We examine how ambient displays can augment social
television. Social TV 2 is an interactive television solution
that incorporates two ambient displays to convey to
participants an aggregate view of their friends’ current TVwatching
status. Social TV 2 also allows users to see which
television shows friends and family are watching and send
lightweight messages from within the TV-viewing
experience. Through a two-week field study we found the
ambient displays to be an integral part of the experience.
We present the results of our field study with a discussion
of the implications for future social systems in the home.
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