Watching TV is usually entertaining in the Philippines, but not in Australia. Australian TV does not have noontime variety shows, extremely mushy and cheezy soap opera featuring popular actors, and late-night news. Without good TV, Filipinos are compelled to subscribe to The Filipino Channel (TFC), Netflix, Stan, or illegally download movies or TV series. Arguably, Philippine TV is better than Australian TV. Here are the top 5 reasons behind this claim.
Top 1: There aren’t a lot of homegrown Australian TV shows.
Although there are almost the same number of TV channels, there are only a few authentic Australian programs. It’s common to find plenty of American and British TV programs and documentaries. They also have some channels that carry television show franchises, such as MasterChef, The Chase, Who wants to be a Millionaire and others.
Top 2: Aussie TV lacks variety.
In the mornings, you get extremely long morning talk shows, and in the evenings, you can only choose from a cooking show, a celebrity search program or sometimes sports. I watched My Kitchen Rules for 2 to 3 months, and I’m currently watching Masterchef which will go for another two months. I miss the choices I used to take for granted when I was still in the Philippines.
Top 3: The top channels’ news programs include a lot of irrelevant information.
It’s frustrating that only SBS and ABC deliver proper news. The top channels don’t include much about the news around the world but feature funny clips from YouTube. Their news also functions as an advertorial for big brands at times and obsesses over the weather. The weather news is delivered in three parts. Yes, in 3 parts, with numerous teasers before it. They don’t even have late-night news shows for people who have missed the one aired on primetime TV.
Top 4: The TV program timetable is unpredictable.
It’s quite difficult to keep track of what’s on for the day because of the changing time slots. It’s just too complicated. I watch a particular show from Sundays through Thursdays, but sometimes it’s not broadcasted on Sundays. If I wanted to watch Modern Family, I wouldn’t have a clue when it’s on as its time slot always changes. There were weeks when it was my staple for a weekday and Sunday. Then, it just disappeared for months.
Top 5: The upcoming or now showing films aren’t advertised on TV.
It’s bad enough that there’s not much to watch on Australian TV, but for the viewing public to be deprived of trailers of the current movies in the cinemas at the moment is depressing. I would like to be updated on which films I can watch every week.
The lack of choices and the quality of TV programs can be attributed to the Australians’ love for the outdoors and get-togethers. Moreover, TV production is far more expensive in Australia.
Now that it’s winter in Australia, wouldn’t it be just fantastic to have the option to watch good Australian TV every day?