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Jennifer Van Grove: How to find must-watch streaming TV series

Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Science & Technology News

Whether you're a cord-cutter or someone who supplements a pay TV subscription with Netflix, finding what to watch from the wealth of streaming TV services available can be a daunting chore.

Enter Lon Harris.

The Los Angeles resident, 38, has dutifully committed to staying apprised of everything happening in the digital entertainment space. The author of the Inside Streaming newsletter, published every Friday, watches as many Internet TV shows and movies (from both mainstream and niche video providers) as is physically possible.

Beyond writing the streaming newsletter, Harris is in charge of editorial for the startup Inside, which runs an extensive network of mostly free e-mail newsletters and some premium ones as well.

For Inside Streaming, Harris writes digestible reviews, recommends obscure digital series, tracks the comings and goings of series on Netflix and other services, and sums up industry news.

The e-newsletter amounts to the modern-day viewer's TV guide. And, as a dedicated reader, I highly recommend it. (You can sign up at inside.com/streaming).

 

I interviewed Harris, by phone, to get a better understanding of how he manages what seems like a massive undertaking. Harris' responses have been edited for length and clarity.

Q. What's your background?

Ten years ago, in 2007, I started working for Jason Calacanis, who is the founder of Inside. We worked on a different company called Mahalo and I eventually became the editorial director. I left working for him and started doing other things in digital media and digital video. Then, he was working on this new project with Inside, which was news curation-oriented, and he needed help with editorial, so he brought me back in.

I've always been a big fan of movies and TV, and wanted to write about them. It was a natural (progression) to start the Inside Streaming newsletter. I was making these other newsletters and it would occur to me, oh I should do one I'm already interested in.

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