Appifying TV shows, TV-ifying apps
A few years ago, back when ‘apps on your TV’ through boxes from companies like Roku, Amazon and Apple started to become a thing, I wrote a piece arguing that over time, TV shows would increasingly merge with apps. This, I said, would lead to TV producers making shows inherently interactive.
Now, Facebook’s activity here could simply be an attempt to kill off HQ Trivia, (in fact, it’s definitely that!) and interest in these interactive quiz shows might not last, but let’s face it, it makes a lot of sense for TV to become increasingly app-ified.
Those gameshows that make up a good chunk of daytime TV schedules could easily involve the viewers as contestants. They could even get the viewers involved in games alongside onscreen contestants via augmented reality. What if a mass audience collectively played a Telltale Games
style interactive drama through voting on characters’ next actions? What if the next big Scandinavian detective show was made like that?
HQ Trivia already has the vibe of the kind of late-night gambling show UK viewers might stumble upon on their TV. Apps and TV are getting closer.
I can’t find that article I wrote a few years ago (if you find it, send me the link!) but in the years since it went out, I watched TV apps stay as little more than streaming media outlets. It was disappointing, to say the least.
Maybe now things are going to start becoming more interesting.