This may not mean much to some of you, but to those of you who were fans of Buffy, Roswell, Veronica Mars, and Angel (I’m not mentioning Gilmore Girls… sorry), this is freakin’ awesome news!…

As announced this spring, has finally launched!  Basically, it’s a resurrection of the original WB network, but entirely online.  They’re streaming full episodes of classic WB series, as well as Warner Bros. shows like Friends (and some random FOX shows like Firefly)… as well as original web series, like the reality show A Boy Wearing Makeup, and scripted shows like Sorority Forever.

Even if you’re not a WB fan, this is interesting news.  As TV evolves and migrates to the Internet, this is the biggest yet attempt to create a legitimate TV network online.  Sure, NBC, ABC, and most other networks have websites streaming shows (and sometimes original content).  But most of those sites are designed to drive viewers back to the original TV distributor.  (In fact, this spring, in a move of sheer stupidity, the CW tried removing streams of its hit show Gossip Girl in hopes of forcing viewers back to the network.  It failed.)

But is not only well-funded with a certain degree of built-in audience, it’s branding and positioning itself as a destination for well-produced young adult programming.

Now, to be fair– it’s still in beta stage, and the interface still feels a little clunky.  The streaming isn’t great… it’s slow and herky-jerky.  Having said that… I still just sat here and watched “Witch” from Buffy season one.  Damn, I miss that show.  (Side note: all you TV-writers… wanna learn how to write great TV?  Study the shit out of Joss Whedon.)

Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how– or helps advance TV-web convergence.  But in the mean time, at least we can we visit Sunnydale again.

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About Ben Sobieck

Benjamin Sobieck is a Wattpad Star and 2016 Watty Award winner. He’s best known on Wattpad for Glass Eye: Confessions of a Fake Psychic Detective, the Watty Award–winning sequel Black Eye, and When the Black-Eyed Children Knock & Other Stories. Four of his titles have appeared on Wattpad Top 100 Hot Lists, all at the same time.


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