I don't agree with that statement at all, but I entirely see how Disney has inadvertently kept their audience limited by only including it on Disney X D. I'm not even mentioning the time/date of airings.
|Pilgrim1099 Wrote:...but really the masses are on mobile and internet-based systems. Internet exclusivity is the way to go to keep the show alive...|
I still believe in the "boob tube" myself, and although I am an avid Netflix/internet/youtube viewer, my primary viewing platform is still the giant TV screen. I really suspect that's true of most of the general population. I'm not saying that you can't view internet video content on the big screen, I'm just saying that's not the way "most" people do it naturally, not yet anyways.
Can you name ANY internet-exclusive series that has a massive budget and a massive audience? One that attracts the 14-21yr olds as well as the 35-50yr olds? I think Tron:Uprising can easily attract both audiences, but not as an internet exclusive. It needs to be available on the big TV screen "by default", not something that has to be rigged with a "player". My general feeling is that if Uprising became an internet exclusive, not only would the quality drop to nothing, but so would the viewership, even lower than it is now. I do agree that if it's on some network/cable/dish/premium channel, it should still ALSO be available via hulu/itunes/netflix/youtube/disney.com etc to insure the widest possible viewing audience. But making it an internet-exclusive is a mistake.
(Oh yeah, if the choice was between Internet-exclusive and nothing, then you've made a great case for Internet! LOL)
Just my thoughts...
I can see your points in this, but there are some people who don't have cable tv and are not willing to pay for Disney X D. I've a friend who downloads episodes to catch up with HOUSE and other movies that he fell behind with after he moved to Portland a year ago. No access to tv.
This is the demographic I'm talking about. Who wants to pay for Disney X D alone just to see Tron Uprising? That is a problem.
I do have a tv set but it's set up for my game consoles and Blu Ray player (PS-3). I've no cable tv and can't afford to pay for it, and I really don't need it.
Look at the tablet market. Look at Apple TV or Roku, for that matter. Look at the smartphone market. TV shows or live sports can be streamed to those devices.
Why Disney did'nt stream Tron: Uprising live online? Disney almost had it right when they premiered their first episode on their website with captions. And since I'm hard of hearing, I rely on that and this is why I download them via iTunes for this reason.
I think Disney is overlooking the 'internet' audience here because the Nielsen ratings only count for the television market and there does'nt seem to be a model for online viewers to figure in the demographics, to judge on whether to keep or cancel the show.
Think about it. What age group stays up at midnight on a Sunday, the night before school? Kids have to go to bed to get up for school. But teenagers or college students, on the other hand, might catch it, if they have time. But the adults, however, can easily do that and how many adult Tron fanatics are out there? I'm one of them and I'm one of those that caught the Tron wave way back in 1982 when GIJoe, Poltergeist, Blade Runner, ET and all that were the rage.
What was Disney thinking?
Oh and lastly, there are some web-based shows that exist out there that don't rely on the television market.