Sunday, July 17, 2011
Sunday Surgery: Digital Diagnosis
I feel like the old geezer that was huddled around the family radio complaining about the 'new fangled box with the pictures on it" flickering in the corner. Only I'm not a geezer, I have a lot of "new fangled contraptions" upon which to play the new cybersoaps --I'm just left with a whole lotta questions.
There has been quite a bit of talk about the mystery of the digital switch. Most of us are excited, some don't know what to make of it and some are out probably figuring out how they can watch on their smartphones during class. (I know who you are...ps. there are teachers that watch while they lecture too). I'm going to play both sides. I have questions but am tempering them with a bit of giddy excitement. So..here we go.
1. What will they look like? Will I turn my computer on at 1pm every day and basically boot up to watch a live stream of the show that used to be on my TV?? Will it be an hour with commercials and all? Or will they be shorter and we have to watch a commercial at the beginning? Or will there be a crawl at the bottom?? What!?
2. Are they free? Cause right now, most live streams like Hulu Plus and Netflix (soon to get it's own show) are all pay-for. Will we pay Park Place to watch? Would you pay? How much would you pay? Maybe they'll just have product placements all over. OR they'll get rolling THEN make us pay. LOL I'm so trusting, aren't I??
3. What will the actors do? Come on over? Will the cast be trimmed?? Who will be the first BIG name to sign up?? Will they trim even more of the people?
4. Could we have a live twitter feed on the side like some streams do?? Then I can watch and tweet just like I do now--but right on the same screen!!
Ok, there are way more questions than this, I realize that. I also realize there's a question of all fans watching online. My Mom, a faithful AMCer since it stated, told me she's not "going to bother" watching online. She likes to turn it on, go about her business and just have the TV in the corner. There are a lot more where she comes from. We know us fanatics will tune in-- how many of us are there? Are we a BIG fraction of that small audience left or won't we make a dent? Then again, maybe it will bring in a newer audience of onliners that haven't watched old-school soapies before.
There will be ways to stream to your television btw. If you have an internet ready TV, it's easy, if not Rokus are pretty cheap--but you need wifi. We'll get through it together!!
FINALLY, here's my PLEA!! None of that matters-- none. What does matter? A GOOD STORY. That's right, it's the writing--it always comes down to the writing. If the stories are there, we'll watch. Ergo, you can get all the actors to stay, do all the right production moves but unless the WRITERS step it up? It won't matter.
How do we know this? GH was DEAD LAST in ratings last week according to SON. Although the writing is improving, you all know we are seeing the last gasp of our former fearless 'leader'. Just think, GH ...dead last in total viewers was the only soap to not be pushed out by ABC. Dang great decision making right there, isn't it??
SCENE OF THE WEEK: Jax handcuffed in the PCPD pleading with the girlie to tell the truth. He did a GREAT job-- one of his best. I will miss him...I always thought Jax/Sonny were good ying/yangs before Guza messed that all up.
ANGELFIRE is down right now, so check later for the poll results and new stuff on Wubs Net!
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