Stumbled across this news on Mashable â€” CBS Interactive has become the first “major customer” for iWidgets. What’s that mean? Well, CBS will enable folks to watch full episodes of its shows “directly within popular social networks.”
They will also be able to socially engage viewers with features such as sharing, polls, ratings, and contests.
Fans of Jericho, among others, will find this bittersweet â€” or, perhaps just bitter â€” news.
Jericho had decent, but not “great,” Nielsen numbers for traditional viewing. They went up considerably when you took DVR (time-shift) viewing into consideration. Take into account the folks who watched the episodes online, on CBS’ own website and the numbers were unknown. But based on the online chatter, it was not insignificant.
If folks could watch CBS content without even having to go to the CBS site (or using BitTorrent or other â€” generally illegal â€” download sites), imagine how many people would watch shows online.
Mashable has an important point, though:
The big question will be whether or not iWidgets will be able to handle the incredible bandwidth requirements this endeavor will demand, especially when it comes to High Definition content down the road.
Too little, too late, some fans (Moonlight?) might say. But maybe, just maybe, this means future Jerichos won’t suffer the same fate.
Speaking of Jericho, the Blackjack Fairgrounds Jericho Blog Carnival is alive and well, and this month’s installment is hosted over at Kricka’s blog, Short Story Life. The theme this month is “Jericho Minstrels: Fan Fiction, Videos, Poems and Songs.”
Thanks to Kricka for an excellent hosting job, to Gwen for keeping the carnival alive and to all those who contributed their considerable creative talents. For past and future hosts and to submit entries, go here.
Photo courtesy of CBS.