Grey's Anatomy fans— you have just gotten a better viewing experience— an interactive viewing experience. But you need an Apple iPad to bask in the sweet delight of doctorly debauchery and do-goodery.
With ABC's new iPad App, aptly called ABC's Grey's Anatomy Sync, it provides a double-screen viewing experience on Thursday nights, when the hit TV show airs. On the big screen, you can watch the show live as you normally would. On your iPad, you watch real-time interactive content pertaining to that specific show, based on what's happening onscreen.
What Gray's Anatomy did for doctors, Grey's Antomy Sync will do for Grey's Anatomy fanatics. It's the perfect companion piece for the digital age.
Media-Sync technology works in conjunction with the microphone on the iPad to keep the app in sync with the show.
Using the audio watermarks that TV programs typically use for tracking TV ratings, the app can figure out where a viewer is in a program and offer up corresponding content on the iPad. This means that in addition to using the app when watching the show live, users can also use the app when watching on a time-shifted copy of the program or when fast-forwarding or rewinding the show. [via Mashable]
It's the latest effort by developers trying to capitalize on the growing number of television viewers who are using "second screens" like mobile phones and tablet computers while they watch. [via CNN]
And versions will become available for iPhones and Android devices soon.
But if you have an iPad, don't wait until Thursday night... get the app now!
Step 1 Get Grey's Anatomy Sync
Don't worry. It's a free app. Just click here to download the app from iTunes.
Step 2 Sync with Grey's Anatomy on the TV
To find out how to sync your iPad with Grey's Anatomy on Thursday nights, watch the quick how-to video from ABC. You'll learn exactly what you can do and how much fun you can have.