TV Viewing is Getting SMART-er

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The title is sort of stating the obvious, but let me explain. I think the majority of my generation caught the back-end of cable TV before digital viewing came in (e.g. SkyTV and Virgin Media). However, with the help of the internet and the greater competitive development of technology, televisions are getting “SMART-er”.

The Death of TV on a Telly

For years now, Sky, Virgin and BT have been a pinnacle part of our furniture. Much of TV viewing requires a box on the TV stand which contains hundreds of different channels. From Hollywood to Bollywood. From Bollywood to Nollywood. Then to Friends on every other channel. I think some show sport, but rumour has it you have to sacrifice a limb for it.

You know when it all changed? When screens replaced buttons on devices which became heavily reliant on the internet. That changed television in a way which we constantly overlook. It is leading to the death of television on a telly (if it has not already happened). Netflix became the ‘King of the Jungle’.

It costs significantly lower than TV boxes, and you don’t actually need a box to view it. Sky Originals from previous years often appear on it, so no need to buy boxsets. In fact, many major TV networks put their shows on Netflix. It offers pretty much the same thing a TV box would, yet you don’t even need a TV to watch it all. Your phone, tablet or laptop can all show it in the same quality.

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Streaming is taking over. TV boxes will soon become a thing of the past. Think about it. Streaming services are half the price, accessible everywhere at any time, accustomed to you and…NO ADVERTS!

For the majority of the 10’s, Netflix dominated the streaming scene. I mean Hulu have been around and Amazon Prime snuck in too. But Netflix is the first name you think of in this discussion. However, other big name players are entering the new game. Disney recently launched Disney+ and both ITV and BBC have created a joint service, BritBox, to keep British television up-to-speed.

The question is, what can the likes of Sky and Virgin Media offer that these services can’t? Rather than offering a wide-variety of channels, these services actually analyse your viewing and will recommend shows for you. It saves you flicking through an endless library. I am pretty sure these TV boxes are not able to do that. Oh, and you don’t need a TV license either.

TV’s don’t just have channels anymore, they have apps. You can even browse the web on your TV. On my TV remote, there are actually buttons for Netflix and Amazon Prime to take you straight to the apps. To me, this indicates that one of these is the first place a viewer would go. It is certainly the first place I go. It tells me they expect you to stream your TV shows and not plug in a box.

It’s hard to see how this isn’t the death of TV boxes. It could be a critical blow for the likes of Sky. Even though they have a deal with Netflix, will it be enough to save their platform?

What even is ‘Telly’ now?

You Win Some, You Lose Some.

April and May have been HUGE for the entertainment industry. Avengers: Endgame smashed all sorts of records at the box office (which makes me super happy) and, to be honest, THAT episode of Game of Thrones really should give Arya her place in the Avengers too (LOL)!

With Disney dominating the film industry right now; with Marvel’s MCU, Fox’s X-Men, Star Wars and their own house movies; and other big names jumping into the mix too; DC with Shazam and Joker, Godzilla, Jordan Peele’s “Us” and many more; the big screen is the big talk of the year (outside of Westeros).

With that being said, I think it’s fitting to have a top 5 and worst 5 movie franchises of all time! So with that being said, let’s start with the losers:

Worst 5

5. DC Extended Universe

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It’s clear what DC are trying to do. Their rivals, Marvel, have smashed it. They’re dominating the box office because of their movie franchise. But DC…I mean, they’re trying. I know their mistake, in fact, we all do. They rushed into it. They didn’t want Marvel to rush ahead, but their constant blunder of giving Zack Snyder the role as Director just gave Marvel an even bigger lead.

Justice League should have been better than Avengers. I was so much more excited for a Justice League film (I have always been team DC) than Avengers, but when I saw it, I left the cinema as Team Marvel.

DISCLAIMER: Wonder Woman was a brilliant film. The only one, which I have seen, which I thought was well-made (probably because it wasn’t directed by Snyder).

4. Disney’s Classics Reboots

I’m talking Jungle Book, Aladdin, Cinderella and, soon to be, Lion King. Why are they making these? Running out of ideas, Disney? Kids are still watching Cinderella (1950) and loving it; that was made over half a century ago. Reboots are a bit of an issue in Hollywood at the moment, but the Disney ones are bothering me. Is there something wrong with the animation? Is it outdated? No, it’s just a given that it will do well at the box office, so they change how it looks to make you think it’s a different film. It’s like dressing King Kong in a cute monkey costume and calling it a new Curious George movie.

3. Transformers

Autobots and Decepticon respective logos

Who likes getting the same movie every 2 years…from MICHAEL BAY?!?!

2. Fast and Furious

Just kill it already. Honestly, why won’t you let it go? I never liked it in the first place. Did anyone? CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW IT’S STILL ENJOYABLE?

1. Star Wars

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Putting this one on here hurts, but I think Disney killed one of the greatest movie franchises in history. This new trilogy has been an unoriginal exposure of our love for both Star Wars and nostalgia. To make matters worse, D & D (the producers for our much beloved Game of Thrones) are to produce the next trilogy. Yes…yet another trilogy…

For some, this is great news. Why wouldn’t it be? They’re great producers. But the choice to have D & D on board for Star Wars is for hype before it is for a well-made film. It will be another commercial success for Disney.

Top 5

5. Star Wars

Did you ever notice The Shepherd (me) in Luke and Vader’s battle??

Regardless of what I just said, it deserves to be here. What stand-alone movie franchise has it’s own THEME PARK! It’s iconic. It’s not just a bunch of movies anymore, it holds a significant place in pop culture. It will never die. It gave us the greatest team of heroes (more so than the Avengers). It gave us the most sinister and powerful of villains. It has given us epic story lines and character development of such greatness, the likes of which is rarely seen.

Even if Disney have ruined the movies, there is no denying the legendary status of Star Wars- whether you are a fan or not.

4. Avatar

The man, Taaj, who is quoted here and who got Avatar on the list- credit to BBC Show ‘Come Fly With Me’

“Oh man, Avatar. Have you seen Avatar?! YOU HAVEN’T SEEN AVATAR?!”

3. Bad Boys

I know I mocked Michael Bay earlier, but his style, combined with the charismatic performances of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, allows for movies of epic proportions. It’s action packed, violent and hilarious. It’s straight up toxic masculinity and I’m all for it.

I can’t wait for Bad Boys 3…

2. Rocky

A story like no other. The fighting isn’t just in the ring, that is what makes it so great. The emotion, drama, intensity, action and realism of it is very admirable.

The characters were ALL memorable. Mr Balboa was just that guy. Then we had Clubber Lang, Apollo Creed, Ivan Drogo, Paulie, Adrian and Mickey.

Think of all the iconic moments; Rocky running up those steps, Apollo’s shorts, Rocky vs Ivan Drogo, Rocky vs Apollo (Fight 3), Apollo’s death and…who can forget… “AdriaaAaAAan!”

1. Marvel’s MCU

Whoa. Where do I begin. Let me start where they did with Iron Man. 11 years ago was the start of something extraordinary. The film landscape was changed. Marvel did what no-one else has done before. Over 11 years and 22 movies (as well as multiple TV series), Marvel created an entire universe of characters and plots and led it all to the greatest, largest and most amazing spectacle in cinema history.

I could talk for hours about how amazing this MCU is and why. How can one film have an 11-year build-up? All that hard work and patience for Infinity War & Endgame. They created history at the Box Office and deservedly so. Both character and story development grew on a level like no other and we became attached to many of the heroes involved (especially Tony and Cap. they deserve a statue). And the best part is, that’s not the end! The next phase starts with Spider-Man! It’s the ultimate franchise. It can never end. I guess you could say it will last for…an infinity.

P.S.  Rest in Peace, Stan Lee. We love you 3000 💙❤️

That’s All Folks…

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Michael Jackson: Was the ‘King of Pop’ a Paedo?

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Prior to watching the documentary, Twitter followers were asked what they think…

I’m sure you have seen the absolute s**t-storm that “Leaving Neverland” has created on the internet. If you don’t know what it is or haven’t seen it, it’s a very shocking and surprising documentary which describes (in a lot of detail) how MJ sexually abused two people when they were children. Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck tell us their encounters with Michael when they were younger. I recommend you watch it before you read or comment on this article.

Leaving Neverland has divided the internet into two. One side are absolutely horrified and can’t believe their childhood idol (across several generations) is a disgusting monster. The other side are not having it. They think Robson and Safechuck are lying. They think this documentary has 0 truth and that the whole thing is a scandal to make money because, as you may know, a dead man can’t defend himself.

No one WANTS to believe this. We all loved Michael. But I can see why there is such a divide in opinions. If the accounts told are false, then it’s just another fine example of how the industry cares about literally NOTHING other than cash.

Personally, I have never said MJ is guilty. I have also never said he is innocent. But, unlike many viewers, this documentary changed nothing for me. I still don’t know. Both sides of the argument do have valid points. I want to cover both sides of the argument here.

THIS IS IMPORTANT. MJ wasn’t just anybody, he was one of the greatest to ever grace the Earth. His music would still be played in 100 years, that’s how impactful he was. But now, I’m not so sure…

Take His Crown!

One person on Twitter definitely agreed

For many, Michael’s reputation is gone. Finished. He’s guilty, clear as day. I can see why. The stories in this documentary were very detailed. VERY. And I think it’s fair to say if literally any middle-aged man on the planet did the same thing Michael did, the whole world would be screaming for his head.

Michael has always seemed to be a bit off-key. I mean the fact he wanted to have slumber parties with young boys is weird. The fact he paid millions of dollars to avoid a lawsuit seems strange too. The telephone calls which were mentioned in the documentary could also be perceived in that manner. There are not many other points which I can say regarding why and how he might be guilty because that is literally it. He wanted young boys to live in his house. Need I say more?

The level of detail which Robson and Safechuck went in to was disturbing to say the least. But, considering the relationship they had with MJ, it does have a lot of plausibility. But like I said, a dead man can’t defend himself…

You Liars!

Another person on Twitter thought it was “stupid”

The other side of the internet think it’s all a scandal to get money. In fact, when the question was raised, one Twitter follower had a lot to say about it. You can see the thread here. They suggested that “Robson started off this whole accusation with a book deal” and that the “UK broadcast was 45 minutes shorter” than the USA. There was a lot more said but these points stood out for me. Was this just a ploy to gain some sort of profit? Whether it be financial or reputational? Was this documentary, knowing it was going to get attention because of the context, created for the purpose of gossip? Gossip which would lead to more interest? Interest which would lead to views and greater financial gain? Everyone involved in the documentary knows how eventful it would be because of how one-sided it is and how defenceless the accused is.

Personally, there was a lot of it which I didn’t buy. The accusation is definitely plausible. But, Robson and Safechuck, as well as their mothers if I am going to be honest, seemed off. The way the story was told sounded like it was being made up on the spot. Elements sounded true but a lot of it sounded like they were just making it up as they went along. It felt like they were thinking ‘hmm maybe I can add one or two more things here to make this sound even worse.” There was even one point when one of them said ‘MJ abused me while my parents were in the next room.’ The whole documentary they made it seem like MJ played EVERYTHING safe, so they never got caught, but that did not fit in at all. The tone of the mothers was strange as it always felt like their attitude towards the whole thing kept changing. Either they are just some weird people, or they are very bad at storytelling. I’ve heard all sorts of rumours saying that ‘Robson and Safechuck are struggling financially so they need the money’ and a billion-dollar lawsuit being raised. There are a lot of strong points defending MJ after this documentary and they seem to be somewhat more factual in comparison to the accusation approach from the opposing side.

Why did this have to happen?

The legacy of one of the greatest musicians in history; one of the most influential people ever; the master of the moonwalk; the one and only King of Pop; has been severely damaged, if not, destroyed. The worst part of this is that we still don’t know if he deserves that or whether his name is being vandalised for commercial benefit.

Is this all just a big money thing? Seriously? That’s horrible if it is the case. I’m unsure of whether this is true, but I have been told the Michael Jackson Estate are making a ‘counter’ documentary in response to this one. Are they doing that for the right reasons? Or because it’s going to bring down their gain in royalties when angry consumers boycott his music…

I’m still down the middle. I think a lot of us are. But one thing is for sure and that is that I strongly believe this documentary was not made to “expose the truth”. This documentary was made for commercial purposes. Regardless of whether the stories from Robson and Safechuck are true or not, it was Dan Reed who made this. It was his idea. He made it happen. In my opinion, he doesn’t care about the truth. He see’s dollar signs… and that’s a damn shame.

What do YOU think?

I wrote this article as my interpretation of the documentary only. There are a few points from my Twitter followers in here too but I have not done any extensive research to determine more about whether he’s guilty or not. To be honest, the purpose of this article was to just put the product in the spotlight. It doesn’t prove anything, so was there any need for it? At most, this documentary has caused a massive debate worldwide.

But I’d like to hear your take on this. Do you agree with what has been said? What did you think of the documentary? Tweet us using the hashtag #YouHerdItHere or comment below!

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