Channel 4 has launched Test Tube Telly – an online service that lets Facebook friends watch, discuss, rate and recommend their favourite TV programmes.
The prototype, which will be available online until September, allows viewers to watch thousands of TV programmes both on 4oD and YouTube. By using Facebook Connect, TestTubeTelly lets viewers recommend new programmes to their friends, and see what their own friends are watching online.
According to the Channel 4 blog, the service reportedly grew from the project to put C4’s archive online into the 4oD online TV service and the question: ‘How do you find the programmes you didn’t know you would like?’
Popular programmes available on TestTubeTelly include Father Ted, My Name is Earl, Spaced, Bremner, Bird and Fortune, Peep Show, Skins and Banzai. Online viewers can become fans of programmes or series, and post comments about them which also appear on their Facebook profile.
Test Tube Telly mixes online TV and social networking
Which? tech expert Al Warman said: ‘Test Tube Telly brings the following morning’s TV discussion to the web. By mixing online TV with social networking Channel 4 has moved the conversation around programmes onto the web, so viewers can interact in new ways that aren’t possible with rival services such as the BBC’s iPlayer.
‘If Test Tube Telly delivers on its potential improvements, for example by developing Twitter integration, and gets a critical mass of users, it could revolutionise the social aspect of TV watching.’
Test Tube Telly is available free for UK Facebook users only, due to broadcast rights restrictions.
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