The broadcast networks and production studios get beat up a lot over their sluggish reaction to the Internet video phenomenon, but occasionally they hit on a bright idea. The New York Times reports today about Sony’s plans to launch the Minisode Network, comprising a selection of TV classics such as Charlie’s Angels and T.J. Hooker edited down into digestible, YouTube-worthy Web chunks. From the Times article:
The network will consist of a lineup of tightly edited versions of shows lifted off the shelves of Sony’s television library. These are not clips of the shows, but actual episodes with beginnings, middles and ends, all told in under six minutes.
As Steve Mosko, the president of Sony Television, described it, “So in ‘Charlie Angels,’ they have a meeting, Charlie’s on the intercom telling them what the assignment is, there’s a couple of fights, and then a chase, and they catch the bad guy. Then they’re back home wrapping it up.”