Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Floppy Haired Git

I recently purchased an iPod Touch, a gorgeous little gadget which has become my constant companion. The only catch with the device is that it isn't Flash enabled. Sure you can get YouTube, but that still leaves a lot of internet content unavailable.

Thank God for the BBC, who have converted iPlayer content into a format that can be viewed on the iPod in superb quality. They didn't have to do this, and it's good to see them spending money on the people that really matter (i.e me).

I'm not so keen on them handing out £18 million to Jonathan Ross. I appreciate that the organization can't hold to a Reithian ideal, but I fail to see why a tosser like Ross should command silly money. Clever he may be, but he is also deeply repulsive. He's like Ricky Gervais in that respect; he may be good at what he does but he makes my skin crawl.

I'm convinced that the BBC should spend that sort of money on high production value series like Lost or Heroes. My God, the talent is there and the CGI makes it possible to do things that were unthinkable twenty years ago. A proper adult sci fi production would sell overseas and probably recoup its costs many times over. Personally I'm bored with costume dramas, what I want is aliens and stuff that doesn't look like it's made out of traffic cones and sticky back plastic.

Doctor Who is all very well and good, but ultimately it's a kids programme.

18 comments:

Malc said...

£18m for someone to interrupt guests and laugh at his own puerile jokes - it's a bargain. Particularly at a time when the BBC are cutting back on local news journalists (£16,000-a-year) and, if a quick trawl through the iPlayer is anything to go by, making next to nothing watchable.

garfer said...

Ross should be confined to BBC3, where he would account for 0.0003 of viewers and be paid commensurately.

Piggy and Tazzy said...

Personally, I think the BBC should fund itself from all it's sales of BBC made programmes and everything else it seems to be involved in, rather than threatening me with prison for refusing to pay for something I rarely watch.

Then, I wouldn't give a toss how much they paid the so-call 'stars'.

If they insist on fleecing the population for it's revenue, then I'd appreciate them NOT showing repeat after repeat after repeat after repeat after repeat of shite from the 70's and 80's that hardly anyone watched even then.

Or funding shite digital channels that no-one watches and serve only as TV spots for shite comedians.

I could go on and on.

I wish they'd just make the BBC a subscription service. It'd be interesting to see just how many DONT join.

garfer said...

They should be banned from broadcasting shite like 'Murder she Wrote' and 'The Weakest Link'. 95% of what they broadcast is of no interest to me, but the other 5% is better than most of what I can find elsewhere.

I hate Sky much more than I hate the BBC.

As for them becoming subscription only. Dream on.

Herge Smith said...

Hmm, and the wireless capabilities? How's that? Seriously I need advice, I'm considering getting either a Touch or a classic with a fuck off amount of memory...

Hmm, see the 160gb seems like the minimum, but even 32gb for just music and a few movies is quite a lot.

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garfer said...

The wireless is excellent, picks up a signal where my laptop won't. I got a 16gb, but the 32gb wasn't available then.

Who needs to have their entire music collection and twenty films on a hand held anyway. Apple can be rip off merchants but I'm well satisfied with the Touch.

Great screen as well.

Herge Smith said...

Hmm... it is lovely, I often go down to the Apple store on Oxford street for a play...

Hmm....

Good wireless as well... hmm...

Herge Smith said...

Not much is done in flash anymore is it? Not now we're bring the internet to an early end with all the streaming video.

Now, the ads on the apple homepage say you can get browse the internet/ email chums whilst on the move - is that just hyperbole or is that true?

And what is the keypad like?

I'm selling it myself here, you can tell right?

garfer said...

Dunno about emailing on the trot, I've not tried. The keypad is fiddly, but you get used to it.

The only catch is the smudgy screen, but you can cover that with an invisible shield.

Just buy one. They rock.

Which is more than can be said for the bundled ear buds. Get some nice noise cancellers.

MJ said...

They should upgrade BBC Canada which seems to be programming more and more home improvement shows and fewer quality series.

garfer said...

You Canucks obviously need to improve your homes. All those moose heads on the wall are so last year.

Piggy and Tazzy said...

Nice to note that the Canucks are being subjected to ever-increasing levels of the same shite that we are then.

Betty said...

I was talking to someone who lives in Canada a few days ago, and apparently Canucks keep up with all of the modern, cutting edge British shows such as The Vicar Of Dibley and Keeping Up Appearances. Difficult choice - move away to Canada and escape having to pay a £20,000 licence fee to cover Jonathan Ross's salary, or face having to watch Dawn French on telly for all eternity.

garfer said...

The Canucks should be satisfied with the crumbs from our table. All they produce is public information films about varmints and Celine Dione.

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