A discussion about Cartoon Network and Boomerang on The Big Cartoon Forum got me thinking about this: if Turner doesn’t want to air all of it’s CN produced shows and content on the Boomerang channel, would Turner be interested in airing them online?
Here’s the idea: Turner could launch a website which for now I’m calling Boomerang Online. The site itself would be similar to YouTube, except that Boom Online would only show Turner owned and produced content and shows such as entire episodes of Dexter’s Lab, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy, as well as the shows that have yet to be run on Boom such as Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?, Megas XLR, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Time Squad, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, Cartoon Planet (the 1st series) and the like. 3rd party acquisitions seem unlikely to be aired on the site, since Turner would likely need to pay for those. Like with Hulu, there could be 2 versions of Boom Online; customers would could access the site at any time and would have the option to view episodes on the site for free, but there would be ads run before and after each video. Fans would also have the option to pay a monthly fee of say, $1 or $2 per month in order to view the videos without commercials, so the site would make money either way.
Again, this may not be the greatest idea, but it’s something that Turner could or should at least consider, since Boomerang the channel leaves something to be desired.