The boundary between television and the Internet continues to be swept away. The latest example of a show that brings high-quality production values to the Internet is H+, the multimillion dollar Warner Brothers-funded interactive show about a future in which we all have our technology implanted in our brains.
But what makes H+ so revolutionary is less its message than its medium. As the series creator John Cabrera told me, Smart TV “changes everything”. The YouTube distributed H+, he explained, goes beyond the traditional linearity of video content on networks like Hulu or Netflix. By running the series on YouTube, Cabrera insisted, he is empowering the audience to use the playlist feature to turn themselves into the series’ director. The audience will thus tell the H+ story, Cabrera told me. We will be the ones piecing together the narrative in an online series that eliminates the linearity of traditional storytelling.