Techdirt Podcast Episode 146: Can A Trivia App Resurrect Appointment Viewing?

from the the-hq-phenomenon dept

Normally, we wouldn't dedicate a whole episode of the podcast to talking about a single app — but every now and then something small comes along that contains innovations worth exploring. So this week, we're taking a look at the hit trivia app HQ, which is one of the first new things in recent memory to gain real momentum with "appointment viewing".

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    Planetologist Kynes (profile), 12 Dec 2017 @ 6:43pm

    1 vs 100

    Mike, you mentioned repeatedly in this episode that you were surprised that something like HQ hadn't been tried before, and I thought you'd be interested to know that, in fact, it had, by Microsoft on XBOX Live for the XBOX 360 no less. The game was called 1 vs 100 and was supposed to be part of a larger push into scheduling called Primetime.

    At the time of launch, Microsoft even described Primetime in the following terms: “The idea behind Primetime is to create scheduled programming ... so you can go in at a specific time, find friends, and experience live events.”

    Kotaku has a great writeup on it here: https://kotaku.com/that-time-microsoft-ran-a-live-game-show-on-xbox-360-1732672085

    The game was actually pretty popular, but apparently died due to mismanagement.

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