MySpace Gets Classic TV Capsules


If there ever was a format to make television shows palatable as a digital capsule, meant for digital consumption, this is it… Or so say MySpace and Sony Pictures, who have come up with a brand new concept for packaging and presenting the best of television to today’s Internet-savvy consumers.

Beginning today, users of popular social networking Web site, MySpace, will be able to watch bite-sized versions of some of the world’s best television shows on a channel hosted by Sony Pictures on the MySpace Web site.

Christened the ‘Minisode Network’, Sony Pictures will effectively host a colorful eclectic selection of episodes from hit television shows from it’s television library.

Commenting on the new service, Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television, said, “The Minisode Network will bring some of America’s favorite television shows to a whole new audience in an interesting new format that is perfect for digital platforms.”

Mosko said they have come up with an innovative formula to create quality short-form programming, showcasing the best of Sony’s extensive library.

For starters, the ‘Minisode Network’ on MySpace will offer 3 episodes each from 15 classic television series, including Starsky & Hutch, TJ Hooker, Charlie’s Angels, Different Strokes, Who’s the Boss?, What’s Happening, Dilbert, Sheena, Fantasy Island, Police Woman, VIP, Ricki Lake, Partridge Family, Facts of Life, and Silver Spoons.

Each minisode, as the name suggests, will be streamed for about 3 to 5 minutes by the network, yet maintaining the complete story of the original episode. With a target of making over 500 episodes available by end this year, new minisodes will be added every week to the network.

[Submitted by Imran Asad]

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