Friday, February 10, 2017

DAILY TV NEWS ROUND-UP. Today's interesting TV stories to read from TVwithThinus - 10 February 2017.

Here's the latest news about TV that I read, and that you should too:

■ 66% of Indians admit they've watched illegally downloaded TV content.
Two thirds of Indians say they've watched pirated content although 71% say they know its illegal.

■ American breakfast show struggles to "produce" its presenters.
Former producer explains the never-ending mistakes Good Morning America's producers are making, from camera angles and guests to not letting the presenters be themselves.

■ Malawi's communications regulator wants to expand the African country's TV studio capacity.
With 25 TV stations, Malawi is struggling in meeting local TV content requirements because of a lack of basically everything and critical thinking skills. (Perhaps South Africa's Hlaudi Motsoeneng can go help?)

■ The "lost" season 8 of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and the science fiction show's secret history.
 DS9 writer reunite for a new documentary, What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek Deep Space Nine, detailing what the 8th season would have been about, what the first season 8 episode would be like, complete with interviews with the cast and crew.

■ Why the offices of Nigeria's CoreTV pay-TV broadcaster was sealed last week.
Meanwhile the office was broken into and broadcasting and other equipment stolen.

■ Creator of new drama series Legion on FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 131) explains ...
what's going on with the confusing first episode.

■ In Kenya consumers are ditching TV for online despite the high cost of data.
And advertisers are leaving television and following them there.

■ Meanwhile, 2 years after the Kenyan government shut down analogue terrestrial broadcasting, a whopping 1.5 million Kenyans now have no access to TV because they don't have digital terrestrial television (DTT) because set-top boxes (STBs) are too expensive.

■ Sir David Attenborough has a snail named after him.
He's the narrator of Planet Earth II on BBC Earth (DStv 184).

■ Bloomberg Television (DStv 411 / StarSat 264) launches new hourlong show Daybreak: Australia.
Betty Liu in New York and Haidi Lun in Sydney are anchoring and South Africans can watch it at midnight.

■ MultiChoice Namibia to upgrade its existing education centres at schools.
The pay-TV platform will do improvements over the next 3 years at its existing MultiChoice Resource Centres across Namibia.

■ Animation show Pat the Dog coming to Boomerang (DStv 302).
Turner International has picked up the show.

■ What do you not get and is missing from TV channels in Uganda?
Weather reports! Why are local TV stations in Uganda not doing weather forecasts?

■ TV team from Swedish SVT broadcaster sentenced to community work after convicted of human smuggling.
Reporter Fredrik Onnevall, his cameraman and interpreter brought a 15-year old refugee boy from Syria to Sweden in 2015.

■ Viacom is keeping its latest TV shows away from streaming services.
Viacom says it won't be undercutting pay-TV operators by making its new TV shows available to people who don't pay for pay-TV.

■ Swaziland's trashy public broadcaster, STVA, has been embroiled in lurid allegations of corruption, mismanagement and scandal for months.
Amidst rot at Swazi TV, the suspended CEO recently threw out the finance head. Add staff being unpaid and paid late for month, love affairs the CEO admitted to on live TV, the hiring of relatives, buying bad content, business class travel to Europe for studies with no qualifications, irregular appointments, and the use of company vehicles for personal use.

Meanwhile Swaziland's government, is banning the public from knowing what's in a government inquiry report into the struggling broadcaster, with the ministry of information and communication saying the inquiry's report will be kept secret from Swazis. And sadly even the PR person at STVA appears to be incompetent.

■ Some people are cancelling their Netflix subscriptions over trailer for a new series.
Dear White People sparks outrage as Netflix users say they're cancelling their subscriptions. Producer says he wants the unseen in the culture to be seen.

■ How Netflix finds your happy binging place.
What you watch causes algorithms to put you in one of "1 300 distinct taste communities".

■ How television has taken on new meaning in Donald Trump's America.
From The Young Pope to The Man in the High Castle, from Scandal (The Fixer) to The Handmaid's Tale and South Park, American TV shows are now viewed through the additional filter of the belligerent Donald Trump being America's president.