TV Programmes - does a larger number of channels mean less choice & quality?
December 19, 2006 11:01am CST
In the UK, we've been getting a larger number of channels available to us through digital TV over the past few years, and they seem to be growing exponentially now. But with the vast majority of these channels showing repeat after repeat, phone-in quiz shows, and docu-soaps, it seems that there's far less to watch than when we just had 5 channels to choose from. We seem to have a greater quantity, with no quality! What are your thoughts on the subject?
25 Dec 06
I think the quality of TV in general is deteriorating except for paid subscription channels where you get all movies or all classic movies, etc free broadcast I guess they depend more and more on less expensive programs or their own production and that's why the quality is being low.
19 Dec 06
I'm from the UK, and I must disagree with your point that we didn't know any better when we had 5 channels - we used to have quality drama and comedy produced in this country for its own sake, rather than just mass-produced samey programmes on how to vamp up your house/car/neighbourhood/appearance. They just seem to churn these programmes out as a way of filling the schedule nowadays, and the BBC seem to have lost their quality writers, and just churn out one soap opera-style drama after another. Innovation and quality should be at the heart of the BBC as they're publically funded and have a mandate to do so, but they seem more interested in selling their programmes to other countries, and buy in most of their best programmes from other production companies/countries! I was always quite opinionated on the quality of programmes -before digital came out it was often lacking, but it was never as bad as it is now, and there was usually something of decent quality on to watch!