October 1, 2008 |
Over the last half-decade, enterprising Web auteurs have created -- and we're ballparking, but this feels right -- hundreds of original Internet TV series. There are production companies that churn them out, websites that warehouse them, and vast armies of amateurs who own a camera and aren't afraid to use it. But from that crowded landscape of Web TV shows, who among us can name more than, we don't know, two? Even the standouts -- "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," "Pink," "You Suck at Photoshop" -- fade quick: When an entire season of a Web show adds up to fewer minutes than one episode of "True Blood," the chance to make a lasting impression is fleeting indeed.
August 21, 2008 |
Hoping to plant their flags on the screens of Internet-connected television sets, Intel Corp. and Yahoo Inc. unveiled a new project Wednesday to populate those screens with tiny programs called widgets. Depending on your point of view, the goal is to create a multitasker's dream or an information-overload nightmare: It would let people do things like check their stock prices or peruse their photos, all while watching TV. The notion that the Internet will be the delivery mechanism for TV has been gaining momentum, and the Intel-Yahoo partnership, called the "Widget Channel," reflects the potential.
July 30, 2008 |
I've a feeling we're not in Hollywood anymore. But you might like it here too, Toto. This is Dogpatch, the bayside sliver of east San Francisco that's home to the Internet TV start-up Revision3. Through the doors of this old brick warehouse and up the stairs, there's a roomful of people who make a point of ignoring the old rules of the television business. Starting with the TV part. Revision3 is home to 19 original shows, 10 of which are filmed weekly in its on-site studio. But you won't find any of them by flipping channels.
July 16, 2008 |
DR. HORRIBLE is good! And that's exactly his problem. The title character of the landmark new Web musical, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," played by the lovable and unmenacing Neil Patrick Harris, dreams of gaining admission to the vaunted Evil League of Evil, home of the baddiest baddies in the land. But he's kidding himself. Dr. H is too skittish to harm innocents or wreak much havoc. The ray guns he invents never seem to work that well, and his cackle is so wimpy he's hired a voice coach.
December 24, 2007 |
USC's Mike Garrett is studying game film on a screen in his Heritage Hall office -- but there's nothing secret about what the athletic director is watching. It's Trojans football -- on his computer. The game is a replay of an FSN telecast that is being streamed through the USC website. The Trojans' online channel, however, intends to go live as often as possible when teams are playing -- including volleyball, tennis, golf and baseball. Trojan TV All-Access is USC's version of sports webcasting.
December 16, 2007 |
A decade after the Internet's Big Bang, the online cosmos is expanding as fast as ever. Much more so than a year ago, we can now download or stream many of our favorite movies, most of the TV shows we didn't TiVo, and just about any song you want (Music lovers: I'm exaggerating for effect. Thanks). Larger, higher-resolution online video players are emerging. It won't be long before we think back bemusedly on how many clips we watched on that fuzzy miniature YouTube screen. Remember?