Oh I have stopped watching ANY US mainstream news network a few years back. They are all the same, I get to know stuff usually online (not from their websites either) and I feel I am better informed.
Not to say Australians are any better, I am sick of the self centered righteousness I smell hearing the NPR during the hours they broadcast IIRC Australia Pacific. Also watching some of the stuff The Chasers picked up on, I have no illusions. On a serious note, I think the media is responsible for nearly all the problems between nations.
JFKMan From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2860 times:
Quoting Bravo45 (Reply 4): Thanks, I meant no offense, nice of you not to assume it. And I have to respect you for that.
Ya dont worry
Quoting Bravo45 (Reply 4): Oh I have stopped watching ANY US mainstream news network a few years back. They are all the same, I get to know stuff usually online (not from their websites either) and I feel I am better informed.
StarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3383 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2851 times:
In Canada you get quite a bit of stuff especially if you have digital because then you get a lot of specialty channels depending on your provider.
The Major Canadian networks are:
- City TV
- A Channel to a lesser extent
The US Networks we get are:
- Spike TV
The Sports Channels we get are:
- Rogers Sportsnet
- TSN (owned 20% by ESPN so we get a lot of their shows)
- The Score
For a typical Rogers package we get these specialty channels without having digital:
- CBC Newsworld
- Women TV
- BBC World
- History channel
- Discovery Channel Canada
- The Comedy Network
- Speed TV
- Peachtree TV
- MTV Canada
- The Family Channel
- TV Tropolis
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8165 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2828 times:
Japanese television is possibly the worst in Asia outside of China. It's a dizzying array of dumb commercials (LIFE UP!!), boring family dramas (Kenji wants to go to medical school, but Kenji's parents can't afford it!), boring news (winter home fires by oil-heated stoves), infomercials, and pointless variety shows that either a. make fun of non-japanese people b. make fun of the same group of popular comedians or c. feature the same group of popular comedians.
The only bright spots are the incredible quality of the HD signals, particularly on the Broadcast Satellite public network. Every now and then NHK and Fuji Television, among others, have some spectacular travel documentaries that really take HD to its full potential. Unfortunately even the variety and all that other crap are broadcast in HD as well. There are a few high-quality news discussion shows as well, but they are never prime time and only air after 10 pm when nobody is really watching.
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
Where isn't it crap? TV has de-generated into something, where people try out the most ridiculous stuff.
In Costa Rica, the major terrestrial networks are (none of them have terrestrial HD and no digital TV à la DVB-T):
Channel 4: Repretel
Channel 6: Repretel
Channel 7: Televisoras de Costa Rica (Teletica)
Channel 11: Repretel
Channel 13: SINART (Public Television)
Channel 33: Televisoras de Costa Rica (Teletica)
Channel 42: Extra TV (The TV Station of the infamous Diario Extra tabloid)
For Cable, there is only Cabletica (which also belongs to Televisoras de Costa Rica) and Amnet. As for satellite TV, you need to subscribe to Sky (or simply put, donate your money to Ruper Murdoch's evil empire).
In my home town of Hamburg, these are the terrestrial channels available. Notice that I'm not saying on which channel they are, because due to DVB-T digital TV, the channels share their respective VHF/UHF frequencies:
ARD Das Erste
If you want cable in my home town, you better call Kabel Deutschland. Satellite TV however, not just in Germany but all across Europe, is free except for pay-TV services such as Premiere or Beate Uhse-TV. You just need to buy the dish with the receiver, point it either towards Astra (19.2° East) or Hotbird (13.0° East) and you're good to go.
ManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2800 times:
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In the Italian part of Switzerland, the TV offer is horrible to say the least. Except for the national public TV channels (TSI1 and TSI2) which make good news coverage and some nice, commercial-free TV series, there's basically no other choice.
We have the same channels which can be viewed in Italy:
- RAI1 / RAI2 / RAI3, the Italian public channels
- Canale 5 / Italia 1 / Rete 4, the main Italian private channels
The public channels show stuff nobody wants, and their target must be a 70+ aged audience.
The private channels mainly do those stupid reality shows where some kids dance in a competition, then everyone cries because they were so good at it, but they miss their parents or they broke up with someone, or some other tragedy. Oh, then there are comedians doing the same gags over and over. It was fun 10 years ago, but not anymore.
If they don't do this, they show movies - even good, new ones - but you get 8 minutes of commercials every 20 minutes. Unbearable.
Then there are about 100 channels doing online shopping all day long with no programs showing whatsoever (I wonder how they manage to stay in business).
Finally, yes, there's pay TV "Sky TV". With Sky you get hundreds of channels, of which several dozens are actually very nice. But guess what? It's satellite only (no cable or IPTV) and you can't legally get it in Switzerland. You have to "smuggle" a set top box and a subscription from Italy, and to do this, you need someone to act as a "proxy" in Italy to pay the subscription.
Ergo: I only watch our national TV channels, buy DVDs, or download whatever I want to watch. Or I watch TV in other languages - for example, in German I can get the (almost) entire TV offer there is in Germany, and they have dozens of interesting free-to-air channels, even on cable or IPTV.
Doona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2760 times:
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 8): and pointless variety shows that either a. make fun of non-japanese people b. make fun of the same group of popular comedians or c. feature the same group of popular comedians.
I found the "a" category fascinating. Apparently, there's nothing funnier to the Japanese television audience than watching large black men fall over.
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
Bwest From Belgium, joined Jul 2006, 1370 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2736 times:
I have tons of channels I never watch. TV in Belgium is split between two Dutch north and the French south. Here in Flanders, there are two major providers of digital TV, Telenet & Belgacom. I have the first one. The basic package offers me the major Belgian channels, lots of European public channels, and stuff like CNN, BBC world, National Geograpic...
Then I got an extra package which gives me a bunch of Discovery channels, Animal Planet, BBC 3, 4 & prime, Al Jazeera (english), Sci-Fi channel, MGM, TCM... usually the TV is on BBC world or Discovery...
VC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1411 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2729 times:
Here in The UK a few years ago I would have said that we had the best TV going, but since the introduction of satellite TV the standard across the board has gone down, and sporting events which once were free to view are all now on pay TV to a great degree. Yes I do have satellite TV but after a few years it really is not worth having as it is all repeats.
You may ask why I have it well where I live in the UK satellite is the only way to get a decent picture, as the trees mask the terrestrial transmitter
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27033 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2723 times:
Quoting VC10 (Reply 16): Yes I do have satellite TV but after a few years it really is not worth having as it is all repeats.
I agree and thats why I ditched SKY ripp off pay TV. I invested GBP80 in a FreeSat HD Grundig box and never regret it. I get all the channels I need without paying. The box plugs into your old Sky dish. Very easy to connect and great for bad reception areas.
Well something like that . At the moment they have some really good HD programs on BBC HD. Tonight they had a series called ''Oceans'' I missed last night it was the Red Sea but tonight it was the Atlantic and the HD is amazing. Also another series had the Artic Circle and that was great.
FatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2589 times:
Televisions in Kosovo
Radio Television of Kosova - RTK
Radio Television 21 - RTV21
Koha Television - KTV
Also I'm going to include Albania Televisions
Digitalb Pack incl.
Digitalb 5 - 8 (Movies)
Digi Premiere (Movies)
Junior TV, Bang Bang, Cufo (Children Cartoons, Movies)
Supersport 1 - 5 (Sports)
My Music (Music 24h)
Explorer 1 - 3 (Documentaries) - Love these channels
Digi + (TV Shows)... and many many others. Can't remember all of them right now.