â€œTelevision as we know it is deadâ€ is a statement weâ€™ve been hearing for years, but the truth of the matter is that few people are actually â€œcutting the cordâ€ on conventional television. This dream may still be a few years off, but listed below are few of the many sites that are working to bring us to that dream.
Created originally by Sony Pictures as a way to promote their new movies and back catalogue, the site has grown immensely in the past few years. Beyond old Sony content, an impressive host of popular anime shows, the site also releases a host of short- and long-form â€œTVâ€ shows exclusively on their site. Including shows featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Dominic Monaghan (â€œLostâ€), the Groundlings, Michael Ian Black and even Joshua Malina (â€œThe West Wing,â€) makes for an exciting lineup of alternative content.
Originally created as Yahooâ€™s video-sharing alternative to YouTube, the user-generated content side of the project was scraped. In its place, Yahoo! Screen hosts original short form â€œTV Showsâ€ from a variety of industry professionals. These shows include an original animated series produced by Tom Hanks, a fake reality show from Ken Marino (â€œChildrenâ€™s Hospitalâ€) and Ben Stiller and even a comedic interview show from â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€ writer Mike Oâ€™Brien. Although their catalogue of original shows may be less extensive than other sitesâ€™, the quality of the shows and talent involved tend to be first rate.
My Damn Channel
Created by former MTV and VH1 programming exec Rob Barnett (he helped create â€œBehind the Musicâ€), My Damn Channel is a platform for comedians, actors and filmmakers to produce profitable online content. Â Through Barnettâ€™s connections and the siteâ€™s success, the site now produces shows from entertainers such as Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman and even Gilbert Gottfried. Beyond content backed by pseudo-celebrity names, the site also produces hits such as â€œYou Suck at Photoshopâ€ and â€œWainy Days,â€ both of which are definitely worth checking out.
Originally a â€networkâ€ for video podcasts, Revision3 has acquired many online video producers to create a formidable site for alternative content. Acquiring favorites such as â€œEpic Meal Timeâ€ or Gary Vanerchuckâ€™s â€œWine Library TV,â€ Revision3 has proven itself to be a premier online content provider. Recently purchased by Discovery, the network is even using a number of the shows to promote the channelâ€™s infamous â€œShark Week.â€
Although watching videos on YouTube as an alternative to conventional television would not be much of an insight, in the past year partnerships from major content producers mean that YouTube is now producing and distributing more conventional â€œshowsâ€ that serve as strong alternatives to conventional television. Â With YouTube â€œchannelsâ€ such as Sourcefed (a news and politics channel) or WIGS (Where It Gets Interesting) a â€œchannel for womenâ€ producing weekly shows at an upwards of 20 minutes in length and with production values of major studios, claims that â€œYouTube will kill traditional TVâ€ may be coming true and may be happening in a more conventional sense than originally thought.