Ruminations on Web TV Shows

May 10th, 2008 | by Mike |

So there is a very good chance I’ll be in some web “TV” shows in the coming weeks and I thought this would be a good time to think about this in type and throw some questions out in to the ether of the web.

Though there is clear evidence that non-tech related shows can make it on the web (see: Wine Library TV and lots of others) I haven’t yet seen any evidence that anyone that is a non-techie is getting into said shows.  I wonder what it would take to get my mother to watch a show on cooking, crafts or whatever on the web on a semi-regular basis.  ( I asked your mother what she would like in a web show this mother this morning but her mouth was full, so she wasn’t much help. )  I found that my wife (still kinda weird to type) turned out to like Call For Help with Leo Laporte, but it was after me making her watch a few time that she grew to like it, which makes me wonder what it would take to get a bunch of non-techies to make a point to go on to a site and look for a new episode.  …or does it matter?  Clearly you can do quite well with just the power of techie page views (see: revision3.org)  I’ve kind of been operating on the idea that if you get the geeks, their page views will buy you time to get the non-geeks.  Maybe staying the course for the video side of things is the way to go as well.

Thoughts?

  1. 796 Responses to “Ruminations on Web TV Shows”

  2. By Fhris Ciles on May 13, 2008 | Reply

    I think the solution you’re looking for can be summed up in two words…LONG FORM. People want to watch something tht should be shorter but is stretched to be longer in order to meet some notion that’s been blown out of proportion. You’re also going to want a handheld microphone to get quality Man On Street bites from people who have nothing to do with the subject at hand. It’s probably obvious, but if you have a co-host you’ll want a door that closes in order to execute disciplinary action without being in earshot of an entire room of people who disagree with you. That pretty much sums it up, except to say you should look into Avid editing and Twitter cyber networking. You’ve probably never heard of either, but trust me.

  3. By Fhris Ciles on May 13, 2008 | Reply

    I think the solution you’re looking for can be summed up in two words…LONG FORM. People want to watch something tht should be shorter but is stretched to be longer in order to meet some notion that’s been blown out of proportion. You’re also going to want a handheld microphone to get quality Man On Street bites from people who have nothing to do with the subject at hand. It’s probably obvious, but if you have a co-host you’ll want a door that closes in order to execute disciplinary action without being in earshot of an entire room of people who disagree with you. That pretty much sums it up, except to say you should look into Avid editing and Twitter cyber networking. You’ve probably never heard of either, but trust me.

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