UK TV

Review: Time Trumpet

Time Trumpet

In the UK: Thursdays, BBC2, 10pm

I had high-ish hopes for this. It comes from the House of Armando Iannucci for one thing. It satirises modern news and televisual trends by pretending to look back on them from the perspective of 2031. It could have been The Day Today of our day.

But it wasn’t. It was kind of funny. It was clever. It made you wonder just how much time they’d spent trawling through the archives for clips they could doctor with CGI. But it wasn’t the side-splittingly funny show I was hoping for.

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Technology

EyeTV for DTT stick

I’ve just bought myself one of these (click on it to see it bigger): EyeTV DTT stick

It’s an EyeTV DTT ‘stick’ which allows you to watch FreeView on your Mac. You just plug it in a USB port, attach an aerial (tiny portable one supplied) and tune it in. You can then schedule your Mac to record the programs to your hard drive, just like Sky+. You can also pause live TV, etc.

Seems pretty cool so far and I’ve already set it to record a few programmes using the EPG. I’m using the portable aerial at the moment, and while it’s pretty good, I can’t get ITV (any channel) or Channel 4. So I’m going to buy myself a cable to plug it into a nearby aerial socket.

I’ll let you know how it works out.

US TV

Preview: The Knights of Prosperity

The Knights of Prosperity



In the US: ABC, Wednesdays, 8pm. Starting January 3rd.

In the UK: Not yet acquired, and I suspect never will be

Knights of Prosperity? Dumb name for a show, huh. Very dumb given the previous name of the show was Let’s Rob Mick Jagger.

Now that’s a name I can work with. After all, it’s almost impossible to look at Mick Jagger and to avoid thinking, “You know, I’d really like to rob him.”

But Knights of Prosperity? It means nothing. As a result, I’m predicting a great big floparoo.

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A good way to improve cinemas

I complained about the Odeon’s ‘Gallery’ a while ago. The Gallery is supposed to be ‘enhanced’ cinema, designed to improve the movie-going experience. It used to be good when it was UCI Filmworks’ Gallery, but ever since the Odeon took over, it’s been rubbish.

Over in the US, though, Regal Entertainment is trialling a new feature in its theaters, something all the cinemas here would do well to emulate to improve our trips to the cinema: ‘The Regal Guest Response System (RGRS)’.

Currently testing in 13 of Regal’s theaters across the country, the RGRS is a special pager with four buttons, one for each of the following problems: Sound, picture, disturbance and, of course, piracy. The pager is not located on the armrest or attached to any part of the seat, but is instead something given to some patrons to bring into the theater.

So they give you four magic buttons and if someone’s making a noise or the sound or picture is rubbish, you can page someone and they’ll turn up and fix the problem. Nice.

Of course, if the Odeon ever implemented it, they’d actually have to staff their cinemas, but that’s a problem for another day.