The people behind late night talk show "Conan" have released a tablet app that gives viewers a new way to watch Conan while they're watching Conan. The future is now.
As O'Brien says in a commercial for the app, "Up until this moment your life has had little meaning, but I'm here to change all that. I'm here to present the incredible Team Coco tablet app."
The app, which is available for Android and Apple tablets, delivers exclusive content in sync with O'Brien's show as it airs nightly on TBS. When users activate the "Sync" feature in the app, they can see behind the scenes photos and commentary related to the episode they are watching. There are also trivia questions and social features, including the ability to interact with other viewers.
According to Geek.com, the app stays in sync with the episode being watched by using the tablet's microphone to "listen" to where the viewer is in the show. This means you don't need to be watching the show live to use the in sync features. The app can be used with DVR'd episodes and episodes watched on the computer.
As Huffington Post comedy associate editor Ross Luippold pointed out, "[The app] seems like a fairly big step in narrowing the gap between watching TV and being online."
Although the app is free, Geek.com reports that it's chock-full of ads for its sponsor AT&T.
Reviews of the app have been mixed. Several users have complained that the app crashes as soon as it's opened ("It was working fine a few hours ago now it crashes when it opens. When it was working it was awesome," wrote Kikivonupton), while others rave they "love the app."