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ZOOKER
14th Nov 2014, 21:52
Having not had a television for the last 3 years, I spent yesterday evening in the the company of one who did.
100 Channels and nothing worth looking at, whatsoever.
Master-chef and The Fall', were the only things worth a look.
Say's it all.
'The Fall', a cross between, 'Silent Witness', 'Midsomer Murders', 'Morse', Jane Tennyson and The X-Files,

BigEndBob
14th Nov 2014, 23:21
Tele on, check the schedules, HIGNFY replaced by Children in Need tonight, tele off.
Typical evenings viewing.

Dushan
14th Nov 2014, 23:29
We have 400 channels and nothing worth watching.

Fox3WheresMyBanana
14th Nov 2014, 23:30
Leafs v Penguins in HD - :)

tony draper
14th Nov 2014, 23:47
Two comfort viewing progs one can switch on and dip into anytime you have ten minutes to kill before you go out or summat.
Mine are Time Team and of course Top Gear,seen them all a thousand times but they are just comforting somehow.
:rolleyes:

mikedreamer787
14th Nov 2014, 23:54
Nikelodeon was only good for Ren and Stimpy.

Star World - Friends / House / Desperate H

All gone now so I don't watch the telly much
except for RT and the occasional Beeb news.

Rest of the channels are all shit.

ShyTorque
15th Nov 2014, 00:42
I often (I suppose out of desperation) watch so called reality programmes from the USA. I find some of them quite amusing, especially "Swamp People" where subtitles are deemed necessary, even for the natives of other American states!

Pinky the pilot
15th Nov 2014, 00:52
Like I heard somewhere;
"The bigger the sewer, the more s**t that goes through it!":*

peterpallet
15th Nov 2014, 05:44
this is why we watch all UK and US programs that we like via 'you tube'

Peter

Effluent Man
15th Nov 2014, 06:40
All these shows about Cooking/Dancing/Sewing/Singing/Celebs or combinations there of.Sorry OP one of my pet hates is the gormless cockney with the big bins who does Masterchef.Cookery on TV for me ended with the late,great Floyd.

Now we have an equally gormless pair of dwarves persuading "celebrities?" to make fools of themselves.


I never watched "Cheers" first time around,it's quite good.

Krystal n chips
15th Nov 2014, 08:58
There are still little oasis of hope......you just have to search for them.

BBC2 / BBC4 / C4 all offer a respite...... at times.

"Quest" used to be reasonable, but recently has developed an obsession with some Essex wide boy car dealer, how to catch a fish, and, if you're really desperate, how to cut a tree down...... in a swamp.

Given the fact you can't actually watch television 24 hrs a day, it does make you wonder who is actually daft enough to subscribe to, ahem, "media outlets" and pay an awful lot of money....for not very much in return.

As far as the cooking programmes are concerned, as EM says, there has only really ever been one that was entertaining and educational.

The two prima donna's on the current Islington luvvies show clearly came from the same source as the BBC's "failed at RADA, so became a reporter" .

The temptation to bury their heads on a mixing bowl would test the resolve of most people.

Effluent Man
15th Nov 2014, 09:08
Actually I have a sneaking suspicion that even St Floyd was guilty of a little cheating.There was a guy called Graham Kerr "The Galloping Gourmet" who was on TV in the 60's and some of his routines were very similar including drinking the cooking wine.

Nervous SLF
15th Nov 2014, 09:12
I sometimes watch RT TV and also China Central Television both via SKY TV in NZ

SpringHeeledJack
15th Nov 2014, 09:14
One has a satellite package, without the special pay per view options and still burdened with 900+ channels. If 10 are watched on a regular basis, it wouldn't be untrue. Sometimes you can have too much choice, but it means little if the choices are rubbish/or uninteresting to the viewer. No doubt in the near future we'll all have our own entertainment helmets streaming holographic programmes of our personal choice, the only for boding thought is how many infernal unwanted adverts will we be subjected to ?


SHJ

mikedreamer787
15th Nov 2014, 09:33
the only for boding thought is how many infernal unwanted adverts will we be subjected to ?

When cable started off yonks ago Mr Jack
there WERE no adverts......and THAT was
the major selling point.

Its all commercialised bullshit now.

BlueDiamond
15th Nov 2014, 10:13
The handful of free-to-air channels we have here does me. I try to watch the news every day and I like the "air crash investigation" programmes televised here on Tuesdays. It is fascinating the way they can determine accident causes, or probable causes, from what is often very little by way of material. The only thing that would ever persuade me to actually pay to watch television would be nature and wildlife programmes but since you have to have other channels along with it that's not about to happen.

cockney steve
15th Nov 2014, 10:38
Didn't have TV for over 10 years until I had kids...ditched it when the youngest departed shared the late partner's for about 3 1/2 years.

There were some Canadian -government-backed "how it's made" films....far too brief and superficial. .....a spivvy fellow going around buying old tat, tarting it up and selling it for a massive markup.....and Downton Abbey started.....
That, to me, was all that seemed worth watching....I don't miss it,the internet is far better value....no,I don't even watch the catch-up things!
Biggest hassle is the persistent harrassment from TV licensing.....they have been warned.....next will be my Court summons to them :8

Effluent Man
15th Nov 2014, 10:47
If they turn up show them a sawn-off.It's a time honoured Cockney tradition.

david1300
15th Nov 2014, 11:30
Leafs v Penguins in HD - :)

One of the things I watch when I can, here in Aussie

Mechta
15th Nov 2014, 11:34
There were some Canadian -government-backed "how it's made" films....far too brief and superficial

I thought those were pretty good. No hyperbole, a wide range of subjects and not patronising.

We're watching 'Coast' at the moment; an excellent series. Having done the UK they are now going around Europe, showing a good mix of current activity and history.

cattletruck
15th Nov 2014, 11:35
I find myself going days without watching TV - simply nothing on, and many people I know are doing the same.

Alas the TV rating system would indicate otherwise, but lets not spoil the illusion that the people that invent these figures sell their souls to the highest bidder.

Sometimes there are some gems on, rare though, and often they are old series like Mission Impossible, Twilight Zone, Lost in Spa.....

Better go the lady in green is calling me.

Fox3WheresMyBanana
15th Nov 2014, 11:45
Canadian TV is quite good still. My neighbour has 'How it's made' playing off the PVR in his workshop whenever there isn't a hockey game.
We get 'Coast' too, though I've no idea how long we wait for it. Haven't seen the Europe ones yet.

PVRs are great - the ads are in multiples of 30 seconds, and the PVR remote has a 30 second skip-forward button - Bliss!

ricardian
15th Nov 2014, 12:05
I have a TV but it hasn't been switched on for several years now. BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra are always more interesting - lots of (very) old favourites such as "Round the Horn", "Goon show", etc

KelvinD
15th Nov 2014, 12:21
Pink Floyd had it summed up back in 1979 "I've got 13 channels of shit on my TV to choose from" (Nobody Home; The Wall).
Only the number has changed.
Mind you, the recent BBC series, Peaky Blinders, was worth watching.

Effluent Man
15th Nov 2014, 12:33
The title fooled me.I thought it was people who felt a bit under the weather going around poking folk's eyes out.

vulcanised
15th Nov 2014, 12:35
I gave up on subscribing to the Beeb coming up for three years ago (wish I'd done it sooner).

Had one visit from the licensing Stasi, ignored the doorbell, registered on the NOTV website and that's it.

I would pay a small fee for using iPlayer if asked, but don't tell them I said that.

603DX
15th Nov 2014, 12:35
Another thread sprinkled liberally with "100 channels and nothing worth watching", "400 channels and ..... ", etc, etc statements. Look, PPRuNe regulars are a very mixed bag of working or retired professionals in the main, by no means typical of the mass audiences that TV companies need to attract to stay in business. We're a bit of a niche audience, not many of us are in the open-mouthed, square-eyed "watch anything, even moving wallpaper" category, and I suspect that quite a few of us have rather more than a modicum of brain cells to rub together.

So it would be very surprising if this non-typical group were not blessed with that priceless ability, that to be selective and discriminate amongst the plenitude of pap channels and choose those that interest us the most.
We're individuals, for heaven's sake, with widely disparate tastes in drama, music, documentaries, movies, news, political discussions, sitcoms, and all that broadcasting media have to offer us.

I happily pay a reasonable monthly sum for hundreds of satellite channels, within which very little effort is needed to find something to suit my personal set of tastes and interests - which will almost certainly differ drastically from yours, or yours, or maybe yours ... :rolleyes: There's nothing so variable in human beings as "the sense of humour", for example. One person's rib-busting comedy show is another's dire rubbish, and this variability extends throughout the programme schedules. So to those who frequently complain that there's nothing worth watching in their chosen package, I feel bound to ask "Then why the hell do you waste your time/money on it, why not change media or do something else altogether with your leisure time?" :ugh:

funfly
15th Nov 2014, 17:03
603DX

Totally agree. :ok::ok:

There are many good programs worth watching if you can take the trouble to find them.

My own technique is to record the ones I have an interest in and watch each as and when I have time. The value of recording is that you can wizz through the adverts.

I am really surprised by the number of PPruners who claim not have a TV, what is going on in all areas around the world is massive stuff and personally I would feel isolated if I didn't have this facility to keep in touch. Yes, there is gallons of rubbish but most of us have a remote control so that we can change from these channels if we happen to alight on them.

-there is gallons or there are gallons?

Also, of course, there are the Manchester United matches……..

SpringHeeledJack
15th Nov 2014, 19:53
Yes, there is gallons of rubbish but most of us have a remote control so that we can change from these channels if we happen to alight on them.


The problem I have is that the satellite company times all the advert breaks to be pretty much simultaneous, so that any concerted efforts to dodge the force feeding of drivel come to naught :hmm: Is it my imagination or are the time gaps between ad breaks getting shorter, whilst the duration of the ad breaks seems to be getting longer ? :confused:


SHJ

ZOOKER
15th Nov 2014, 20:15
SHJ,
you're correct.
I can't remember where I read it, but commercial breaks have been expanded from 3 minutes to 5.
Even The BBC seems to have long 'commercial breaks' now, advertising, er....The BBC.
As regards the threatening letters from 'TV Licensing', you need to go about 6 months before they send you one featuring a telephone number that allows you to speak to a human-being.

G-CPTN
15th Nov 2014, 20:45
you need to go about 6 months before they send you one featuring a telephone number that allows you to speak to a human-being.
Can't say that I've noticed.
As unsolicited mail it gets binned (recyled).

Gertrude the Wombat
15th Nov 2014, 22:03
I am really surprised by the number of PPruners who claim not have a TV, what is going on in all areas around the world is massive stuff ...
... and it's on the radio, on the internet, in the newspapers ...

I get to see a TV in hotel rooms usually. Once Upon A Time, in the UK there were four channels to choose from, and usually something worth watching on one of them. Abroad, there were 100 channels, all of which were utter crap.

Things have changed.

Now the UK is the same as abroad - there are 100 channels, all of which are utter crap.

Good hotels provide Radio 4 (usually hidden as channel 967 or something on the television) as well as an internet connection.

Gertrude the Wombat
15th Nov 2014, 22:04
As regards the threatening letters from 'TV Licensing', you need to go about 6 months before they send you one featuring a telephone number that allows you to speak to a human-being.
Why would you wish to speak to a human being?

I used to just bin them unopened.

They stopped sending them to me years ago now.

tony draper
15th Nov 2014, 23:21
Just been one of the increasingly rare gems from the BBC on BBC2,
War of Words: Soldier Poets of the Somme,it was worth a hour of me time.

mikedreamer787
16th Nov 2014, 06:16
Bugga - can't get that program on the Beeb World channel Mr Drapes. Anywhere else us bleedin' furriners can cop an eyeball of same?

I arks because invariably any show on the telly you mention is worth having a gander at.