Be careful what you wish for.
|Posted: 21 September 2017 at 1:38pm | IP Logged | 1
As a kid, there were three channels here in the UK: BBC One, BBC Two and ITV. Channel 4 was added in 1982. And then Channel 5 in 1997. In between 1982 and 1997, cable and satellite TV made its debut over here.
Now there are countless channels. And yet it seems there's less choice. Thank goodness for streaming and Blu-rays.
The main problem I have, and I know it comes down to personal choice, is that there are a lot of derivative shows about. I was flicking through my channels earlier to watch something. So many cop documentaries, so many food documentaries, so many channels which seemingly have wall-to-wall serial killer documentaries.
Something like DEADLIEST CATCH or PAWN STARS ends up "spawning" countless imitators. It does seem creativity isn't necessarily paramount.
It's not all bad, of course. The BBC appears to invest in great original programming such as DOCTOR WHO, LINE OF DUTY and RELLIK. Some channels do invest in or buy great sci-fi shows. But for all the channels I can access via my Virgin Media box, there are a hell of a lot that are the same. And so many similar channels, too.
For example, shopping channels do not interest me. Back in the day, there was QVC. Quite easy to skip past, but now there are countless shopping channels. It seems the more channels that are added, the less choice there is. And my advice to channels would be this: just because ICE ROAD TRUCKERS, DEADLIEST CATCH, PAWN STARS and DINERS, DRIVER-INS AND DIVES are all reasonably entertaining (in small doses), that doesn't mean we need "clones" of those shows.
Despite my post, I am very positive. I'm grateful for Amazon Prime and Netflix. More and more esoteric and obscure films are being released on Blu-ray by smaller companies such as Arrow Video and 88 Films. And the shows I do enjoy (HOUSE OF CARDS, THE WALKING DEAD, GAME OF THRONES) are all very strong; even their mediocre episodes are solid.
I'd feel lost for choice if I didn't have Netflix, Amazon Prime, Blu-rays and certain channels. The rest doesn't appeal to me.