Chill.com is making the TV viewing experience more social than ever, letting users watch television shows, live events and music videos with friends. They’re running the latest Hulu episodes of popular shows like Dancing with the Stars, House, Law & Order and more on a schedule and viewers can tune in to watch their favorite shows with their friends and people from all over the world (at least in places where Hulu is available).
Brian Norgard, founder of Chill, told Janko Roettgers of GigaOM’s NewTeeVee, “This is the true water cooler effect.” These days more and more television viewers want more out of their viewing experience. They want to tweet and Facebook with their friends and other fans of the show to find out what other people think about what they’re watching and share their own opinions. Chill is taking social TV to a whole new level, letting fans actually sit in a virtual room together as virtual characters and chat live as they watch.
Chill’s Andrew Skotzko told Cory Bergman of Lost Remote, “We think there is a certain class of customers who want a fully integrated experience rather than an on-demand solo experience. We think they want to engage with other fans in an integrated environment that ties all the elements together—premium content, their social and interest graph, direct engagement with each other—into a shared, real-time, immersive experience. That’s the goal.”
When you watch television, music videos, live events and other online video content do you want this fully integrated experience? Do you prefer to watch content solo or would you enjoy chatting with other viewers for a more social experience?
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