Are the free-to-air networks out of touch with what you want?

Summer television. It’s like a week-old loaf of bread.  Stale.  That is unless you are into sport or one of

Summer television. It’s like a week-old loaf of bread.  Stale.  That is unless you are into sport or one of the many that are turning away from broadcast television and streaming content via Stan or Netflix.

The one thing that they do love to do during the “non-ratings” period is promo the shows that will be coming to the networks as soon as the rating count again.  Why there is a period these days that still counts what you watch without counting what you watch is anyone’s guess.

It’s a bit of a catch-22, as Benedict Brook on explains “For two weeks around Easter — and a whopping two months in summer — broadcasters mostly just give up. Their excuse? No one is watching.

So all the high-rating shows are held back, thus ensuring no one watches.”

It is the time of year that the networks tune out and stick on three versions of the same highway patrol show but from different parts of the years.  This means that while new shows are still being broadcasted in the US and the UK, Australians will have to wait.  Which also means that the perchance of illegally downloading these shows or having them spoiled for us is also great.

Streaming services such as Stan and Netflix also see this as an opportunity to get more audience by offering up fresh new content to audiences that are screaming for something that is the fourth movie in a franchise that should have stopped three movies ago like that is on network TV in prime time.

Does this show that the networks are grossly out of touch with viewers?  Or is this just how it is?  We would love your thoughts.

  1. Graham  

    There are devices on offer from the likes of EBay etc. that you can purchase for around $100. Connect to the Internet and you can stream many channels from all over the world. I have what is called an “android” box. I followed the Tennis all over the continent a few months back. We watch TV shows from England and America. Australian TV shows …. poof!!

    • Jan  

      I am seriously thinking of leaving Foxtel, if I have to watch one more repeated, repeated, repeated, repeat I will throw something at the screen!! and I am having to pay for them!!I have gone back to free to air, SBS, ABC, Gem etc are all showing the same shows and the newer versions of some of the series. During winter Foxtel will put on a few wonderful shows then , guess what, they will be hammered to death with repeats. I am getting sick of being ripped off, I have Netflix and they have better content. Foxtel has now become just as prolific with the ads., as the free to air. I would rather buy a new tv with the Foxtel payments and enjoy the apps at a cheaper rate.

    • Jan  

      Free to air TV is rubbish! Great shows like Mr Selfridge get bastardised by changing days and times; Doc Martin the same !!!!

      Thank goodness for NETFLIX !!

  2. David  

    Can’t say I have watched too much free to air television for the past 8 years apart from when i’m at the gym and it is on multiple screens all over the place. That small sample has not impressed me much. What I usually do watch on the FTA channels is usually via Foxtel in any case. Even then we largely record shows and skip past the ads. The advent of Netflix and no ads may even put an end to Foxtel if they don’t get their act together. I appreciate that advertising supports free to air TV and Foxtel but you have to think seriously about how you advertise, when you advertise.

    • Ria Young  

      2 years ago I was so fed up with free to air TV that I subscribed to Foxtel. Also big disappointment. Too many ads and either rubbish shows or ancient ones I saw 10+ years ago. Over the rating period I recorded some shows that I do like and can now watch these at my convenience be they movies or continuing series either on Foxtel channels or FTA. Apart from the news, Ch 7. I rarely watch anything actually showing as I’ ve missed the start. At least, back in the 60’s free to air shows generally started and finished on the hour or half hour, and you could change channels easily. I was happier in Sale with 2 channels in the 60’s than I am now in Melbourne with FTA and Foxtel.

  3. megan  

    Free to air Television sucks. When Freeview was introduced it was suppose to be like foxtel but free. In the last 8 years Television sucks. There’s not much for teenage children to watch, alot of chick flicks but nothing interesting for older adults etc. Channel surfing and turning TV OFF regularly happens in our house. The Government needs to wake up and re valuate Freeview.

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