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Living In the 4th World
Over 50 years ago Jamaican gained television. There was one station, it did not broadcast 24 hours a day, but the programs were of some value.
In 1990 Jamaica got its second television station. This one was supposed to 'correct' any of the mistakes of the original station; (JBC...Jamaica Broadcasting which was a limb of Radio Jamaica and Rediffusion) and present more 'quality'.
Today, Jamaican television is a mush of local rubbish, occasionally aired First World programs. Nothing starts on time, nothing is properly presented, and to cut corners and keep the crap coming, many local bits of garbage are presented.
To see real television, to see complete episodes or presentations is not possible in Jamaica, unless one pays for Cable.
But as this is Jamaica, many cable stations have had to trim their offerings as a lot of the better programs were aired without copyright permission, payments, or any of those legal niceities.
Imagine turning on your television to TVJ (the incarnation of JBC) to view a drama that was first aired in 2011 in the United States.
On TVJ it is presented a bit spliced, a lot bleeped out. Commercials are stuffed in, one two three four five of them, back to back, whenever.
Yet, it's a good show. It has gone six seasons in America, and is highly rated.
In Jamaica, only one seasons of this drama is aired in 2014.
CVM has the same practice. It ran the first season of a particular show in 2013. It began running the same first season again in 2015.
If television only reached Jamaica in the year 2000; one could make a condescending smile at how unprofessionally it is managed.
But television was in Jamaica from 1963.
Fifty Three years, (and counting) and programs still don't start on time, that the full compliment of a series is not presented.
Do not mention local programming. It is of lower quality than a college station. Much lower.
Imagine being able to see a real television series. Every episode. All the words. No commercial breaks. Being able to start and stop when I need to.
I thought this is what happens if your good and go to heaven.
I didn't realise it was here.
That I could hear about a show on some chat board, go to a website, find the show, and sit and watch it. Every episode. Complete, uncut, unscrewed up.
I could watch it free, whenever I wanted.
[be still my heart!]
Oh yeah, I know about pay. But when it takes over $120 of Jamaican monkey money to buy $1.00 US; you understand that what is pocket change for you is a weekly salary here; well, Free. Completely Free is the only way to go.
And I've gone.
I have watched the complete set of Graceland. I have watched the entire first five seasons of Homeland. I am currently watching all episodes of House, and I will be viewing all the other shows, which we only got a half season or heard about.