A while ago I got an email letting me know that GetGlue was turning in to tvtag, and I finally got around to checking out the new app. I want to be clear up front that I really want to love an alternate screen live viewing app. I really do. It’s just that I haven’t found one so far that, for me, rivals plain old live tweeting. Honestly, I don’t know if there will ever be one. People, myself included, don’t want to check multiple apps or websites, they want things easily accessible where they already are. And we’re already on Twitter. But I digress. The new tvtag is actually pretty neat, and I’m going to give it a go while watching The Big Bang Theory tomorrow, because unsurprisingly that show seems to get the most interaction.
When you log in, tvtag will ask you what you’re watching, and also show you some special events. If you keep scrolling down, you’ll get a listing of what’s on right now and what’s popular.
Clicking on a show will take you to its main page, where you can see recent “Taglines”. It took me a minute to figure out this is what the app calls episodes.
You can also click on “Info” to follow the show and see a synopsis.
When you click on a “Tagline” it takes you to a live stream of the episode, featuring highlight clips and polls that you can take as the show airs. I checked in after the live show, so I don’t know how timely the live feed actually is, or if it adjusts for the West Coast. I need to test this on a show I don’t care about, because I really hate spoilers.
Overall, I think tvtag is a fun update to GetGlue (and yes, you can still get stickers) but I don’t know that I’ll become a loyal user. It’s rare for me to sit down for the sole purpose of watching a show – I’m usually working or doing something around the house while the TV is on – so I don’t think I’ll be using the app in real time. But I do like that I can go back and see everything from the show in one place, and it’s a good place to re-watch some of your favorite moments, or share them with friends.
tvtag is available for the iPhone and online at tvtag.com. I didn’t review the online portion, because the only “value add” that you don’t get on the app is a stream of updates for all the shows you’ve followed. It’s like Facebook, if you didn’t have any friends and watched a lot of TV.