Almost every time I find myself having a conversation with people from the TV industry, about TV, I end up hearing opinions along the line of:
“overseas TV is like XYZ, but in India, TV is like ABC”
“Indian TV is a long way behind foreign TV”
or my favourite
“Indian TV is regressive”
As sincere as these opinions are, most of the people giving them actually have very little exposure to international TV. What does make it to India is mostly limited to the better, popular, American shows. Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, Friends, Seinfeld, True Blood etc etc
There is also some UK and Australian content on the BBC and Australia Channel, for those who can get them on cable.
And that’s about it.
Most of the people who denigrate Indian TV, haven’t been exposed to the pure junk that fills up most of the programming in most countries 🙂
Film are different. The latest US films are available at the train stations here as soon as they release anywhere in the world. Anyone with even a passing interest in film can download whatever they want to watch. But when it comes to TV, most content is so localised, that it is never marketed internationally (or even other domestic regions) and so few people come to know of it outside of the home market.
To be honest though, I don’t know a huge amount about these markets either. So I’m going to write a series of posts exploring the state of TV in different markets around the world.