Many-screen viewing: evaluating an olympics companion application

Anstead, Edward; Benford, Steve and Houghton, Robert J. 2016. 'Many-screen viewing: evaluating an olympics companion application'. In: Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video. Newcastle, United Kingdom 2016. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The trend of users integrating second screen behaviours in their viewing habits, and practitioners’ interest in designing systems to support them has evolved a strong research agenda. In this paper we extend these ideas to explore many-screen interaction, investigating how users, gathered around the television with multiple second screen devices, share, control and coordinate their interactions. We report on a formative evaluation into behaviours with a many-screen prototype app for watching sport programming. The Olympics Second Screen application allows users to watch, share and control highlight programmes in a collocated group. We discuss our findings through recommendations to designers and HCI practitioners. Our results suggest the importance of supporting parallel viewing between collocated viewers, and sharing and queuing of programming between devices. Additionally, results highlight the significance of the television in a viewing ecology, and user awareness of control and interaction.

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1 February 2016Accepted
25 June 2016Published

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Newcastle, United Kingdom

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