Interactive TV is not new

Saul Hansell, one of my favorite NYT Bits blog writers, writes today that CNN inaugurated social TV by mashing Facebook with its online streaming service.

This interactive TV service is not necessarily new. KT’s Mega TV Live service, for instance, let’s people text or voice chat while watching TV or click on items in certain TV programs to automatically link to online shopping. My favorite is the karaoke service, which lets people sing and then share on TV (Koreans can’t live without karaoke).

Of course, those services are not available in the US, so maybe that doesn’t count. As an foreign alien living in the U.S., I find more and more that things don’t really “count” here unless they have some kind of impact in the U.S.


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