Thursday, October 16, 2008
Who needs a TV anyway...
This week my Media & Society class discussed the continuing monopolization of the media, network broadcasting and cable TV in particular. Thinking about the "next generation" of media consumers, we got to talking about hulu.com.
If you haven't checked it out, take a look. Besides online feeds of popular shows such as "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," consumers will find a variety of other programs, both old and new. The other night it ran a live feed of the debate between Sens. McCain and Obama. Movies also are part of the mix.
A recent BusinessWeek article noted that hulu.com already is exceeding 100 million video streams a month, second only to YouTube. While consumers have to "endure" a few commercials -- far fewer than usual -- at least they can choose the pitch they'd like to see, including a movie trailer.
(Photo credit: "hulu.com" by alexanderwrege, courtesy of Flickr.com)