recommendation systems

Acorn TV Available Streaming Online

by Bradley Jobling on November 6, 2013

I am not ashamed to admit that I am a PBS and BBC fan. I guess it shows my age that I watch these programs and not “America’s Next Top Model.” I went through a period of limited access to cable and even forswore TV altogether but with the advent of Joost, Netflix and Hulu I was able to get television on-demand and on my terms. This was appealing due to the limited amount of time I could actually sit down and do nothing and the convenience of not having to reserve my time with the television. I told myself that the PBS and BBC might have been somewhat intellectual but it could also be down right boring.

My interest in online video started when I created a presentation about online recommendation systems on Netflix and how this was changing they way films were marketed. With recommendation systems the smaller production companies could compete with the big budgets of the Hollywood studios. Marketing budget is still a factor, but at least there’s a better chance for a cult, viral hit. With online reviews and social media, a not-so-small part of the Internet is now a recommendation system. We can see the games people are playing, books being read and their favorite television programs.

So I was surprise to find that Acorn TV offers and online streaming version of their programs such as Miss Marple, Foyle’s War, Vera and Midsomer Murders on a subscription basis. With this news, I feel that online television has come full circle. The Acorn programs have an older demographic. These aren’t sci-fi programs or independent movies. This is probably grams and gramps television available online and on-demand streaming. Truly, a watershed moment in the availability of online programming.