Christmas TV

So, we've just had Christmas and I have to say the TV was absolute rubbish.

The thing is, it's not a new thing, it seems to have been consistently bad over the last few years.  And why?

Part of it, I think, is that there's just far too many channels now.   There's channels that have Christmas specials on in July because they're just showing the same shows over and over again.

The Christmas Specials they do make are either not really Christmas shows, they're just a one-off special of a show that happens to be shown at Christmas.

Scrolling through the EPG on Cable over Christmas it was just the same old guff, the same stuff you could watch at any point in the year.  And this is on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day - the BIG days of the holidays.

At the risk of sounding like a dinosaur, it WAS better when there were only 4 channels back in the 80s.  There was always something to watch.

The family sat around and watched TV together, a bit like Gogglebox but without the false outrage, virtue signalling and Tory bashing.  If there wasn't anything worth watching on BBC 1 you were almost guaranteed something decent on ITV.

BBC 2 was reserved for the Snooker and Monkey, and maybe the odd film.

ITV didn't show the same films every week like they do now.  There was no such thing as Reality TV.

Come Dancing was on when everyone was in bed, rather than being a prime time show.

Yes, the world has moved on and I certainly think having more channels is a good thing.  Looking back to when Sky (Or BSB) first appeared, there was a small number of channels and that felt like it was manageable.

You had Sky 1 and UK Gold.  There were a couple of sports channels in Eurosport and Screensport.

The Movie Channel was the one and only channel for, well, movies.

Even moving forward to when On Digital made an appearance, there were more channels but it seemed like there was always something to watch.

There were probably 20 or 30 channels tops, it felt OK.

Now there are hundreds and I can regularly scroll through the EPG and not want to watch a single show.  Do you settle for any old channel instead of, to quote "Why don't you?" - Switch off and go and do something less boring instead?

Chances are you settle for something.  I know I am guilty of this.

Things like this is also why I think people settle for pirating TV shows from other countries.  I rarely watch live TV.  

A good chunk of what I watch comes from the US, sometimes the shows make their way over here but it's months later in some cases.

By the time Killing Eve started on BBC1 I'd already seen the entire series, and the worst part of that is that it's a BBC production!

When you look at the ITV channels for example, they're just a huge waste of time.  ITV2 shows crap, ITV3 should be known as "ITV Back to the Future" as that seems to be on every week.

It's the same films on rotate week in, week out.  

To go back to Christmas, where were the shows about 80s toys for example?  Or looking back at old Christmas shows?  A bit of nostalgia goes down well at that time of year.

Why not scrap a huge chunk of the channels and get more original programming in?

The days of linear TV and the traditional platform have a limited lifespan if they continue to just repeat the same episodes constantly.

Look at Amazon, their original programming is such a high quality.  Netflix make loads of brilliant original shows.

These shows are being pirated and watched by people who don't or possibly can't subscribe to them all because what's shown on the traditional channels is garbage.

Let's change TV!

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