Monthly Archives: October 2007

WHERE HAVE YOU HEARD THIS BEFORE?

Where have you heard that Hulu.com, the “YouTube killer” site co-owned by NBC/Universal and Fox is going to be a huge stiff?  Oh yeah, right here.  This thing might as well be in a large crate with “DOA” spray-painted all over it.  Apparently, executives at the Big Media Conglomerates haven’t gotten the memo that users want access to EVERYTHING, not just the crap that they own (and which is already available on TV and in theaters).  Despite the notion that users will automatically flock to “professionally produced” content, the evidence shows that lots of people WANT to watch cats dancing on piano keyboards.  If your site isn’t allowing access to that stuff right next to the latest Will Ferrell movie, you’re going down.

Hulu to Hurt Cable, Not Google – News & Analysis – Media/Entertainment – CBS – CMCSA

THE 143RD “YOU TUBE KILLER” SITE SET TO LAUNCH

Is there a line in Vegas on when NBC and Fox will pull the plug on this thing, desperately trying to avoid the words “failure” and “didn’t attract much traffic”?

The future of the Internet (assuming there IS a future for the Internet, given the FCC‘s intent to let the big phone companies jack up the rates they charge to ISP’s) is NOT in these stupid proprietary video sites.  Fuck you, Big Media Conglomerates and your stupid walled gardens.  AOL tried that shit in a slightly different context.  Heard much from AOL lately?  Hint: AOL sucks SO bad, they have to GIVE away what they used to charge $21.95/month for.

Hulu Set to Launch on Monday

OK, THIS IS A JOKE, RIGHT?

Cryptcaster Don Imus, who is poised to make a comeback on WABC radio in New York City, apparantly has a deal pending to simulcast his show on TV.  Hmm, which major cable network is going to put the I-Man back on television?

RFD TV.   What do you mean, what’s RFD TV?  It’s the cable network that broadcasts “Cattlemen to Cattlemen,” silly.  It’s also the network that broadcasts Big Joe’s Polka Show, a program I once watched with my then-teenage daughter.  She had never heard polkas before and I asked her what she thought of them.  “Well, it’s happy music,” Christa answered.  Damning with faint praise, perhaps, but accurate.  I mean, I’ve never heard the Funeral Dirge Polka.

Imus used to be seen on MSNBC, the bargain basement of cable news channels.  OK, maybe MSNBC isn’t the hottest thing on cable, but at least you’ve heard of it.  I suspect that some of the people who work at RFD TV haven’t heard of RFD TV.   If I told you I’ve seen an entire show on RFD TV about tractors, you’d think I was kidding, wouldn’t you?  I’m not.

Now that I think about it, though, maybe RFD TV is precisely the right place for Imus to appear.  I mean, he does have something in common with a lot of tractors; they both look like they were left out in a field in the sun too long.

Imus on the Farm?