Thursday, March 19, 2015

Today's interesting TV stories to read from TV with Thinus - 19 March 2015

"The meteor that never fell to Earth".
The New York Times covers the astounding rise of Empire on FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 131).

Top Gear inquiry starts.
The BBC investigative panel listens to the evidence of Jeremy Clarkson and the producer in the scandalous "fracas" which erupted around the BBC Entertainment (DStv 120) car show.
Meanwhile the international Top Gear shows - including in South Africa - will continue as announced, and The New York Times says Top Gear has "hit rock bottom".

Cosatu condemns the ongoing mismanagement of the SABC.
Trade federation demands that the people involved in the scandalous decision to give MultiChoice exclusive access to the SABC archives all resign.

E! Entertainment (DStv 124) now turns to RuPaul.
After the Fashion Police fiasco E! now hopes Good Work - commenting on the plastic surgery in Hollywood - works.

Nigerians wonder what the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is doing over MultiChoice's DStv price hike.
Is the "exploitative" 1 April DStv price hike "the beginning of the end of the road" for DStv in many Nigerian homes?

Meanwhile the petition against MultiChoice Zambia dominates the media.
In Zambia, MultiChoice is hiking the price for DStv subscriptions from 1 April by a staggering 21% for DStv Premium and a massive 22% for DStv Compact, while DStv Access is rising with an astronomical 30%.

Game of Thrones has its first ever European media premiere event.
South African and African viewers on M-Net (DStv 101) will see episodes of the new 5th season even before Sky subscribers will who will be 19 hours behind (although there were no South African press at the massive press launch in London at the Tower of London).

MUST READ: Your TV study article of the day.
If you really want to understand and learn and know pay-TV better and how the whole system works, take the time to read this great new article how it started and the changing structure of the pay-TV business.

New research into global TV viewership.
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) looks at how global TV viewers are redefining their relationship with television.

Watch SABC3's Presenter Search on 3 reality show.
Didn't know that you could watch the entire episodes of Presenter Search on 3 online, did you?

Foxtel Arts to launch in Australia on 28 March as a new TV channel.
Maybe one day MultiChoice's DStv or On Digital Media's StarSat will have a real South African arts TV channel too.

How Wendy Williams became talk TV's unlikely survivor.
Why the American TV talk show seen in South Africa on BET (DStv 135 / StarSat 167) became a hit dishing on pop culture and celebrities.

Abrupt ouster of Marcel Golding and Bronwyn Keene Young exit damaged
Remgro admits the scandalous has affected the TV channel's business - it has in fact "hurt" the company" over which Remgro refused to talk about last year.

Hungary's embarrassing TV fail.
Restart of Hungary's state TV channel leaves viewers with black screens on the first day due to technical problems.

Jon Cryer on Charlie Sheen and what really happened.
The Hollywood Reporter has a fascinating extract from Jon Cryer's new book So That Happened detailing what happened behind-the-scenes during Charlie Sheen's infamous meltdown.

Viewership for Keeping Up with the Kardashians falls to record low.
Ratings plunge for the new 10th season on E! Entertainment (DStv 124); premiere episode marks an all-time ratings low. Meanwhile eNews' Giuliana Rancic thinks its better to be "under-prepared" for live TV.