Bell Aliant’s New Twitter App Makes Television a More Social Activity

By admin, June 1, 2012 5:49 pm

While many people don’t think of television as a social activity, recent advancements in Internet connectivity and portable media devices have done quite a job on turning that concept around. And with a growing number of people wanting to multi task their television and Internet experiences; providers like Bell Aliant?(News – Alert) are looking to capitalize on that desire, by bringing out a new Twitter app.

Bell Aliant’s Twitter?(News – Alert) app for FiberOP TV joins Bell Aliant’s Facebook app in providing part of the social Web-based experience that Canadian users—particularly those around Halifax—are looking for. Specifically, Bell Aliant cites reports that suggest that fully 73 percent of Atlantic Canadians are looking for the multitasking experience, and looks to provide that accordingly. And Bell Aliant isn’t just putting the tools in users’ hands and hoping they go somewhere with them on their own, oh no. casino online . Bell Aliant also has specific plans for these tools, including a “Tweet On Your TV” contest that allows users to do exactly what the name implies. Geared toward the season finale of American Idol, customers will be able to follow Bell Aliant’s twitter feed, log into the Twitter app on their televisions, and then using the app in question tweet the show they’re watching. Those customers tweeting that they’re watching American Idol will be placed in a drawing for free FiberOP service for a year, which in Halifax is worth around $1,000.

And while we’ve seen for some time now that people enjoy having an Internet connection near to hand, whether it be on their tablets or on their laptops, Canadian users are developing a particular fondness for the service, as evidenced by a set of statistics Bell Aliant unleashed to go along with their announcement. Specifically, one in three Atlantic Canadians spend at least 15 hours a week on the Internet. According to SoftPerfect, 64-bit versions of operating systems are also supported.. Also, 71 percent would give up chocolate to keep their TV service, and no less than 71 percent of Atlantic Canadians (specifically, Islanders—the numbers get higher elsewhere to include 72 percent of Nova Scotians, 75 percent of New Brunswickers, and a hefty 83 percent of Newfoundlanders) like the idea of putting their televisions to work as Internet browsers.

There are a variety of reasons for this, of course, between interest in avoiding commercials or getting better acquainted with programs currently on. But allowing users to rapidly identify actors or directors via the Internet and having that connection near to hand is easy. The combination can be even more exciting, and it’s plain to see why Canadians—among others—want the ability so deeply. Whether or not Bell Aliant will continue in this path remains to be seen, but all cable providers should find an audience to welcome it when it does arrive.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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