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The 10 most popular TMINE entries of 2018

As regular readers might imagine, TMINE is something of an acquired taste. After all, I tend to review things from around the world before they air in the UK, so I’m talking about shows that for the most part most readers haven’t actually seen. When they air in the UK, you can of course see what I wrote about them at the time if you’re prepared to search, but that still doesn’t make TMINE’s reviews an essential daily read – except for the most highly refined, Galaxy Brained individuals, of course.

Still, there’s the catchy idea of “the long tail” and I guess if any TV blog is a long tail TV blog, it’s TMINE. So it’s always interesting for me to see at the end of the year what have been the most popular posts over the year – inevitably they’ve been from previous years but not always.

Now, I can’t tell you why they are the most popular, but we can all hazard guesses. So here, for your delectation, is 2019’s first problem-solving conundrum: why on Earth were these the most popular TMINE posts of 2018?

  1. So what do they speak on The Bridge? Swedish or Danish?
  2. Review: Babylon Berlin 1×1-1×2 (Germany: Sky1; UK: Sky Atlantic)
  3. Weekly Wonder Woman: Superman/Wonder Woman #12, Sensation Comics #9
  4. Third-episode verdict: Absentia (AXN)
  5. Review: Burden of Truth 1×1 (Canada: CBC)
  6. Review: Ghost Wars 1×1 (US: Syfy; UK: Netflix)
  7. Review: Deep State 1×1 (UK: Fox UK)
  8. Review: Stargate Origins 1×1-1×3 (Stargate Command)
  9. Review: The New Legends of Monkey (season 1) (Australia: ABC Me; UK: Netflix)
  10. Review: Frankie Drake Mysteries 1×1 (Canada: CBC; UK: Alibi)
The Island

Happy New Year from TMINE

Hello, everyone. Welcome to the far-flung sci-fi future of 2019.

The Running Man

Blade Runner
Blade Runner
The Island
The Island

How are you enjoying it so far? Been cloned and harvested its organs to cure any of your diseases yet? Or maybe you’re being asked to pass the Voight-Kampff by your HR department even as we speak.

Anyway, whatever you’re doing, TMINE’s back, you’ll be excited to hear! As usual, it’s a phased return to work for TMINE. This afternoon will bring some new Airdates, while The Daily News will be back on Monday, although the TMINE Facebook page has been featuring the highlights over the break. I’ll hopefully be revealing the latest BFI and BAFTA events this afternoon, too, although that might be a staggered return.

When it comes to reviews, WHYBW will be back to its usual Wednesday slot next week. There have been a few new shows over the Christmas break, so I’ll hopefully be doing a Boxset Monday featuring either season 2 of Marvel’s Runaways or Stan (Australia)’s Bloom. I’ll also be previewing Syfy (US)’s Deadly Class, but I’ll probably be skipping The Fosters spin-off Good Trouble, on the general grounds I didn’t watch The Fosters – but you never know.

However, after a bit of Christmas soul-searching, I’ve decided to put Weekly Wonder Woman on permanent hiatus until the comics get good again – soz, Diana fans, but it’s a lot of effort for a lot of mediocre stuff at the moment, despite the return of both Aphrodite and Ares in the latest issues. What to do on Thursdays instead, though? Hmm. I’ll have to have a think about that.

That’s it for now and who knows what other goodies I might bring you, too. Everyone get good pressies?

Happy on Syfy

It’s that moment you’ve all been waiting for: it’s the TMINE Top N programmes of 2018!

As usual at this time of year, TMINE is busily packing its bags to get ready for its annual Christmas break. We’re not there yet, though, as everything will continue until Friday. 

But barring minor miracles, unless it turns out Chicago ILLDogs of Berlin or Tideland have been cruelly overlooked, there’ll be no shows that are both new and excellent for me to review this year, which means I can at last unveil this year’s TMINE’s Top N programmes, where N is a positive integer that I’ve more or less picked at random each year. This year, N=14, you’ll be excited to hear. Can you guess what they are?

There’s certainly been some interesting new arrivals, whose presence in the Top N you’ll probably have been able to predict in advance – I’ve certainly dropped a few hints throughout the year. But there’s a few surprises in there, I think.

As always, a caveat: I’ve not watched every TV programme broadcast or acquired in the UK this year and I barely watched any live TV, so there are almost certainly some good shows that that I’ve left off the list. There’s also a show or two that got made ages ago but which never made it to the UK or my viewing queue until this year, so it’s entirely possible some quite oldies have made it onto the 2018 list. And, of course, there are a few shows that started well but I’ve not finished yet, so aren’t eligible for the list (honourable mention to the likes of Plan Cœur, for example)

So best not to think of this as the definitive “Best new TV shows from around the world of 2018″, so much as just the top “TMINE would recommend to a friend shows of the ones I’ve watched in 2018”.

As always, too, feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments, on your own blog or on the TMINE Facebook page. Just for reference, here are previous years’ Top Ns:

And now, to the top N…

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Question of the week: have you abandoned any streaming services?

Tell everyone what you think about the latest burning media issue with TMINE’s Question of the Week

So, here’s a little nugget of information, courtesy of World Screen and Juniper Research:

Subscriber abandonment is outpacing adoption rates at Amazon Prime and HBO Now, among other platforms in the U.S. and the U.K., Juniper Research says in a new whitepaper, while Netflix continues to outperform its rivals.

Juniper says Amazon Prime’s churn rate is about 2.9 percent and HBO Now’s is 19.2 percent. Netflix, meanwhile, had a positive adoption rate of 6.3 percent in the U.S. and 7.7 percent in the U.K. The data was released in Digital TV & Video: Consumer Attitudes and Network & OTT Strategies 2018-2023, which explores SVOD trends in China, the U.S. and the U.K. In China and the U.S., respondents have an average of three subscriptions each.

“The use of multiple subscriptions suggests that no one provider offers enough to currently satisfy consumers,” says Lauren Foye, the author of the report. “Juniper finds a growing danger in users reducing, or switching SVOD subscriptions, as monthly fees inevitably rise as a result of ever-increasing content spend; Netflix alone is set to spend $13 billion this year.”

The research also highlights the growing importance of curation and urges greater collaboration between streaming and traditional platforms, such as Netflix’s deal with Sky to be on the Q platform.

Juniper also points to the continued importance of traditional broadcast, particularly in the sports space.

“Juniper finds the quality and volume of content made available through online streaming platforms will be critical for providers in the future,” the white paper notes. “The funds allocated for purchasing media by OTTs thus far has been considerable, as providers seek to entice as many customers as possible and out-compete their rivals.”

Juniper forecasts that total revenues for SVOD services will reach $66.9 billion by 2023, up from $33.2 billion in 2018.

I’ve used quite a few streaming services in my time – and TMINE. Currently, I’ve Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Netflix is a keeper, obviously, since there’s just so much new stuff on it all the time. The latter I’ve got mainly because I have Amazon Prime membership to cut down on the delivery charges, rather than a deep love of the Prime Video service, which I could probably dump quite easily tomorrow and not worry too much.

I did have Now TV, primarily because I have a Roku and you can’t get Sky Go to work on it, but Now TV works fine and with a bit of haggling, special offers, etc, it’s only about £3.99 a month for an Entertainment Pass. But I’ve given up on that because Sky doesn’t have any shows I want to watch at the moment and the movie service only gets about one new movie a week, usually one I already own at that.

But how about you? Which services could you dump tomorrow and which can’t you live without?

As always, answer below or comment on your own blog, leaving a link

TMINE is on holiday

TMINE is now on holiday

It’s that time again. August is nearly upon us, bearing little TV news and few new TV shows – as well as my annual pilgrimage to Greece.

When will I be back? Good question that I’ve asked myself and answered already during this week’s WHYBW?, if you want the full vague details, the general drift is:

  1. The Daily News will be back on Monday, September 3
  2. Everything else will be back at some point between August 16 and September 3, depending on my mood, whether I’ve been seized by Nereids, etc.

However, I may be posting the occasional bit of TV news or thoughts on the TMINE Facebook page, or tweeting (or more likely retweeting) away on Twitter. And if I spot anything televisual, I’ll bung it up on the TMINE Instagram feed.

Keep ’em peeled, anyway.

Meanwhile, keep chatting here with one another, reviewing shows you’ve seen yourselves and being an excellent to one another. Also, if you have some holiday reading suggestions, let me know.

If you’re going on vacation yourself, I hope you have a great time. See you all refreshed and ready for more TV in three to five weeks’ time!

Because then Iron Fist will be back for season two. Oh yes. Will I avoid watching season one this vacation for a fifth time in preparation? Stay tuned to find out…