Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Today's interesting TV stories to read from TV with Thinus - 20 May 2015.

First trailer for the new drama series, The Magicians, coming in 2016.
A "grown up" version of Harry Potter with a wizarding school.

Parliament to finally act on the minister of communications' interference in the SABC.
Portfolio committee on communications will now apparently proceed and act on Faith Muthambi's alleged undue and illegal direct interference in the SABC board.

South African consumers will keep paying their expensive DStv subscriptions to keep their television ...
... before they pay their water and electricity. Poor people pay for DStv to watch SABC channels on it but can't afford to pay for electricity and water.

Does 2015 mark the beginning of the end of the pay-TV bundle?
There's several danger signs in the American pay-TV business regarding the start of a process of "unbundling" of the traditional bundled pay-TV offering.

A big backlash has started against Game of Thrones shown on M-Net Edge (DStv 102).
Horrific rape scene has viewers wondering whether the explicit fantasy drama has finally gone too far. Game of Thrones forced to go on the defensive over shocking rape scene controversy. HBO suddenly doesn't want to comment about its show. And viewers are saying they're quitting Game of Thrones.

Beleaguered SABC is a soap of its own.
It's a massive 15 months since the SABC last had a permanent CEO and 5 months since the struggling SABC had a permanent SABC board chairperson while the "shambolic state of governance" continues at the South African public broadcaster.

Kendall Jenner in a non-verbal diss of Giuliana Rancic.
The Kardashian spin-off kid blatantly rebuffs the E! Entertainment (DStv 124) red carpet mainstay in an awkward European "mwah-mwah" air kisses moment gone wrong.

The Bachelor Fantasy Suite is a sex nest.
The tawdry reality dating show has "everything you need" for "safe sex" for the contestants, brags host Chris Harrison.

A third of British TV viewers thinks there's too much sex on TV.
Study by British TV regulator finds third of TV viewers think sexually explicit material should never be shown on television - and that there's too much violence and swearing.

New local reality TV show Date my Family coming to Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) from August.
In the dating reality show, people will have impress the families of people they want to date. Very strangely, M-Net South Africa CEO Yolisa Phahle herself talks about the show.

DStv BoxOffice finally launches in Uganda.
MultiChoice's movies on demand service finally unveiled in the Africa country.