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    W3bbo

    So I'm here in LA, it's my first time in the country. I've seen US TV shows before, they're fine. But it's the other stuff, like the News blocks, the adverts and interstitals and idents; these are the things that leave the lasting impression.

    ...every other advert is for a prescription drug full of middle-aged women with "Fibromialga", bladder control issues, heart complaints. All with the "Ask your doctor why you need this drug to feel normal" line.

    At times it's hard to tell if things are a parody or satire of themselves or not. I can't go 30 seconds without rolling my eyes.

    Then there's the news. What's the point of "eyewitness news"? All the "eyewitnesses" are passers-by giving stock answers to awful "what's your opinion of..." questions that anyone would give. And of course, they send out reporters to "the scene" (e.g. where that 2nd grader was drinking whisky from his school desk) for a 10-second soundbite.

    Then there's all those human interest stories, this isn't news, it's tripe.

    Not saying UK TV is better, but at least we don't have exploitive health insurance adverts, (probably unethical) prescription medication adverts, or heck... any adverts.

    Maybe I'm just homesick, but how do you guys stand it?

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    k2t0f12d

    What is this...Tee Vee, you speak of?

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    DMassy

    W3bbo wrote:

    Maybe I'm just homesick, but how do you guys stand it?


    Get a DVR to record the shows you care about and rarely if ever watch live TV. Occasionally I'll try and catch the world news on BBC America to keep me sane, local news coverage is just dreadful Smiley

    -Dave
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    Cyonix

    W3bbo wrote:
    ...every other advert is for a prescription drug full of middle-aged women with "Fibromialga", bladder control issues, heart complaints. All with the "Ask your doctor why you need this drug to feel normal" line.
    That was one of the first things my brother told me about when he first went to the states haha

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    brian.​shapiro

    you have a lot of tabloid stuff in the UK right? from what ive gathered people there care more about sleezy stuff that happens in LA, than people in LA themselves do. it doesnt stop tv news from reporting it though.

    as for local news, it used to be that I hated local news because it was filled with dumb human interest stories. But more lately, national news has been full of the same old political BS, so some more interesting stories are in local news, in the middle of all that human interest stuff.

    have you seen all the ads for anti-depressants, webbo, that try to pitch you drugs just because you're not feeling yourself, or the ads for viagra?

    btw i hope you enjoy the postmodern architecture you have in your country multiplied x1000 , and streets and streets of nothing but rotting concrete

    i think after being in LA for a while, youll understand why most talk radio here is right-wing

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    Cyonix

    Is there anything like Media Watch over there? Or what about the UK?

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    Cybermagell​an

    TV wasn't always like that...and trust me we laugh as much as you are...

    That's why the Discovery Channel/History Channel/Food Network, etc are so much more interesting over here.

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    SlackmasterK

    DMassy wrote:


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    Sven Groot

    When I was in the US with my parents for in '99, I remember Futurama was just starting, so me and my brother always tried to convince my parents to arrange our sightseeing so we could be back in the hotel in time to watch it. Smiley

    I agree the level of commercials is rediculous. We used to get some US channels on TV at home as well, I remember seeing Star Trek The Motion Picture on that. It went, Enterprise emerges from V'ger, commercial, final scene on the bridge, commercial, credits, commercial. Madness. Perplexed

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    kettch

    You think it's bad now? With the writers strike still going strong, many shows are going into reruns or simply closing down. If it doesn't end soon, this winter will see lots of crappy reality TV and stupid game shows.

    Edit: Well, you know what I mean...more crappy reality TV and stupid game shows than we would normally see. I think that the movie channels will probably see a lot more traffic than normal.

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    DigitalDud

    Hah yeah I never understood prescription drug ads.  They are pretty heavily regulated though.

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    LaBomba

    Ummm, how do you think they afford all those extra shows and channels? Gotta make money Smiley

    Massy is right, DVR is the way to go. Otherwise don't bother.

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    littleguru

    THAT's why you have TiVo. I understand now.

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    jellowjacket

    k2t0f12d wrote:
    What is this...Tee Vee, you speak of?


    I have to agree...why would anyone watch that crap and then complain about it:s

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    littleguru

    jellowjacket wrote:
    
    k2t0f12d wrote:
    What is this...Tee Vee, you speak of?


    I have to agree...why would anyone watch that crap and then complain about it


    Well you could see W3bbo's watching as one who didn't know better because it is his first stay over there. And you could see it as a warning for all of us, who haven't been there, to not switch on the TV Wink

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    Dodo

    littleguru wrote:
    
    jellowjacket wrote:
    
    k2t0f12d wrote:
    What is this...Tee Vee, you speak of?


    I have to agree...why would anyone watch that crap and then complain about it


    Well you could see W3bbo's watching as one who didn't know better because it is his first stay over there. And you could see it as a warning for all of us, who haven't been there, to not switch on the TV
    I don't even like the German TV, and of all programs MTV is the worst (except they're really broadcasting music...) you get the idea?

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    BruceMorgan

    Cyonix wrote:
    
    W3bbo wrote:
    ...every other advert is for a prescription drug full of middle-aged women with "Fibromialga", bladder control issues, heart complaints. All with the "Ask your doctor why you need this drug to feel normal" line.
    That was one of the first things my brother told me about when he first went to the states haha


    The prescription drug commercials started about 5 years ago.  I'm pretty sure the US FDA prohibited advertisements for prescription drugs before that.  I do know the FDA requires the mumbo-jumbo about side effects and the like.

    I passionately hate those commercials.  Most everyone seems to, but I presume they must work as intended.  Or maybe not, maybe that's why there seems to be more and more. 

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    blowdart

    I haven't even turned on the TV in Seattle Big Smile

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