C’mon Ireland We Can Be Just Like The Worst Of America – Tallafornia

No seriously, with just a smidgen of effort we can be exactly like the Americans that even the Americans despise!

Never before have I felt as much second-hand shame and embarrassment at being Irish.

Tallafornia? Is this some sort of a sick joke? Who are these wankers? TV3 you have a lot to answer for!

For the love of St. Patrick and the pints, even most Americans I know (and I live in the US) think Jersey Shore is a piece of desiccated donkeys excrement and we’re going to start emulating that shite?

The marketing genius (and I use that term with as much sarcasm as I can muster) that came up with this idea needs to have the crack supply cut off, that polo shirt shoved up his (or her) arse and be force fed some Guinness down the pub, preferably without being allowed to leave,  for 6 months straight before they’re even allowed to consider pitching an idea again.

If it wasn’t for people like Peter Ganley and Chris Greene who did the commentary on this clip, I’d have no hope left…


Kryten Reminds Me How Old I Really Am

Robert “Kryten” Llewellyn on the filming of “Red Dwarf X” in front of a live audience:

The big test will be when the audience sees them. Will they be able to resist posting spoilers on social media? We will certainly be encouraging them not to. I think we should all encourage them not to. This is the first time we have recorded a series in front of a live audience since things like Twitter, Google+ and Facebook have come into existence.

The first episode of Red Dwarf aired on the 15th of February 1988 and I have watched them all since. Damn I’m showing my age.

Got a video blog? Get licensed?

(Via Bloggers Blog) The Times is reporting that the British Government is attempting to put the brakes on a EU (European Union) directive that would require all websites in Europe to comply with European broadcasting regulations.

We’re not talking just business here, we’re talking anybody with any kind of video files, and that mean you and I.

Ministers fear that the directive would hit not only successful sites such as YouTube but also amateur “video bloggers” who post material on their own sites. Personal websites would have to be licensed as a “television-like service”.

Viviane Reding, the Media Commissioner, argues that the purpose is simply to set minimum standards on areas such as advertising, hate speech and the protection of children.

But Shaun Woodward, the Broadcasting Minister, described the draft proposal as catastrophic. He said: “Supposing you set up a website for your amateur rugby club, uploaded some images and added a link advertising your local sports shop. You would then be a supplier of moving images and need to be licensed and comply with the regulations.”

The major problem, as far as I see it comes in defining exactly what broadcast television is, and under this new “Television Without Frontiers Directive” (who come up with these crap names?) the definition will be extended to

cover services such as video-on-demand or mobile phone clips.

So what constitutes TV? Well according to Mr. Woodward (who’s fighting this btw)

It’s common sense. If it looks like a TV programme and sounds like one then it probably is. A programme transmitted by a broadcaster over the net could be covered by extending existing legislation. But video clips uploaded by someone is not television. YouTube and MySpace should not be regulated.

Well that’s all well and good, but with the high quality of shows by some video bloggers today it’s just not possible to say that if it looks, sounds and smells like TV then it’s TV.

Shows like “The Show with ZeFrank” are of good enough quality that they wouldn’t look out of place in one of those short interlude shows on the Discovery Channel (because we all know Ze’s a bit of an animal right?). Not to mention plenty of other shows which are professionally produced such as DL.TV.

My biggest fear here is that we see a requirement set in place requiring a paid licence that most video bloggers won’t be able to afford, especially the teens.

So, how do we handle this? Well how about simply saying that if the show was created primarily for broadcast over terrestrial/satellite TV then it’s a “TV show”!

If it is later rebroadcast (or simultaneously) or made available for download on the internet or to your mobile phone then it should come under the regulations.

If it doesn’t well then that’s it. What do you guys think, and who if anybody, can we voice our opinion to?