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What TV's hot in Lisbon right now?

Posted on March 4, 2015 | comments | Bookmark and Share

Good question. See, I was there for the past few days (hence my lack of blogging), and following the success of my previous photo expeditions to LA and New York, including my New York TV advertising feature, I thought I’d give you a brief rundown. With pictures.

So the first thing to note is that Meo is the king of telecoms over there. As well as mobile phones and broadband, they also offer TV services over the phone line, via satellite, via cable and even over 3G/4G. Meo is everywhere, particularly when it comes to WiFi hotspots. However, NOS does pretty much the same thing, including offering a whole range of premium channels, largely featuring US imports, and so has a lot of cash to spend on advertising. Here, for example, towering over the monument to Luís de Camões and this Easter parade is Claire Danes, the star of Segurança Nacional (aka Homeland).

Easter parade Claire Danes

Claire Danes

Traipse all over Lisbon and you’ll spot NOS adverts for everything from Modern Family and Castle through to Vikings and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, confusingly, Homeland/Segurança Nacional actually airs on one of Fox International’s channels, which does its own advertising, too. Top of the heap of its advertising and appearing on the wall of pretty much every Metro station in Lisbon? Empire.

Fox's Empire in Lisbon

But NOS, Meo and Fox aren’t the only channels in Lisbon. AXN is out there, too. Top of its promotional considerations and dominating most bus stops and street signage is Chicago Fire.

Chicago Fire in Lisbon

"But, Rob,” you might ask. “Aren’t there any programmes made in Portugal?”

There are a few, at least, including news programmes, although most of the ones I saw advertised were for kids and were cartoons. The only truly ubiquitous advert was for Portugal’s very own version of Masterchef, which was about as common as Empire was on the Metro and airs on TVI, Portugal’s fourth terrestrial TV channel.

MasterChef Portugal

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You've seen Iran's Modern Family. Now here comes Iran's Friends. Wanna watch?

Posted on February 13, 2015 | comments | Bookmark and Share

Remember a while back that I flagged up Iran’s remake of Modern Family? Guess what - Iran’s not stopping there when it comes to remakes of popular US sitcoms. Because here comes Iran’s version of Friends, which may (or may not*) be called Eshgh Tatil Nist.

Here are some pictures, some of which might look familiar.

Iran's Friends

Iran's Friends

Iran's Friends

Iran's Friends

And if you're really interested, here's a couple of episodes. I think.


*I’m guessing here. For all I know, this could be an epic spoof by someone in Iran trying to delude the credulous Western media

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News: Rob Lowe joins Apocalypse Slough, green light for Fox's Luther and Frankenstein adaptations + more

Posted on January 21, 2015 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

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  • NBC green lights: pilots of comedies Take It From Us and People Are Talking
  • Fox green lights: pilots of dramas Luther, Frankenstein, Rosewood and comedy 48 Hours ’Til Monday
  • New trailer for E!’s The Royals, with Joan Collins and Liz Hurley

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