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  1. Agree with those loving Letters & Numbers (and Lily!)
    But apart from that – and the occassional East Asian film – I have all but stopped watching SBS since ABC2 came along. The cult and quirky shows that you used to find on SBS are on Aunty’s sexy, younger sister now [let’s make her an aunt by marriage to avoid any ickiness].

    Until Sam Pang hosts Eurovision by himself (or with Mr Knox) I shall stick with Norton’s BBC coverage.

    @ dark angel: Dubbing the Asterisk films for the youngsters is a great suggestion.

  2. Hopefully they also air the final few episodes of William Shatner’s Weird or What that they missed a few months ago.

    Also, David, I think you should remove Twenty20 Cricket from the SBS tags menu, I don’t think it belongs there.

  3. If SBS is not thrown a financial lifeline they should be be merged with the ABC. If they are they need to commission comedy and drama that is risky and innovative and that taked courage and intelligence. Good luck SBS.

  4. i used to watch sbs at least once a week, but now they have ad breaks in programmes it really puts me off. there are no programmes that appeal to me anyway at the moment other than houso’s which was hilarious. i agree that there are so many foreign language programmes that they could be showing…sbs has lost its identity

  5. In its 30+ years on TV. SBS has never had much love in Canberra when it comes to funding. Cadel Evan’s win in the Tour de France last year will help SBS’s cause a lot but it won’t get them over the line.

    SBS has asked as a bare minimum for extra funding to get rid of the ad breaks in programs.

    And SBS has not used its programs well as it should. Given the worldwide love given to the Spielberg/Jackson Tintin movie of late, people will not even be aware that another French comic book set Asterix and Obelix has had many movies made for it by the French but is totally unknown here. SBS needs to have these movies properly English dubbed not subbed and shown in slots (ie weekends or school holidays) in prime time to get the Tintin movie crownd watching these movies.

    And given that the ABC had a big funding increase of $180 million in 2009 and the commercial stations have had $250 million in licence rebates handed to them in 2010, SBS is way overdue for a big funding increase.

  6. It is SBS’s fault that they have a funding short-fall. they went commercial against the wishes of the public. It didn’t end up working out and now they want a hand out. I really loved SBS but they are so commercial now, not just with programming but general presentation and I think the overall broadcast lacks vision. They spend too much time promoting prime-time and Dymocks, ignoring the wealth of cinema and documentary that they let fizzle out late in the late evening without anyone knowing about it. Its because everything is about money. Oh, and if you discover a show you like on Monday night, be prepared for it to be cut because it doesn’t rate. This sounds like a commercial broadcaster! Well commercial broadcasters don’t get Government funding at all. If you want to learn about how to bring SBS back from the brink, find some old movies people have taped off SBS. Watch the tape and look at the the five minute break. It will be filled with promotions for all kinds of great programming. No loud commercials (They only allowed classy and discrete ads at that stage, it made a big difference to the overall experience, no Go Harvey Go!) and wonderfully created station I.Ds by talented artistic filmmakers and not the ugly CG graphics and entry level CG animation they use now. Find those tapes, they will teach you more than you think. The experience had soul and obvious vision.

  7. So has SBS given up any pretence now of being a ‘multicultural’ broadcaster? There must be hundreds, or thousands, of hours of quality foreign-language TV series (not just dramas but even entertainment shows like Come Dine With Me: Greece which they had last year) which SBS could name its price for as the commercial networks won’t dare buy them. Foreign films on SBS2 are fine but it’s frustrating that SBS seems to be ignoring what could be a gold mine of engaging TV programming. There’s got to be more out there they could be tapping in to instead of Inspector Rex or reruns of Inspector Montalbano

  8. Excellent news about Eurovision, I cant wait to see Julia and Jedward (hopefully) back together again like a couple of naughty kids with a a schoolteacher.

    Danger 5 looks amazing, I saw some clips on youtube and totally looks like its going to be a cult hit.

    And of course Letters and Numbers is the best thing on at 6pm. We need to start a campaign to get Lily Serna the Gold Logie!

    SBS FTW 2012!

  9. I hope they can get more money from the government. The things I like Friday I’m one of the ones that don’t mind Hitler and the British series at 7.30pm as it beats the depressing sexual or other abusers on the ABC at that time. Or whenever I’ve tried watching it in Victoria as I think it’s just us .

    I’ll admit I love Who Do You Think You Are? but I can’t watch it on Tuesday. So I miss it. I also want to watch the science documentaries on SBS2 but they’ve stupidly IMO put it against MythBusters on 7.30pm Monday. Why put two science based shows on at the same time? Why?!? I would watch the documentaries 7.30pm Wednesday instead. Either that or history documentaries. I love both.

    Now for some praise: I love the new science documentaries on Sunday 8.30pm especially if between 8.30-9.30 (or 40) pm. As I often have nothing to watch then. So it’s perfect. Thank you to whoever did that. 🙂

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