Remember when you had to wait until the next day to discuss the latest and greatest developments from your favorite TV shows? Well, the days of waiting for water cooler conversations are long gone. Now, TV is more social than ever as viewers are sharing real-time commentary via social networks. ”Social” show fans are checking in to shows using services like Get Glue and Miso, or they are part of a real-time conversation by following Twitter™ hashtags to see how others are reacting to what they’re watching. We’ve been watching this trend grow here at Sony and we’re committed to developing technology that makes socializing your shows even easier.
In fact, a recent over the air update on 2011 Sony Blu-ray Disc™ devices does just that. The new Socialize™ feature lets you share what you’re watching with your Facebook® and Twitter communities directly from your Sony® remote. Yes, that means you don’t have to get up from your cozy couch to grab your laptop or mobile phone to write an update. A number of owners have already stumbled on to this new sharing tool to check in to the shows they’re streaming.
So, how can you play along? Well, if you have a 2011 connected Blu-ray Disc device and relish the post-show water cooler conversations you have the next day, you no longer have to wait to broadcast what you’re watching. The feature works while you’re streaming a show or movie. Push the options button on the remote. You’ll find the “Socialize” menu. Once you set it up to share with your social networks by adding your username and password, you can start to share with the press of a button. What’s cool about this feature is that it draws on the show’s information database to create an update with show info and a dropdown of options for you to describe your thoughts on the program. Your friends will see an update like this:
For me, my TV sharing epiphany came with the show LOST. By searching for #LOST on Twitter I connected with fellow fans around the globe and became part of a much larger conversation. I was able to talk with other “social” fans and analyze each cryptic scene or make predictions with friends online. No matter where my fellow show fans are, we’re able to share the experience.
So how about all of you? Do you talk about the shows and movies you watch online? And do you think this is a trend we’ll see continue?
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