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 Is Video the Next Chapter for Social TV?

Peggy Dau - Monday, March 11, 2013

Today, Social TV is about second screen interaction related to the program being watched on-air. That interaction takes the form of textual posts on existing social networks, apps like Viggle or Miso, interaction on network branded platforms (provided by the likes of zeebox, Magic Ruby, Echo and others), and discovery via apps from Buddy TV, Dijit or TV Guide. Programs from networks like USA support engagement in the form of quizzes, pictures and engaging posts. 

There are also Social TV solutions that primarily focus on enhancing the delivery of live TV programming (e.g., Never.no and Tellybug). They curate and incorporate social content into the presentation of sports, news and chat programs, with integration into the broadcasters actual production workflow.

None of these Social TV solutions, to my knowledge, integrate video. What if consumers are chatting about a show using Facebook's video chat? What if super fans want to contribute video "selfies" expressing their opinion? Does this add to the consumer experience? I believe it provides a deeper level of engagement for the fan. With the continuous growth of online video and user generated content, I wonder if this is the next phase of Social TV - which is just gaining momentum? Video could enable the true water cooler experience, yet definitely introduces challenges for delivery and format (to name a few!).

This is just a thought on my part, prompted by some cool video technology that I've been exposed to recently.  I'd love to know your thoughts!

What's your perspective?