Local man's big social media idea "SimulTV" goes live - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Local man's big social media idea "SimulTV" goes live

Posted: Updated:

After nearly ten years of hard work, an Alleghany County man's big idea has finally come to life.  Thursday, Steven Turner officially launched his new social media site called SimulTV.

The idea came to him back in 2004 during the UVA / Virginia Tech football game.  He says his father and brother were watching it from two different locations and spent all four quarters on the phone with each other talking about it -- and thought there ought to be an easier way for them to watch the game together.

After several years of research and development, Turner launched a beta -- or test version -- of SimulTV from his home office in Alleghany County last year.  The site allows people to watch the same thing at the same time from anywhere in the world, also giving them the ability to interact with each other via facebook, twitter, video chat, and instant message -- all on one screen.

"TV from its very conception, from watching black and white TVs to The Lone Ranger, all the way to the moon landing to the Royal Wedding has been social," said Turner.  "Whether you share it with someone on the couch next to you or water cooler talk the next day, it's social.  And that's what we're trying to bring back to television."

Fast forward to the present and he still works out of his home office -- only now, he has a satellite office in Blacksburg, he's been featured on the Huffington Post, wired.com, and several other publications, and he's traveled to events in Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo to present his site.

"Some days I was just blown away by some of the doors that were opened to me," said Turner.  "It just boils down to, I believe, that God has had his hand in everything I've done and helped to keep this thing moving forward."

It all culminated with the official launch of SimulTV on Thursday.

"I'm nervous about it," said Turner.  "But I'm excited.  The system is constantly growing."

SimulTV launched with ten different channels for users to choose from which feature cartoons, sports, music, sci-fi, and more.  Turner says with the agreements he and his team have worked out, he'll be able to add nearly 40 more within the next month.  He hopes to have more than 100 channels and on-demand movies later this year.

Though he admits he's still a long way from facebook or twitter status, he's optimistic people will like what he has to offer.

"It's up to the consumer where it goes," said Turner.  "Hopefully they'll love what we've done and use it.  And only time will tell."

SimulTV is a subscription service.  It will cost users $5 - $20 a month depending on what types of content they want to view.  Turner says when on-demand movies come on board they'll likely range in price from $0.99 - $2.99.

You can experience SimulTV for yourself by visiting simultv.com.

 

 

 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:42:32 GMT
    Thomas Allen WinstonThomas Allen Winston
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
  • 12-year-old accidentally kills little brother in Franklin Co.

    12-year-old accidentally kills little brother in Franklin Co.

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:24:35 GMT
    The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old year boy accidentally killed his 7-year-old brother. Deputies received a 911 call about shots fired on Tuesday, April 21 stat 11:46 a.m.
    The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old year boy accidentally killed his 7-year-old brother. Deputies received a 911 call about shots fired on Tuesday at 11:46 a.m.
  • Roanoke Mother stands up against bullying after son's suicide

    Roanoke Mother stands up against bullying after son's suicide

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:05:18 GMT
    A Roanoke County mother is standing up against bullying after her 16-year-old son committed suicide. Maxx Poff was found dead on February 20th from a gunshot wound. "Maxx was a lover. He wasn't a fighter and it just kills me to know the pain he was going through for somebody bullying him," Maxx's mother Dianna Poff says. Roanoke County Assistant Police Chief Chuck Mason says detectives heard information was being circulated through social media that suggested bullying was the mean reason fo...
    A Roanoke County mother is standing up against bullying after her 16-year-old son committed suicide. Maxx Poff was found dead on February 20th from a gunshot wound. "Maxx was a lover. He wasn't a fighter and it just kills me to know the pain he was going through for somebody bullying him," Maxx's mother Dianna Poff says. Roanoke County Assistant Police Chief Chuck Mason says detectives heard information was being circulated through social media that suggested bullying was the mean reason fo...
  • 29 Virginia High Schools on Personal Finance Top-100 List

    29 Virginia High Schools on Personal Finance Top-100 List

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-04-23 01:32:06 GMT
    29 schools in the Commonwealth, including many in our area, ranked the the nation's top 100 best high schools for personal finance instruction.
    29 schools in the Commonwealth, including many in our area, ranked the the nation's top 100 best high schools for personal finance instruction.
  • Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office investigating juvenile death

    Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office investigating juvenile death

    Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office investigating juvenile death

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-04-22 14:50:58 GMT
    Deputies were called to Double Oaks Lane in the Burnt Chimney community, where they found a seven-year-old boy with a gunshot wound.
    Deputies were called to Double Oaks Lane in the Burnt Chimney community, where they found a seven-year-old boy with a gunshot wound.
  • Roanoke Police release pictures of suspects in armed robbery

    Roanoke Police release pictures of suspects in armed robbery

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-04-21 20:23:34 GMT
    Roanoke City Police continue to investigate the armed robbery that took place at Check into Cash on Valley View Boulevard last Tuesday, April 15th.
    Roanoke City Police continue to investigate the armed robbery that took place at Check into Cash on Valley View Boulevard last Tuesday, April 15th.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.