Dec 30, 2011
Sports have exploded in popularity the past decade, bolstered in part by expanding cable and satellite lineups that allow no atheltic competion in any quasi-relevant sport to go unseen by someone on their couch. However, with all these channels, finding games on TV is extremely difficult, if not impossible – what channel is Fox College Sports Central, anyway? 648, I think? How should I know? And what if there’s some game on that’s more interesting? I wish there was an app to help find those games right away, and alert me when exciting games were on?
As it would be a boring article if there wasn’t a potential answer to these rhetorical questions, “Are You Watching This?” is the potential answer. The app tracks and rates live sporting events based on their watchability – more important and hotly-contested matchups are rated higher, for example. Games are rated from OK to Good to Hot to Epic for those truly exciting matchups. For example, the Epic rating was saved for the Florida-Rutgers men’s college basketball game that went into double overtime. The Mavericks-Thunder basketball game that ended with a game-winning 3-pointer from Kevin Durant was Hot, as was the Baylor-Washington college football game that was the end of defensive football.
The app can send alerts for games that are Good, Hot, and/or Epic. As well, it can be set to only send alerts for certain sports, only games that are on the selected TV provider, and even for just the user-selected favorite teams.
Possibly the most unique feature of the app is the ability to actually change channels based on the selected game. This requires either a Google TV, DirecTV, or Tivo box at the moment, but by swiping through games, the app can automatically cause the selected TV to switch to that game directly.
This is a useful app for keeping up with the latest scores, to find watchable live events, and for those with supported technology, to easily watch those games. Are You Watching This? is available for free from the Android Market.