If you grew up in the 50’s and 60’s like I did, you remember that there were three major networks and then the lesser places on the dial–like Channel 5, 9, 11 and 13. That was it. We knew what the channels were, where they were located on the dial, and what programming they offered. Come 10 or 11 o’clock p.m. you got a screen full of static until 6 or 7 a.m. the next morning when The Star Spangled Banner would serve as that day’s opening bell. Up after midnight? Fuggedaboutit!
Not anymore! With wall-to-wall cable and broadcast shows, there is never a gap in viewing availability. Attending a tech talk a few years back, the knowledgable speaker mentioned that he told his 14 year old daughter about a TV show about horseback riding, her passion. He told her it would be on at 10am Saturday morning on NBC. She looked at him (with no irony) and asked, “What’s NBC?”
That got a big laugh from the Baby Boomer crowd in the room as well as a heretical gasp. Our sacred television stations have become a thing of the past. And this was over two years ago. When I attended Rebecca Morgan‘s Making Money in Your Jammies session, she showed a slide with the title pre-2008. The image was of dinosaurs roaming the landscape. “We’ve all had to re-boot,” she told the attendees.
I mention this today because Oprah Winfrey, one of my role models, began her OWN network on 1/1/11. I’ve let go of watching television and would love to find it online, but haven’t seen anything that indicates that this is available. Anyone?