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?

The Sound of Music? Or the Sound of “Cha-Ching!”

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The Beatles are one of the most significant events which pushed the music industry further towards the ‘industry’ side and away from the ‘music’ side. Let’s be honest here, their music isn’t even that good. They had some sort of flare and charisma about them which was the reason for their popularity. They had a very conspicuous presence, which led to (as the cool kids might say)… “hype”. They started this trend. If I am going to be honest, The Beatles MADE pop music.

Today, no one has used the patents of The Beatles more effectively than Drake and Beyonce. In this article, I will tell you exactly how and why. For any Drake and Beyonce fans, prepared to get (another one from the cool kids)… “triggered”.

Beyonce is a Brand, not an Artist

Beyonce has had some great songs over the years, whether it was solo or when Destiny’s Child were slaying the charts. ‘Say My Name’ is a personal favourite at the Karaoke. However, despite the belters she has under her belt, I would think of Beyonce as a commercial success in the industry before I would think of her as an artist. In fact, I wouldn’t even call her an artist at all. She’s created her own brand, the ‘BeyHive’, and that has been a pinnacle part of her success.

Beyonce does not write her own songs. Therefore, can we even call them her songs? In my eyes, she’s just the ambassador of the Beyonce brand. Just like Taylor Swift and the like have done. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the music industry works today. The quality of the content has spiralled downwards, yet the numbers get greater each time. The true power of branding. Beyonce is branded as “Queen Bee” and she is perceived to really be a Queen; the most powerful of them all too. She could literally breathe into a microphone for a whole concert and the ‘BeyHive’ will still scream her name. They are hypnotized. They have fallen for the commerce.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to call out the ‘BeyHive’. I know they will disagree. They are brainwashed beyond restoration. For anyone apart of this fanbase reading this article, I would like to know why you disagree on Twitter. Click here to tweet me. I will prove you wrong.

Drake is a Genius…

…And I can’t stand his music. I’ll tell you why. Drake is talented, I’ll admit that. For those who know me personally, they will know it pained me to say that. Anyway, with that being said, Drake is still a commercial success.

He knows how to make a hit. Every song created by Drake has the intention of being a hit. He’s the only person in the music industry with the ‘Krabby Patty Secret Formula’, so to speak. He knows what you want to hear and how to create content to gratify your ears.

His talent contributes to his success because of its diversity. The formula for success mixed with the diverse skill set he brings is exactly why he has more hits than the Beatles. He’s dominated Rap, RnB, Pop, Afrobeats and even Reggaeton. You can see why the numbers are as impressive as they are!

But this is exactly the reason I am not a Drake fan. I can admit he’s very successful. But music is an art and he is making a mockery of it. He has no intention of making meaningful, true music. He’s a 32-year-old grown man singing songs about teenage heartbreaks and parties. I could never be a fan. He’s doing exactly what the Beatles did, gathering attention and “hype” and producing a compelling brand image which is guaranteed product sales.

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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

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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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