Welp. With a little less than two weeks left in 2013, we have been inundated with wrap-ups, lists, best-of commentary and, of course, think pieces dedicated to figuring out what it all might mean moving forward. Naturally, CNN did this with television. And naturally, CNN broached the whole Internet TV thing. Let’s go, Lisa Respers France …
“While streaming and DVRing shows is not new, the take off of the original content really came into its own in 2013,” she wrote Wednesday. “Charlotte Koh, head of content development for Hulu Originals, said she sees it as a natural progression as consumers become more comfortable ‘living online.'”
Living online? Really? What’s next — figuring out how to cook dinner by logging onto AOL? Using our computer screens as jukeboxes for whatever music we feel like listening to? Ordering clothing on some Web marketplace that offers all brands, shapes and sizes for prices oftentimes free of shipping? Jeez. What was she thinking?!
Anyway, the piece is worth your time if you have an extra 10 minutes to spare (bonus: It also points out how many Golden Globe nominations Netflix received last week!). Maybe the most original aspect of the writing is its attention to Hulu and Amazon, rather than the typical slobber-fest most outlets go through over Big Red (hey, there!). Among the tidbits:
- Hulu is about to go into its first venture co-produced by heavyweights Lionsgate. The name of the series and who’s set to star in it? You’ll have to click over to see.
- There is a list of the best television episodes of 2013 floating around the Interwebs. Yes, Netflix originals make appearances.
- The marriage between social media and television gets another breakdown. As we’ve been saying here for months, Twitter is becoming more and more important to where this all might be headed.
- A retread of the binge-watching definition discussed a few days ago on this here blog is brought up. SPOILER ALERT: It’s still between two and six episodes.
And so it goes. Another banner year for Internet television. Another mainstream media outlet giving ink to companies with weird names. The steps forward are far larger than the occasional tiny movements backward and the medium is drastically more promising than it was on, say, Dec. 19, 2012. We’ll get to what we hope you might be able to offer next week, 2014, but in the meantime here’s a hint: It will be a lot.