Dose of Entertainment During the Weekends

Weekend, weekend, weekend! Time to enjoy two days of the week where you can leave the stress behind that came of the last five days and shall come from the next five too! If your working life is boring already, you sure don’t want to engage in a weekend to-do list to complete those fairly important tasks. Perhaps they can be dealt with later with more chaos and unease. But let weekend be the joy of your week! scary movie watcher

What is the routine like? Sleep, sleep a little more and then some more. Then wake up and freshen up and have some coffee and special weekend breakfast.

This is where Television comes into play! Be sure there’s not much in the newspapers so that you can get hold of your TV remotes. Tune in to a channel like Sony, Set max or Colours, the leading channels in providing the dose of entertainment and feature films during the weekends, and watch popular films.

You could check with the English films to save some grace to the Hindi films most other channels feature. Not to forget the repeat telecast of the serials or award functions which might interest you for a while. But yes, it is highly boring that channels showcase one film twice a day on the same channel. Needless to say, if the viewers really want to see a film they will make time to see it.

But if you manage to surf through online portals or social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter make sure to catch a glimpse of or take part in the contest most channels conduct before they feature the film on their channels.

In addition to saving money, staying home and watching TV is just easier and more comfortable than going to a movie.

If nothing still interests you, Watch Indian TV channels online, and watch your favorite shows you missed through the week. That’s because popular channels have now gone online to promote all their shows. To add on, getting hold of the online viewer’s attention has become a challenge now since there is a huge potential. So the chances of channels going bizarre online, for their promotions during the weekends are very high. So if you forget to hug your TV for providing such a wonderful date over the weekend, go online and fulfill your quote of love and entertainment from their online portals, anytime, anywhere.

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English GECs and Their Growing Demand

Does Sheldon’s wit make you go head over heels? Does Dexter’s story thrill you? Does American Idol showcase better talent that of the Indianised format of the show?

Image Courtesy:  Big Bang Theory

Image Courtesy: Big Bang Theory

If yes is the answer to the above questions, then you are a huge fan of English General Entertainment Channel and you prefer watching them over Indian shows.

Over the years the demand for English shows has increased drastically in India. Shows like Friends, no matter how old, still remains to be the favorite series for most people. Similar is the case with reality, travel and food related shows.

Channels have constantly made efforts to fulfill the demands of the English audience with good content. The idea is to make shows available to wider audience. Broadcasters are leaving no stone unturned to grab the attention of the viewers. Big CBS, Fox, Z Cafe, Star World, AXN and Comedy Central are constantly coming up with different shows to keep their viewers hooked up.

Be it with shows like The Big Bang Theory, Dexter, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Two and half men or shows like America’s Got Talent, American idol, Master Chef and more, these channels are constantly reviving their content related to latest global hit series, action movie blockbusters, latest seasons of adventure-reality show and lifestyle sports programmes to attract audience of various genres.

And to a certain limit they have been successful. Some of the English GECs have come up with the idea of telecasting shows with subtitles so that the Indian viewers can follow the dialogues without any difficulty.

But with the DTH system coming into the picture, most families do not subscribe for these channels due to monthly budget constraints, since these channels are expensive. That is why most of the family members prefer catching up with the episodes or the series, online or through DVDs. Sighting a potential here, most of these channels have gone online to grab the attention of these viewers. These networks have now built an online portal so that people need not go on YouTube to watch the episodes. Instead they can come to the channel’s portal to view the shows. And this is not restricted to the website. Most of them have a very heavy presence on Social media platforms in which they promote popular shows through new contests and heavy engagement.

With increasing popularity and heavy demand for English TV series in India, will a day come when these shows would give a tough competition to the Hindi GEC shows? Only time will tell.

Indian Television serials – Then and Now

Indian television has produced some of the finest daily soaps and shows for their audience, in a country which is mainly subjugated by Indian cinema. Time and again Hindi television serials have managed to deliver emotion filled, passionate romantic dramas which have managed to touch hearts of a million families at home. Be it with daily soaps like Balika Vadhu, Bade Acche Lagte Hai or with shows like Kaun Banega Crorepati and dance shows like Boogie Woogie, DID and more.

What’s amazing to see is that these Hindi TV shows have not only managed to create a space for themselves in the Indian market but have also continued to make waves across the international circuits.

The popular example defining this was Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. This Indian soap was ranked number 1 on the list of top 10 shows of all time. But even prior to Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi there were many shows that connected the audience with more than just emotions. Shows like Dekh Bhai Dekh created a buzz all over the country with its comedy timing and drama. Similar was the case with Shanti. This popular serial not only depicted a story of a woman fighting against the odds and the society but also managed to catch attention of every house hold.

Children had their share of knowledge and entertainment too. Ramayan and Mahabharat became the pick of the serials which were followed by fictional serials like Chandrakanta and Shaktimaan.Indian Television serials - Then and Now

This, however, was the story back then. Today Indian television is flooded with daily soaps and reality shows. Though it is a cluttered world out there, families still manage to pick a choice and spend time watching it. Popular shows like Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah have still managed, like very few serials, to keep their audience engrossed even today. Shows like CID, Crime Patrol and Shaitan keeps their audience engrossed with suspense and thriller while reality shows like DID, KBC, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Indian Idol and comedy shows Comedy Nights with Kapil and more have managed to entertain their audience with providing quality content.

Since serials have become the hottest topic of discussion and Indians love the shows and the characters in it, channels have constantly tried time and again to provide the best content to their viewers. This again is not restricted to television. Channels have moved online to woo their audience to watch Indian TV serials online. Channels like Sony, Colors and Star have created a space for their audience online to watch TV serials. In the coming time it will be interesting to see how other channels exploit this opportunity to do better than these channels and entertain their audience online.

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What the Indian Television Viewers Really Need?

Roll Camera and Action! The spotlight is on the stage and the characters are ready to pay their part right. In this game of TRPs only the mightier survives. And what makes a serial successful is the sense of connect that viewers feel when they watch it. That’s because today, in the world of television, every second day there is a new show coming our way. Some good and some really worth the miss! In such a case a viewer would just surf channels till they cling on to a show. For this very reason various channels prefer to come up with shows of different genre, apart from their reality shows and daily soaps. This has forced channels to come down to mere entertainment rather than sharing valuable content.

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Image Courtesy: Microsoft Research

Which then brings us to what the definition of entertainment is? Is it what makes us laugh when we watch shows like Comedy Circus and Laughter Challenge or is it the nail biting excitement we experience when the hosts of reality shows like Indian Idol or Jhalak, declare the winners of the show. A million emotions and a million depictions of the word entertainment! But this has evolved over the years. Prior to this when we had shows like Ramayan, Mahabharat and a few more shows related to similar genre, the entire family would sit together on a Sunday to watch it.

Today in spite of such shows marking the schedule, there are very few takers to such shows. That’s why over time most channels have evolved themselves to survive in the TRP charts. Post a couple of seasons, a new format needs to be introduced which in most cases doesn’t happen. The only show which adapted to the change was KBC. This was when Sony reintroduced Kaun Banega Crorepati with their new format. The TRPs were regained from what was lost in the fourth season of the show.

More shows need to change their format or channels need to introduce innovative reality shows rather than just coming up with another dance or singing show. Same goes with daily soaps. The only reason shows like CID or Tarak Mehta Ka Oltaah Chashma have still managed to grab viewership is because they have created the space with fresh or interesting content or have found a way to keep their audience hooked on rather than providing the similar plot that other channels offer.

With building competition every day, it will be interesting to see what new shows channels can offer their viewers to climb the TRP charts.

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