What the Tech? Watch people watching TV
Need company the next time you watch tv? A website thinks you might. This is a website where people watch people watch tv.
Developers of a new website hope there are millions of people around the world who enjoy watching television with other people.
Riff.TV is a new website devoted to people watching people watching television.
It's like inviting your loudmouth friends over who want to talk through the entire show or movie. A dozen or so movies and tv shows are listed, and creators simply set up a camera, watch, and comment.
Riff.TV gets around copyright laws by requiring users to have a Netflix account and all of the videos are from the streaming service. TV shows like Lost, MadMen, and...for some reason: A Different World, which one guy is apparently infatuated with. He's allowed people to watch him watching 6 episodes from season 1. With colorful color commentary.
Don't laugh, people watching is an internet phenomenon. Twitch.TV is for people watching other people play video games, and Mukbang is a popular Korean practice of watching people eat online.
Don't laugh again, some mukbangers are earning up to $10,000 dollars a month just by recording video of themselves at the dinner table.
Riff.tv is mildly entertaining. The show or movie is displayed in a large player window with the riff show creators are in a small screen with their mics turned up. People watching can join the conversation too in a chat window.
It probably makes no sense to most people. Especially those who require 'movie silence' from everyone in the room when a movie's on the screen, but Riff TV is banking on there being millions of people out there who prefer to watch in a room filled with talk, opinion and jokes.
To 'enjoy' Riff, you must have a Netflix account and install a desktop extension in a Chrome Browser. You can't watch on mobile devices or in other browsers. it only works with Netflix shows and movies, though Riff says it's working on adding other streaming services and other browsers