I find AMC’s The Walking Dead to be a real good series. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart and I’m certain I will never “turn” my wife (who finds anything zombie related “absolutely ridiculous”). I finally finished season two and I’ve enjoyed every episode.
But it really wasn’t until the two episodes: “Judge, Jury, Executioner" (S2:Episode 11) and "Better Angels" (Season 2 : Episode 12) did it turn to great television at the level of Breaking Bad and Mad Men (both also from AMC).
I have been infected.
Two excellent reads over the weekend on “Breaking Bad.” Indeed the best show on television:
- The Case for ‘Breaking Bad’ as Television’s Best Show (The Atlantic Wire)
- The Uncannily Accurate Depiction of the Meth Trade in “Breaking Bad” (New Yorker)
But since that time, significant strides have been made in video distribution: Hulu, Netflix’s Watch Instantly, iTunes Store’s TV Shows & Movies. Then iOS launches. I often wear bluetooth earbuds (Jaybird Freedom) when consuming most audio and/or video content on my iPhone and iPad. I build playlists on Vimeo & YouTube (Watch Later) via my social network (Fav on Twitter mostly). And then watch them with Denso at appropriate times (ie: lean back, while doing chores, at the gym). And, of course, there’s an array of video publisher content. TED is one of my favorites. The new Smithsonian Channel app is impressive too (see image below). All this to say that we are not short in excellent video content to be consumed on a computer, tablets and smart phones. We lack a way to organize it all.
Hence, my wishlist for a Newsstand for Video Content Publishers and Platforms (Vimeo & YouTube). But beyond a place to purchase/rent video content, but a one-stop shop for discovery, curation, consumption and share. And what if we can create and organize our own personal channel based on our own discovery (ie: Interactive Narratives Channel). Denso just launched this channel on their platform to allow for easier consumption. Maybe that could be a part of iTV from Apple.