If Anything, Facebook, Twitter and Other Mobile Startups Have Brought Back Appointment Viewing
Social media isn’t killing anything, least of all TV. In fact, after years of declines in live tune-in, Twitter, Facebook and some mobile startups appear to be luring audiences back to appointment TV. While DVRs unglued us from TV schedules, the desire to tap into the tweets, posts and check-ins in real time may just bring us back.
“If you look at the tweets about a TV show, a huge proportion come from when the show is airing live, not an hour later,” said Robin Sloan, who works with Twitter’s media-partnership team. During awards shows such as the Oscars and Grammys, Twitter has seen viewers complain that those events aren’t aired live on both coasts. To appease U.S. fans forced to swear off the internet for a month to save from British tweeters’ “Doctor Who” spoilers, the BBC decided to air the show on both continents on the same day.