Thanks to an earlier post by Subzeroblue, I found Dubai’s new all-English channel "One." The channel is apparently competition for the popular Saudi-owned "Channel 2." I have been following it for a while and I must say they have a good collection of high-caliber Western shows, including CSI, the Sopranos and others.
The channel also provides a good collection of fairly new and "slightly" older Western movies. One thing that is proving an irritant, however, is their excessive use of the editing scissors! It seems the people behind this brand new channel are ultra conservative, as they edit out almost any display of affection including pecks; even cuss words are edited out!
Personally, I think this is too much and extremely, extremely annoying! It is even worse than Jordan TV. Well, I’m glad I’m not paying for this channel.
But to be fair, I must say that last night I enjoyed watching The Insider in spite of being annoyed on a number of occasions by the channel’s editing. I saw this movie years ago when it first came out and watching it a another time was highly enjoyable, particularly because it deals with the field I chosen for a living: Journalism.
One blunder I found in this movie was the choice of an Egyptian to represent a Hizballah fighter. A great director like Michael Mann should have known better. Hizballah fighters are Lebanese, speaking an entirely different dialect. Also the Arabic translator that was supposedly translating for Mike Wallace was speaking gibberish! I couldn’t understand a single word of what he was saying! Again, this shouldn’t be expected from a legend like Mann.
YOu live in saudi arabia and they 90210?
wow. im in L.A. and my parents banned that show from our house.
I used to watch One Tv When it was Channel 33 in 90s, Back When It Was A Normal TV Channel That We Used To Get On TV Only During The Summer Cause Of The Hummitidy Which Helps Carry TV Channel Signals More Better From Across The Gulf To The Eastern Region Of Saudi Arabia (Where I Live)..
Anyways, It Used 2 have Up to date shows Like Beverly Hills 90210, Saved By The Bell, and Other Cool Shows.. It Rarely Edited Out anything.. Most Of The Kisses Made It On Tv, Pecks Included 😉
Cussing Was always Edited Out On Tv Channels All Over The World.. Including Popular Tv Channels In The US Like NBC/ABC/FOX.. So Its No Big Deal I Guess, But I Assume Since We Got Used to No Editing Lately, We Get Anoyyed With The Fact Of It Still Happening..
Anyways, I Think One Tv Is A Winner, Despite Thier Commercials, Which are ALOT!! But Hey, thats how u Keep a Channel Free I Guess 😉
hahaha, Arash, do ou watch wrestling? I find it amazing that if an organization such as the wwe is going to have someone claim they are arab american, and not even speak arabic. really is sad. hey, if they are going to stereotype us, at least do it all the way.
Someone tell me if they have anything in common, MBC and ONE. WE get MBC via satelite here and they show many American movies on this channel. Hubby, you are right. They go to commercials at the most odd times. But take for example when they show Father of the Bride. They left the kissing scene in there (all of them). But there are other movies where they will take them out. I really wonder what their editing meetings are like and how they decide to take one scene out over the other.
And Hubby, as for your hatred for commercials, I would have advised you to buy Tivo. I am sure you have heard of that machine, the one that allows you to skip all commercials. But guess what. Tivo may be coming out with pop-up ads over the commercials you skip, because the cmpany says its unfair to companies who pay for that commercial time. I guess you can never really escape advertising.
Hollywood has been avoiding portraying Muslims as terrorists in their movies for some time now as they don’t want to offend the Muslim communities in the US especially after 9/11 . One example was the movie the Sum of all Fears which is based on Tom Clancy’s novel. In his novel the terrorists are Islamists, while in the movie the terrorists are neo-European Nazis. But it seems that 24 this time is going ahead and dedicating a whole season on the issue of Islamic fundamentalism.
Haha… this guy? Yes he is Persian.
I’ll ask around, but the interpreter is Alan De Satti who has also played in America So Beautiful. So it’s a good guess that he is speaking Persian, maybe with a strong American accent.
About 24, I had assumed the family’s going to be Iranian, the son’s name is Persian (Behrouz). That’s what has gotten our folks worked up. Frankly, the objections on the Iranian side haven’t really focused on stereotyping of Muslims. As Ms. Aghdashlou puts it: “Let’s not forget that while it is true that not all Muslims are terrorists, unfortunately all [post-911] terrorists have been Muslim. Those who object should realize that the likes of 24 are the by-products of 911, in such a way that James Bond was of the Cold War.”
As sort of the “western eye” I’ve never much minded the censoring of cussing. I’m used to that. No networks allow it in the US. It surprised me when I heard so much of it on Jordan’s Movie Channel plus they kept in so much violence. Channel 2 kept in both cussing and violence but then axed actions as tame as a peck on the cheek. Friends Edited became a whole new experience. But I’ve never minded much because both “2” and “One” keep the commercials to a minimum. I hate commercials. I realize their value but apparently there’s another model that allows for a reduction in their presence. Although, yeah, 2 is getting mighty repetitive.
With “One” and “2” you barely need anything else and they’re free! Packed with programming from a myriad of sources combined with great movie choices, they are hard to beat. The only real editing glitch that bugs me is One’s tendency to roll out or cut out from a movie or program before a character finishes speaking or a scene comes to a close when they go to a break. This gives a real “cut” feeling. This seems to be happening less and less. Now, I’m enjoying seeing what new things they can do with that apostrophe –> ‘ <-- 🙂 The only place the scissors really get to me is when I've plunked down 5JD or 60QR at the movie theater only to find the movie is half of what it should have been. I'll take DVD!