The Writers Are On Strike. Let's Watch YouTube

The Writers Are On Strike. Let's Watch YouTube

The entertainment industry is suffering from all sorts of downstream effects from the writer's strike. Companies from coffee shops in Los Angeles to payroll services are feeling the pinch, and some have gone under waiting for everyone to get back to work. But someone has benefited  from it: Online video sites.

The on-going writers' strike has meant that many popular programs are currently off-air in the US and, according to Nielsen Online, this has seen Americans turn in large numbers to online alternatives.

Its figures show that YouTube's audience was up 18% in the two months after the strike started, and newer video-sharing sites such as Crackle have also experienced unprecedented growth.

In September and October, Crackle enjoyed an audience of 1.2m users which doubled to 2.4m in November and December, it found.

"That is greater growth than you would normally see in such a short period and the strike could be a possible factor," said Nielsen analyst Alex Burmaster.

Increased access to high-speed digital connections is helping too. But demand for something to look at drives people to the web. That volume is encouraging more people to start online video websites. That's  having the effect of increasing the number of amateur video makers. You guys in Hollywood keep fighting over money. We'll make our own fun.

 
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Writers deserve their dues no doubt..  but they are also by no means poor and they even have jobs doing what they love..   its like baseball players making multiple millions to do something they love.. and within that sense I am kinda irratated at the writers and at the networks.. its a good thing i am not an executive at one of those networks because if my writers went on strike costing me millions even after i gave them a better offer id fire them all and hire out of colleges or something.. 

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Hi All,

The Writers being on strike really doesn't affect me as I'm more of a Sports Fan, my Fiance is another story though.

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These reporters need to look up causality vs correlation. There may be some kind of correlation here, but it's not like that 18% jump at YouTube is all writers on strike nor are there 1.2m new uers on Crackle. Kind of a silly, misleading story if you ask me.

As the HH news author alluded to, there is more at work here...

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only things i watch on tv is lost and heroes... and i don't actually watch them on tv.....

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