Thursday, 27 March 2014

What's Next?

Spring is right around the corner: Time to get out of my hiding hole and get back to work! I haven't started on episode 11 of Reycralibur yet because I was working on the remake of episode 3 and The Abridged Knights of Brawl finale. Now that both of these are taken care of (I WILL have the finale ready for rendering this weekend, goddamn it!), I can review the script for episodes 11-13 and start filming the next episode.

As for TAKOB, I will be abridging the third season but, I won't continue on that until after I finish episode 11 of Reycralibur. Unfortunately, I have to rewatch the third season of Knights of Brawl to know what I'm up against; and it is horrible. There are other projects I've been wanting to work on, in particular, I've been eying Star and Friends because of how easy it would be to make episodes of that show. I was also hoping to start a new sketch comedy show..., I use the term "comedy" loosely. But, as you know, my work ethic isn't really the best. I already started a few other side projects that I still haven't finished yet. So, once I'm done with TAKOB finale, I'm going to finish those up.



Thursday, 20 March 2014

Why I Hate ZippCast

Don't get me wrong. I'd LOVE to see a new video sharing site become popular enough to make YouTube it's bitch. That's precisely why I signed up for ZippCast two years ago. But once I did get there, Oh God... I get it, it's a new website, there will be problems. But if that's the case, maybe you should actually try to get your damn site working BEFORE you announce it to the world! Still don't know why I, someone who despises YouTube almost as much as he hates his own brother, am not drinking the ZippCast Kool-Aid?

First and foremost, the layout. Pros: Because it's the old YouTube layout, it's looks lovely. Cons: Because it's the old YouTube layout, it's not as easy to use as YouTube's current layout. In YouTube 2.0, It was SO EASY to customize my channel and the variety was a nice bonus. In ZippCast's layout, I have to go back and forth between two windows just to make sure I did everything right. And of course, their rendition of the 2.0 channels is treated with as much loving care as a Uwe Boll video game adaptation. At least navigation of the rest of the site isn't as bad.

Then you get to the uploader; It's so primitive. On YouTube, I just drag and drop; on Dailymotion, I press the button and select my file. On ZippCast, I press the button, fill in ALL of the video information, and then I can press the button and select my file. Then the damn loading bar stops working and I'm never sure if the video is still uploading (and processing) or if the upload failed until 10 minutes later! Man, I friggin HATE that uploader!

The community is, without calling anyone pathetic, childish. They actually think that just because ZippCast used the old layout, it was better than YouTube. If rest of the world ran on bullshit logic like that, we'd ditch Windows 8 and switch to using Chromebooks! When I first used ZippCast, they rolled out this new chat function. I ended up talking to this 7 year old brat who actually believed more famous YouTubers would jump ship simply because of the layout. Then the bloody chat started bugging out his end. Nice. Oh, and then the entire site shut down a few months later. Fantastic.

The following year, ZippCast came back the first videos I saw uploaded was a bunch of bias bullshit blasting the new YouTube layout and Google. Look at those bastards, mocking people for still using YouTube. Jokes on them, the website, once again, shut down not even half a year later! Now that's funny...in a bittersweet way. Everyone's in such a rush to get off of YouTube, they delude themselves to thinking ZippCast is a perfect alternative. Then they get hit by an assortment of problems that would NEVER happen to YouTube or any other video hosting site. Dailymotion's new layout is shit, but you don't see me abandoning it.

So, here we are; ZippCast is back for the fourth time. Still think It's going to replace YouTube in the future? No, I think that you think that when you do sign up for ZippCast, you're not going to completely jump ship. You're gonna keep uploading videos on YouTube and generally spend more time there, despite their new layout. Why? Because you know, that it's what's on the inside that counts.

Dear Dailymotion, STOP RIPPING OFF YOUTUBE!!!

I'm a Dailymotion guy. Their copyright standards aren't as bullshit as youtube's, the comment section is quiet, and it just feels like, you know, a video sharing website. I only have one complaint, their constant need to look just like youtube. I get it, Dailymotion's layout isn't as accessible as youtube's, but is that any reason to ripoff their layout? No, and why would you? 

I never complained about the 2.0 channels, but youtube's layout's are just so...wrong. I can't turn off the comment section or related videos, so the pages are just so unnecessary long. My channels don't encourage personalization, so I'm stuck with just a stupid banner. Oh, and don't get me started on how horrible the homepage is. And then they changed the subscription page..., Seriously?!!?  Of course, that's no reason to flock to a broken piece of crap like ZippCast. I'll never understand why a website that looks like the old youtube but runs even worse the current youtube gets treated like the real deal. Maybe people like rooting for the underdog...or maybe One Channel gave youtubers more brain damage then they already have.

Back on topic, in ripping off youtube's layout, Dailymotion actually looks worse then it did before. The new homepage looks ugly, the new channels are shameless knockoffs, and the new video page looks even worse than youtube's. I'm actually tempted to try out ZippCast again! What's next? Are they gonna team up with Facebook and require you to make a FB account to post comments? I'm surprised youtube hasn't sued Dailymotion for ripping off their crap...; ZippCast, not so much. 

It's just so...bleahhh. It looks so horrible that it makes me want to vomit. I'm just thankful the actual site still works. However, if Dailymotion thinks they're going to attract new users with a horrible layout like this, then clearly they don't know why people left youtube in the first place. 

How do you say idiots in french?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Fave Five: Channels I Don't Like.

1) M3
Make no Mistake, I'm glad MuchMore has finally bit the dust and, as of writing, M3 is a bit more polished now then it was at launch. But it still has it's share of problems. Yes, M3 is NOT a music channel anymore, but it's still licensed as one. As such, it's music offerings, as far as studio-made programming is concerned, needs more work. I like the new format of the M3 Countdown, but the video list is near identical to that of the Much Countdown (and the videos are even shorter, if you can believe that!). If I want to watch mainstream music videos, I'll watch Much. Hell, I do watch Much and, unless it's shifting to a more music-based format, I like it the way it is, thank you very...much.

2) CMT
Unlike M3, which abandoned it's music format, CMT is much more faithful to country music. But when it comes to shunt programming, the results can be very...cringe-worthy. On one hand you have shows like Rules of Engagement, Wife Swap and AFV. On the other hand, you have shows like Fear Factor, Burger Wars, JFL Gags, Pizza Wars, Cash Mob, Taco Wars, and a whole bunch of shows from W Network. Wanna know what the best part is? Some of those shows are originals. ...Like I said, much more faithful to music than M3.

3) Twist TV
...Do I really need to say anything? ...Yeah, that's what I thought. Next!

4) MTV2
At the very least, as of writing, MTV2 Canada is finally airing some different shows. It's slightly better than it was before, but it's still a lifeless network. The main problem here is, MTV2 is for young male adults, this channel is targeting teenagers. Whatever MTV2 Canada is doing, it's not what MTV2 in the US is doing. Aside from Cribs and True Life, it's not even airing MTV shows anymore. It's subscriber base is almost nonexistent, they have no fresh original or acquired shows to give to it's audience. The only channel I can compare MTV2 Canada to is G4, which has also been running on autopilot...until it finally shuts down for good. At least the Canadian G4 has Reviews on the Run, EP Daily, Rude Tube and Bang Goes The Theory going for it.

5) YTV
Back in Feburary, while I was mourning the lost of Bionix on YTV's Facebook page, I caught the attention of someguy/girl by the name of Joshua Dillon Veuskens . Unfortunately for me, s/he turned out to be one of those anime wackos. You know? The insane anime fanboys who believe that Japanese cartoons are superior to that of western shows. (S)He was so messed up the head by the cancellation of Bionix four years ago, that s/he believes YTV is in some sort of funk right now because of it; pinning the blame on post-movie Spongebob episodes and YTV's original programming. Total. Bullshit. It's weirdos like him/her that are precisely the reason why I HATE socializing. Too many morons.

Unfortunately, s/he has a point. Because of ABC Spark, YTV doesn't have to target teenagers anymore. Unlike teens, kids don't really fancy dramas or mature anime. Say goodbye to Friday Night Lights, Smallville, and Ghost in the Shell SAC. Say Hello to reruns of America's Funniest Home Videos, Just for Laughs Gags, and Wipeout Canada. It doesn't help that Nickelodeon's programming, which YTV has relied on for so many years, has also gone downhill save for a couple of shows. Seriously, their new sitcoms feel like they came from the It's a Laugh crap factory and their original Nicktoons (that is, the shows that aren't based on licensed properties) are loosing their luster. Personally, the only Nick shows worth watching are Spongebob, Korra, TMNT, Power Rangers, Sanjay & Craig, and Digimon Fusion.

In terms of original programming, YTV's game shows (especially Splatalot, Japanizi, and The Next Star) are way better than their scripted shows. I don't know about you, but shows like Numb Chucks are exactly the kind of kid-pandering crap I despise the most about television nowadays. Teletoon's offerings are much more entertaining. They're addictive and imaginative..., though I can't say the same about Rocket Monkeys.

Screw Nostalgia! The fact that I'm still watching Teletoon proves that you don't need to be a kid to know what a good kid show is. That is unless you're a member of the PTC, Common Sense Media, or the people running YTV nowadays, in which case, thanks for corrupting the youth AND ruining good television, Assholes.

...You know, Teletoon at Night would make a great successor to Bionix...

Tripe About Corus' Americian-Branded Channels

When it comes to new shows, I don't understand how the synergy between Teletoon and Cartoon Network can be so harmonious yet the relationship between the rest of Corus' branded channels and their southern counterparts aren't as much.

Last week, March 7, 2014, Digimon Fusion premiered, unannounced and on a Friday morning. The fact that they made no sort of press release about it is jarring enough, even more so that it premiered 3 months after it premiered in the US, but Friday morning!? Honestly, I'm never going to understand why so many kids networks are scheduling their action programming in the friggin' mornings. They realize School is still a thing, right? Besides, the YTV we know and love would have aired it on a Saturday morning or a Friday evening at the very least.

Meanwhile, the rest of Nickelodeon's programming has been given much more fair treatment. Plus, what's this, a new episode of Power Rangers: Super Megaforce is premiering this Friday on Nick Canada!?! What a treat! Normally, all of Nick's shows premiere on YTV.

Well, that's step in the right direction. Which, after I got off track for a bit myself, brings me back to my point: why isn't Digimon getting this treatment? Granted, some of Nicktoons' shows don't make it to YTV, but keep in mind that Digimon Fusion premiered on Nickelodeon; it moved to Nicktoons later. I can only assume that they acquired the show from Vortexx, which began airing it back in Feburary. Otherwise, there's no excuse. But I'm getting off topic. YTV isn't the only guilty channel here.

How about CMT? The only excuse that channel has for not airing Bounty Hunters and Dog & Beth (Coincidence?) is because none of those shows have anything to do with country music (There's one). However, CMT in the US is, like MTV, a country music, lifestyle and entertainment network; Bounty Hunters and Dog & Beth are just some of the country-flavored shows on that network (There's another one). So, if not shows that have something to do with country music, they can at least air some more country-flavored shows. At the very least, CMT Canada produces their own original programming and the fact that their logo is radically different symbolizes that, they may be based on CMT, but that doesn't mean they have to play by their rules.

OWN Canada doesn't air all of the shows from it's american counterpart, but it still remains somewhat true to their format under the circumstances. After all, it is licensed as an educational channel and I don't see how shows like The Haves and the Have Nots can be considered "educational."
At the end of the day, Sundance Channel, the Canadian version of what's now known as SundanceTV, is the closest to it's counterpart than any of Corus' other branded channels. It's format is accurate and it airs all of SundanceTV's shows. Plus, unlike SundanceTV, it still airs uncut movies! All of that from what used to be known as "Drive-In Classics".

But, admittedly, I'm just using this post as an excuse to vent out my depression about how bad YTV has become. In truth, how much an american-branded channel can match up to it's counterpart depends on both it's license and it's owner's commitment to managing the brand. As far as Corus goes, they're not as good as Rogers Media, but nobodies perfect either.


Friday, 7 March 2014

Supporting CanCon

There's a good reason why I never watch an american show in prime-time: to support canon..., the good kind that is. Let me break it down for you.

As you know, ratings play an important role in keeping a show on the air. Obviously, we didn't make shows like Criminal Minds, 30Rock or South Park. So, watching these shows on a Canadian network wouldn't have any influence on how they do on their native channel in the States. Furthermore, thanks to a little something called Simultaneous Substitution, all ratings and revenue for americian shows that air on a broadcast network goes to the Canadian television network that aired it.

To drive the point home, thanks to the development of on-demand services, we can watch americian shows anytime, anywhere. So it makes more sense that, if there's a Canadian show you like watching and want to make sure it stays on the air, you watch it as soon as it comes on. Here, your viewership will count and it'll let the network know you want more. Meanwhile, you save the american shows for a rainy day and watch them at your own leisure. Don't blame yourself if they end up getting canned, that's between americian networks and their viewers.

OK, so what about two Canadian shows that you like? For example, should I watch Citytv's Seed or Slice's Big Brother Canada? Ignoring the fact Big Brother Canada is the only original show on Slice worth watching, what you gotta do is try to predict what show people would want to watch more. Seed is a fledgeling comedy that's not very popular; Big Brother Canada is a Canadian version of one of the biggest reality franchises in the world. Obviously, more people will watch BBCAN and, chances are, it will be renewed for a new season. Meanwhile, if I don't watch Seed, it will not get enough viewers and will probably be cancelled.
It's a no-brainer: I'll watch Seed now, and watch BBCAN later. In doing so, I'm preventing the less popular show on the air from getting canned before it reaches it's full potential.

And there you have it. If you want to keep shows like Lost Girl on the air, this is the way to do it. Of course, you're free to watch americian shows at anytime. Just remember, what you do for those shows, affects our homegrown content.