Lonelygirl15 & Katemodern

I’ve been following the debates on sky vs free-to-air vs watching TV on the net. For myself I prefer free-to-air TV. I don’t see anything on sky that’s better than what’s to offer on free-to-air. And as most of the best/popular US and UK TV progs make it to NZ free-to-air eventually, I don’t have much incentive to get broadband to download TV progs.

But where it’s really at IMO is the short episode web interactive video fiction. My Story is a pale shadow of this. Lonelygirl15 has morphed into an intriguing series where Bree and her mates have gone on the run from and are trying to investigate the dubious religion of her parents (Hymn of One) and it’s sinister secret branch The Order. Fans get to interact with characters in the show and solve problems the characters ask for help with. Fanfiction can become part of the show and The Creators can start off new characters within the character’s own web channel making it look like fanfiction.

http://www.lonelygirl15.com/?p=246&play=1

The Creators of LG15 have done a deal with Bebo to make a spin-off series “Katemodern” based on a 19 year old female student living in London which goes live in July. Katemodern will live in the LG15 world.

http://lg15today.blogspot.com/2007/04/creators-to-spin-off-new-show-called.html

Now we have Amanda Tapping starring in what’s claimed to be the first web series, a sci fi series called Sanctuary starting on May 15. (except LG15 beat them to it). The first few eps of Sanctuary will be free, then the subsequent eps will be available online for a price.

http://www.sanctuaryforall.com/

Now these online short ep, interactive series are where it’s at IMO. And with eps between a 1-5 minutes for LG15 and 15 minutes for Sanctuary, it’s possible to download them on dialup.

Don’t know whether Sanctuary will be as interactive as LG15 tho. In some ways it looks like an attempt to be TV that’s available online, like My Story. And the fact that Sanctuary comes with a viewing price rather than using product placement and sponsorship like LG15 and KateModern is something that’ll make me think twice about downloading Sanctuary.

But IMO this is where it’s at for online fiction and not just downloading what’s available on TV using a conventional TV format, or making it available on DVD.