Posts tagged ‘TV’

the shelf life of a gadget…

My lust for the new iPod Touch (see previous post) and my absolute desire to purchase one got me thinking about how short a shelf life the modern gadget has. 10 years ago, we didn’t buy that many gadgets… gadgets are in my opinion small electronic devices which are portable. Well, 10 years ago we weren’t as advanced technologically (obviously) and thus didn’t have so many portable devices. So, maybe we’d get a radio, a stereo, a CD player… but, in general we’d purchase wise, purchase well and retain the product for a good few years.

The TV is interesting, black and white… then colour, then finally widescreen and that took a long time to become big. After widescreen came about, that was pretty much it for quite a while. Eventually people upgraded to LCD or Plasma and now, even that market has realised how easy it is to make people upgrade. If you purchased an LCD TV last year, the chances are that there is a product with a better display, better contrast ratio and better add ons (i.e. SD picture viewer built in, games engine built in…) in the market.

In my opinion, it was the mobile phone that changed things for us. We purchase a cool new phone, use it for a year or two and then upgrade it. We’ve come to accept the high monthly tariff in return for getting a free or discounted phone every couple of years. This behaviour has made us desire to satisfy our cravings for wanting, as opposed to waiting until we need a product. I’m not sure about you but, I’ve had at least 3 MP3 players so far. Now I want another one. It’s not because I have a need to listen to music everywhere I go, it’s not because my desired iPod touch has more space than my existing one (it has less), it does have a bigger screen, it is thinner but, that’s not why I want it.. I want it because I think it’s gorgeous, I like the WiFI element built in, I like the user interface and the fact that I can add apps to customise it. It IS what a gadget should be.

So, what happens to all the old gadgets. Well, personally I don’t generally eBay them, the reason being that they have depreciated so heavily that I won’t get anything near their worth back. I won’t take it back to the store for WEEE recycling as that makes less sense than eBaying them. If I replaced my frige, yes, of course I’d do that but.. for a gadget.. no. I don’t throw them in the bin and if I was to dispose, it’d be via the council dump… but, in general, they sit in a draw, unloved and unwanted….. until, one day, many years from now I, or my kids will find them, power them up and think, (in my case.. Awesome.. I remember this…), or in their case…this sucks, the screen is too small, it doesn’t play this new media type, there’s no hologramatic controls….


September 11, 2008 at 6:57 am Leave a comment

Soccer Aid 2008

Soccer Aid was on last night and, it was a pretty good match. Shame that Ramsay was out so quickly, he’s pretty stocky and should have been good in his defensive position. At the very least he should have caused some good friction on the pitch. 🙂 Although I had to watch the match with many pauses in… crying baby and tired toddler, it was still quite enjoyable with England winning 4 – 3. I was really hoping for a penalty shootout, oh well.. maybe in 2010! Actually, maybe in 2010 we’ll go and watch the match for real. That’d be pretty awesome. If you want more information or wish to donate (to Unicef), check out the following link. Did you see the match? What did you think? Let me know via the comments…

September 8, 2008 at 7:41 am Leave a comment

American TV, the Audience, Six Degrees, What about Brian and that general lack of respect.

Whilst that is the longest blog entry title I’ve ever used… to start, I’m not from America, I’m British and live in the UK, however, as many people do in the UK, or the world for that matter, I watch a fair bit of American TV.

In the UK, if a show is not doing very well, it will see out its season and then not get renewed. If it’s really performing poorly, it may get relegated to the wee hours but, it won’t get cancelled until it’s completed its run. US TV seems to be quite different though from what I can see. Two shows that we’ve watched in the UK that I have quite enjoyed have been ‘What about Brian’ and ‘Six Degrees.’ In my opinion both shows were very good and quite enjoyable so, it was a shame that they got canned. My understanding is that in both cases, they were pulled by the network, ABC (I think) during their run for not performing well enough… and I know, airtime is money. I think that WAB got a second season and after postponement, Six Degrees came back but.. in either case, loyal fans get badly treated by the network because, in my viewpoint, whether a show is very successful or not, if it’s got an audience who have invested time in the show, they deserve for the show to be ended fittingly or at least have an ending that isn’t a season finale but, a show finale, i.e. for all the loose ends to be wrapped up and not to be left hanging. I wonder if the other networks treat shows and their audience in the same way or, is it just ABC? Am I completely wrong about this?

September 5, 2008 at 6:39 am Leave a comment

Television Synchronisation

So, the new season of Prison Break was shown last night in America and tonight, in the UK, SKY1 will show it. That’s awesome. The delay used to be a few months at the very least, and then last year got down to a week between transmission. I wish they did that for all shows. Surely from a marketing point of view it would be much better anyway. In either case, it cuts down on piracy. If there’s a one day delay between broadcast, I’ll wait to watch it, when it’s months, I’ll download it. I don’t see anything wrong in that… I pay SKY for my television service, the channels just take too damned long to show most programmes.

Anyway, I wonder if Lincoln Burrows will continue to be a fat necked warrior this season, I’m stunned that his lines in the show extend beyond ‘UG’ because, when I see him, I don’t think… ‘there’s a guy that can string a sentence together’ I think, “Hey Hey… it’s Captain Caveman!”

September 2, 2008 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

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