ConnecTV, a social platform for TV fans, opens its doors to the public so viewers can get sports, news, drama and reality programming – live or time-shifted – in a companion viewing experience. ConnecTV is available now in the Apple App store.
Powered by proprietary content recognition technology, ConnecTV synchronizes its service to the national cable channels, regional sports networks and leading local broadcasters acrossAmerica.
“ConnecTV is designed as a unique new way to watch television: a second screen companion to the greatest medium in the history of entertainment and sports,” said Ian Aaron, ConnecTV co-founder.
According to the company, ConnecTV experience integrates the richest and most diverse cache of content from its growing list of licensed partners – from play-by-play sports stats to the latest celebrity gossip and from competition reality results to local news.
Thanks to a previously announced exclusive partnership with ten television station groups, ConnecTV will soon roll out tailored content for stations covering more than 76 million households.
Its social platform lets users instantly see what their friends are watching and share their favorite TV moments with a single touch. Its seamless social integration allows “viewsers” to automatically post what they are watching to friends on Facebook and Twitter by simply tuning in to their favorite program.
With every change of the channel, users can also see the total number of their friends who “like” the show and invite those who are not watching to join them.
ConnecTV users can chat with friends who are watching any program or join “show chat”, which includes top fan Tweets and official Twitter feeds from players and leagues as well as show cast members, producers and networks.
ConnecTV’s special coverage of Sunday’s Big Game offers an immersive second-screen experience: all the fast-changing player and team statistics and game betting lines provided in real time; historic Bowl Moments; “Did You Know?” factoids about the players and the game as well as special info about half-time star Madonna.
Viewsers will also be able to vote for their choice of MVP throughout the game as well as choose the best ads of the day. ConnecTV registered users will be able to smack-talk and share their commentary in the show chat that includes official NFL and NBC Tweets – or chat with friends and create their own private Big Bowl parties on ConnecTV.
The ConnecTV social TV platform is available beginning Thursday, Feb.2, in“Public Beta” in Apple’s iPad App Store or directly from any browser at www.connectv.com.