Concert.TV Adds News Division for Live Music Scene

concert.tv.gifDoes anybody out there watch Concert.TV?

The “Live Music Television” channel and website seems like it has very slowly been bubbling out of the underground since its initial launch back in 2003. I don’t have Comcast Cable or any of the other cable providers that carry it, so I haven’t seen enough from Concert.TV to give it a solid assessment. But I did find it interesting that they’ve now launched a news division:

Concert.TV, a digital media network committed to live music performances and
documentaries, has expanded its reach with the launch of a news division. Concert.TV News coverage will include major festivals and tours throughout the year, including recaps to appear on television and online, according to a statement. “This is about offering a perspective on what’s happening in and around live music,” says Michael Shimbo, president and co-founder of Concert.TV.

I generally think it’s a good thing to have more News offerings dedicated to live music and touring bands. But I’m not yet sure how I feel about Concert.TV. My first impression is that it has a bit too much of an MTV vibe. Then again, last time I checked, MTV had pretty much scrapped most of its music news programming, so maybe this is somehow filling that void. MTV-vibe aside, there are some decent concert clips on the website that have me thinking that its full concert offerings — which are only available on the cable channels — might be pretty decent.

Are there any Comcast subscribers out there who watch this channel on a regular basis?

What do you folks think?

Concert.TV Launches News Division [Billboard]

  • http://www.myspace.com/deadsticklanding deadsticklanding

    Concert.tv is part of the on-demand service of Charter Cable and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve never visited their website, but the selections offered on-demand aren’t very MTV, who would never show a Bad Brains or Cannibal Corpse concert. Not only do they feature vintage performances (Bob Marley, Genesis), documentaries (a great movie about the late John Entwistle), and rebroadcasts of the English music tv show “Later with Jools Holland”, they also spotlight the JamCam series (Wakarusa, Smilefest, Big Summer Classic, etc.) and highlight DVD’s put out from the jam community, such as WSP, UM, and TLG. Most segments are either 30 minutes long with very brief commercial interruption or just a song or 2, such as highlights from Live8. Overall, it’s probably the best music “channel” on tv, imo.

  • http://www.myspace.com/deadsticklanding deadsticklanding

    Concert.tv is part of the on-demand service of Charter Cable and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve never visited their website, but the selections offered on-demand aren’t very MTV, who would never show a Bad Brains or Cannibal Corpse concert. Not only do they feature vintage performances (Bob Marley, Genesis), documentaries (a great movie about the late John Entwistle), and rebroadcasts of the English music tv show “Later with Jools Holland”, they also spotlight the JamCam series (Wakarusa, Smilefest, Big Summer Classic, etc.) and highlight DVD’s put out from the jam community, such as WSP, UM, and TLG. Most segments are either 30 minutes long with very brief commercial interruption or just a song or 2, such as highlights from Live8. Overall, it’s probably the best music “channel” on tv, imo.

  • http://railbirdcentral.com Veau

    Yeah, it’s an on-demand type of thing. I don’t get an MTV vibe at all from it. You only watch what you want, so if you don’t want to watch some Maroon 5 crap, you don’t have to.

  • http://railbirdcentral.com Veau

    Yeah, it’s an on-demand type of thing. I don’t get an MTV vibe at all from it. You only watch what you want, so if you don’t want to watch some Maroon 5 crap, you don’t have to.

  • http://newbob.blogspot.com Andrew

    I’ve recently started exploring the onDemand selections on my comcast (finally those infernal previews while I’m trying to onDemand ‘Entourage’ eps paid off)… So far I’ve been impressed with the selection, but think it would be hard to sit down and “watch” the channel… onDemand needs to find a way to playlist clips so you can watch without having to take a remote control break ever 5-10 minutes… So far I’ve seen Bloc Party (the “God Bless…” DVD is on there) and Coldplay/Richard Ashcroft’s “Bittersweet Symphony” from Live 8… there’s certainly some great content.. Also, I learned that Cingular is now the new AT&T;!

  • http://newbob.blogspot.com Andrew

    I’ve recently started exploring the onDemand selections on my comcast (finally those infernal previews while I’m trying to onDemand ‘Entourage’ eps paid off)… So far I’ve been impressed with the selection, but think it would be hard to sit down and “watch” the channel… onDemand needs to find a way to playlist clips so you can watch without having to take a remote control break ever 5-10 minutes… So far I’ve seen Bloc Party (the “God Bless…” DVD is on there) and Coldplay/Richard Ashcroft’s “Bittersweet Symphony” from Live 8… there’s certainly some great content.. Also, I learned that Cingular is now the new AT&T!

  • Rob

    I’ve also enjoyed the Concert.TV section of Comcast on demand. My only gripe, though very small, is that it seems as if it only offers a selection of concerts or documentaries that are being sold at Borders or Barnes N’ Nobles. I sort of get that it’s used as a tool to market these new DVDs, and I think that should remain. I just wish they had more features like “live viewing parties” where you could actually watch a concert happening at that moment. Sort of like ATT Blue Room. I definitely do not get the Mtv vibe at all from it. Also, I think it’s cool that each month they try to work with a theme — January was Jamuary, February celebrated Black History Month, etc.

  • Rob

    I’ve also enjoyed the Concert.TV section of Comcast on demand. My only gripe, though very small, is that it seems as if it only offers a selection of concerts or documentaries that are being sold at Borders or Barnes N’ Nobles. I sort of get that it’s used as a tool to market these new DVDs, and I think that should remain. I just wish they had more features like “live viewing parties” where you could actually watch a concert happening at that moment. Sort of like ATT Blue Room. I definitely do not get the Mtv vibe at all from it. Also, I think it’s cool that each month they try to work with a theme — January was Jamuary, February celebrated Black History Month, etc.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com whitperson

    Very cool! Thanks for the feedback. I guess my initial assessment may have been a bit off (RE MTV feel). Good to hear people like the concert offerings. I’m hoping to check this out more often once I switch cable providers…which I hope to do some time soon.

    That said, I feel like this channel might get a bit more exposure if they enhance their online presence. Maybe get some more segments on YouTube, or even create a YouTube channel. My sense is that most people just don’t really know that it exists. If I saw a lot more short, high-quality videos on the Internet, I might be more inclined to switch providers or bug my provider about making this addition.

    Rob, I also think the webcast style offerings could work well. Sometimes fans just can’t make the show because of cash flow. But those same fans might not balk at checking out the concert on TV for a small fee.

    Thanks again.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com whitperson

    Very cool! Thanks for the feedback. I guess my initial assessment may have been a bit off (RE MTV feel). Good to hear people like the concert offerings. I’m hoping to check this out more often once I switch cable providers…which I hope to do some time soon.

    That said, I feel like this channel might get a bit more exposure if they enhance their online presence. Maybe get some more segments on YouTube, or even create a YouTube channel. My sense is that most people just don’t really know that it exists. If I saw a lot more short, high-quality videos on the Internet, I might be more inclined to switch providers or bug my provider about making this addition.

    Rob, I also think the webcast style offerings could work well. Sometimes fans just can’t make the show because of cash flow. But those same fans might not balk at checking out the concert on TV for a small fee.

    Thanks again.

  • http://www.concert.tv alibear79nyc

    Thanks for all the great comments! We do have our own YouTube channel (you have to search under watchconcert) as well as MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/watchconcert). Check it out – we would love to hear more of your feedback!

  • http://www.concert.tv alibear79nyc

    Thanks for all the great comments! We do have our own YouTube channel (you have to search under watchconcert) as well as MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/watchconcert). Check it out – we would love to hear more of your feedback!