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Television in Poland - embarrassingly bad?


Krakman 4 | 58
11 Mar 2012 #1
Can Polish television be any worse than it is? Same boring OLD presenters, blatant rip offs
(of US/UK series/shows), unbelievably biased sports commentators, talkshow hosts who think
it's witty to randomly swear (in English) about completey irrelevant points, other talkshow
hosts who find it funny to employ other unamusing foreign hosts, etc, etc. The only positive
is the nice looking women. Come to think of it, maybe it's just the men on TV I can't stand.

Maybe I'm being harsh or just don't understand the humour. Does anyone else feel this way?
pip 10 | 1,661
11 Mar 2012 #2
it is horrible. I don't/can't watch it- it is too painful. The only show I do watch is X factor and that is with my kids- we like this one--but it is still pretty bad.
Wroclaw Boy
11 Mar 2012 #3
whats that stupid ass show that always seems to be on that when ever they show contestants on the camera they start jumping around like monkeys accompanied by shite eating grins in what i can only fathom to be an attempt to not be static, that really annoys me. Its something to do with music.
OP Krakman 4 | 58
11 Mar 2012 #4
Must be X-factor!! Million in a minute is similar after the contestant has won a few grand (zl).

What also really annoys me is the increasingly smaller pool of actors used in Polish films and series. For instance Boris Sh1ts (sic) pops up as: a WW1 general, modern criminal, comedienne, policeman, chef, killer and then for good measure he stars in a few series. This is repeated with just about every actor. How annoying to continually see the same actors (who seem to be lacking in talent). One actor I did like adamczyk (spelling) played a good part in Karol man who became pope, but then appears to have sold out to cheesy TV series. I imagine an English man with personality/reasonable looks and (crucially) the ability to speak Polish, could easily break into TV here.
Wulkan - | 3,251
11 Mar 2012 #5
A guy who cant speak Polish is judging Polish tv... how funny is that

Come to think of it, maybe it's just the men on TV I can't stand.

yea, you're obviously jealous
JonnyM 11 | 2,620
11 Mar 2012 #6
I however do speak Polish and although I don't own anything as tacky as a television I do see it from time to time and the quality here is low. Far too many political discussions and far too little original drama and all too quick to jump on the bandwagon of inane talent competitions.
nynicki - | 31
11 Mar 2012 #7
TVP Kultura is pretty good.I don't like to watch Polish news,the announcers are way too serious and stiff.As for the actors,can't say I agree,have you seen any movie with Marcin Dorocinski,Michal Zebrowski,Mateusz Damiecki,Artur Zmijewski,Jan Wieczorkowski,that's from top of my head,but I know there are plenty more good male actors in PL.
jasondmzk
11 Mar 2012 #8
My step-mother-in-law has a show that's run on Kultura for some time, but I can't defend it as I've never watched it. My wife has been 2nd director of several programs that I thought were quite well done, and at least serviceably entertaining. Polish radio truly shines, though. I'm streaming Troika, right now.
OP Krakman 4 | 58
11 Mar 2012 #9
have you seen any movie with Marcin Dorocinski,Michal Zebrowski,Mateusz Damiecki,Artur Zmijewski,Jan Wieczorkowski

Thanks Nynicki, I will research these actors and watch a few of their films.
nynicki - | 31
11 Mar 2012 #10
You're welcome.I'm exposed to American TV,and it's not that great either,way too much reality shows,ever heard of Kardashians:)

I don't know if you into tv series but Czas Honoru is nice,I also really enjoyed Rewers,Dom Zly,Roza,Pregi,Rozyczka,Mala Moskwa.Dzien Swira it's a must,one of the best Polish comedy(dark comedy) that came out lately.
hague1cmaeron 14 | 1,377
11 Mar 2012 #11
Can Polish television be any worse than it is?

If you think that is the case, you should come down under(Australia)-where I am, and then you will find out what bad really is. And its not only the fact that television trends only reach after the US, UK and Europe, but our advertising is got to be some of the most stupidest in the world.
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098
12 Mar 2012 #12
I'm being harsh or just don't understand the humour. Does anyone else feel this way?

Yes we do. Buy the dish. At noon aim it at the Sun. Tune in to Astra. Feel the freedom ;)

I like to watch arte, N24, phoenix, ZDF kultur, NHK World
OP Krakman 4 | 58
12 Mar 2012 #13
And its not only the fact that television trends only reach after the US, UK and Europe, but our advertising is got to be some of the most stupidest in the world.

I suppose the stations are probably owned by Rupert 'the hack' Murdoch. Then again you did give the world 'Neighbours' and that absolute classic 'Prisoner'. I remember, nostalgically, the closing song: 'He used to give me roses, I wish he could again'. At least that was my take on the song, could be totally wrong :)
Foreigner4 12 | 1,769
12 Mar 2012 #14
Polish t.v. is fine. The internet is taking over as far as the younger generations are concerned so media outlets know where to and NOT to invest.
peterweg 37 | 2,321
12 Mar 2012 #15
This is an important point, broadcast TV is for old, poor, stupid people. Its the same in every country, not just Poland and its going to get worse, not better. Stop watching TV and get your entertainment frorm the internet in its many forms or via other media such as DVD/BluRay if you want to pay for it.
JonnyM 11 | 2,620
12 Mar 2012 #16
Very sensible. The quality of television has declined in a lot of places. In Poland it was never very good and is unlikely ever to improve.
OP Krakman 4 | 58
12 Mar 2012 #17
Stop watching TV

There will always be a place for TV in the majority of peoples' lives, even if just for special/sporting events. The same could be said about cinema, despite being able to download most films on the day of release, we still pack out cinemas, as both the quality and experience are much better. Some of the new series, such as Boardwalk Empire or Mildred Pierce, have seriously large budgets/A grade stars and directors. These series initially air on subscription television not the internet. I'd say it's the other way around, poor people use the internet for entertainment and accept lower quality in the process. Which live sporting events (if you're a sports fan) do you watch on the internet? If the choice was there, I imagine most people would take the subscription package (be it broadcast or digital TV), money is the factor why they choose to search for a feed.
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
12 Mar 2012 #18
Same boring OLD presenters, blatant rip offs (of US/UK series/shows).

haha, this is ALL true.
dojuan - | 9
12 Mar 2012 #19
TV is everywhere stupid. As sb said: tv programs are created to catch our eyes from first to second advertisments.
pip 10 | 1,661
12 Mar 2012 #20
The worst for me is listening to a Polish commentator call a hockey game- that is so bad.

Not all t.v is bad. I have a few shows that I watch but I only watch on my computer. I just got in to Downton Abbey- that is good. Then of course, all reality tv can eff off now.
p3undone 8 | 1,135
12 Mar 2012 #21
I have to say that America does have some lousy tv.I myself can't understand our predisposition with reality shows.I always thought of television

as an escape.Why watch on tv, what I can easily see if I take a walk.They actually have one for tow truck drivers.lol it's quite embarrassing.
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
12 Mar 2012 #22
Why watch on tv, what I can easily see if I take a walk.

If you take a walk right now, you can see people fighting for food on a tropical island?

Will you see a bunch of Italian wannabe's getting wasted in clubs along the Jersey Shore?

I wanna know where YOU live!
peterweg 37 | 2,321
12 Mar 2012 #23
Why on earth would I want to see that?

There will always be a place for TV in the majority of peoples' lives

The numbers disprove what you say. TV is dying with its older viewers.
You don't seem to be aware that you can download and watch everything that is on TV within hours, often in HD, often before its broadcast in the local region and without adverts. There is ways of getting dozens of TV channels for free, including sports channels. With the money saved you can buy a DVD/Bluray collection.
OP Krakman 4 | 58
12 Mar 2012 #24
Peter, I can't find any reliable numbers to disprove it. Some of the biggest audiences last year were for live sports TV broadcasts. The superbowl attracted something like 110M (1/3 of the population). Very unlikely that could have been topped. I chose the Superbowl as 99.9999% of the viewers must be in America :)

I agree on series, but was more looking at special events and live sports broadcasts. It wouldn't surprise me if the olympic games' live events this year attract bigger TV audiences than online (certainly in the UK and possibly worldwide). Look at the royal wedding - approx 2.6 billion tuned in on Tv's. That's something like 40% of the world's population!! Not sure tele's dead yet ;)
pawian 175 | 13,542
13 Mar 2012 #25
Does anyone else feel this way?

I stopped watching TV in 1990s. There was a period of 10 years when we didn`t have a TV set at all. I bought a new one 3 years ago for my wife who stayed at home with kids a lot.

TV is a brain killer everywhere, not only Poland.
boher88 - | 3
13 Mar 2012 #26
The worst thing is that Polish programmes are often copies of equivalents from Western European countries. They cannot think something original... And TV shows are so poor with very bad plots... Polish producers and screenwriters are not bold to show some contoversial TV shows, such as Pitbull couple years ago... Movies in cinemas is other subject that is also neglected...
pawian 175 | 13,542
13 Mar 2012 #27
They cannot think something original...

That is the core of Polish culture. Being on the crossroad of two civilisations, we adopt both from the East and the West and turn it into original Polish.

Didn`t you know about it?

It joins the traditions of East and West - the mysticism of Orthodoxy with classical Latin, the living cult of the icon with the Jewish Hasidic tradition, the baroque mythology of the Sarmatians with picturesque folk culture. In Poland, at the crossroads of Europe, there arose a specific weave of cultural traditions which artists and writers continually refer to.

en.poland.gov.pl/Culture,483.html
jasondmzk
13 Mar 2012 #28
period of 10 years when we didn`t have a TV set at all.

This blew me away, when I met my Ola. When “Licencja na wychowanie” first aired, we had to rent a hotel room just to view her work.
JonnyM 11 | 2,620
13 Mar 2012 #29
'He used to give me roses, I wish he could again'.

But that was on the outside, and things are different then. Its on youtube, the singer is called Lynn Hamilton.

TV is a brain killer everywhere, not only Poland.

Agreed. And when you stop watching TV, you never really go back to it.
p3undone 8 | 1,135
13 Mar 2012 #30
I live in Boston.People surviving on a tropical island for money is not exactly what I'd call a reality show.If I walk down the street,I will see cops,tow truck drivers and there are several major medical facilities within a several block radius.Pay attention to the gist of what I'd posted.


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