Please TEN – Stop these ongoing I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Simulcasts on ONE

For weeks now, I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here has been simulcast on ONE on every night that it airs. On Sunday nights, there is also a simulcast on ELEVEN.

As a result, regular ONE programming is out – one stand out example is White Collar – which is scheduled to air on ONE Wednesday nights at 7.30pm – but has not aired now for three weeks due to the TEN simulcast.

To make matters worse, the EPG does not always reflect that I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here is going to air on ONE – thereby infuriating viewers who tune in or plan to record the show they would like to see at that time. Continue reading

All sport should be LIVE and in HD. Thank you.

2015 is not even 2 week in yet there is a backlash on social media about sports being delayed and not shown in HD.

In recent weeks, there has been a huge backlash against TEN currently airing the cricket Big Bash League as to its delayed coverage in markets outside of eastern daylight savings time especially in Adelaide and Brisbane.

Perth, three hours behind Melbourne and Sydney enjoy the tournament live on ONE (but not necessarily in HD) while viewers in other areas not on AEDT have hit social media complaining about delayed telecasts.

To me the simple solution would be to show the Big Bash live on ONE to all markets and ideally in HD. That would solve all the problems – keep in mind, that before TEN took over covering Big Bash it was live on Foxtel and in HD to all markets.

Givem that we are now 100% digital in Australia and only a handful of people would now not be able to receive an HD free to air channel, why would TEN not air Big Bash live to all markets on ONE?

Pardon the pun but one only has to turn to Seven to look at what they are doing with the tennis at the moment – while not all in HD – one tournament on 7TWO, the other on 7mate in HD. All live to all markets – while the main channel shows observationals and movies!

As for Nine, their summer of cricket is live to all markers and they do use GEM when they need to in order to ensure they meet their 6pm new commitments. Although there have been nights where an entire night of scheduling runs an hour late as a result of cricket finishing an hour late – even to the point where three scheduled Big Bang Theory repeats still air an hour late rather than just one to get shows after these repeats to actually air on time.

I personally am a strong believer in all sports being LIVE and in HD where-ever possible. I will not watch delayed sports as I know I will see the result – for example – doing footy tips with NRL – I would often see the result of the delayed Sunday afternoon game on Nine before it concluded in airing. Thankfully in 2015 these delayed 2015 NRL games are a thing of the past.

I have no problem with delayed free to air broadcasts of events – provided those who chose to or can afford in can see them live on Foxtel. For example. the Asian (soccer) Cup – was live on Foxtel yet delayed on ABC. This does commonly happen with Foxtel and SBS in relation to the A League soccer.

But when a telecast is delayed and there is no option to watch it live legally if one can, then that is a big problem. Fair enough Foxtel will have some rights before free to air and negotiate accordingly – but at the end of the day that is the nature of the business of TV broadcast rights – Foxtel will get the rights before free to air from time to time unless such an event is protected by the anti-siphoning list.

And then if it is – such an out of date concept – you can guarantee the event will be shown live and free and BLURRY on an FTA main channel – and maybe even in delay if you do not live in the south eastern corner of Australia.

Mind you, as bad as anti-siphoning is, there are some countries where you get bugger all on free to air as the cable networks have taken control.

Remember, free to air is exactly that – free! You will get what you are given – and as much as we don’t agree with it, be thankful we actually have sports on free to air and, as a sporting nation, many are protected.

The North Korea Approved TV Guide.

This is quite simply – TOO FUNNY!

NKTV

Source: http://www.funnyordie.com

Dear Channel Seven: I am SICK of MKR already!

It seems to be a disturbing new trend with our free to air commercial broadcasters – promote the hell out of up and coming shows for the year ahead to the point where viewers are fatigued long before the show goes to air.

Seven have been promoting MKR for 2015 since as early as October 2014 – 4 months before it goes to air. As time goes on, the ads have grown longer, more frequent and have been introducing the first round of couples to participate in the cooking competition.

But the problem is the ads are so frequent and feature in just about every ad break that many of us are growing sick of the show already. Thankfully with Seven and MKR they are now promoting a start date of February 2 – which is a first for a free to air network rather than those dreaded words “coming soon” or, as is usually the case with Seven “after the tennis”.

However, Seven are not alone in this practice. Nine have been heavily promoting MKR’s competition for the start of the 2015 ratings year – The Block Triple Threat. Nine’s ads also introduce the couples showing the usual fights, dummy spits and dramas of the networks’ renovation mainstay.

Nine’s ads are on the verge of showing room reveals long before the show goes to air – which is likely to start late January along with the usual cliches that go with room reveals like “we have never seen anything like this before” and “this has set the bar even higher”.

Meanwhile, over at TEN, new reality offering I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is being thrown at us just as hard. But, unlike Seven and Nine, they are yet to introduce who the so-called celebrities will be actually taking part in the show at least perhaps keeping it all a little more mysterious.

It too should air late January and boasts, over Seven and Nine, being live from South Africa where the show will be produced.

Add to that, a barrage of other shows for 2015 advertised on cyclic overkill and we have a situation where there are more ads for shows coming in 2015 and “coming soon” then there is anything actually worth watching on free to air TV at this time of year.

Back to Nine and 2015 as far as TV goes hasn’t even started yet but the casting call is already out for the Block 2016!

Sydney Train network needs alternative routes and decentralisation.

The biggest problem with Sydney’s train system is just about every train other than those on the Illawarra / South Coast train run between Redfern and Strathfield. Whenever there is an incident on this stretch of track – despite the fact there are 6 lines (3 in each direction) it cripples the network.

What Sydney needs is decentralisation of the network and development of alternative routes to cope with the chaos that ensues when there is an incident between Redfern and Strathfield.

For example – why is it that a train from Kingsgrove to the airport ends up being delayed or cancelled due to an incident nowhere near the area? And for me, commuting to Central Coast, if my regular train can’t get through to Strathfield, then an incident in that area will also affect the alternative route via the North Shore line as trains on that line also originate from Western or Northern lines travelling between Strathfield and Redfern. Continue reading

Lowest Ratings ever: What should Channel TEN do?

Here’s a series of points I wrote about TEN late last year and what they could do to claw back ratings but never ended up publishing anywhere. It is quite astounding that TEN’s ratings have continued to suffer in 2014 – even moreso than 2013.

 

TEN’s overall ratings in 2013 ended up being 4th – the first time in OzTam ratings history that a commercial network has fallen fourth in end of year overall ratings behind Seven, Nine and the ABC.

 

A combination of failed shows, poor management, last minute schedule changes and lack of direction for the network is to blame for the result, driving ratings down. Continue reading

Test Post March 4, 2014

Testing, testing, testing… Continue reading