Why aren't networks streaming more episodes?
But NBC.com has up the last four to five episodes of each. And considering the linear nature of some aspects of the show, especially Journeyman, why not give bored TV fans the opportunity to watch the entire series online? You've already proven you're going to fill up the airwaves with reality dreck.
And I don't want to hear any of this crap about how streaming the episodes online hurts DVD sales because I don't believe they do. I think it's a different desire that spurs someone to watch something online than it does to purchase a DVD set that you will forever more own. I'll watch Pushing Daisies online, and I do love the show, but I don't consider it DVD-worthy for me.
Imagine it's January, the holidays are over and there's nothing on because either the strike is still going strong or even if it's over there hasn't been enough time to make any more episodes of CSI: NY. What's a TV fan to do? I don't know about you, but if I had an Internet connection and I thought I could catch up on a show maybe I hadn't watched (maybe it came on opposite Grey's Anatomy or Private Practice and you couldn't dare switch over), but had heard great things about, I'd love that opportunity. Heard great things about Dirty Sexy Money this year and want to check out what it's all about. Sorry, ABC only streams the latest two episodes of that one.
I think this is a lost opportunity to expand the audiences for these shows. And the advertisers should be happy, too. In one episode of Survivor: China, I saw either a Charles Schwab or Best Buy commercial no less than four times. And I can't fast forward through them. Talk about drilling your message into my skull. I get it, I can get a Best Buy exclusive Guitar Hero faceplate. Thanks!
I know the writers' revenue from online streaming of the shows is one of the issues at the heart of the WGA strike, but getting these shows available and online for immediate viewing, and keeping an entire season's run online until the season is over isn't a bad idea. Maybe someone stopped watching Heroes because they thought it was slumping, but then heard it ended strong (maybe they heard that somewhere!), but now where do they go to catch up? NBC probably won't air the entire season in sequential order as reruns.
I found Brothers & Sisters online during the summer rerun season, and was enjoying watching the first season, as they had the entire thing available. Then, when the Season Premiere hit this past fall, suddenly the first season was gone except for the last two episodes of it. But I was only halfway through! Now I could've gotten frustrated and just said, "Nah, forget it. I watch plenty of other crap!" Other people may have done just that. I didn't but then again, look what I'm doing right now. Ranting and raving about how I need to have more television available for me to watch.
I think the networks are missing out on a golden opportunity to attract new fans for some of their "on the bubble" shows, and more than likely in that coveted 18-49 age demographic as those tend to be your more tech savvy folks. On another note, I think virtually every new show this past season is streamed online, and most of them from last year. So why aren't all shows streamed online yet? Why aren't Smallville, Boston Legal and The Amazing Race streamed online? I missed the first episode of Race this season and haven't watched it because I couldn't find that episode to watch. Do they skew older in demographics (I think the latter two do)? Why put 100% of the new shows streaming online but not every show you air. It makes no sense to me. Sometimes I think television executives are sitting in their ivory towers scratching their heads still wondering what this whole "internets" hullabaloo is all about.