Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Buzzr at 1
Maybe Buzzr's greatest achievement is spawning a fifty-page thread (at last count) on the board formerly known as Matt Ottinger's. Simply called "Buzzr discussion," the thread chews over any "new" ep that might pop up on the diginet and makes much fun of Buzzr's Facebook page. Somebody has now started another thread called "Buzzr evauluation" [sic]. This seems to be for 35,000-foot views of the subchannel as it begins its second year.
One of the "evauluators" makes a rather off-center point. "My main concern is that it's a year old and they still only have one major station group. They surely can't survive just on Fox O&Os and a bunch of mom-and-pop low power stations." In fact, Buzzr really needs to get onto cable and satellite systems, where most Americans watch TV nowadays. Few people are going to bother with the antenna needed to watch the diginet over the air, no matter which broadcast stations carry it.
Time Warner, my notoriously quirky cable system, has now found a place for Buzzr, albeit in the nosebleed section up in the four-digit range. So maybe there's hope.