Often Watched Channels

Whenever I end up talking about TV with most of my friends, it seems that none of them watch YouTube on their actual television. ๐Ÿค” I think a lot of people still think of the platform as just a dumping ground for random assholes who upload boring phone videos, awkward family events, hour-long videos of their kids graduating kindergarten, etc. ๐Ÿ˜ I mean, that is what it was for a good part of its early years – but now there are loads of people and groups who take it seriously and produce some really good content, thanks to the video monetization that enables them to actually make a living from the site.

So when friends ask me what shows I watch, or what cable/satellite/streaming service I use for “cable” … they don’t quite get it when I say that most of my time is spent watching YouTube. ๐Ÿค“โ–ถ๏ธย When you’re watching on a laptop or your phone, you’re pretty interactive with it, usually picking each video you wanna watch. But on the TV, with auto-play active, eventually it learns the types of videos you seem to enjoy and it’ll keep feeding them to you without you having to do a thing. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜… That’s how I ended up coming across most of the folks in the list below… searching for one thing, and ending up on their videos eventually.

But even if you don’t have a YouTube app on your TV, I still think these channels are worth taking a look at. ๐Ÿง They aren’t in any particular order, nor do they cover any overarching theme… just a bunch of different channels that drew my interest over time for one reason or another. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚ So if you find yourself bored and looking for something new to watch, have a click through some of these channels and I bet you’ll eventually find yourself hooked on at least a few of them if you watch long enough.

  • TechmoanBritish reviewer of new and old audio, video, camera, misc tech
  • Ozzy Man ReviewsAustralian comedy commentary on viral videos
  • Cracked: Obsessive Pop Culture Disorderย – In-depth comedy takes on movies and TV
  • Today I Found Outย – Individual episodes focused on random trivia type topics

  • Boom 97.3 – Behind The Vinylย – Stories about songs as told by the singers or band members
  • Sweet and Tasty TVSouth Korean travel/food/culture vlog
  • Philip DeFrancoFast paced “news of the day” with a mix of regular/social media news
  • Red Letter Mediaย – Long form comedic reviews of one or two movies each episode

  • Thoughty2ย – Another “things you might not have known or thought about” type channel
  • Fact Fiend w/Karl Smallwood“No shits given” rambling comedy focused on misc topics
  • TopTenzย – More “random” type info or trivia, in a quickly delivered format
  • Cracked: After Hoursย – Group of folks (scripted) insight into funny/weird/unique media

  • Bros of Decayย – Loads of extremely well-shot explorations of abandoned buildings
  • Kerzgesagt – In a Nutshellย – Animated educational presentations on scientific/social topics
  • Internet Todayย – Several different shows, comedic takes on current real world/internet topics
  • Mentour Pilotย – Watch enough and you’ll be convinced you can fly and land a 747 too

  • The SlowMo Guysย – Using some of the highest frame rate cameras for various experiments
  • Doug DemuroTHIS… is aย “regular guy” reviewing the weirdest, coolest cars you can imagine
  • Captain DisillusionPublic access type “superhero” that debunks fake internet videos
  • Rossmann Repair GroupApple laptop repair guy w/educational (and hypnotic) repair videos

  • CinemaSinsย – Somewhat sarcastic/comedic nitpicking of all the popular movies
  • Lessons from the ScreenplayDetailed looks at how movies come from the written page
  • Dave Sundstromย – Seems to be just “some guy” with nostalgia for 50s thru 80s television
  • Cobra Kaiย – Sequel series to the old Karate Kid moviesย (TRAILER)ย (YouTube Premium)

That last title, you (unfortunately) have to be subscribed to YouTube Premium to watch it… but man is it a good follow-up to those movies. It’s set in the present day, with Daniel and his former karate adversary, Johnny, meeting up again after all these years. I think it’s like ten bucks for premium, but not only do you get their YouTube Originals (which generally nobody cares about), but you also get to play every video ad-free. ๐Ÿ™‚ None of those five-second waits until you can “skip ad” to get on with it. It just plays… just like “real” TV. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

(I’m sure that there’s a handful of my favorites that I’ve neglected to include on this list, so don’t be too surprised if there’s a “part two” eventually, as I run across other favorites and go “OH… yeah… shit.” as I watch during the week. ๐Ÿ˜)

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My Caregiver?

This poor cat has to spend all of her time alone with me. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ย I guess she could hide if she wanted to.

But sometimes I really think that when I’m feeling shitty for an extended period of time, it actually makes her feel shitty too. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ I honestly feel like she worries about me, which turns her into my shadow for the duration of my “bleh” spell.ย So I just do what I can, to spoil her and keep her purring. ๐Ÿ˜บ So far, so good… ๐Ÿ˜Œ

(Heh… this cat just trusts me way, way too much. She’s such a weirdo now… but a happy one.)

Crazy Cat d00d

She’s probably one of the very few things that have kept me sane lately… ๐Ÿ˜

Be warned, there’s almost 18 minutes of clips in this video, but it’s actually a good representation of how we usually get on. I should have gotten a couple more clips showing her actually enjoying her grooming, because she actually does, but yeah… life would be a lot different here without the spoiled beast. ๐Ÿ™‚

A regular entry will possibly be coming later this evening…

You Got Your Hulu In My Spotify

I’ve been reading about how we’ve already passed the “heyday” of video streaming. It makes sense… because back when it started catching on you really only needed Netflix and you’d have pretty much everything you wanted. But now, each company that licenses (or used to license) content to Netflix – now they wanna keep that content and start their own streaming service. So now you have Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access, Disney Plus coming soon… basically any corporation that has its own content, they want it on their platform instead of someone else’s – so to end up having access to everything you want, soon you’ll need to subscribe to four or five of these things at 10 to 15 bucks a pop. Not ideal, and not likely to get better anytime soon.

I only bring it up today because I realized that by having a subscription to Spotify for my music, it also has the option of activating an ad-supported version of Hulu to go along with it for free. I suppose Hulu has nothing to lose, since they still get to play commercials, and if anything it may entice people into paying for the ad-free tier. Not me, most likely, but I did go ahead and set Hulu up today to see what the free version is like. I ditched my $50 YouTube TV a few weeks ago, which makes paying a little more than ten bucks for all the music I can listen to, and some sort of half-way decent TV/movie streaming, seem like quite the deal. Check into it if you’re already a Spotify subscriber.