Archives for posts tagged ‘nbc’

YouTube’s live push plays to the internet’s real time strengths

I still find it impressive how much the internet has changed the focus of our communication to real-time, current, relevant information, shrinking the news cycle and creating massive events around happenings that once might have only been a blip on our collective radar. Even if these new real-time events only last a few hours, they […]

Broadcast is dead. Long live broadcast!

With this week’s announcement of NBC falling under the same corporate umbrella as NBCU’s cable empire (Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNBC, the list goes on…), broadcast television is dead. Where there has always been a dotted line between the profits of the NBCU cable empire and the losses of NBC Entertainment, there’s now also a […]

What NBC’s ratings woes can teach us about TV and web series aesthetics

It’s not news that NBC’s ratings are in the toilet, and the vast majority of critics will argue that it’s a result of the network developing and airing shows that have narrow audience appeal. Shows like Kings, 30 Rock, and the recently-premiered The Listener might be hailed by critics and appreciated by TV nerds like […]

Cold, hard, factual numbers pwn Kevin Wasson, @paidContent

Kevin Wasson posted yesterday at paidContent about how Hulu and other web services offering television for free are doing more harm than good: the networks have simply relegated themselves to being content producers. …The value of NBC is not in a show like Heroes or Friends. The value of NBC is the more than 70 […]

Congrats to the Webby winners, most of which you probably haven’t seen or heard of

No offense to the very-promising Streamy Awards but the Webbys are kind of a big deal, especially for indie web producers who finally get a chance to be put on par with the big guns. I especially like their Jimmy Fallon love this year – what a cool project his new show has been so […]

When the content moves faster than the deals

No one really knows how to make a viral hit (though my buddy Freddie has some great ideas), but worse, big media Hollywood is ill-equipped to make money off viral hits when they occur. A disagreement between YouTube and Britain’s ITV, which owns the “Britain’s Got Talent” program where Ms. Boyle appeared, has kept the […]

Why web shows have trouble on TV

With In the Motherhood officially tanking on ABC, I think it’s time someone stood up and said the obvious: this whole “re-purposing web shows for television” thing doesn’t work. The networks looked at Motherhood and quarterlife, saw big-for-web audiences and professional production values and stars, and they interpreted that as free pre-show, buzz-building marketing. But […]