Watching the Academy Awards on second screen devices
The 2013 Academy Awards are fast approaching, and more people who watch the live TV broadcast will do so with a mobile device in-hand. The use of more than one device to watch shows is known as “second-screen” viewing, and it’s becoming more and more popular each year.
If you’re looking to get the most out of the Oscars awards show when it airs on Feb. 24, you’ll want a tablet or smartphone that can access a whole other side to the event you wouldn’t otherwise see. Of course, that means you’ll need a mobile device and the right apps.
A huge number of choices
The good news is that snagging the mobile device of your choice is easier, with more good deals, than ever before. All your favorite electronics stores carry some manner of smartphone or tablet at this point, and most devices with Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android operating systems are great for streaming video. Amazon is a solid place to start looking and compare prices, and you can get up to 3 percent cash back from Best Buy. Target offers 2 percent cash back, while Walmart is currently offering as much as 8 percent and Radio Shack offers 3 percent.
The right app for the Academy Awards
Once you’ve got your device, you’ll need the right app to get the most out of the show. The official Oscars app from the ABC network is available on both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play app store. Fire it up, and you can get all kinds of information about the Academy Awards nominees, cast a virtual Oscar ballot and catch specials in the lead-up to the show. On the night, you’ll be able to see red carpet coverage and behind-the-scenes camera angles you can’t get anywhere else.
If second-screen viewing is something you’re interested in, be aware that the initial setup cost for a mobile device can be pretty high. But they’re useful for a lot of things, not the least of which is getting more out of your TV shows, movies, and televised sports.
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