This week..

30 09 2007

This is a picture of my desktop. We bought this laptop for the sole purpose of downloading and browsing, and the unwatched TV is building up. I started my new job last week, and I have realised that this Monday-Friday 9-5 is going to seriously eat into my TV time. Also, in living with my fiancee, I find myself watching more shows that she is interested in, which leaves me wondering how 24 wil go down in January (that is of course, if Keifer isn’t in prison by then).

And to add to that,  of everything I’ve watched so far, I haven’t found a show that I can honestly say I’ll be following this time next year. Hopefully the 2nd episode of Pushing Daisies and Chuck will make a fan out of me. More to come on my online TV shenanigans in a bit.


25 09 2007

I’m going home to watch the first episode of season 2 in HD. I can’t wait. But I’ll have to, because my other half won’t let me watch it until she gets home.  That’s right, I’m whipped. goodnight.

The Simpsons S19E01 – He Loves to Fly and He D’oh’s

24 09 2007

I don’t know if it’s my lowered expectations, or the fact that I’m still relieved the movie wasn’t terrible, but I just watched the 19th season premiere of The Simpsons and in my opinion it was hilarious. As always, the plot was recycled and amalgamated from ten’s of episodes of the past, but there were enough one-liners, sight gags and reveals to recall the writing of old. There was a also a funny cameo from Lionel Richie that I think will be showing up on the front page of Youtube and Digg over the next view days. A good start to the season, don’t let the quality dip now, you’ve raised my hopes! Watch the post-movie intro after the jump..

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On the eve of the new season..

23 09 2007

… I pledge to only watch the best shows out there. The way I pick up shows that refuse to die, I just can’t afford to add much more to my creaking plate. Last week I watched two new shows, Back To You and Gossip Girl, and I liked them both. But I can’t follow them all season!! Along with Heroes, Prison Break, 30 Rock, Weeds, Curb and Scrubs, new shows I will definitely be catching are Pushing Daisies, Chuck and the one about the girl who has lost her memory that used to be called Sam I Am, starring the Applegate girl from Married With Children. I could look up the new title, but writing that was far more fun.

Tonight is animation night, so I will be checking out the season premieres of The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad. They better be funny or else… I’ll continue to watch them all year and curse their lack of mirth. Take that!!


19 09 2007

This is very much becoming the HD blog. I feel like I should have known about this earlier though, even though I haven’t started mt new job yet. Yesterday MTV announced that they will be starting a Pan-European HD service, operating out of that new European hotbed of Warsaw, Poland.

As well as MTV, VH1 and other programming, their will be a children’s block of HD shows from Nickelodeon, and yes that includes Spongebob Squarepants.

Channel 4 HD

19 09 2007

Wow, the HD news just keeps on coming. After last weeks news that ITV will be launching an HD feed next spring, Channel 4 have trumped them with the news that they will launch an HD simulcast (love that word) in December on Sky HD. Nice. Now ‘five’ have to join the party, and they potentially have the most HD content of all the UK networks.

Virgin 1 on October 1st

18 09 2007

The Riches, Sarah Connor Chronicles and copious amounts of Star Trek will be coming the way of Satellite, Cable and Freeview customers from the beginning of October. I wonder what else will be on the schedule…

Silent Witness

17 09 2007

Tonight, I am watching Silent Witness on BBC HD. Never tuned in before, I decided to have a look-see purely because it is being broadcast in high definition. But here is the funny thing, it’s not bad. Not bad at all. The sooner all of BBC’s output is in HD, the sooner I can become re-acquainted with the content ‘Auntie Beeb’ has to offer.


17 09 2007

All is good with the world. Why, you ask? Because 30 Rock was recognised at The Emmys with the best comedy award. Nothing else that happened at the ceremony matters. If you haven’t watched it, Channel 5 will be airing season 1 in January. Watch the opening act of the 2007 Emmys ceremony after the jump Kanye West presenting an award at last nights ceremony after the jump. Probably as good as the show got. :-

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14 09 2007

This is like torture… I just want the new season to start, so I have something to write about! The pilots for Journeyman and Life are out in the wild, I haven’t got around to watching them though. I did manage to catch the opening few minutes of the pilot of Californication yesterday, and if you’ve seen it yourself you will know that it was more than enough to make me come back for more at some point, and not delete it from my hard drive as I was intending.

More in preparation for the new season than anything, here is another article about downloading your favourite shows to watch when you want, an idiot-proof guide if you will. Click here for satisfaction of a non-sexual nature. Here is a random quote:-

According to a report published in 2006, “Australians are responsible for 15.6 percent of all online TV piracy, bested only by Britain, which accounts for 38.4 percent. The US lags behind in third position at 7.3 percent.”

Wow, it really makes you think. How can we get this stuff to international markets faster… hmmm.

ITV1 HD Next spring…

12 09 2007

I was just zooming through my google reader (a habit I need to get rid of) and I spotted a report on Digital Spy saying that ITV will launch a High Definition  version of ITV1 next spring. I know that technically  takes us up to June 2008, but it’s good for them to put it out there. Even if it’s just their Sainsburys 9pm Dramas and the odd  bit of sport (England home internationals, F1) then it gets them out there. This news, along with the new shows that Michael grade has really made an impact since his arrival. Who knows, one day I might tune in!!

Curb Your Enthusiasm S06E01 – Meet the Blacks

11 09 2007

With the departure of so many of my favourite comedies, I may have put too much pressure on this show to knock me off my feet with laughter. So I’m going to cite that as my reason for being a little disappointed with the premiere of Season 6. Although I must say the way things are set up, the presence of “the Blacks” will bring a lot of racial humour to the program, which is always funny if done right.

But there was definitely something off about this episode, maybe the feeling that I knew what was coming all along, which I don’t usually get from Curb. Let’s hope Larry sharpens up as the season progresses.

Orange TV?

11 09 2007

Another day, another company tries squeeze its presence into the most important medium of last century. No not radio, television. Orange used to be a mobile phone company with great vision back in the 90’s under the leadership of Hans Snook, but after selling up first to Mannesman and then France Telecom they lost their way somewhat and are trying to get back on track.

One of their potential money making scams is the set-top box game, offering Freeview, catch up and Video on Demand much like BT Vision and Tiscali TV. Details (that I am aware of Are sketchy, but watch this space for another entrant into a crowded market with a huge marketing campaign designed to simplify, but only managing to complicate.