Advantages Some good football on 5, odd good film
Disadvantages Tacky adverts, a lot of cheap American TV
|Quality and consistency of programmes|
|Range of programming||Good|
|Quantity of advertising||OK|
|Value for money||Excellent|
Channel 5 started with a bang a few years ago. We had a corny but catchy song by the Spice Girls to celebrate it going on air, at first it seemed a pleasant luxury to have 5 channels instead of 4. There was an element of novelty about watching a new soap - Family Affairs. There was an element of novelty too with Channel 5's movie premiers at 9pm, though far too soon the novelty wore off. The movie premiers just began to be repeated. And the movies, no films were not big high-budget blockbusters or good low-budget films but tacky b-movies with a half-famous cast. So Channel 5 started well, and then went through a terrible patch of cheap American shows but now I think its starting to improve. And lets not forget Channel 4 started pretty terribly with lots of cheap American TV but now its one of the best if not the best terrestrial channel.
Though not everyone gets Channel 5, so some people miss out on all the fun! The news every hour, the erotic thrillers, the sex documentaries, the American police documentaries and most importantly for some people - the cheap and awful Home and Away. Anyway I'll try not to rub in too much to the poor folks who press 5 on their remote to find a snowy screen but I assure you your not missing much…
Other things about 5 ~~
Well firstly 5 have their little logo up in the corner, they're the only channel to keep a logo on all the time. Normally only satellite channels stick a logo on. 5 also have their rectangular multi-coloured logo on between adverts for a split second.
Other things about 5 are that they have a ratings system for films. None of the other channels have this and I think it's a good idea. Before films it gives the film a rating. 5 ratings are an A - which is adult, C for caution, G for guidance and U for universal. Before the film starts viewers are also told about the minimum age recommended for the film. This is a good idea I suppose but pointless as most people ignore film ratings.
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