Sunday, March 20, 2011

BBC teevee

So I tried the BBC iPlayer for iPad, and I tried various current BBC programs ("programmes"). They were all either boring or just bad. How can it be? They have access to all of Great Britains' talent pool, they have millions of taxpayers' Pounds Sterling, how can they fail to make some good TV? I can't figure it out. All they have to do it let people present their stuff and then pick the good ones, and let their experienced producers make it. One would think.

12 comments:

Alex Greene said...

Ah, but then you have stumbled across the hamartia of broadcast TV companies. They still believe that they can market their wares on the internet in exactly the same way as they could when they ruled the airwaves: by foisting the crap they want you to watch, and (in the case of the commercials) putting the good stuff behind a paywall.

In the BBC's case ... they've only put up their crap.

They still want you to watch the good stuff on tv screens, the whole family gathered together in the living room at prime time, eating chips off their knees as it was in Ye Days Of Olde.

Mike S said...

Could not agree more - and the subterfuge of only labelling something as a repeat when it appears on the same channel is not helpful. They have barely enough stuff to fill one channel yet insist that we have more choice with BBC1-4.

Charles M. Jones said...

They still want you to watch the good stuff on tv screens, the whole family gathered together in the living room at prime time, eating chips off their knees as it was in Ye Days Of Olde.

Most people still watch TV the old way. The only people who watch it on the internet are: the unemployable, alcoholics, and angry loners.

mary said...

Amen to that!! I hardly watch TV these days because as you say the programmes are not worth watching and that does not only apply to the BBC but to most of the channels especially those on Freeview. They are mainly repeats plus violent or horror films. I like to watch films like the one I saw last week on channel 5, While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman. I also like to watch 50s films like Footsteps In The Fog starring Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger, which you rarely see on TV. Not everybody's cup of tea as they say, but whatever presses your buttons I say.

Roger B. said...

It's not just the Beeb. I stopped having a tv in the house a few years ago. The few things I wanted to watch were not worth the cost of the license fee and the rental of the tv set.

A couple of times recently I have been in other people's houses during the Saturday evening prime time slot. My conclusion about the glossy rubbish I saw is that you can polish a turd, but all you end up with is a shiny turd.

Although I am skilled in many things, drink mostly tea and have just had a mellow weekend in the company of friends and strangers I occasionally watch programmes on BBC iPlayer. There is a lot of dross to search through, and some of it I do not bother with because it is rather formulaic.

CalgaryMark said...
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Dave Nielsen said...

The idea of having a license and renting a TV sounds really weird.

Anonymous said...

"...and angry loners."

GODDAMMIT I AM NOT AN ANGRY LONER!

Mary said...

Methinks Anon protesteth too much.......

Dave Nielsen said...

Mary and Anonymous are I think one and the same. He gets lonely no one replying to him, so he creates this Forrest Gump type character of "Mary" to "talk" to.

Mary said...

hahahaha .............. that is the funniest thing I have heard this year. As I commented on the Danish Marketing post, I am a 73 year old retired female who has lived a very full life and travelled extensively during my working life and also since I retired..........

Anonymous said...

So you say. More likely an overweight, unemployed, World of Warcraft playing loser.