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    It's been almost 2 months since the end of the WGA strike, which happened mostly over the rights and payments for "new media," or content on the web. Since then, we've barely seen any kind of creative content built for the internet, and as far as I know, there haven't been any announcements about narrative shows from the studios

    The one project I do know about is Quarterlife, which was essentially a failed TV pilot, chopped up for internet distribution.

    So, my question is twofold:

    1. What shows are you watching on the net? What should I and the rest of us be watching? What's Good?

    2. What are the perfect ingredients for you to watch a show regularly online?

    Web TV will never be as prevalent as webcomics, which is really the only user-driven media I can think to compare it to this early on Saturday.

    I guess we could also discuss the term "TV on the internet" since that's not exactly the most inspiring description of a fun medium, and neither is "new media."
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2008
    Personally, watching streaming video for more than a few minutes bugs the hell out of me, a combination of the quality(which is slowly improving), tying me to one browser screen for however long it takes, and not having a 'physical' file to watch it how/where I please.

    1. The Daily Show is all I can manage to make myself sit through, anything else isn't worth the time, and even then it's still a challenge.

    2. Give me a friggin' episode download. Its still new media, it still gets to me through the tubes, and it takes care of all my complaints(unless there's a retarded monkey encoding it).
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2008
    I don't think you will see much in the way of 'internet only' content from the studios until the next version of the internet is rolled out. Every once in a while I see television shows produce short webisodes (Battlestar Galactica is one that comes to mind) to tease or tell small story arcs while on hiatus, but I have yet to see a major studio produce something strictly for the internet.

    If I were to watch a show regularly online, it would have to be of good quality and done on a regular basis. This is one of the main reasons I don't read webcomics, most creators get half way through a good story and then take over a month to update a single page, or they abandon their story with no wrap up. Freakangels is the very rare exception, but I credit that to having Warren and Paul working in conjunction with Avatar. I can see the same problem with people attempting to produce their own internet TV shows, even those independent producers with deep pockets. How long until they either get tired of seeing no measurable return on their investment, or get bored with their project and just quit? Currently, the only online only shows produced on a regular basis are those that are fanboy review style shows that are doing nothing more than advertising a product.
    • CommentAuthorfro
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2008
    I quite like The Burg but it looks like they've stopped making new episodes of that. Other than that the one internet-only show I know of is Quarterlife, which could have been better.

    Actually there is one other slightly relevant thing I could mention, which is a fairly old short film called Sockbaby. It's worth a look if you've not seen it (I've really got no idea how popular it is) and you can download it, which as pi8you says is more convenient.
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    Hulu is kind of a fun thing, especially for old old tv. There's a huge run of Alfred Hitchcock on there, and the Addams Family too. They've got the whole run of Arrested Development on there too.

    The commercial placement isn't that bad, though in the movies it gets a little much. They have an option to watch a trailer first, always take that.

    I don't have a tv so it's kind of nice to call up some old B/W goodness every once in a while.

    Quarterlife failed for a reason, just not a good show. Watching people blog? Come now.
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
    I've been attached to Surf the Channel for television on the internet, as I only have a handful of tv channels and, though I've grown attached to reruns of Bonanza (yesterday's Altman-directed episode about Little Joe and Hoss robbing a bank to prevent a run in Virginia City was hilarious fun!), when I crave HBO level content that's where I go. I'm sure that's it's all very much illegal, however.
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    Hm...I guess I'm wondering more about original IPs for the web than stuff ported from the TV to the inter-tubes. I'm trying to wrap my head around making something on the internet that people WANT to go see week in and week out.

    I'm out in Hollywood, trying to make it as an actor and a writer, and this seems like a great entry into the nitty-gritty of film-making. Plus, it might be a business model of its own, but it's going to take a more business-savvy mind than me to figure that out.

    I'm more interested in getting attention, and having people want to visit it...I know 98% of that on the internet is a good product, with solid writing, acting, technical, and, especially, SHORT.

    So, what new stuff has caught your eye lately?
    • CommentAuthorBurke
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008 edited
    Horrible People. A great little online comedy soap-opera.

    Featuring writing by the brilliant young comic Morgan Murphy.

    (Could't get the link command to work. Just copy/paste this URL.)