Online TV: convenient or too much too fast?
By: Alex Templer - MSTv Correspondent
w/additional content from BBC Newsbeat
Though its newest figures aren't available, subscription growth in the online video service, Netflix, is growing drastically. One significant draw has to be its new series "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey.
The company is planning to create and add at least five new shows to their line-up per year; with other streaming services planning to do likewise. But with all these changes, one has to wonder how we'll enjoy TV in the future.
"I think it will certainly be a very exciting year for online content," notes Director of Amazon Studios, Roy Price.
Price, the executive responsible for Amazon's pay subscription service, Amazon Prime, believes the line between online and broadcast will become a lot more "blurred." To emphasize his point, Price admitted that Amazon Studios currently has six new and original shows being piloted.
Software juggernaut, Microsoft's production of online content plans aren't quite realized, yet. But, their creation of a Los Angeles TV studio this year shows where their newest goals might lie.
Their new programming would interact with the Microsoft's Xbox live platform and use the interactivity that service can offer.
Coming in from the world search engine of choice, Google, is the grandfather of online video,YouTube. The venerable video sharing service intends not to be left behind in the current trend with its launching of original channels initiative and 20 new channels coming from the UK alone.
"YouTube gave an advance on future advertising revenue, via their Adsense options, to a few channels," explains Google's Zayna Aston, "to basically help kick start the production of original content on the platform.
One of those channels is Jamie Oliver's Food Tube which already has 143,000 subscribers, 13 million video views, and it only launched on 21 January 2013.
So with all the promise of newer and more convenient online content coming soon, should traditional TV networks feel threatened by their online competition?
"I think it will be interesting to see how everything evolves with respect to all the different channels and sources of content," mused Amazon's Roy Price.
"And for now all we can do is create the best service we can and certainly to date we co-exist quite amicably with all of our channel and other programming partners," he added.
Victoria Jaye, director of all BBC online content adds, "I think it's really fantastic that we are seeing the on demand market become creatively competitive with people like Netflix originating content."
"We really want a creative competitive on demand market so for us this is , 'Bring it on!' We're excited."
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Jude's Korean adventures
Alcohol in South Korea
All bars and local night establishments are filled to the brim with things you have seen in all other places like Jack Daniels and Jagermeister.
However you may spy a little green bottle with Korean writing on it and you may ask what is that? It's called Soju, my friends or 소주 for the Hangil inclined (Korean Language).
Soju is a spirit primarily made from rice, barley, potatoes or tapioca and has an average alcohol content of 20% ABV however there are some brands of Andong Soju that are upward of 45% ABV.
None the less, they will both get the job done. Soju has a taste very similar to vodka but it is slightly sweeter and easier to consume by itself.
Now we get to the matter of cost and availability; however rest assured the answer will be qiute positive. Soju is available all over South Korea from the local convenience store for 1,000 Won = roughly $1 or in a restaurant for 3,000 Won =$3. So these adult treats certainly won't set you back any considerable amount.
It alco mixes quite well with beer, cider, and energy drinks. Soju has been around since the 13th century and shows no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. So when you get the chance come on down to the Republic of South Korea and have a shot of deliciousness.