I remember quite clearly the day Rocketboom had 700 regular audience members (December, 2004). 700 was a very big number for me - it still is - because it represents one of the largest, accessible playhouses in Austin that I was involved with. In any number of theaters, usually with less than 300 seats, I would easily spend an entire year of my life working on a production that would be a success to sell out even one or two nights for an entire 6 or 8 day run. In so many ways, there is no comparison between a play and an episode of Rocketboom and in another way, with Rocketboom, we now have well over 350,000 people per show. I have watched that same, consistent, never-falling number grow from 700 to the daily 300,000 that it has recently bounded to now. The additional 50,000+ is made of reports from the TiVo audience, other distribution channels off-site and a new Japanese audience that is already popular on iTunes Japan.
We seemingly know the contemporary potential of a reoccurring domestic TV-show (according to obscure stats, 20-million?), but what we don't know is the potential of a reoccurring, internet on-demand, international show. While U.S. TV-shows that are moving online continue to restrict their availability and distribution (iTunes for instance will not allow someone in Mexico or Japan to buy a song or video from the U.S.), people may still find, if only by default, Rocketboom is available.
In order of appearance for Tue, Mar 21 2006 at 12:53 AM to Wed, Mar 22 2006 at 12:48 AM (1.00 day):