Those in the TV business have been scrambling to appeal to the iPad generation during the last year. In fact, Nielsen, the company that measures audience size using a ratings system, estimated that 41 percent of tablet owners and 38 percent of smartphone owners use their devices at least once a day while watching television. Many companies have learned how to appeal to viewers’ social networking addiction, and others are trying to add complementary features to TV-centric apps. Most of these apps cater to what is known as the second screen, a device such as an iPad or smartphone that supplements and augments what you’re already watching on the big screen.
Just remember that if you’re using one of these apps, streaming video can eat through your monthly data allotment in a jiffy, and now that truly unlimited high-speed data plans are few and far between, that could be a costly habit. Fortunately, there are plenty of offerings to fulfill couch potatoes’ “app-etites.” Here are our top 10 picks.
A social networking app for die-hard TV fans, GetGlue lets you check in to TV shows you're watching and see what others are watching at the same time. It offers separate channels for movies, TV shows and sports, asking you to rate your favorites so it knows what to suggest to you. Plus, you can chat with other current viewers of that show, and share your brilliant witticisms and criticisms on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. For any “Doctor Who” fan on BBC America, this is a must-download app.