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Friday, August 24, 2007

TV forums

I don't know if I've ever mentioned this on here, but most of my friends have inexplicably appalling taste in TV shows. Every time there's some awesome show on TV like Arrested Development or Curb Your Enthusiasm, I'm all like "hey did any of you see that awesome show last night" and they're all, "hurrrr... I only watch Jackass and tennis." I'm sick of having no-one to talk to about hilarious shows that are on TV.

So last night I had this idea: an interweb forum for discussing TV shows, only instead of the usual forum layout, it's a TV schedule. You click on the show or movie you want to talk about, and the thread for that episode/movie opens like a normal forum thread. And if the episode is a repeat, it's the same thread from last time the episode was on (or maybe a new one - I'm not sure).

Of course if this were a simple thing to set up I would be doing it right now instead of blogging about the idea. There's a few problems:
  • First I'd need to get TV listings from somewhere via an automated system, like IceTV, which might not be possible without paying for such as an IceTV subscription. And I don't like to have to pay for stuff.
  • There could also be legal matters, like how IceTV was being sued by Channel Nine.
  • Also there's technical considerations: as well as the name of the show you'd need to know which episode is being broadcast, which may not be possible.
  • TV schedules are different in different states and different regions within states. And different countries, obviously. So that would have to be accounted for.
  • Even if all this stuff was feasible, I haven't got the skills to do it.
I'd really like to get this idea going but I'll have to do some research to see if it's remotely possible. And doing research is boring. Maybe someone will read this, steal the idea and make it themselves. But honestly, who reads this stuff? I could go into racist tirades here and nobody would be the wiser. But I won't.

Anyway, while I would be a bit annoyed if someone did steal the idea (because let's face it: it's an awesome idea), it wouldn't be that bad because then I would have a place to go talk about the episode where Tobias accidentally walks all over the miniature town in a mole costume and the Japanese investors get offended because they think the Bluths are taking the piss out of Japanese monster movies. And in the end, isn't that all any TV addict wants?

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