Yes, I am going to spend this post reminiscing about the old days like a faggot because that’s what faggots do.
The story actually started way before TVWHORING was created, as I was learning different ways how to stream tv shows and movies. I’ve used them all, Stickam, uStream, Justin, other 27362738 stream sites. You name it. I was going to test a stream with the Animal Crossing movie. Yes, I know, out of all the movies, why that one? It was cause I recently watched it and I was like, “maybe I can show this to others, they’ve never heard of the movie.” It took hours and hours attempting to figuring out how to stream. And yes I knew I could stream on a desktop, but it lagged too hard and I was using a laptop that didn’t have any stereo mix, wave out mix, or line in sound. I was pretty much on limitations here.
uStream was the first site I took a crack at trying to stream, as the Manycam update (back then) introduced adding videos. Now if you don’t know what Manycam is, it’s basically a freeware program for cameras, and to show your desktop. Anyway, I recently watched Spectacular Spider-Man for the first time around then, so I wanted to see if I could stream those episodes online. I ended up going into my parents room, putting the laptop in an odd position, with all the other noise off, and just the mic on the laptop’s volume and I had to tell everyone that came in “GET OUT I’M STREAMING NOW NO NOISE”. Most tedious shit (it’s ironic, you’ll find out later why. I got complaints that it was too low or too loud with the audio. I mean, how much can you expect when you put a mic on laptop speakers that are less than 4 inches?
So yeah, bad attempt. And then a friend I knew (HURR CTK HAS FRIENDS HURPDURF) was talking about how he streamed some movies online. I was like wat. So I asked him what site he is. The jew site that is all jews of streaming and fun, Mogulus. I decided, okay, I’ll give Mogulus a shot. Yes I know I’m going to get shot after this sentence, but I used the first episode of iCarly for the channel as a test. Back in the day, studio looked confusing as shit. WHAT ARE THESE BUTTONS HOW DO I PLAY MY EPISODE WHAT DOES THIS DO OH GOD JHRGejhqwfbgajktfgjk5r
Once I spent more time understanding the studio, I was so happy when I saw the first episode playing live and in sync. I know, it was merely uploading an episode, but who cares, the point is, it worked and that’s all I cared about. So I ended up testing it with Azumanga Daioh, Clone High, and Avatar. They were all a success too. They all played well, and I feel like punching myself in the face at that moment. What took me like 2 years to figure out, I can do it in just a mere couple of minutes.
So I have 4 shows up, but obviously, there’s no one here. No viewers, no producers, nobody, just me. So where do I start? Where do I begin the path to a popular channel? At the time, there was only nostalgia cartoons channels and seperate anime channels and seperate live action channels. I wanted to give the best and worst of all 3, because I didn’t like taking sides. I love old cartoons, but I loved new cartoons, and anime, and live shows. It wasn’t like that originally, as it was just going to be shows I liked and I put them up.
So now I know what I’m going to have my focus on, but I still need an audience. So I went to the Avatar board of Plus4chan, figuring that maybe Avatar would work as a start point. The very first post I screwed up with, because I announced it while the Pyro update for TF2 just came out and I was like “FUCK I WANT TO PLAY IT NOW I HAVE TO GET IT ON” So I ended up making a post that no one understood on +/a/. I explained to them that I was playing the Pyro update and that I got it out of my system, so I was willing to stream Avatar up to date (I think it was at the Boiling Rock at the time). Book 1 on Friday, Book 2 on Saturday, and Book 3 on Sunday. Total success, because I only expected about 5-6 people to come in. 20-35 viewers showed up, and it already felt like it was right at home. They could speak about the same episode that was on the stream and nitpick, give discussions, and fap material, can’t forget fap material.
Of course the majority of those viewers were just there for Avatar, but a couple stayed afterwards because they liked the idea in general. The idea of a small community together chatting about tv shows being played. So I added some producers that were interested in it and we didn’t slow down at all. I explained to them fully about how to use studio, and how to upload shows. I even ended up making a guide for other viewers who wanted to be producers so they wouldn’t have to keep bothering me about the same shit. Unfortunately, I wish that last sentence was true, because it bites me in the ass later.
Obviously the style I used for TVWHORING was odd to anyone. Season based streaming? Why not just do invididual episodes? Originally, I wanted to do individual, but trust me when I say that it was hard enough to deal with studio to do that. We’re talking when studio took like 40 seconds to 2 mins to load up (as opposed to 10-30 seconds now). I didn’t like the idea of repeating storyboards, where it played the same thing for 2 hours. I wanted consistency, so I told all the producers that they were required to upload an entire season of a show first before it is aired on the stream. Why seasons? Think about it, most people watch a show season-based anyway, where they’re willing to watch each episode in order (in b4 I don’t). It was basically that premise, that people would come in, watch from the beginning of a season, and if they liked the show, they would stay for the ride (IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN).
During this time, we played during one of daily movies, which was The Dark Knight. Of course it was just a camrip, but it brought us the biggest audience of 62 viewers. Looking back it at it, that’s not a lot, but it was at the time. We added a few other additions along the way. Like how our movies were originally just on Wednesdays and Fridays, but we had enough to start making it daily, gathering more of a variety audience each time.
Everything was going fine right? It’s a nice channel, we have a good community, what could possibly go wrong? EVERYTHING. Actually, I’d like to point out, that early during the channel, I had a rage storyboard, which was hidden in the very very very deep folder, I didn’t tell anyone about it at the time, it was just something that would be played after an episode and randomly go live and play a clip that pissed off viewers (YURI THE ONLY ONE FOR ME, JUST WANNA PLAY VIDYA GAEMS, NEOPETS GIRL, etc.) Of course, this got out of hand and this may have been the cause that is chaos in TVWHORING. Producers found out eventually about it on their own, and one of them was even stupid enough to put it on-demand.
I can say this is where it started to go downhill from here. One of the producers thought it was be funny to go and continously play clips from the rage storyboard WHILE a show is going on and mess with everything on the list. I had no choice but to enforce rules and reedit the producer list. If you didn’t bother to click that link, then I’ll explain. Basically, it was that only producers who ACTUALLY contributed to the channel would stay in and all others would be out. This was a pain in the ass because I didn’t have much communication to the producers outside of the channel, until Mogulus added in the producer chat, which was a life saver. It allowed us to give our current state and what shows, episodes, movies, videos were added at the time, or if there was any problems with the channel.
Oh the fun doesn’t stop there. One of things you probably will hate about reading this part right here is drama. Yes I know drama shit should be ignored on the internet, which is why it is optional if you want to read here. But recently, I just saw a quote from tehskeen about drama, which is that you cannot escape it, it is part of human nature and it happens to everyone in several perspectives. I shouldn’t say that considering this is a channel that was just for tv shows, but sometimes, TVWHORING had it’s drama. Mainly because the 4 major targets have effected the channel in some form. Yeah, I have no idea what the hell I just wrote for this past paragraph, but I think you get my point.
I’m only gonna mention one of the targets, as he actually DID affect the channel, mainly being that he deleted 90% of our content and we had to start from scratch, which is ironic, because we had to start over anyway.
A few months later, Mogulus went on a big purge and deleted all copyright infringment channels, and TVWHORING was the first to get shut down. I alerted all the other channels, and told them they should get a backup plan. Hours later, most of them were gone by now.
So what now? We did what we planned to anyway, make another channel and start over, this time, make no references to TVWHORING, tv shows, cartoons, anime, live shows, NOTHING. It was still 2.0, it was just hidden. You can probably scroll down and tell that we had it as invitation only. Was it a success? It was a good second run, but it didn’t like long either.
The third channel I am not involved in, but that doesn’t mean I still give them support (lol) for having the guts to still continue. I didn’t have the desire to continue uploading tv shows anymore. Currently, I am focused on my vidya channel and from time to time, I may stream some tv shows through my cable or something.
Yeah it’s been a great/awful roller coaster ride. Thanks for being part of the ride.
I might update this post or make a new post giving special thanks to viewers/producers, but since I don’t feel like writing anymore, I’m gonna stop here. All in all, thanks.
Did I miss a certain moment during TVWHORING that you remember, if you do, don’t be afraid to make a comment about it now and give your view on it.