Cell phone and TV interact

Use your mobile phone while watching TV? Now you can combine those two pursuits and compete against other viewers in “real time” games.

AirPlay Network, a startup based in San Francisco, is launching a suite of games that are tied to live television shows. By signing up, you can predict what is going to happen on Monday Night Football, who is going to be the next American Idol, or what the correct answer is to that vexing question on Jeopardy!

Sports contests, reality shows, and game shows are among the first of AirPlay’s offerings. You must have an Internet-capable mobile phone to play, since you must download the game interfaces directly to your phone.

The fee structure is expected to be announced soon.


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