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Damn you, TV

Posted by: DevilTrigger

Tagged in: you , TV , damn , blargh

DevilTrigger

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.

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OS GIKEN
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written by OS GIKEN, August 11, 2010
LMAO...I find that Discovery is the ONLY channel that really grips me!!! I don't really watch music channels anymore...Discovery has a host of programs that's very entertaining and informative...if DSTV were to lose Discovery and SuperSports rights to all manners of sports and ESPN..they are dead in the water...ALL the channels they introduced for the last 3 years sucks ass...I'd relly like to watch the Animax channel for the variety of Manga shows...but hell, you can't really follow any of those shows as they seem to repeat the same episode time and time again!
Dissol
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written by Dissol, August 11, 2010
Having been stuck on bed rest for the last few weeks, I have been truly appalled with the mind-numbing repeats that are shown on DSTV. I generally don't watch too much TV, and these last few weeks have reminded me why. I won't even comment on SABC...as I prefered to contemplate my navel than watch that. But DSTV has almost no original shows, it merely repeats, & repeats old shows from elsewhere. Why are we getting re-runs of Top Gear 2004. Many of the 'new' cars tested are not made anymore!! Discovery is becoming a reality show... National Geographic is OK, and History can have some interesting shows, but bloody hell most of the channels are dreadful. TopTV is not an option as they are pawning Fox as a news channel, which it patently isn't. I guess the trouble is that SA is too small a market for many media companies to bother with.

As most people who can afford DSTV will have a DVD / video recorder, the only reason for having so many repeats is to make it look like they are actually selling you a big package, when in reality almost every show is shown 4 or 5 times it seems...
DevilTrigger
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written by DevilTrigger, August 12, 2010
@ OS, Ay I don't have Animax, but what I've seen of it is english dubs which suck! Those crazy Japanese game shows are great though!

@dissol I guess we could always go back to reading a good old book lol
Dissol
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written by Dissol, August 12, 2010
@ DevilTrigger. I do read a lot, but it has been really difficult to even read with both arms in slings. smilies/sad.gif. Even turning pages needed outside assistance. Maybe I should have tried downloading some ebooks onto my Tablet, as that may have been simpler. Honestly, about the only thing I could do for a while, was to work the remote (if the nurse stuffed it into the right part of the sling). But it seemed to be repeat, repeat, repeat. There were some good programmes on National Geographic, but I really hope we get some of the stunning programmes on Astronomy put together by Prof Brian Cox.

What really gets to me are the huge number of adverts which sell absolute crap, especially, the many "alternative medical" approaches. Some people must be sucked in by their nonsense, but I would have hoped that there are regulations to protect the public from these scam artists. The same with some of the ridiculous programmes which try to pass off "psychic abilities" as factual. Even watching the shows one can see they have ridiculous claims, and that will be the edited versions!! Psychic abilities have been tested, and tested and tested, and in proper scientific tests it has been shown that there is no such thing as ESP.
OS GIKEN
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written by OS GIKEN, August 12, 2010
@Diss...lol i LOVE watching Top Gear over and over and over again...whether its the 2009 season or the 2003 season, lol...its all good to me as i don't mind coz I like Top Gear..but as for anything else...damn, who's going to tell DSTV that repeating shows is not what should be done in 2010?
Dissol
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written by Dissol, August 12, 2010
Ha OS; Jeremy Clarksom used to share a lift to school with my wife, when they were kids, and the families have remained friends. Clarkson's mother had the rights on Paddington Bear, and they made their money from selling soft toys. In fact, I have the dubious claim that Jeremy Clarkson's mother has put her hand on my bare buttocks outside a church in Yorkshire! She made my sister-in-law's wedding dress, and I was stood outside the church when she asked me what was worn under my kilt (pre wheelchair days). I told her there was only one way to find out, and with that her hand (freezing cold I might add, as it was a winter's day!) shot up and grabbed one of my cheeks!! I never met his father, but apparently that is where his sense of humour really comes from, although his mum is a laugh too.
Charmed
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written by Charmed, August 12, 2010
Only when TOP TV launched, did DSTV bother to offer cheaper bouquets.. shows you how much they care about their subscribers.
Dissol
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written by Dissol, August 12, 2010
I wish they would allow you to select which channels you wanted on a bouquet. The vast majority never get watched in this house...
DevilTrigger
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written by DevilTrigger, August 13, 2010
I agree. If for the compact versions they were like, "Okay guys, this bouquet gets you twenty channels, you decide what they are." That would make much more sense. And I hope you never washed that cheek again Dissol!smilies/grin.gif
Dissol
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written by Dissol, August 13, 2010
I sang a couple of octaves higher throughout the wedding service!! smilies/grin.gif

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