Media & Entertainment (173)
Downtime speed read
In the Netherlands “Vertragingsapp” (or the ‘Delay’ app) offers you short stories on your mobile device based on the time of your delay on public transportation. After you have entered the expected time delay, you can browse stories from well-known authors and read it within that time.
Why it matters
Whilst the app promotes authors, it also caters to consumers by tailoring media to their everyday needs. Is this a new trend whereby TV show lengths may be reduced to 15 minutes or where movies will need to include intermissions for today’s time-poor audiences? Are there other services or products that would be better suited to consumers if they took into account time restraints?
Waisda.nl (slang for ‘What is that?”) is a game created by Dutch broadcaster KRO that asks viewers to tag what is happening onscreen as they watch video material. Users receive points if they use the same tag as someone else, on the basis that this confirms the validity of the tag. The aim is to make searching for specific reference points in video material easier and more intelligent, thanks to this user input.
The Marigny theatre has set an innovative media operation in Paris. To promote the new play Miam Miam (i.e. Yummy), it has placed removable food plates on the advertising billboards. Those who pick them up and present them to the theatre desk can get a 15% discount on their tickets.