Thanks to the recommendation of one of my Tanner Friedman colleagues, I checked out hulu.com over the weekend. It’s one of the sites that hosts TV shows that you can watch online, whenever you want, and underscores the huge changes underway in the TV business, particularly on the entertainment side.
As I have written before, the TV schedule still followed today was developed in the 1950s, when lifestyles in America were much different. But the business is still, for the most part, married to it. On Demand cable programming and Web sites like Hulu, though, let you watch what you want, when you want it and are major steps toward putting viewers first.
I sampled a show on the TV Guide Channel, via Hulu, called “Making News: Savannah Style.” It’s a documentary style show about a TV newsroom in South Georgia. If you are interested in what really happens inside TV newsrooms, beyond my tales, check it out. Based on my experience, it’s an accurate depiction of the personalities and realities and it brought back a lot of memories. I especially relate to the struggles of trying to get out of third place, at a station neglected by past ownership – the story of my second job in TV.