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TV everywhere

Friend Scott Anderson of Tribune Co. describes how their Ft. Lauderdale paper covered the iPhone story — not quite with the lightness of foot and equipment of the lifecasters I wrote about this weekend — hat-on-camera, Viao-in-purse broadcasting — but still, small for big media. The moral to the story is the same:

Live trucks? Microwave relays? Don’t need ’em. Starbucks or another hot spot? Don’t need ’em, either. And ultimately cell phones will be so good at video that’s all you’ll need for a live feed, period. But for now, we plan to keep using goodies like the GoStream, SlingBox, etc., to not only go head-to-head with local broadcasters, but to blow past them. Nobody has more local reporting feet on the street than newspapers. And we’re buying lots and lots of them video cameras.

Whenever I am with local TV execs, they grumble that newspapers are doing video like crazy. Yup. And the people formerly known as the audience, too.

Local independent TV

Via, we come across a local TV anchor and photog who chuck
the fame and fortune, the exposure and paycheck of jobs on the local TV news to create their own local online shows for Madison, WI, at They want to do stories that “validate” — their word — people doing good things locally.

Based on their beta stories, I wish they also chuck more of their local-TV ways and make shows that are a little rougher, less polished, more authentic. I also hope they put their videos up on YouTube et al and make them embeddable so they can be part of the local conversation. And I hope they’ll also do stories that are useful, not just TV-heartwarming.

Now having given those caveats, I’m enthusiastic about what they’re doing. They will surely avoid the fires and press releases and weather mania that inhabit most local TV nows — because they can’t afford it. And so they will go out and do real stories, showing their old newsroom what’s possible. There’s no reason any individual or team in any town couldn’t do this; the tools and distribution are all there.

They’re also doing innovative things, starting, for example, a nonprofit arm that will allow locals to support series that may not have commercial appeal.

Exploding (mobile) TV

YouTube will be available on the iPhone at launch. Big deal, I think: snippet TV on snippet screens; the ability to send videos around to each other and watch them on the go.

Video explodes online

Magid just released a new study showing exploding use of video on the internet (my emphases):

Daily usage of online video rose by 56 percent over the last year. In 2006, 9 percent of 12- to 64-year-old Americans who used the Internet reported using online video daily — every day. Today, in 2007, this number has risen to 14 percent of Americans 12 to 64 years old.

Weekly usage of online video has also risen over the last year. Now, a majority of online Americans 12 to 64 are using online video once a week or more. In 2006 this number was 44 percent, and now it is 52 percent — for a growth rate of 18 percent.

Even more remarkable is the amount of online video use among young Americans. Among young adult males 18 to 24, 35 percent report using online video at least once a day, and 80 percent report watching online video at least once a week. In all age-groups, males are more regular viewers of online video. Among females 18 to 24, weekly use of online video is 53 percent (versus the 80% for males). . . .

The types of video being consumed by Americans include a wide variety of content. News stories are reported by consumers as the most frequently viewed video they watch regularly on the Internet. Over a third of online Americans 12 to 64 watch online video news stories regularly. Video content described as jokes/bloopers, weather, and movie previews are tied for second most regularly viewed video content. Closely following these are music videos and “videos shot by consumers and uploaded to Web sites like YouTube” — a more consumer- friendly way of saying “user-generated content.” . . .

“The breadth of content viewed by consumers regularly online is amazing. This is not just short clips on YouTube. Consumers are watching news stories, movie previews, clips from TV shows, and, in some cases, even full-length TV shows and movies,” Vorhaus said. “The breadth of content online today is growing and consumers are using it,” Vorhaus concluded.

(via TvSeriesOnline)

: LATER: More stats here from ComScore.

The hip critic

On her Facebook profile, NY Times TV critic Virginia Heffernan just updated her list of favorite TV shows — a list that should draw more curious interest than just anybody’s. She now leads off with her favorite web shows. Bravo. Her list:


Her favorite old-style shows: Friday Night Lights, I Love New York, Rescue Me, Big Love, Entourage, 30 Rock, The Sopranos, Weeds, Bionic Woman, The Bachelor, The Deadliest Catch, America’s Next Top Model, King of Queens, John From Cincinnati, The Shield, Laguna Beach, The Hills, Inside the Actors Studio, Shalom in the Home, House, American Idol, The View, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Lost, Project Runway

I, too, lead off my list with web TV and I’ve just added to it. Mine starts with naked self-interest, shows in which I have an investment:,,,,, ABC (Australia) Mediawatch, Chasers War on Everything, Rocketboom, Ehren Senf, Ze Frank, Alive in Baghdad, JetSet

My old-style shows (for now): 30 Rock, Heroes, Sopranos, Weeds, Entourage, Lost, American Idol, House, This Old House, Cheers, Seinfeld, Picket Fences, Cosby (early years), Twin Peaks, Dobie Gillis, 60 Minutes, David Letterman, Daily Show, Colbert Report