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Old 07-03-2005, 08:38 PM   #1
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Has Greed Killed Television?

Live8 is still yet to be broadcast in my city due to Wimbledon tennis coverage. I'm guessing there's more money in broadcasting Wimbledon from advertisers long ago paid up adverts. From what I hear of the USA broadcast the show was continuously interrupted by adverts and TV hosts full of themselves, preferring to broadcast themselves than the musicians. The Dutch broadcast has also received bad reviews.

I recall Live Aid, watching most of the show, very few adverts, very few interruptions.

What has changed in 20 years that it is now longer possible for the world to unite and simultaneously view/participate in the same experience on television?

The internet broadcast, despite it glitches, appear to have run in a smoother, more egalitarian fashion. Many people watched Live 8 over the internet. Is this the way forward? Is television dead?
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I spend more time with my PC then the TV. And when I watch TV it is usually my small one, the big one is only for DVDs.
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yes I think greed has ruined TV. That's also why the dreadful reality craze has taken over too. "Reality" programs are cheap to produce.
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greed ruins lots of things/people
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Greed destroys art. Greed destroys everything it touches. There's a reason why its one of the seven deadly sins.
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Wasn't Live Aid dropped by all the 3 TV networks in Australia, then the ABC got it?
Therefore, being on ABC..there should have been no adds.
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TV can't die soon enough.
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The thing is I think the network already has a commitment to broadcast Wimbledon each year, and the Live 8 thing was relatively new.

I thought the coverage on Singapore was good, it was available only on cable though (although if you didn't have cable you could head down to this restaurant/pub area where they had five giant screens to show the thing). I had no idea where they were getting the feed from but while they did cut to commercial every hour or so, they broadcast the show on two channels - one main channel and one channel where you can send text messages and stuff like that - so whenever a commercial came I just switched over and followed it from there. The only performance completely blacked out was Snoop Dogg, I'm guessing the cable operator was freaking with the amount of f-words all over the place and Snoop was a good bet to drop a few more! Otherwise I didn't get to see everybody and they weren't all complete performances (Travis, for instance, or REM) but no-one was cut off mid-song.

That said to answer your original question, yeah, probably.
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Was TV ever alive? It has always been a commercial enterprise. Even the earliest shows where sponsored.
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Wasn't Live Aid dropped by all the 3 TV networks in Australia, then the ABC got it?
Therefore, being on ABC..there should have been no adds.
There were no Australian ads but we got bit of USA ads and bits of USA hosts blathering. Not a lot, but a little bit.
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