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The wonders of digital television. Not so long ago, promotional music videos were on the verge of beocming obselete, as the 90s penchant for "live" TV performances squeezed out their opportunities for exposure. The ITV Chart Show, for a whole decade the main source of airtime for the music ... Read review

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Community Level 5EnglishPat...

EnglishPatient

The Latest Videos All Day Every Day

AdvantagesIf it's new or recent, it'll be on at some point. No presenters waffling on. 24-hour format.

Disadvantages60p call charge to vote is best avoided. No classic videos from the past. Rather mainstream and chart-orientated.

"The wonders of digital television. Not so long ago, promotional music videos were on the verge of beocming obselete, as the 90s penchant for "live" TV performances squeezed out their opportunities for exposure. The ITV Chart Show, for a whole decade the main source of airtime for the music video, was the major casualty. However, two recent developments have helped to return the form to prominence. The Home Computing explosion has led to many CD ..." Read review
25.03.2001

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Community Level 2nadams

nadams

Music Videos YOU CONTROL - The Box

AdvantagesGreat music, few adverts

DisadvantagesCostly phone charges

"...of music channels available, however the new trend is moving towards viewer-controlled music channels, one of the earliest being The Box (channel 449, Sky Digital). These channels simply involve viewers phoning up a specific number (usually a premium rate phone number), then entering the specific number for the music video they wish to see, using the phone keypad. These most popular music video numbers are displayed on-screen, whilst all numbers ..." Read review
12.07.2001

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Community Level 3tommy7

tommy7

Too repetitive

AdvantagesPlays a lot og good pop music

DisadvantagesVery limited play list

"The Box can be a great music channel or it can be very ordinary. I think it really depends what is in the charts. As their play list is very limited they are forced to offer the most recent releases with few older records on offer. Indeed the older records are almost exclusive to the current flavour of the month. For example Westlife and Backstreet Boys feature quite heavily; not exactly bands you think of when it comes to older classics! Having ..." Read review
13.04.2001

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Community Level 2bootylicious

bootylicious

It is expensive music

Advantages24 hours a day, top 40 music

Disadvantagestoo many adverts, no presenters, need a wider variety

"...suit everyone’s taste. I noticed the box, their tagline was ‘music television you control’ and I thought that sounds really good, because you just phone in and vote for the song you want to hear and they do have quite a selection, which is really good. All you do is remember the three digit number of the song you want to hear, then phone a special phone number and request the song using the number, easy. The channel is on 24/7 ..." Read review
21.08.2001

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Community Level 5daseaford

daseaford

Not enough music.

AdvantagesGood music.

DisadvantagesNot enough music.

"...leave from work and during the day I have often had the television channel The Box on in the background. I have always thought of this as a non-stop music channel, but what I have now realised is just how much of the time there just is no music. Between the videos there are commercials and promotions for the station, but also there are quite a number of other features on the channel. I suppose if you are sitting down and watching the TV then some ..." Read review
10.08.2001

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