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Seven’s new channel is 7Flix – launching on channel 76 on February 28, 2016.

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Three months after Nine launched its third multi channel 9Life, Seven will launch 7Flix on February 28 – a channel essentially dedicated to both big shows and movies both for adults and kids.The ad for the channel debuted during Seven’s airing of “Molly” on Sunday Feb 7 the first night of the official 2016 ratings year.

Clips in the ad included Shonda Rhines hits including Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder and Scandal as well as other shows like The Amazing Race, Seinfeld, The Mindy Project and more while movies featured included Pretty Woman as well as kids’ Disney faves like Monstor Inc, Frozen and Planes.

Thankfully, Seven have not have not followed Nine with a Lifestyle based channel (or even food like SBS Food Network) and gone for something quite different for free to air TV.

Movies generally do well for multi channels as we have seen on GO! especially, so the new channel from Seven could do quite well.

At this stage the new channel is most likely only to air in the five main capital city markets only – whether it airs on PRIME at the same time is not known, just like 9Life is yet to air outside of the main five city markets. It is unlikely to air on via Foxtel satellite as is the case for 9Life and 9Gem.

No mention so far of when – or even if – a Seven main channel HD channel will launch at the same time or soon after.

Tonight on channel 76, after teasing us since New Years’ Eve with “New Channel coming soon” shows the 7Flix coming Feb 28.

7Flix launches on free to air channel 76 on February 28, 2016.

The Chase Australia – how to watch the show in less than half an hour! And Hot Seat in 5 Minutes!

I’m a fan of question and answer based game shows, but I hate the fact that the game shows we see on TV now seem to spend more time talking to contestants and hyping up dramas rather than hitting us with questions and answers to scream at the TV!

Look no further than Nine’s Hot Seat for the classic example of a game show with more talk then there are questions – the game – which airs for usually 34 minutes a day only features 15 questions. I love the questions, but when I record Hot Seat I play back and fast forward through all the chatter and just do the questions and answers in less than 5 minutes.

As for The Chase Australia, currently airing on Seven 5pm weekdays (and even Sunday this week – and then there is the UK version as well) I find once I fast forward through all the meaningless banter, the show is done in 30 minutes or less.

So how to do the Chase Australia in less than half an hour?

Firstly – record it!

On play back, fast forward until the first 1:00 clock shows up for the first contestant. Watch and answer the questions. When the first contestant is done with the “cash builder” fast forwarder through the first lot of ads, and then showing who all the Chasers are, then also the Chaser reveal until the contestant settles on what they want to do, then only press play on when the first chaser question starts.

As soon as the contestant wins or loses, fast forward through the ads, until the next one is up with the 1:00 timer and repeat through the four contestants.

After all four have played, play the final chase, then fast forward the ads in between, then the chasers answer to that – and WHAMMO – the show is done usually in 28 minutes or less!

I love the Chase and other question and answer game shows but I just want the questions – not all the contestant history, drama, pregnant pauses while we wait for a decision, etc!

 

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