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        Imagine that you are in a café watching your favourite TV show on your tablet PC and an
        important meeting comes-up out of nowhere. What would you do then in such a situation? Well,
        just hit the pause button, finish the meeting and as you get into the subway train to the nearest
        location to your home, resume the play and enjoy the latter half of the show.

        In these times where time is of the essence, we value each and every minute we spend on a social
        network, television viewing or chatting with buddies; the media companies are looking to catch up
        on the trend wherein they want to lure in audience through social media integration.

        Social media has changed the ways in which we produce, share and consume traditional media.
        Everything from news to entertainment, social media is augmenting our experience with television.
        More people than ever are adapting social media networks as a place to catch up with friends,
        share personal information and engage with others. Individuals are able to share their favorite
        television channels with their friends and followers.

        Take the case of the integrated campaign and massive successful launch of The Ultimate Fighter
        on Spike TV in in 2004/2005 was a good scenario. They maximized every on and offline marketing
        tool available at the time to educate, promote, connect and grow a previously untapped following
        of mainstream "MMA/UFC" fans.

        The UFC.com web brand showcased pre and post show clips, exclusive footage, interviews,
        profiles, etc. where the user had all the fundamental social media sharing tools available to
        maximize the effectiveness of the online content while getting people hooked waiting anxiously to
        see what would happen next

        We see, it's not simply enough now to just watch television. Thanks to social media, watching and
        consuming our favorite television show has become participatory. We can talk to other fans in
        real-time during the show and engage in critique and fandom in a way that was once not possible.

        Here are a few ways that social media is integrating itself into the world of television:


        * Live show chats

        Many shows now encourage their fans to chat live during the show. This is especially popular on
        mtv.com where fans of reality-based shows are encouraged to speak about the show as they are
        watching it. This is also a popular pastime on Twitter and on designated show forums. In the past,
        you may have found more joy out of watching your show live with a group of friends. Now, you
        can connect with fans across the country as you watch your favorite show.


        * Forums

        Nearly every show (especially those that are reality-based) has forums on their website. These
        forums are designed for viewers and fans to share thoughts and provide feedback about
        characters, plotlines and more. These forums even have turned into spinoff fan sites—where fans
        take their passion for the show to a new level. Affinity spaces for shows have popped up all over
        the internet, allowing viewers to post their own content (such as video) that they in turn share
        with other fans.




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        * Twitter

        Look at the case with the popular reality-based MTV hit Jersey Shore - an extremely popular topic
        as it aired on Thursday nights. Each cast member also has a Twitter feed where they provide
        feedback to their fans during the show—sometimes providing “insider” information about that
        particular episode.


        * Facebook

        Following your favorite show on Facebook is perhaps one of the best ideas for any fan. This is
        because shows are able to post links to behind the scenes videos, sneak previews and other
        videos of interest. Some even offer their fans chances to win behind the scenes trips, chances to
        meet cast members and more. One of the best examples is FX network’s The League. The show’s
        producers post weekly video of clips that had to get cut from the original airing of the show.


        These are just a few of the many ways that fans of television programming can connect with the
        show and other show enthusiasts in real time. At no other time in history has watching television
        been more exciting. Now, through the power of social media, we have a direct connection with our
        favorite characters, show producers and other people who share our same excitement for our
        shows.




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