There's an ad doing the rounds on radio and TV made by the SABC, proudly proclaiming something along the lines of : "90% of South Africans chose the SABC as their channel to watch the World Cup, thank you South Africa!". In a related story, I'm pretty sure 90% of South Africans can't afford DSTV, so they didn't really have a choice did they? So what exactly are you thanking them for? Then again, an ad that said: "Thank you for watching SABC as you had no other alternative!" probably wouldn't have gone down well with the guys in charge, would it?
That said, the amazing alternative DSTV can be rather sucky at times. I am fortunate enough to have the compact version, but even then it does seem rather limited. There is only one education focused channel, but if you ask me the whole experience is like one laborious brain workout. With the amount of repeats that get shown, I'm quite astounded at the ability I've acquired to memorize all the shows, so thanks DSTV, for improving my memory. I don't know or haven't seen anybody with Top TV, but with their weird option packages I can't see myself changing to them anytime soon. So is South African TV just not that grand? I haven't been overseas (and if my current financial situation stays this way, I probably never will), so I don't really have something to compare it to. An old flame of mine, when telling me about her trip to Amsterdam, told me there was a channel that played the Wedding Singer on repeat for like the whole day. Hearing stuff like that, perhaps we don't have it that bad after all.
Back to Survivor man I go. Again.