Moving away from the mainstream

For about a couple of years now, I’ve been listening mainly to podcasts, as opposed to radio. My only radio exceptions are Fighting Talk, which is just a pure guilty pleasure (and I listen to the podcast version), Radio 5 in the morning as I get ready, and Radio 5 on the weekend when sport is on and I’m upstairs.

Now I’m starting to do the same for television, using Miro, and it’s an interesting experiment. I do watch a lot of sport, and I’m really struggling to find video podcasts containing actual sporting action. I’m filling the gap with more geek related things, and a Police Drama called Port City PD. I watched the first episode tonight, and it’s a bit rough round the edges (apparently they have a budget of a few thousand pounds an episode), but it’s a perfectly entertaining and valid drama show. I’ve also found a sitcom called Something to Be Desired, American actors doing their own thing. Worth a go, takes a little to get into, like Curb Your Enthusiasm. Seems a bit slow at first, but after you’ve had a good laugh, you’re there.

I’m going to stick with it, and see what other things I can find to watch. I’ll certainly keep up to date with the shows I really like on regular tv, but I’m trying to fill in the dross with more watchable telly.

3 responses to “Moving away from the mainstream”

  1. Thanks for the positive words on “Port City PD”. We originally had less than $500 US dollars to do the first episode. We called in a lot of favors from our friends in the film business.

    The show is like a stair case. The more you climb up the better the episodes. Season 2 our production value has gone through the roof since we signed with Podshow. You can now watch season 2 in HD.

    We love to hear both good and bad feedback so we can make the show the best we can, so please keep it coming.


    Shaun O’Rourke

  2. Thanks for watching STBD. I’d like to echo what Shaun said in that the further you go with our show, the better it gets. In fact, we frequently recommend the beginning of Season 4 as a good jumping-on point since there’s a major character overhaul, and I think that’s when it really gets good.

    Hopefully you’ll stick with us and see what we’re doing these days. We’re focusing on tightening up the story and structure and injecting a little more drama, something we think there isn’t enough of in internet shows.

    Erik Schark
    actor – “Rich Mathis”

  3. Wow, I’m surprised and impressed that both Erik and Shaun dropped over to say hello to me. All we need now is a comment from Larry David and the BBC and I think that’s the full set!

    Shaun, I’ve downloaded all the episodes now, and I’m particularly looking forwards to watching the second series in HD, I can kick back on my sofa and enjoy those.

    Erik, I’ve watched a few now, and am definitely getting into it. I’m going to jump back to Series 4 this weekend, and I notice that you’ve got the previous series on your site (in both cases I’m subscribed to your feeds in Miro) so I might get round to those as well.

    I’ll certainly take the opportunity to write in a bit more detail about what I think in a little while, so please come back in a few weeks time to see how I’ve got on.

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