Germans v Television

31 12 2007

As a side effect of my job, I get into many conversations about TV, whether I want to or not. One topic that always pops up is the subject of linear television and it’s future.

Without taking a stance on the matter, people are quick to let me know that scheduled TV isn’t going anywhere, whatever new fangled technology the interweb can deliver. This defence is always put to me in the face of evidence to the contrary. Today I read a report that highlights a wind of change blowing through Germany, Europe’s second largest TV market.

In news that will make even the most hardened channel manager choke on his latte and muffin, Germans spent less time last year watching TV than in 2006. Among the young, the news is even worse.

Still, at an average of 208 minutes per day of telly box watching for Germans, it will be a long time before the decline allows me to fight back in the “scheduled TV is doomed” argument.

Click here to read the full story.

George Lucas punches dead horse in the ribs!

17 10 2007

… Or something. Makes for a more sensationalist headline than “flogging”. But that is exactly what the Creator of the Star Wars series of movies is doing, with his announcement yesterday that he plans to work on a TV series based on the movies, involving some of the lesser characters from the films. I don’t know if he was joking (hard to gauge tone from printed text) when he said

it’s about minor characters (…) the life of robots.

5 years of C-3PO and R2? Well that doesn’t sound crap at all Mr Lucas, get the funding together, sketch out some ideas and make a pilot! Lets do it! (Again, hard to gauge tone).

Wii Fit

12 07 2007

I’ve been struggling to find anything TV related that I want to talk about, as you may or may not have noticed. To fill the gap, I’ve been playing Wii, and i figure its one of the few forms of exercise I get.

So Imagine my surprise when Nintendo unveil a peripheral that does just that: stops me from becoming a fatty fatty fat fat. Wii Fit should be in stores later this year, watch the video to see how it will change your life… or not, if you’re already buff like the adults in the clip.

EDIT:- For those of you thinking “This isn’t even on-topic, I’m never coming back to this blog”…oh, there you go, I did it again! Click here for a story about how the Wii is reported to be the causeĀ  of a large dip in ratings in Japan, as families spend primetime beating each other down at Tennis, or fishing in Zelda, or blowing up things in Wario, or… you get the picture. Read the rest of this entry »


17 01 2007

Depending on the order I choose to publish them, this could be the first in a series of articles I am writing about the myriad of ways you can access great TV shows at the current time, both legal and illegal.

I’m starting with streaming, because most of the incoming searches to this blog are people looking for streaming versions of their favourite show. You don’t want to know the tech behind it, so I’ll just tell you that it is the simplest way to access TV online. Read the rest of this entry »

Sex Wii

10 01 2007

Playing the wii is my new favourite thing. In fact, I would go as far as to say it’s better than crap sex. Or at least comparable. Actually that’s not true, but I needed a segue into this youtube video that shows how you can increase the fun for you and your partner. Viewer discretion is advised. Now is not the time to gather your family around the monitor and show them how embedded video works. Watch the video after the jump.. Read the rest of this entry »

Man buys first TV in nearly 30 years.

3 01 2007

An interesting and well written piece here about a man who bought his first TV since moving to New York in 1974. It must have been a bit of a shock to him as he went from nothing to a 42″ Sony Bravia, but apart from that it prety much pans out as you would expect, as he starts to eat in front of it as shows signs of planning his life around it. Read the rest of this entry »

New Years TV Celebrations

2 01 2007

Shortly after midnight on BBC1, Natasha Kaplinsky introduced Sophie Ellis-Bextor on stage to sing her latest single, and the mic didn’t work for the first 15 seconds of the song. I hate cringeworthy moments like that, but in the US and Japan, New Years Eve TV brought much harsher criticism. Read the rest of this entry »