Expat Spain is buzzing with the news! No, not the news of (probably fudged) record tourist numbers, or the news of (blatantly fudged) falling unemployment figures and economic growth. It’s the important news that’s flooding Facebook, Twitter and dominating the conversation in bars and cafés throughout Spain. The news that’s spilling like a flooded river in the south of England. The day nobody seemed to think would ever arrive. Yes you guessed it, BBC, ITV and Channel 4 have disappeared from everyone’s Sky box.
I sat this morning listening to a gaggle of expats outside a local bar discussing the future that remained unthinkable until a couple of days ago. The big question loudly permeating the terace was, “What now?”. “Eastenders buffered!”, “FilmOn” (cynically added affiliate link) doesn’t cut it for me”, “I don’t want to watch TV on a computer”. I’d like to say I am amazed at the scale of the reaction, sadly I’m not. Welcome to expat world!
Don’t get me wrong we’ve enjoyed being able to watch (illegally) BBC, and the other channels in real time, especially having spent 6 years on Lanzarote with no British TV to speak of. But seriously, is it the end of life as we know it? No, it’s not! Not in the slightest. As we only cherry pick our viewing, it’s simple enough to find an alternative – given our line of business, we’re up to the task of finding a technological workaround we can live with.
My heart goes out (I said that for effect rather than meaning it) to the plethora of expats who can’t live without 357 episodes (including repeats and omnibus editions) a week of Eastenders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, not to mention the likes of Downton, Broadchurch and a whole other bunch of second rate dramas with the same old faces in them.
Really people, is that what life consists of? Watching that junk, talking about it, and now crying into your coffee/beer about its loss.
The whole thing is comical really… There’s no other word for it. You knew it was coming, you knew it would happen one day – there has been a stay of execution for quite some time.
The whole thing is like being given six months to live and then being surprised to find yourself on your death bed five years later….
That’s it. Get over it. Go and buy a kindle (another cynical affiliate link) and read a book or watch an Oscar winning movie, why not stimulate your brain instead of dumbing it down. Or, you could just get out more…
If you just can’t manage life without junk TV there are other alternatives, as well as a bunch of expats keen to rip you off .
No, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to watch Judge Judy on CBS Reality.
Link: This article from Puntomatica describes well some of the alternatives and the scam being inflicted on Bits by Brits (Surprise, surprise!)