NBC's Viewing Party: their next big thing?
Yesterday we talked about NBC's plans for video-on-demand around the world. Today, we have news of their plans for getting all of their nutty fans together online. Possibly. It should be noted that the information comes from an anonymous source, known only to us as "NBC Insider," but after getting a look at the screenshots, they look highly believable.
What we're talking about is the NBC Viewing Party. In a nutshell, the service will allow fans to open a chat room and watch an episode at the same time, all synced up and everything. It's done with flash, so it should play nicely with Mac OS and Windows, and is reported to work in Firefox, IE, and Safari.
Gallery: NBC Viewing Party
You will need an NBC.com account, but that stands to reason since you'll be logging in to chat. Rooms are currently limited to ten users, but you have to think that will change as the service matures. Our source tells us that there are still some bugs being squashed, but the service is very close to being released with most, if not all, of the programming currently available on NBC.com.
It's a great idea. This is something I've done a number of times with my Firefly pals, although, in a much clunkier style. Opening an IRC channel and telling everyone to hit play....NOW is just so much less elegant. Imagine the prospect of being able to tell Jay Black how wrong he is about The Office in real time.
One detail we don't have is how things shake down geographically. Unfortunately, the best guess would be that if you can't see the episodes on NBC.com in your current locale, you will be left out on this deal too. It is a good first step though, and I wouldn't be surprised to see another site pop up doing the same thing by leveraging the Hulu content. And that brings us to the poll:
|I would, but it won't be available here.||17 (11.0%)|