A live fan engagement system enables video creators to engage with viewers while the viewers are watching a video. The system sets up online group viewing sessions for creator and viewers. When the creator and viewers join these sessions, the system initiates playback of a desired media and concurrently starts a chat session. Further, the system determines whether the creator or the viewers have a second screen device available during the session. If the second screen device is present for any of the viewers or the creator, the media is played on one of the screens and the chat session is initiated on the other screen. Alternatively, in the absence of a second screen device, the media and the chat session are initiated on the same screen. The system further allows recording of these group viewing sessions including media and text from the chat session.
Ali, Sarah; Bobohalma, Ramona; and Marchand, Julien, "LIVE AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT SYSTEM", Technical Disclosure Commons, (June 03, 2016)