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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What is a Web Series?

by Jesse Warren

Many want to set parameters which, in a way, rob us of the spirit of possibilities the web promises....

http://jwarrenpiece.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/what-is-a-web-series

Web series on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_series

5 comments:

  1. "A few years ago some important suit-wearing executive at some important company decided that attentions spans of laptop viewers should be around 3-5 minutes per episode."


    -- this is simply a re-write of history and totally inaccurate. The first web series from the indie community were short by nature. The "suits" are the ones who are trying to convince us that shows should be long, but the only way they can get views for many longer shows is by buying/fraud views and spamming the web with autoplays. Now it is true that TV content on the web is longer but those already have an established viewership. For those who want to grow an audience organically there is a significant competitive advantage in short form content......particularly in the mobile arena.

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  2. At some point there will be room for everyone but right now mobiles are the big emerging player for sure.

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  3. I get annoyed when I watch TV shows on my computer (done out of necessity). But it has more to do with the fact that I'm watching it on a small computer screen when there is a big TV only a few feet away. The real odd thing is my computer screen is almost twice as big as the TV I had in college and it didn't bother me then. Not sure what this has to do with the article.

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  4. I think there is a difference in the "intimacy" on a laptop vs that of the TV. Things "look and feel" different.

    We are now moving into a 3 screen World: The TV, the laptop and the smartphone all being used simultaneously. There are probably subtle differences in how the content is perceived in each screen, creating new challenges and opportunities for producers who should probably preview their content on multiple platforms before release.

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  5. The problem here is that people mix up "TV online" with web series.

    TV online is not just TV content placed online, it is a way of thinking, it is a business model......it is vested in and locked to the past as Hulu shows with its use of geoblocking.

    Web series on the other hand are different. They are new. The World Wide Web is in their DNA. They are social, not as an after thought but at its core. The world wide web allows us to create new business models; models which embrace and endorse web standards. It is global and it is powerful. The are interactive by nature. It is not TV with a layer superimposed on it. They are a completely new form factor.......one that continues to explore and define itself over time.

    So first you should differentiate between "TV online" and content on the World Wide Web.

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