldon, Hello Fresh/Blue Apron, Butcherbox, Betterment, Privacy, Rocket Mortgage, and the whole lot.
The content is selected by recommendations - e.g. someone on HN say a speaker was good, so bring in all the conferences they spoke at, then there are some filters to exclude things (e.g. terrible audio).
There are also facets to explore different ways, and my experience has been that this approach works well for researching new technology, in that I can typically find a small number of highly relevant talks on a subject I'm researching.
Doesn't work: https://podflix.app/category/Management%20&%20Marketing
/category/Management & marketing
/category/Management & Marketing
All of them more or less suck at recommending/discovery, but apart from that, Pocket Casts is a clear winner for me.
There are several other tools for podcast discovery. There is FluidDATA that has transcribed almost 11 million podcast episodes and it lets your search all of the episodes and channels by phrase or mention. The search page is available here: https://fluiddata.com/
Also, your favicon needs to be changed from the Vue.js
Great product, best of luck
Would be useful to see the descriptions for each episodes.
The save feature you mentioned, as well as some basic history of which episodes I've already heard, would be great as well.
I currently use the Stitcher podcast app and my favorite features are the offline-downloads and the "play this next" button for queuing up episodes. I've payed for Stitcher premium once since I use the product daily, but did not find much value added from it - if you can find some ways to offer value beyond what the existing apps are doing, there is a market to be had, though you certainly have some tough competition from Apple, Google, Spotify & the other apps, so I wish you the best of luck!
Also, there is RSS feed link if you go to the podcast page itself(RSS feed, URL, Ratings, Recommendations and episodes)
Let me know if you are not able to find it.
I searched for "film" and 3 mental health podcasts were suggested.
By the way, it'd be nice if you could add Late Night Linux , esp. since you have linux luddites, which is their previous show.
It was a great podcast but slightly mis-categorized.
It is fine if you are planning on sticking to the "HN topics" type niches of tech, business, management, etc., but I am not sure I would use the Netflix comparison if you aren't aiming for a general audience.
I get podcasts on Spotify or Apple Music already. Why should I open another app to get another audio form?
That said, I'll check back later in the hopes that this improves over time.
A great start!
It shows up in iTunes search and gPodder search too, but not on that website. I also can't seem to be able to find out how to make it find my podcast.
"Docker" - 1 result, about a personal brand podcast
From a quick inspect, looks to be just a SPA sending all search through Algolia, as opposed to a search geared toward podcasts specifically. (my understanding is that you can customize the indexes setup in Algolia, but with podcasts, I assume the naive approach is to just throw all the RSS text at it and assume that's adequate)
i wouldn't sign up to netflix for news but for movies and tv series, and likewise i expected podflix to give me audio books and audio dramas.
for fiction podcasts it is also crucial to keep already released content available (again, like netflix does).
i don't care much about rating, but i'd love decent categorizations that make finding content easier.
I can't find my favorite podcasts
Terms, Privacy, Categories...
The 'flix' in Netflix refers to 'flicks', i.e. films.... that is clearly not the case here. Surely the name should have been something more like 'NetCasts'?
Why do you suspect foul play here, considering the OP is claiming not to do it?
Edit: and thanks ahead of time!
If you really weren't doing anything of that nature, then I'm sorry for suspecting you! Many people are trying to manipulate HN in this way, so we have to guard against it.