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My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…

16 Mar
Eric Greenberg

Video Killed the Blogging Star

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 3 comments

 

Someone out there’s trying to sabotage my busy blogging schedule. That can be the only reason that NBC Universal and News Corp. launched Hulu.com earlier this week. That and trying to turn a profit with internet video. But I’m pretty sure it’s the first reason. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s probably for the best. No good can come of you knowing that at this very moment there are hundreds of current and classic TV series available for viewing online…free.

I really think this is my family and friends’ worst nightmare. As if I don’t stay up too late watching TV already, they now have to worry about coming to my apartment and finding me keeled over my desk, half delusional, with “Doogie Howser” playing on my desktop. It’s a legitimate concern.

Unfortunately, it’s not just Hulu that’s out to get me. Legal options for classic TV viewing on the web are on the rise as of late. In the last several months, both CBS and NBC have made some of their old favorites available on their websites, while Sony/MySpace’s Minisode Network has come out with Cliff’s Notes versions of other classic shows. What makes the internet video trend even more dangerous is that the offerings are getting better and better. Classics in the Hulu library include “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,”"Welcome Back, Kotter” and “St. Elsewhere” as well as some of my current favorites “30 Rock” and “Friday Night Lights.” They even pulled off something that I’ve been wanting for a long time: individual sketches from the “Saturday Night Live” archives.

So there has to be a downside, right? Some, but so far, nothing that I can’t live with:

-Hulu does incorporate commercial breaks, but they’re significantly shorter than what you’d see on television. With interuptions of 30 seconds or less, it’s a mild inconvenience at worst.

-At the end of the day, you’re watching on a computer. No matter how many people say that’s the future, it’s still not as comfortable as watching on a TV in your living room. In time though, media centers should bring your home office and living room together anyway. Plus, it’s a pretty darn good alternative to playing Scrabulous at work.

-Then there’s the Bob Hunt Theory that instant access to all these shows may take away the specialness of watching them in the moment like we did back in the day. I couldn’t agree more, and if I were a stronger man, I might stay away.

-Lastly, while AOL’s In2TV offers “Gilligan’s Island,” (along with many other classics) I don’t believe there are any legal online viewing options for “The Brady Bunch.” Give it time. Until then, get your fill of Barry right here at Greg & Barry TV.

With that, I must now start taking measurements to figure out how I can fit a couch in front of my desk. If I don’t return, know that it’s been fun. Barry, I’ll miss you.

Now I dare you not to hit the play button…


*Disclosure: I work for a division of one of the companies behind Hulu, but have no direct relationship with the site…although I wish I did!

 

3 Comments

    Bob Hunt
    on Mar. 16th, 2008

    The Doogie Howser pilot?! O m’guh! The driving lesson, Vinnie, the Harvest Dance, Wanda… Oh, why did I hit the play button? WHY?!

    Freddy101
    on Mar. 20th, 2008

    It’s too bad neither of these options can be viewed from Canada!

    theatertrip
    on Apr. 7th, 2008

    MORE FUN and nostaglia!

    Episode of EMERGENCY!
    I think episode is called “HUNG UP”

    Hysterical—-Watch as the paramedics from EMERGENCY! deal with life before VCRs….. They were watching ADAM 12 and a call to work came in and they couldn’t finish watching TV!! OH NO!

    Wonderful episode and great punch line at the end.

    It was either on HULU, fancast, or
    in2tv!

    Sorry, I have to run soon and can’t check now….

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