warrior-ronin said: Do you watch the Avatar series? If so what do you think of Nick taking it off the air and releasing the episodes online instead of airing them on TV?
I don’t watch Avatar. I’ve seen like 2 episodes, but I never got into it.
As for the move online, it seems like the latest in rapidly alarming trend of moving shows that don’t do well on TV into the online world. As cool as that is, because it means shows get second chances, like Community and Arrested Development, and they can go directly to their core audiences directly, I still some drawbacks and problems.
Monetization is still a major problem. Online advertising does not yield the same results that TV currently does, and subscriptions can work, but very few seem to thrive.
The model for TV has been working for half a century, but obviously times are changing. The thing that makes it so appealing compared to online video is the scale of pay, and while effort has been made to get premium content, I think online distribution has a long way to go to create a fully sustainable model.
I don’t mean to sound bleak, the future of content distribution is bright, but going online isn’t always the answer and TV still has an extremely powerful voice and outlet.
As for what this means for Nick and Avatar… I actually don’t know to be honest, I don’t watch Nick. I know Avatar’s fanbase is a big deal and the network does have great content for kids but I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell you what airs currently. I’m probably not the best person to ask.