|Manufacturer||Lone Planet Productions|
|Type of App||Video streaming/social network|
|Release Date||April 2, 2016|
Lonestar is a two-in-one streaming service/social network app created and developed by Lone Planet Productions. It is currently available on smartphones, tablets, and personal computers.
The beta was released in Summer 2015, showing off some of its features. The full version came out on April 2nd, 2016.
On March 29, 2017, Lone Planet received streaming rights to the White Ark Channel's shows, meaning they will be available for streaming exclusively on Lonestar.
When a person creates a Lonestar account, they are asked to list their interests of movies and TV shows. The app then suggests media based on their interests, and shows them the usernames of other people with similar ones.
"Crowds", groups of users who like similar movies/shows, are the app's primary gimmick. You can start a private crowd, join a public one that is currently watching the newest episode of a certain show, etc. In each crowd, there is a sidebar that serves as a chatroom.
Additionally, there are "libraries" that contain certain genres and titles. You can even create a custom library that includes movies and shows you watch most often.
Of course, you can post messages as you can on similar social networks, and you can "star" other posts (starring is the Lonestar equivalent of liking). Hashtags are enabled, so you can categorize your posts.
You must be at least 11 years old to use the main Lonestar app. If you are younger, you will be redirected to Youngstar, which limits shows you can watch and does not permit crowds. A user can also create a "chain" of family accounts that share the app.
Aside from the basic streaming and communication features, there are a few games users can play. Some crowds are specifically made for these games.
This game tests your knowledge of a movie or show, including actors/voice talent, events, characters, etc. In a way, it is like Kahoot -- the faster you answer a question, the more points you may earn.
Players quickly drag icons of shows and movies together based on their similarities. One major focus point (e.g. genre) is shown above the game area, and you must use that focus point to match up programs.