Digital Entertainment Jumps The Border
from the sneaking-in-American-culture dept
Countries all over the world are apparently so afraid of American culture wiping out their own, that they have quotas on how much TV programming can come from foreign sources. This just seems silly to me. If the people want to watch American programming, then it really should be their choice. If these countries want people to watch homegrown productions, they should make better productions that are more appealing to their local population. New technology may be forcing this issue. As satellite TV, video-on-demand and (eventually) TV-via-internet start to catch on national broadcast quotas are becoming useless. On the flip side, though, cheaper digital production techniques mean it’s easier and cheaper to create your own local content – so competing with American production studios isn’t as difficult as it once was – so local competition may become much stronger. Anyway, do people in other countries really watch the crap we put on TV? Half the game shows/reality shows are stolen from the UK anyway, and most of the rest of primetime is completely forgettable these days as well.