Published on August 14th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


HQ Trivia tries regaining momentum with Apple TV app launch

The popular mobile phone trivia game HQ Trivia upgraded its app to universal Tuesday expanding to tvOS and Apple TV. The announcement came via the services Twitter feed.

The app takes the form of a live game show, airing at 9 pm US Eastern Time daily, with another show at 3 pm US Eastern on weekdays.

With HQ Trivia, players can participate at no cost in daily trivia games through which they can outright win or split prize money if they can correctly answer a series of questions of increasing difficulty. Players who get a question correct within the 10-second limit move on; the rest are eliminated. It is common for a game to have eight, 12 or 15 questions. Prizes range anywhere from $5,000 to $400,000, guaranteed ahead of competition. On the Apple TV, players can use their Siri remote to choose and submit answers.

The popular online game  – which launched last August – has slowed in its popularity over the last three months. According to analytic numbers from App Annie, the iOS version of the game has fallen from first to tenth among US Trivia games in the past three months, from 44 to 196 among games, and 144 to 585 among all apps.

In development for a number of months, the addition of the tvOS app is a much-needed boost for the product to help try and re-build interest in the game. HQ Trivia expanded to the United Kingdom in January and Germany in March. Also in March, HQ introduced a new “1 Winner Takes All” format for its Sunday night game. In May, HQ introduced HQ Sports, a spinoff game in which players answer sports trivia questions. Executives with the company told Forbes last month that users can expect to see in the future many more themed games on the service surrounding popularized sporting events.

HQ Trivia can be downloaded from the Apple TV App Store at this link.

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as,,,, and He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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