One of my new roles is to write reviews on the internet TV shows I watch. Talk about a weird and interesting experience. I wrote up Rocketboom and Something to Be Desired and Fearless Cooking last night. Today, I’ll hit Goodnight Burbank and I forget the other few.
It’s weird because I know lots of these folks now. I’m not just writing from the perspective of a guy watching internet TV. I’m writing as a hybrid of explaining why I’m such a big fan of their work. Do you know how cool/challenging it is to explain Rocketboom to people? I have to talk to Andrew next time we’re hanging out and ask him how he explains it. In Justin’s case, I spent a good part of the review telling advertisers what they were missing.
It’s great work, though, because I think people want to watch more internet video. They just don’t want to waste their time.
What I’m Watching
Here’s a rough list of shows that I *always* watch. Other shows, I catch often, but maybe not every episode with fitful anticipation. This is my comic book list. By this, I mean the list of shows I actually sit around waiting for. You can get any of the shows I’m about to mention if you go to Network2. In no order:
- Jet Set Show
- Something to be Desired
- The Show, with Ze Frank
- The Daily Nut (G4TV)
- Goodnight Burbank
- TED Talks
- Steve Garfield (and Vlog Soup)
- Tubetorial (killer tutorials)
- Geek Brief TV
- Geek Entertainment TV
- The ScobleShow
- The McVlog
- Amanda Across America
- The Clip Show
- Beachwalks with Rox
(Shit, I’m so guaranteed to miss someone’s show that I love.)
Video on the Desktop
You don’t need a video iPod to watch stuff. You can watch it on your desktop machine. If you use iTunes, you can watch on that box. You can use FireAnt(the PC version’s nicer than the Mac) or Democracy Player (a little buggy for me). But whatever. You can see this on your computer. You can watch it on your TiVo, if it’s a newer one.
Throw mainstream TV out the window. Check out the independent tv producers that we talk about on Network2, and see if there’s something worth your time there. I think you’ll find it.