Great, great book. My top 3 in no particular order, The Grapes of Wrath (where the character Tom Joad comes from of course), For Whom the Bell Tolls, and the Autobiography of Malcom X. I need to get back into reading those book thingys.
The Tom Morello - Ghost of Tom Joad, ... makes me think of Jimi Hendrix, which leads into this. The upcoming biopic where Hendrix will be played by none other than Andre Benjamin of Outkast fame. Will be interesting to see how he pulls it off.
and the rest only marginally better reposts of the Independent, Observer or Daily Mail (with one about a week ago being a grossly overblown Daily Mail “OMG Beijing smog” piece of shit. It was bad on that day, but nothing like January 2013 and nowhere near as apocalyptic as the Daily Mail tried to pretend).
Turns out it was an ad for a Chinese tourist destination that plays on that screen all the time.
and here is the response. Basically the same one I got 3 years ago.
"Thanks for your email.
We are aware that not every subscriber has the same viewing requirements, and because of the way we package our programming we are not able to supply the exact mix of channels to suit all of our subscribers. Our packages are designed to provide a broad mix of channels to cater for most tastes. Most pay television companies worldwide operate in the same manner, as the matrix of package choices to support "a la carte" viewing is very complicated.
It would be wonderful if customers were able to tailor packages to their viewing preferences, but the reality is that it would be no cheaper for you to choose the channels you request as they would be more expensive on an individual basis.
Television viewing is very personal and subjective and not all the decisions we make will please all of our customers. Each customer has to decide whether they believe they are getting value for viewing.
We will continue to endeavour to deliver a quality product and service at a reasonable cost. We sincerely hope that you will continue to enjoy the increasing variety and diversity of channels and programmes that are offered on SKY.
With kind regards,
I've sent a reply back for all intents and purposes saying... What a load.
What makes it worse is you CAN subscribe to the French channel (France 24) on it's own for $7 a month.
The WTV package is separate to SKY. You watch it through your MYSKY decoder but the money is going to WTV who have bundled up the 10 channels. You get redirected to WTV and get it through them. So that would suggest that SKY themselves haven't made any effort to organise some Asian foreign language programming themselves at all aside from the Hindi channel which is Star Plus at 10.21 a month. So SKY can just wash their hands of it.
In WTV's words:
What's the relationship between WTV and SKY?
WTV does the marketing and provision of the Asian channels, as well as producing local programmes. SKY TV does installation, invoicing and caters for other technical aspects.
For all intents and purposes they are a Chinese TV provider. And Sky doesn't appear to have made any effort to provide for other 'potential user groups' in NZ. I've sent WTV an email asking them why they don't split their channels up. Don't expect much of a response. I emailed them a few years ago when I first discovered the exorbitant price and obvious flaw in their package. Got a 'non answer'.
It's so frustrating. The package that has the 'Asian' channels is World TV. They are provided by World TV (WTV), not SKY, so when I asked SKY why they weren't available as separate channels based on you know LANGUAGE!!! they said, "oh there's nothing we can do about it, World TV are responsible for providing the package".
OMG! Are you taking the piss? I complained about that in 2010. And 3 years later it's the same backward arse shit only it costs even more than it did then.
There are 12 channels. 9 are Chinese, 2 are Korean and 1 is Japanese.
Would somebody tell me why a Japanese person would pay $56.62 a month EXTRA for one channel? Or one of the 25,000 Koreans living in NZ would pay that for 2 channels?
Amateur hour. Or is that Amateur decade?
My wife gets angry with me when I try to fast forward through the ads when we've MY SKYed the news (which we do every day). It's about the only NZ TV she watches and she's from Korea so it's kind of like the only bit of commercial info she gets as the rest of her media experience is watching hours of Korean TV, internet guff etc :)
I'd love to know just how many households in Auckland now don't watch any NZ TV at all, or SFA anyway. It must now have cracked 100,000 and counting. The language barrier fullstop will be the reason for a large number, but simply the choice of being able to watch TV from back home fairly easily must be big.
One thing that is annoying is that the Asian TV channels on SKY are packaged up so you have to pay something like $50 a month for all of them (last time I looked). Why the hell would a Korean want to pay $50 a month for 2 channels alongside some Chinese and Japanese ones (when they don't speak those languages)??? Especially when they can get the same content that's on them virtually for free through the net.
Catch up Sky and get your third party providers to unbundle their shit and work out how to produce a useful, cheap product. Maybe they could even get relevant local advertisers in the mix.
The highest rating program in the USA in the last couple of years has been NFL football on Sunday nights, along with NCIS and they get about 20-25 million viewers a week which is around the 6-8% of the population mark.
The Block gets 637,950 out of 4,430,000 for it's finale.
= 14% of the population, and maybe about 10% for it's regular mid season stuff.
The biggest watched TV show in the USA EVERY YEAR is the Superbowl which gets around 80-90 million viewers which is around 27% of the population. It's booyah for the hosting network because the ads during the game (of which their are many) cost millions of dollars for one 30sec time slot.
So TV3 must be rubbing it's hands together to get a show that is rating that high 3 nights a week for that many weeks.
Any idea on what it typically costs for a 30 sec ad in primetime on NZ TV and what it might cost during a high rating show????
One of the main stories on the CNN website.