Current TV, which premiered Monday, August 1, 2005, calls its programming "viewer-created content, or VC2, ... created in the Current Studio, an online extension of [its] real studios in San Francisco and LA." Current says that "Anybody can join in to produce VC2 (and get paid for it) or watch and vote for what goes on TV." 
"Billed as the 'first national network created by, for and with an 18-to-34-year-old audience,' Al Gore's Current TV will launch August 1st in 20 million homes. Programming is designed to show younger audiences what's going on in their lives. It will do so in short bursts called 'pods,' which will vary in length from 15 seconds to five minutes." 
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- Charles Jade, "Al Gore invents interactive television," ArsTechnica.com, May 7, 2005.
- Farhad Manjoo, "The television will be revolutionized," Salon, July 7, 2005: "Al Gore promises that Current TV will be as interactive and democratic as the Internet. But already his restless young audience is wondering whether the network will be another rerun."
- Robert Bianco, "Al Gore, inventing a network," USA Today, July 18, 2005.
- Ann Driscoll, "Al Gore's New TV Channel: Current," MyDD.com, July 19, 2005.
- Doug Powers, "Gore's 'Current.tv': It takes a village to raise a network," WorldNetDaily, July 25, 2005.
- Ari Berman, "Al Gore Gets Down," The Nation, July 28, 2005.
- "Current TV Launches Monday," unmediated.org, July 29, 2005.
- David Bauder, "Al Gore Debuting TV for Web Generation," Associated Press, July 31, 2005; another link here.