Published on Thursday, 05 August 2010 19:26
Techcrunch is reporting that Comcast’s Social Video Discovery Engine Tunerfish is Coming To The iPhone
. At Appmarket.tv we have reported on them a number
since Comcast rolled out the product in May 2010.
The gist of the application is simple: instead of aimless channel surfing, which often yields lackluster results, Tunerfish lets you see what your friends are watching (think Foursquare for video). Launch the Tunerfish app, and you’ll see a list of the shows your Tunerfish friends have checked into (you can choose to check into content that spans television, movies, and online video) as well as trending shows. Once you’ve found something you like, you can check-in to notify the rest of your Tunerfish-using friends what you’ve come across. Updates can be syndicated to Facebook as well.
Despite all the hoopla and hype in the press, geolocation service Foursquare
is remarkably tiny for all the ink it's getting. But what is has done is introduce the phenomenon of "checking in" which has gone viral beyond just telling people where you are, and a handful of services now focus on letting you "check in" to what you're doing--whether it's attending a concert or reading a book. And this is the angle that a number of Social TV startups and bigger players have bet on.
For instance GetGlue
, announced their partnership last week with HBO to promote its current series "True Blood," "Hung," and "Entourage," in which users who use the GetGlue iPhone
app to "check in" and say they're watching those shows can earn insidery "stickers" much like Foursquare's badges. Hotpotato
, rumoured to be a potential acquisition target for Facebook
are also banking on the same space. Other players in the social TV space help you discover things to watch based upon contextual data (e.g. Rovi, Jinni, Google TV, RottenTomatoes, Netflix, LOVEFiLM, etc) or with social data (Clicker, Miso, Tunerfish, Philo, Hunch…).
Tunerfish incorporates game mechanics
in terms of rewarding those who share... key to the Tunerfish experience. The gang at Tunerfish
have put together a “no-budget” TV commercial for their new iPhone / iPod touch app
and have slated for an Android version soon. To make a long story short - the Tunerfish mobile app allows users to scan a live stream of what your friends are currently watching, as well as a list of trending shows consisting of what’s popular today
through the service. Once you find something you like, you have the option to update your profile with the “I’m Watching” button.
But the question is... how can Tunerfish further diffuse Social TV
due to television becoming less and less linear, as on demand and time shifted viewing is becoming a normal part of watching TV? The focus and interest on a particular topic (in time) is fragmented and hard to reach a critical mass. Linear events don't have this challenge. Tunerfish does not appear to challenge this issue and is likely banking on users' networks to be in the same timezone.
What’s misleading or unclear in the video Tunerfish made is that it appears that the show selected on the handset is a program that’s playing in real-time on TV — which I don’t believe it is since it was selected from the Trending tab, but it would be cool if you knew what was hot during the active time slot.