How do you watch TV? Until just a few years ago, there were only a few ways to answer that question: cable, satellite or good, old-fashioned “rabbit ears” antennae. But, as the availability of high-speed Internet has skyrocketed and consumers are finding ways to watch TV without a cable or satellite subscription, the list of potential answers keeps growing, and growing…
Since UCTV first went on the air in 2000, we’ve followed the technology trends, first making our programming available as a live webstream, then on-demand at our website. Then came our partnership with Google Video, which soon morphed into YouTube. Our YouTube channel is now one of YouTube’s most popular education channels with more than 50,000 subscribers and over 34.5 million video views!
Then came podcasting and our launch in Apple’s iTunesU, where we now host dozens of subject-specific feeds that garner millions of downloads each month.
This week, UCTV took its next technology leap with a new channel on Roku, an inexpensive box that connects with your TV and enables you to enjoy streaming content (such as movies, TV shows, music) on your television through your Internet connection. On Roku you’ll find a collection of content from the likes of Netflix, huluPLUS, Amazon, Pandora…and now UCTV, available for free, right on your TV. The UCTV Roku channel features a live stream of the channel as well as on-demand video organized by subject matter and special monthly features. Find out more about UCTV on Roku here.
But we’re not stopping there. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for news about our iPhone app and even more exciting developments. In the meantime, keep watching UCTV — and let us know HOW you watch!
Hopefully you’ve noticed our recently redesigned website and love it as much as we do! Not only is it easy on the eyes, but it’s easier to navigate and discover even more of the content you love.
We’re especially excited to introduce a comment feature that allows visitors to chime in, using their Facebook profile, on UCTV videos and engage with fellow viewers. We hope you’ll log on and check it out.
The updated website is just the first of several new surprises we’ll be rolling out in the next few weeks and months, including an exciting new web series. Stay tuned for details – you won’t want to miss it!!
…..and in December, Best of the Decade, featuring the most popular programs of UCTV’s first ten years.
Would you have predicted that a 70-minute performance of “Carmina Burana” would be our most popular program of all time with over 3.5 million downloads? What about Dr. Robert Lustig’s takedown of high fructose corn syrup, “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which tops our health programs at 1.1 million downloads? Then there’s the UCLA “Darwin Evolving” series about evolution that captured our top science spot, and Cisco’s John Morgridge sharing his insights on “Ethics and Leadership” in our business category.
And last, but certainly not least, is the always enjoyable Douglas Adams’ talk “Parrots, the Universe and Everything,” recorded shortly before his death in 2001, in which the author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” shares hilarious accounts of some of the apparently absurd lifestyles of the world’s creatures, and gleans from them extraordinary perceptions about the future of humanity. With almost half a million views, the 90-minute program tops our humanities category.
There are plenty more popular programs to discover at our Best of the Decade page, so hop on over and see what else might surprise you.
Thanks to all of our viewers, who find our programming on their TVs, computers or mobile media devices, for being a part of our momentous celebration. We promise that our next decade, starting in January, will be even brighter!