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Windows 7: Question for all you non-Americans :)

02 Nov 2010   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate X64

The UK we have FIVE US channel which is on the so called freeview box, but we only get things like the mentalist 'great program' and NCIS 'crap' and HOUSE 'great program' just shows like that not you're sit-coms or anything like that.

your tv is as crap as ours
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02 Nov 2010   #22

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

We do get a decent amout of non-US programming here int he US, atleast on my service. BBC America and several movie channels show subtitled films and lots of smaller stations will import shows from overseas for a lot cheaper than making their own. PBS shows a lot of british shows.

Course then there are the native language channels, 4-5 spannish and the occasional asian channels that come and go...

It sure could be more though. Especially in the movie dept!
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02 Nov 2010   #23
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

In Germany we have 3 types of TV stations.
1. The public channels of which 2 are federal and a dozen are state channels plus a few others owned by parliament, the EU, a common French/German channel and one that is run by Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Plus a couple of others. On all those channels, there are very, very few commercials if any. They have mostly "native programs" and off and on you see an American film or program.
2. Then we have a whole gammet of commercial channels (that I have not even programmed on my sets). They have a lot of commercials and I believe they broadcast a lot of US shows.
3. We also have a lot of foreign channels. About 10 in English (e.g. CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, etc.) and another 10 in French. I watch those a lot. In addition there are more than 100 channels in languages that I do not understand (e.g. Turkish, Arab, Farsi, Hungarian). Some Italian and Spanish channels I watch off and on. But my knowledge of those languages is very basic.
4. When I am in the US during the winter, I never watch TV - can't stand commercials. They insult my intelligence.
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02 Nov 2010   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Course then there are the native language channels, 4-5 spannish
We don't have that here in Wisconsin (at least my area's programming doesn't).. we don't have a whole lot of spanish speaking people (as their native language, anyway)
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02 Nov 2010   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate

Can't really say much as your TV is our TV...We do have our Canadian channels but they broadcast American sitcoms and movies. Although most of your movies are filmed in Canada...LOLOLOL
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02 Nov 2010   #26

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
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... to name one
Wrong link. The real address is (no .com)


well i know this but i was just simply putting it that way forgive me for not posting a link up with what i was saying
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02 Nov 2010   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kirsch View Post
My friend and I were watching Monday Night Football last night and started talking about international TV. To make a long story short, in whatever country you are from do they broadcast American TV shows? We were just wondering... We don't really get any TV shows from other countries (unless of course, they are remakes), and we also don't really get movies from other countries (aside from a few). But at the same time, we always hear about how well American movies did overseas, is this the same for TV shows?

If so, what shows do you get (unless its all of them), and which shows are made in your country that you think I should try and find online?

Yes we get tons of American TV here in Puerto Rico as well as Football.
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02 Nov 2010   #28


I don't watch tv, but I'm aware of the local programming here in Malaysia.

On-the-air tv:

Channels 1-2 belong to the broadcast arm of the government. I believe they adhere to a policy which says 70% of the content must be local. This usually translates into foreign cartoons during the afternoon and foreign movies during dinner. Recently they started showing reruns of 80s shows like Knight Rider (hell yea) in the right-after-midnight-news slot. Saturday afternoon appears dedicated to Bollywood. I saw some Mr Bean episodes some time back and I believe they recently aired a particular Jackie Chan movie for the 4th time (albeit over the course of several years), so they're not terribly concerned about getting the "latest" crap.

Channels 3-6 are private but adhere to similar policies. The main difference being the foreign imports are usually more recent. E.g. a popular tv series from USA might be aired a couple weeks after. One of the channels seems to be an MTV clone as every time I'd ever checked it is either playing a music video or the brainless pretty face of the season is nattering about current fashion or other trends.


Then we have Astro, a satellite provider. From what I've seen they carry the usual suspects (Hallmark, HBO, ESPN) so I think this should be familiar to you guys in the 'States. I don't have a subscription but one of the neighbouring apartments does. Which explains why I use headphones. Inconsiderate jerks.
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03 Nov 2010   #29

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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Ohhhhhh I just thought of another question! What do you guys think of the American version of "The Office"?
Better than the original. Ricky Gervais is best taken in very small doses.
This is just all sorts of wrong. Original Office is THE Office. American doesn't even touch it.

I think the thing is, particularly with comedy is that the rest of the world at this point is very Americanised. So for us to watch U.S. shows, we get it. But Americans can't be expected to get everybody else's. I love British humour, but I can imagine most people across the drink wouldn't care for it.

I love a lot of U.S. shows but when it comes to comedy one thing I prefer about U.K. based series I that they are a lot shorter. Most of our shows only have like 6-7 episodes per series. In contrast, most U.S. shows have anywhere up to 25! I feel it helps to keep things much more fresh. One of my favourite U.K. shows that I'd recommend to everybody is Peep Show. It has had 6 series but only 36 episodes, and so I find that it's still very fresh. Where as U.S. shows like I said, could rack up the same amount of episodes in less than 2 series.

As for U.S. TV. I have Sky and nearly every other channel is built on U.S. shows. I'm glad to because they tend to be higher quility. As for my native Northern Irish TV... Most of it is terrible, I actually cringe at our accent when it's on TV.
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03 Nov 2010   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate

We might have a tough time watching British shows cause you guys talk fast and use lingo like this:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kylehimself View Post
but I can imagine most people across the drink wouldn't care for it.
Then we would get confused
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