In January 2007 Bill Gates stated that the Internet was set to revolutionize television within five years, due to an explosion of online video content and the merging of PCs and TV sets. And that prediction seems to be coming true, probably more oversees than here in New Zealand. Outside of the popularity of YouTube, we see the rise of streaming TV and movies via Netflix and Hulu – and popular TV channels such as BBC, Disney and ABC Family all streaming their TV content online. Even here in NZ more and more people seem to be using TVNZ On Demand.
And now we see another transition to back up Bill Gates prediction – the rise of original content being made for "Web TV".
The Web TV series "H+" is a good example of what the next generation of TV could look like. H+ is produced by Bryan Singer, the director of The Usual Suspects and X-Men, and the executive producer of the TV drama House. The series premiered on August 8, 2012 on YouTube with two episodes, and is scheduled to release new episodes via YouTube on Wednesdays.
My brother told me about H+ the other day, and now I see it mentioned on NZ Herald. I haven't started watching the show yet, so cannot personally vouch for it, but it's yet another interesting shift toward online streaming content taking over the living room.
Read more about H+ on NZ Herald.