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Ma télé06/12/2007 - par Mark Tungate
One day, I will no longer utter the phrase « There's nothing on TV ». For the moment, though, it's a painful wait. I recently signed up to the Canalsat bouquet, which effectively means that on top of the crap that was already on my television, I now have access to a whole lot more crap. Whenever I switch on the box, the choice amounts to this : reality TV, discussion shows, or American series badly dubbed into French. I'm not saying there is never anything good on French TV. I'm just saying that it's never on when I want to watch it.
I hear you say : « Why don't you record the good stuff ? » Nice try : but that would involve planning. And as you well know, I'd just end up with a pile of recorded shows that I don't have time to watch.
It's not just a French thing : the situation is more or less the same in England. Until next year, when the major UK channels - BBC, ITV and Channel4 - will team up to launch a TV on demand service through the internet. Called Kangaroo, it lets viewers watch exactly what they want, when they want to watch it. Imagine the scenario : it is 9pm, you are exhausted. You sit down, select Comedy, scroll through the options, and stumble across an episode of Seinfeld you somehow missed. You press play. You enjoy.
Kangaroo will give British viewers access to 10,000hours of new and archived programming, initially through the Web but later via their televisions. What's more, most of this will be free. Vivement le Kangourou français !