It’s July 4th week but most of the top Social TV summer series being covered by Sidecastr are still sizzlin’ along with new first run episodes. Exceptions are: Pretty Little Liars ans Suits, which both take a break this week on airing new episodes.
Here’s our schedule for the week:
We are proud to announce general availability of Sidecastr for iPad, which became downloadable via Apple’s App Store in the U.S. and Canada. Sidecastr is a free app.
We’re excited to welcome two new hot summer series to our list of covered shows! The premiere of Anger Management (Thursday 9p – 10p ET on FX) marks the return of Charlie Sheen to a comedy series. And Awkward (Thursday 10:30p – 11p on MTV) returns for season 2. The show revolves around the life of 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards), who is struggling with her identity, especially after an accident is misconstrued as a suicide attempt. The show is based on the high school, Palos Verdes High School, in Southern California.
We expect both shows to generate high numbers of quality, entertaining social comments!
Just because Sidecastr was approved for release by the App Store (yeah!) doesn’t mean we’re resting on our laurels! Tonight is episode 2 of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars (8pm ET). On Wednesday, TNT brings back Dallas (9pm), updated for the new millennium. And on Thursday last year’s surprise hit of the year, Suits (USA, 10pm) premieres.
For NBA fans, tonight marks the start of the NBA Finals between the Eastern Conference victors Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. We will miss covering tonight’s Game 1 event, but by Thursday’s Game 2, our ability to cover two or more overlapping shows at once will be rolled out, and we’ll be there for you.
Mad Men has its season 5 finale tonight at 10pm ET. On Saturday we released beta 0.55, our Apple approved App Store version. We have a few pre-release beta slots available, so if you own an iPad running iOS V5.x, and are a fan of Mad Men or any of our current summer or shows covered in the past, click here to register: http://tflig.ht/JiyOVA.
The final 1.0 release is sporting our instantly popular Auto-Scroll feature, which may just become the de-facto way of using Sidecastr. We refer to it as “couch potato” mode: just activate it from the top bar of any sidecast detail page, sit back, watch the show, and let the app pop one (synchronized) sidecast at a time onto the iPad’s screen. To stop, write a reply, or browse to a referenced web page, just tap once.
Tonight we will be featuring the best of the social stream for the crucial Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. Boston leads the series 3 – 2. It’s a must win for Miami in hostile territory, and it’s essentially a must win for Boston as well, because game 7 would be back in Miami with the momentum shifted.
During Sidecastr Beta period, we have been limited to being able to cover only one live show at a time. [Note: by the time we appear in the app store in the next few weeks, that limitation will be removed].
However, this will effect our coverage options tonight. From at 8:00pm – 9 ET, we commence summer season coverage of season 3 of Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family. When the Celtics – Heat Game 5 in Miami begins at 8:30pm ET, we will not by able to cover or sync you to the game for the first half hour. Instead, we will complete Pretty Little Liars at 8:59 and switch to cover the remainder of the basketball game.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
While we’re still in the approval queue, we wanted to share our latest draft of the app description that will appear in the App Store:
Who says there’s nothing good on TV in the summer!? Sidecastr’s got you covered as your ultimate go to source of social TV content from other rabid fans like you! In addition to the list above, we plan to cover the 2012 Summer Olympics every day during primetime on NBC, starting 7/28 with the opening ceremonies thru 8/9.
Let us know with your comments if there are other shows you think we should cover too!