The verdict is in: TV watchers regularly supplement their viewing with a second screen, typically a tablet or a smartphone. According to Nielsen’s latest research, 84 percent of smartphone and tablet owners use their devices at the same time as watching television. That’s more than double the numbers from a year ago. While smart TVs have tried to embrace some of these elements of social networking or interactive program guides, ultimately consumers embrace the hand-held convenience of an app on a smartphone or tablet. Here are our top picks to satisfy the app needs of the casual or binge-viewing couch potato.
Startup iTV bought GetGlue last year, and has revamped what began as the social media service for TV fans. However, there are some changes from the original concept. Whereas GetGlue let you check in to TV shows you're watching, that feature is gone from the new TVTag, replaced by checking in to specific episode. The real-time conversation starts here, and the app makes it easy to create memes and share thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.