While more and more people measure their television screens in feet instead of inches, lately I have found myself to be quite excited about watching content on my little computer screen. I love the idea of internet-based video shows (i.e. video podcasts, vidcasts, internet tv, etc.). There are some really creative people out there who deserve to be in front of a camera but who don't have the means nor mass appeal to make it through cable or broadcast television.
Revision3 is the "best in class" of a new breed of companies that are broadcasting shows over the internet. Here is a quick run-down of my favorites:
- Diggnation: Easily their most popular (and longest running) show, Diggnation reviews the most popular stories from Digg.com (a social news site also run by Revision3). Hosted by Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht, this is one of the few podcasts that makes me chuckle every single week. The hosts are engaging, funny, and juvenile - need I say more?
- Ctrl-Alt-Chicken: This is a fairly new "geek-oriented" cooking show hosted by Alex of Diggnation and Heather Stewart. I enjoy the idea of this show, even if their cooking skills are non-existant. The episodes used to be cheesy but have lately gotten a lot better. I am expecting them to really hit their stride by episode 10.
- Pixel Perfect: This is a brand new show whose first episode was published this week. I love this show - Bert Monroy (the host) is the Bob Ross of our computer generation. I can't wait to see more.
These types of shows really are the cutting edge of entertainment. Right now it's just geeks (like me) who are watching because it's not easily accesible to the everyday American. But once a device that easily bridges online videos to our televisions is in place I think you will see an explosion of shows targeted at non-geek niche audiences. Mark my words - you too will someday regularly watch shows over the internet.