Image hosted by
Random thoughts of a Tennessee fan on life, sports and more TV shows than any one person should be allowed to watch.
About me
Name: Michael
Location: Nashville, TN
E-mail me!

View My Complete Profile
100 Things About Me
My Facebook Profile
My Wish List
Syndicate Big Orange Michael

The Latest News on the Vols

Also For Your Reading Pleasure
The Rocky Top Brigade
Image hosted by

For Your Listening Pleasure (Podcasts)
Slice of SciFi
Two Insane Fans: The Statler and Waldorf of Doctor Who commentaries

04/01/2004 - 05/01/2004
05/01/2004 - 06/01/2004
06/01/2004 - 07/01/2004
07/01/2004 - 08/01/2004
08/01/2004 - 09/01/2004
09/01/2004 - 10/01/2004
10/01/2004 - 11/01/2004
11/01/2004 - 12/01/2004
12/01/2004 - 01/01/2005
01/01/2005 - 02/01/2005
02/01/2005 - 03/01/2005
03/01/2005 - 04/01/2005
04/01/2005 - 05/01/2005
05/01/2005 - 06/01/2005
06/01/2005 - 07/01/2005
07/01/2005 - 08/01/2005
08/01/2005 - 09/01/2005
09/01/2005 - 10/01/2005
10/01/2005 - 11/01/2005
11/01/2005 - 12/01/2005
12/01/2005 - 01/01/2006
01/01/2006 - 02/01/2006
02/01/2006 - 03/01/2006
03/01/2006 - 04/01/2006
04/01/2006 - 05/01/2006
05/01/2006 - 06/01/2006
06/01/2006 - 07/01/2006
07/01/2006 - 08/01/2006
08/01/2006 - 09/01/2006
09/01/2006 - 10/01/2006
10/01/2006 - 11/01/2006
11/01/2006 - 12/01/2006
12/01/2006 - 01/01/2007
01/01/2007 - 02/01/2007
02/01/2007 - 03/01/2007
03/01/2007 - 04/01/2007
04/01/2007 - 05/01/2007
05/01/2007 - 06/01/2007
06/01/2007 - 07/01/2007
07/01/2007 - 08/01/2007
08/01/2007 - 09/01/2007
09/01/2007 - 10/01/2007
10/01/2007 - 11/01/2007
11/01/2007 - 12/01/2007
12/01/2007 - 01/01/2008
01/01/2008 - 02/01/2008
02/01/2008 - 03/01/2008
03/01/2008 - 04/01/2008
04/01/2008 - 05/01/2008
05/01/2008 - 06/01/2008
06/01/2008 - 07/01/2008
07/01/2008 - 08/01/2008
08/01/2008 - 09/01/2008
09/01/2008 - 10/01/2008
10/01/2008 - 11/01/2008
11/01/2008 - 12/01/2008
12/01/2008 - 01/01/2009
01/01/2009 - 02/01/2009
02/01/2009 - 03/01/2009
03/01/2009 - 04/01/2009
04/01/2009 - 05/01/2009
05/01/2009 - 06/01/2009
06/01/2009 - 07/01/2009
07/01/2009 - 08/01/2009
08/01/2009 - 09/01/2009
09/01/2009 - 10/01/2009
10/01/2009 - 11/01/2009
11/01/2009 - 12/01/2009
12/01/2009 - 01/01/2010
01/01/2010 - 02/01/2010
02/01/2010 - 03/01/2010
03/01/2010 - 04/01/2010
04/01/2010 - 05/01/2010
05/01/2010 - 06/01/2010
06/01/2010 - 07/01/2010
07/01/2010 - 08/01/2010
08/01/2010 - 09/01/2010
09/01/2010 - 10/01/2010
10/01/2010 - 11/01/2010
11/01/2010 - 12/01/2010
12/01/2010 - 01/01/2011
01/01/2011 - 02/01/2011
02/01/2011 - 03/01/2011
03/01/2011 - 04/01/2011
04/01/2011 - 05/01/2011
05/01/2011 - 06/01/2011
06/01/2011 - 07/01/2011
07/01/2011 - 08/01/2011
08/01/2011 - 09/01/2011
09/01/2011 - 10/01/2011
10/01/2011 - 11/01/2011
11/01/2011 - 12/01/2011
12/01/2011 - 01/01/2012
01/01/2012 - 02/01/2012
02/01/2012 - 03/01/2012
03/01/2012 - 04/01/2012
04/01/2012 - 05/01/2012
05/01/2012 - 06/01/2012
06/01/2012 - 07/01/2012
07/01/2012 - 08/01/2012
08/01/2012 - 09/01/2012
09/01/2012 - 10/01/2012
08/01/2013 - 09/01/2013
10/01/2017 - 11/01/2017
11/01/2017 - 12/01/2017

Friday, December 02, 2005
Television Revolution
I don't think it's any great secret that I enjoy watching television. In fact, you could almost say that I probably should consider using that off button a bit more often, lest I run the risk of becoming Bill Murray's character from Scrooged.

For years, the model of television has been that the networks program shows at certain times and we, the audience, show up to watch them. (Or in some cases, record them for later viewing). Shows fates were determined by the audience that chose to turn in for the show at that time and, more recently, the demographics of that audience. But now, that's all starting to change in a variety of ways.One is the whole idea of in-demand shows. Recently, a couple of networks have begun to offer episodes of their shows available to download and view at your convience for a fee of anywhere from 99 cents to $1.99 per epiosde. So, if you walk out the door and forget to set the VCR or TiVO for your favorite show, you can always buy a copy later and download it to view whenever works for you. (It saves that frantic calling or e-mailing all your friends and asking them if they taped the show and would loan it to you...) It's also useful if you get interested in a show like Lost and want to catch-up. (Of course at $2 per episode, if makes more economic sense to rent or buy the season one boxset...) Gone are the days like when I first got into The X-Files in season two and basically had to wait for FOX to re-air the episodes I wanted to see of the series to catch-up on the mythology of the show. These days, I could download all the episodes and get caught-up at my own pace instead of the one the network mandidated.

Or I could just wait for the second method of catching up on a show these days--DVD box sets. I've posted before of my love for DVD box-sets of shows. And I'll admit it's a great way to catch up on certain shows that you might have missed or not had time to see. Or to revisit old favorites. And we've seen certain TV shows go to DVD and make a resurrect some shows. Firefly got a movie because the DVD sales showed an audience was there and Family Guy was resurrected due, in part, to DVD sales. Also, it seems that the sales of season of 24 encouraged FOX to have faith in season two and now, as we head into season five, 24 is one of the crown jewels of the FOX line-up.

So, these days it seems as if the end consumer does have a bit more say in what may or may not stay on the air. We're being given a way to show support for a show not just in ratings but in the one way that most bottom line execs are going to care about most--dollars and cents. And it's leading to a change in how television could be produced and distributed.

An article in New York Magazine postulated the following:

All of which leads to an enticing possibility: Let’s say that Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly, wanted to bring the series back to air. (Though “back to air” is a TV phrase now as anachronistically quaint as “switching the dial.”) Let’s say he found a million Firefly fans online—and, trust me, they’re not hiding—who were willing to pay, say, $39.99 each for a sixteen-episode season of Firefly. (Not an unreasonable price, given how many people pay about that amount for full seasons on DVD.) Suddenly, Joss Whedon’s got roughly $40 million to play with—and he doesn’t need a network. Or a time slot. Or advertisers. He can beam the damn shows right to your computer if he wants to. There’s even a mini-precedent for this: The online phenomenon of “ransom games,” in which a board-game developer sets a price (usually something minuscule, like $1,000), then, once he’s received that amount in pledges from strangers, creates the game and releases it for free.
First of all, I can say right now that I'd pony up forty bucks for one more season of Firefly. But the article does go on to make an interesting point...

But the idea of TV funded by the audience conjures another, less sunny scenario. After all, there’s already an entertainment-delivery system that funds itself through mini-contributions from millions of viewers: It’s called the movies, which aren’t exactly undergoing an artistic golden age. Furthermore, wherever democracy blooms, mob violence is only one step behind: How happy will Joss Whedon be when the $39.99-paying legions, assembled at, demand that a killed character be resurrected or that an irritating plotline be written out of the show?
I'll give you that. Internet message boards are already full of fans who think they can run the shows better and get upset when the final product doesn't match the vision they have of the show. So, this idea of making a season for the paying fans does seem a bit of a double-edged sword. (And if you need proof, just go and look at any Star Trek message board and the wide vareity of reactions to Enterprise or Voyager. There are some fair criticisms to be made of each show but they are lost in the sea of violent detractors or those who just have Star Trek-tinted goggles and think the shows can do no wrong).I like the idea of bringing the shows fans want directly to them.

On a recent Slice of SciFi, the gang debated this very thing--making the first episode available and then asking you to pony up for the rest of the season if you were interested. Throw in the promise of a DVD box set for your paying for the show that is delivered to your TiVO or DVR and it might be a way of getting niche shows to the fans.

It seems this is the route the BBC is taking with the new incarnation of Doctor Who. After months of trying to find an outlet for the show stateside, the BBC has taken out the middleman and will offer the show direct to the end consumers. And, suddenly, we the fans have some power here. If we show up in droves and buy the sets, it might encourage a network to give the show a chance and pick-up the rights to show it here. I can understand the arguement that some Who fans are making that this will not encourage new fans of the show, but it's better than nothing.

But as we move forward, will this become more the norm than an exception? And what will that do to the already splintered by cable TV market?

It's a fascinating question. And a revolution that should be fun to watch. (No pun intended)

posted by Michael Hickerson at 12/02/2005 11:30:00 AM | |
Comments: Post a Comment

Follow me on Twitter!

    Follow me on Twitter!
    This is a Flickr badge showing public photos from bigorangemichael. Make your own badge here.

    Recent Comments

    Best Middle Tennessee Blogs

    Web Sites I Visit
    Daily News Journal
    Doctor Who News
    Go Vols
    Go Titans
    The Tennessean
    The Tennessean's Titans Coverage
    Trek Today
    TV Guide On-Line
    Washington Post Redskins Coverage
    USA Today

    2007 Team Schedules
    Tennessee Vols
    Tennessee Titans
    Washington Redskins

    Favorite Authors on the Web
    Orson Scott Card
    Peter David's Blog
    Keith R.A. DeCandido's Blog
    Neil Gaiman
    Elizabeth George
    Philip Gulley
    Stephen King
    Donald Miller
    Lisa Samson's Blog
    Robert Whitlow

    Musical Links
    Carolyn Arends
    Sherrie Austin
    Lee Domann
    Dust And Ashes
    Fleming & John
    Sara Groves
    Jennifer Knapp
    Jars of Clay
    Carolyn Dawn Johnson
    Cindy Morgan
    The Monkees
    Nickel Creek
    Nothin' Fancy
    Rebecca St. JamesRay Stevens
    Steep Canyon Rangers
    Williams and Clark Expedition
    Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
    Jaci Velasquez

    Blogging Links

    Powered by Blogger Weblog Commenting and Trackback by Listed on Blogwise
    << ? Blogaholics Anonymous # >>

    My Blog Chalk

    Michael/Male/31-35. Lives in United States/Tennessee/Smyrna, speaks English. Eye color is brown. I am in shape. I am also creative. My interests are Reading/Swimming laps.
    This is my blogchalk:
    United States, Tennessee, Smyrna, English, Michael, Male, 31-35, Reading, Swimming laps.

    You Are Visitor

    Free Web Counter

    Looking For Something Specific?
    Search this site or the web powered by FreeFind

    Site search Web search

    Powered by Blogger