I remember a time, long long ago, when we had three television channels, no VCR, 90 minutes of children’s television, and the remote involved my brother throwing things at me with increasing force until I got up and pressed the button that offered a choice of two.
Sometimes it was more entertaining to change the channel than to watch the cherished programming that started with Dr Snuggles and ended with Crackerjack.
And then came the imaginatively name Channel 4, which was the first grains of sand of the landslide towards content saturation. We didn’t see it coming at first. BSB and BSkyB brought up the simpsons, which was…different, if not great, and SKY gave us foreign shit, like RTL, a slightly larger remote, and later a hard disk recorder. But with new channels simply diluting the good content, disbursing it further, and making it harder to find. I seems that there is little more quality content now than there was back in the days of three channels and no VCR. It’s just a bugger to find.
And finally the small trickily of sand turned into a landslide of content, with the occasional gem stone hidden in the shale.
But finally we come full circle. After two decades of increasing choice, one or two channels have collected some of the better content into simple on demand services. No more do we have to choose carefully between BBC1 and ITV for 90 minutes, channel hopping to find the best available TV. We no longer have to juggle tapes and scower the radio times, hungry for the occasional decent program. It’s all on my on demand service.
But even now, why do on demand services only have content over 2 years old. Why am I still hunting for decent TV programmes, and why is there still only crap on most of the channels most of the time.
Let’s face it, we like watching TV, but it’s awfully hard to find TV that I like to watch. (199)