5 Best Apps to Enchance Your Interactive TV Shows
App Survey by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Social media and smartphones help define life today, and TV has become part of the social networking scene. You no longer have to wait for the morning after to find out what everyone watched last night — social TV enables real-time engagement with the medium.
Thanks to forward-thinking service providers, such as Direct2TV.com, who make mobile apps for entertainment readily available, you can have a viewing party with social media pals, find out every obscure detail about your favorite shows, and even discover who sings that catchy tune on the Lowe’s commercial (it’s the American Authors, by the way). Below, find five apps to make your TV watching richer than ever.
1.) Zeebox wants to be everything you want in a social and interactive TV, and it’s off to a good start. Available free for your iPad, iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry, when you sync up your favorite shows with the app, this overachiever provides extra, in-depth info about whatever catches your attention while you watch. Zeebox also tells you what everyone in your social network is watching and allows you all to view together while chatting and tweeting.
2.) You know you’ve heard the track that’s running under the opening credits of “Supernatural” — or have you. When you just can’t place a song or want to find out where you can download a full-length copy, Shazam is your app. It recognizes music or other media you’re interested in, and with one, tap on the Shazam button, you’ll tag it, be able to access YouTube videos, purchase the tracks, and even share on your social networks. Shazam is free, and whether you own an iPad or smartphone such as Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry, there’s a Shazam app for you.
3.) Although TV.com gives you access to network shows, lets you watch clips and highlights of your favorite shows and you can watch all the full-length episodes you want, some users feel there are too many commercials. Maybe this is something that will be improved over time. The free TV.com app also offers some content from CNET for your viewing pleasure. You can browse through a vast list of featured videos or view by channel, catch clips and highlights from CBS, THE CW, Showtime, CNET TV, and much more.
4.) Viggle is an app that makes television viewing more fun, social and more rewarding. Viggle acts as your little TV concierge as it swiftly samples audio of any show you’re watching and checks you in. You can start chatting on Viggle’s TV Chat with Twitter and Facebook friends, view interesting tidbits of trivia about your show, and earn points for every minute of shows you’re checked into that can be redeemed from partner companies. The app is free at the Apple Store and on Google Play and will even remind you when your favorites are on, so you’ll never miss out on a chance to view, chat, and earn rewards, wherever you are.
TV Show Tracker
5.) If you’re a big-time fan of specific shows, the TV Show Tracker is an app that displays air times and a history of storylines. The investment of a mere $0.99 is worth it always to know what’s happening with your favorite shows, but currently the app is only available on Apple devices.
What apps do you use to optimize your TV watching experiences? Let us know in the comments.
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Guest Author: Erica Green writes for several tech blogs and holds a degree in communications. She lives in Long Beach, Calif.
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