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Christmas television.


Chronos the 2nd

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As it is little more than ten days to the festivities begin and there has been minimal previews of the Christmas television viewing. Can we assume that this year, as with the previous few years the TV channels will be showing nothing more than a diet of repeats interspersed with a rare Christmas special? And the reason that there has been little advertising of this televisual boredom is finally the channels have accepted that we are possibly not quite as thick as they usually see the viewing public and have shown much welcomed common decency by not trying to convince us that programs over the festive period will be great.

Unusual I know but possible perhaps?

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Aitchbee

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I really enjoyed some late night Xmas TV, [on Christmas Night], featuring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett ... many unseen 'Two Ronnies' sketches & off-camera 'GEMS' were shown.

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Aitchbee

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... at my sister's house, I 'had to' watch a lot of dross [earlier] on Xmas day!

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spuds

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Over the Christmas period, television viewing as been very limited, even on Freeview and satellite. The odd repeat documentary type, that's about all. Saves on the leccy bill I suppose?.

But then again, the same rules the rest of the year!.

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Chronos the 2nd

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I have finally been convinced to sell my three TV's and watch any programs via catchup on the Pc thereby saving the license fee each year.

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Quickbeam

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Chronos the 2nd

That could be a very real threat if they don't broadcast quality TV at peak holiday times when there are millions of people inside during the wettest Christmas period that I can remember.

There's a limit to how long I can watch rolling car restoration/American handyman/8 year old Top gear/etc/etc... programmes and keep sane.

Once a drift like that starts, the whole concept of BBC funding will collapse. And they are funded to entertain us are they not?

I'm already looking at the flexible options available, Netflix & Top Up TV (Sky are too inflexible to interest me in them). I think that if I start using the net to receive and a monitor to view, I'll soon change my viewing habits and be lost to terrestrial broadcasts.

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Chronos the 2nd

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Percentage of repeats and this is just the BBC.

But for me it is the whole ethos of TV today. Not only do we have far to many repeats but the fact that they seem to be in loops and never ending.

Why do broadcasters feel the need to spend up to 3 minutes informing us of what is to come in the following program and then toward the end tell us what is coming up in the next program. Though Channel 5 must take the biscuit as they will have a reminder of what happened in the previous potion of a documentary each time the is an ad break.

I appreciate with more channels to fill repeats are a fact of life, but the BBC in particular have vast archives yet it is the same programs that are repeated.

A case in point was on one day last week the channel Dave showed Top Gear's India special, if my memory serves it finished at 7PM and then one of the BBC's channels also showed the same program starting at 7PM. Are these people having a laugh.

I have been totally baffled by the point of iplayer and the like as as far as I can see most programs are repeated within days of the original showing and are then repeated several more times that year.

Yes we still get the occasional enjoyable program but they are few and far between and most programs seem to be of the soap opera format or must have some sort of celebrity no matter how minor.

It is time for the BBC to stand on it's abilities and become a commercial channel. I for one will not be renewing my license this year.

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woodchip

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My TV Picture is Pale is it the Old Films that have worn out?

I think they Program the Computer to play all the old stuff then go home while next year

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Algerian peter ™

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Plenty of sport on sky sports through the festive ho;lidays.

Watching Sunderland v spurs at moment. ;-)

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lotvic

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That's interesting, I went to www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one to check about the iPlayer and it says:

The law states that you need to be covered by a TV Licence if you watch or record television programmes, on any device, as they're being shown on TV. This includes TVs, computers, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recorders.

You don't need a licence if you don't use any of these devices to watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV - for example, if you use your TV only to watch DVDs or play video games, or you only watch ‘catch up’ services like BBC iPlayer or 4oD.

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Chronos the 2nd

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I think the words to note are "as they're being shown on TV" if you are watching via catchup,iplayer and the like you do not need a license.

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