Animenation editorizes on the topic of anime gradually receding from American mainstream entertainment, and specifically the broadcast TV. John is aware that TV is becoming less and less relevant:
Actually, what we may be seeing now is a transition from anime on television to anime broadcast online. Vuze, Youtube, BOST TV, Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Joost, among others, are all now making significant advances in substituting for, and replacing traditional television broadcast.
So, here we have a diverse field. I started with BOST, due to their unabashedly anime-centric model and idealism, including DTO-DRM. YouTube is the leader of shorts, dwarfing every other participant, working to monetize (and perhaps lifting the length limit). They have no DTO. Crunchyroll is Mos Eisley of anime, trying to legalize. Their criminal past gave them enough name recognition to crush BOST (also they are cheaper). Hulu is the epitome of ad-supported, free of charge, video. In anime, they are a newcomer even against BOST, but they have experience in killing and burying mainstream American TV. I know almost nothing about Joost, except that they send mass promotional e-mails to bloggers like me. And about Vuze I know nothing period (well, I do know that they are connected to Azureus somehow). John declined to name iTunes, Amazon Unbox, and Netflix. Anyone wonders what may be common among them? Maybe being massive retail empires… DRM running amok… strange proprietary formats and software? One way to the other, conventional giants aren’t fairing well so far, but they are always around, bidding their time.
P.S. Woops, we both forgot about Veoh, who cannot decide if they want to be Youtube or Crunchyroll.