How Second Screen Apps Can Improve Your TV Experience
Most of us don’t see anything wrong with having our smartphones handy as we are watching our favourite TV show. This fact has quickly be noticed by developers and now our phones can not only lie there in case of an incoming call or to entertain us during commercial breaks – but also enhance our watching experience.
Known as second screen applications, these tools are bursting with additional information about the show you are watching, including plot points, backgrounds, actors and more. So what are these second screen apps exactly and are they worth the hype?
So what are these second screen apps exactly and are they worth the hype?
Let’s say you are watching the latest episode of The Walking Dead. With a proper second screen app, you will be able to glance at your smartphone screen and get a scoop on the zombie-playing actors or exchange a few comments with other series fans about the latest developments in the characters’ lives. All in all, second screen applications are there to make your viewing experience more interactive and diverse. You may say that this is exactly what smart TVs were up to and you won’t be wrong. However, some users prefer the old and familiar comfort of a handheld device to do all their chatting and extra info search.
Let’s then go ahead with a few second screen apps for your next movie night.
AMC’s app gives you lots of extra benefits for all the top AMC shows, like The Walking Dead or Breaking Bad’s side series Better Call Saul. The app will offer you sneak peeks, trailers of the new episodes, cast interviews, syncs with Facebook and Twitter apps and more.
An exciting add-on is that the app comes with Story Sync feature. Story Sync lets you participate in episode polls, exchange comments and answer trivia questions LIVE – while the latest episode of the series is playing. It’s a pretty fun way to interact closer with your beloved shows and get introduced to other fans and followers.
Remember that in order to use the Story Sync feature you will have to be watching the episode as it’s being broadcasted – and not a recorded or a saved version. You should also mind the associated battery drain, as your phone will have to be in active mode throughout the episode.
Beamly is a mix between a TV app and a social app, letting you get all your TV-loving friends and family into one room and chat as you are discussing the latest episode. So it may be more appropriate to look at Beamly as a networking app for TV show enthusiasts. As you are watching your favourite series, you will be able to find lots of like-minded viewers to share comments and forecasts with. The app used to be known as Zeebox, and was rebranded in 2014. Beamly can also be your personal TV show advisor, giving you series recommendations and alerting you to new episode releases and cast news.
If you are a follower of a particular kind of series, in this case, sci-fi – you will appreciate an app that caters to your interests specifically. You can make the app listen to the episode you are watching and it will bring up behind the scenes videos, photos, trivia and more for you to get a better feeling of the episode. Unlike a number of Story Sync-featuring apps, SyFy Sync works not only LIVE, but also with the recorded versions of the episode and if you are watching it online. You will be able to get all the juice on series like Warehouse 13, 12 Monkeys, Defiance and others.