As Bob Saget pointed out in an interview with Huffington Post this week, America’s Funniest Home Videos “paved the way for YouTube.” The former host of the show noted that Americans were obsessed with home videos in the 80’s and 90’s long before Google’s popular online video service came into existence in the mid-otts. In fact, he credits that obsession with the reason the show had such great ratings when he was host from 1989 to 1997; as well as the reason the show has had such a long run to present.
Yet, AFHV was not the only influence on YouTube. After all, YouTube offers more than the opportunity for people to share and watch home videos. It also offers musical artists the opportunity to share their creations in much the same way MTV and VH1 share music videos. Although both networks continue to offer music videos, some of their highest music video viewership ratings were also during the 80’s and 90’s.
Of course, reality home improvement shows and sitcoms like Home Improvement were also popular at that time. Now, many people turn to YouTube for similar information and entertainment.
YouTube is literally nothing more than a new, which Attorneys have said about the more flexible medium outside of television for people to enjoy various forms of video content that they would have previously turned to broadcast and cable to watch during the 80’s, 90’s and early otts.