Monthly Archive for August, 2007

The American Office re-relaunches in Australia.

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The American version of The Office is without a doubt, one of the best sitcoms around. It is one month from today until the fourth season starts in the US, but tonight on Ten, you can catch the beginning of season three, which may not make a lot of sense to the uninitiated since the second season ends on a cliffhanger.. but anyway.

Ten treated this show pretty horribly, pulling it from prime time when the pilot didn’t rate well, and then playing a bunch of episodes late on Sunday nights. Well now they’re giving it kind of a chance, playing it at 10:25pm tonight after Californication.

If you haven’t seen it before, the first two seasons are on DVD, and season three is all over the net, so like I said with Weeds on 9, do yourself a favour and watch it at your own leisure, because you know Ten is just going to end up pissing you off somehow.

KanaalTwee: Arrested Development in Flanders.

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Picture this.. you’re in Belgium, and you’ve got a craving for some Arrested Development, what do you do? You flick onto KanaalTwee (translation: Channel Two). This Belgian television station has been on the air since 1995 and is available over cable and satellite.

Above are stitched together start and end break bumpers to give you an idea of the KanaalTwee brand. After the jump are two promos and a chance to see how they interrupt credits in another part of the world. So keep reading..

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The new ABC News Online.. on television.

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When you’ve got one of the best online news services around, the least you can do is promote it. So check out the video above thats been running on the ABC lately, or just start reading, listening and watching the news here.

Good show, bad promo, wrong network.

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Weeds is a brilliant show, and just like with Big Love you don’t have to be into polygamy (or in this case marijuana) to appreciate it.

Season three has just started in the US, but fans have probably already seen the first four episodes which were leaked pre TX with all but the blessing of the shows creator (don’t you love progressive television folk?).

Channel Nine have started spruiking the September/October return of season two with this promo. Now I don’t know if its just me, but the music choice/volume just seems totally incorrect even for my young ears. When I first saw it, I actually thought iTunes had started playing over it, thats how disconnected it seems from the footage.

Now, if you’re eagerly awaiting the shows return on Nine, firstly let me welcome you to the club of Weeds fans, but for the love of god, just download it, you know Nine is going to end up pissing you off somehow.

Beauty in the Breakdown

All videos seem to be offline at the moment sorry, hopefully this won’t last too long!

UPDATE: And we’re back! Enjoy.

Two stunning minutes of MTV.

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MTV can get pretty trashy.. and it can get very tiring, but what can you do? You take a break. Literally. This stunning “narrative and visual break” ident created by Sägas for MTV Latin America is two minutes of hypnotic look-up-at-the-sky-and-smile bliss.

Designed to rest the eyes and mind, this video marks the first post on this blog about a South American production, and I couldn’t be more impressed, with not only the execution of the piece, but also the beauty of the concept.. literally breaking from a stations usual fare to give you a breather (not entirely unlike this).

Download some high resolution stills from the video below..

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- And a huge thanks to Fernando from Sägas for the video.

France from afar: France 2

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France 2 is the largest public television station in France, it was also the first channel in the country to go colour in 1967, and is in closest competition with TF1.

In the above videos you’ve got the closest thing French television have to idents, their “publicité” spots, followed by a movie promo, two news openers from throughout the day and a primetime line up.

For more French Television, check out my posts on ARTE, France 3, France 5, TF1 and the France Télévisions group.

- Thanks again, Jean-François.

Get your download on with the ABC.

UPDATE: The ABC served over 5 million downloads last month!

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Its been over a year since the ABC began their trial of video podcasting, and what started out with just two shows has now expanded to over a dozen of the national broadcasters news and entertainment programs.

And while the video is far from DVD or DivX quality, at 8-cents a day I’d say their doing a pretty good job. While the BBC has taken the iPlayer route allowing you to download a DRM protected version of videos that automatically deletes itself, I hope the ABC keep on with the podcasting, keep far away from DRM, improve the video quality and keep adding shows.

The ABC’s enormous archive would probably make for a pretty good for-pay download store, amd I’m sure the ABC are already looking at something like that. For now though, no other network in Australia comes close to the video download offerings of the ABC and I look forward to seeing what they do next.

Opening Sequence Sunday: The Bill

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The Bill isn’t a show I’ve ever really watched, but at 3000 episodes theres obviously an audience for it. I believe the above video is the refreshed opening sequence, and while its no Six Feet Under, it certainly has a memorable tune I’ve been hearing most of my life.

Books on your ABC Television, Radio and Shop.


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Music, the arts, science, kids, news, and now books. The ABC continues to remind us of all that “cultural stuff” they do so well. Check out the whole collection here.