Happy 12th birthday to TMINE!

A birthday cake

Crikey, as I always say. How did that happen?

Time has flown again, since The Medium Is Not Enough emerged blinking into the world a stupifying 12 years ago, primed to make sarcastic comments about foreign TV, mainly from the US, mainly in languages I can speak, with reviews of Prison Break, Supernatural, and Global Frequency

Normally, I recall at this point what I’ve learnt in the past year. However, I’ve reached the age where I’ve both achieved true wisdom, so have apparently learnt nothing new, and have started to lose my memory, so I probably did learn something but have now forgotten it.

Oh yes. That was it. My learning is that French TV has more than one good TV programme, now that Canal+ has added Baron Noir and Le bureau des Légendes to its portfolio of Engrenages (Spiral). 

One thing I would say, though, is that I think Peak TV has peaked. There are more and more networks on more and more media, it’s true. But judging by the number of networks who dipped their toes in the water of scripted content a few years ago, shivered a bit, and have now retreated back in the warm, embracing confines of unscripted in the past few months, I’m thinking we’re starting to see some obvious winners emerging from the melée and that there’ll be fewer new dramas as a result. 

As always, a great big thank you to all the regular commenters: Mark Carroll, JustStark, bob and GYAD (who might have been picked off at the back by hyenas in the past few months). Another big thank you and welcome to new arrivals Eagled and Ian Miller for giving me hope in the darkness. But a thanks to absolutely everyone who even left a single comment in passing, particularly Craig Grannell, Toby, idleworm, Robin Parker and Adam Bowie. 

Same time next year everyone? I say that every year, don’t I?


A switch to a new host…

Well, it’s nearly been a decade since I switched web host, but Livingdot has proven so unreliable, inept and pricey in the past year (well, more than usual) that I’ve decided it’s time to switch host again. Actually, I was going to switch some time in the next month, but this morning, Livingdot decided I’d gone over my bandwidth limit for the month (“Please be informed that cPanel calculates bandwidth per month basis.… The bandwidth will be reset by 1st of next month”), even though my payment schedule is from the 25th of the month, so I figured I might as well push it through now, rather than pay Livingdot some more money for the extra bandwidth. Apologies to anyone looking for TMINE this morning and who couldn’t find it…

So far, A2 Hosting seems to be okay and at the very least has neither a bandwidth limit nor a storage limit, all for half the price, so I’m pleased. Hopefully, everything’s been migrated properly, but if you notice anything amiss, let me know.


Question of the week: do you miss water cooler moments?

As usual, since I’m a man bereft of inspiration 95% of the time, this week’s question has been prompted by someone else’s thoughts: in this case, JustStark’s. Elsewhere, we’ve been discussing the demise of ‘the water cooler moment’:

…my point, and it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, is that one of the great things about TV used to be that it was a type of shared culture, something you could talk to other people about, like we British talk about the weather.

Nowadays, though, that’s no longer the case. The last programme I can remember actually having an ‘I wonder where it’s going’ conversation about with someone in the pub was State of Play — since then, discovering someone else watches what you watch is such an unusual experience it is actually remarkable when it happens.

So yes, I understand that the [TV business] model now is different: it’s about getting fewer people to pay more, rather than making a little money out of many millions. But I can’t help thinking something has been lost in the process.

So this week’s question is: do you miss water cooler moments? Have they gone altogether or have they evolved? And have we lost something along the way?

As always, leave your answer below or on your own blog


Apologies for the technical hitch…

I think my host decided to upgrade the server TMINE runs on yesterday, because as well as an hour or two downtime yesterday morning, they did something to PHP that killed off the Disqus commenting plug-in. As a result, you may have found pages unable to load beyond a certain point. I’ve now recoded the pages to access Disqus differently, so fingers crossed the problem will go away and you’ll be able to comment again

So a big hearty congratulations to Livingdot for their usual customer service and apologies to everyone for the interruption in service. Also, a big thank you to Fred, who emailed me to point out the problem! THANKS FRED!