Long running BBC factutainment show and Cash in the Attic for the middle classes, the Antiques Roadshow, has announced the launch of its very own smartphone and tablet companion app to work in conjunction with its guess-along Red Button game.
The BBC’s first ever live, synchronous smartphone app, Antiques Roadshow Play-along gives you, the plebs, access to its multiple choice valuation game while watching the show live or on-demand and, according to a BBC spokesmouth, allows players to compete against other Antiques eye-users in the same room, compare results and move up and down the rankings between Novice and Expert.
How it does this is by using inaudible-to-the-human-ear signals embedded in the soundtrack of the programme which are picked up by the microphone of your device and then used to identify the specific episode and cue the sequence of questions and answers; which is actually quite clever.
“We wanted our first live and synchronous companion experience to appeal to a mainstream audience and create a real event in the living room for families across the UK – the Antiques Roadshow mobile app does just that,” said Victoria Jaye, BBC head of IPTV and TV Online. “It builds on our successful Red Button play-along quizzes which regularly attract millions of viewers a week.”
Roadshow presenter Fiona ‘The’ Bruce added: “The new app is great fun, I love guessing the values of objects; I only wish I got it right more often! Now that you can play on smartphones and tablets, the world of antiques is certainly not stuck in the past!”
Available to download now for from Google Play, the app-enabled editions of Antiques Roadshow began broadcasting yesterday, so get guessing. “Of course, I’d never sell it… I’m sorry, how much? Kerching!”