Am I really posting about television?

Since I spend/waste a lot of time watching TV these days, I thought I’d give you a sample of my channel choices. I do live in a dégroupée area, so I have 150 “cable” channels. However, when you realize what these channels actually are, it’s not as cool. But since our TV/internet/telephone costs only 30 € a month, I think it’s great as we would have to pay 2-3 times that much for the same thing in the US.

No Life – Video game channel (I’m not kidding, it’s really called this)
Poker Channel – Can you say boring? Boring times ten?
Karaoke Channel – You can even turn off the crappy voice singing in the background so everyone can hear your crappy voice instead.
Parliamentary Channel – And I thought the Poker channel was the most boring thing on television.
AB Moteurs – Like a Nascar channel, only French and classy.
GOD TV – GOD WANTS YOU TO SIT ON THE COUCH AND WATCH TV ALL DAY!
JET.tv (Jeux et Television) – Stupid non-stop call-in games that seem like scams to me.

There are several music videos channel that ::gasp:: play music videos. And then there’s MTV Europe. Plus lots of exciting foreign channels, like Romania International, TV Bulgaria, Armenia Public TV and Georgian TV. There seem to be a ton of Turkish, Arabic and Chinese channels too.

We also have “Free Home Video” (no idea why the name is in English) for an extra 6 € a month. We have 24 hour access to several movies and series (only those produced by Warner Brothers though). A lot of the movies suck because they are from the 80’s and early 90’s, but I’ve started watching series that I never watched in the US, such as FBI: Portés Disparus (Without a Trace) and New York 911 (Third Watch). I like reminiscing about New York when I watch these shows, but I think the main reason I like to watch them so much is that I can change the audio to English. I absolutely hate American shows dubbed in French. The voices are always awful and lips that don’t match with the words drive me crazy.

Je n’arrive pas à croire que je viens d’écrire au sujet de la télé en France. J’ai besoin de quelque chose à faire !

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  • Leah

    Just saw your comment and fixed it, but I swear I put it up when I put up the links to all the blogs I love to read. Weirdness…I dunno what happened! PS-I have the Karaoke channel, but only as a trial and kinda secretly(not anymore!) like it.PPS-The JET is totally arnaque!

  • Crystal

    hey Jennie…your post is SO funny because I was unemployed last summer (didn’t have a work permit yet) and I spent ALL of my time watching cable télé too…I watched enough music videos for 2 lifetimes…after reading your blog, I get the strange impression that you are ME (just in a way better part of France). It’s freaky all the similarities…haha I’m even 92 pounds myself, weird eh?? It’s funny how you like the quebecois accent..all of my teacher in high school and uni were quebecois and I can’t stand the accent. It’s too nasally (is that a word?) for me. If you want, you can add me to Facebook if you have it (I’m under Crystal Gibson…St. Catharines/Niagara, ON) network.Ciao

  • Leah

    Just saw your comment and fixed it, but I swear I put it up when I put up the links to all the blogs I love to read. Weirdness…I dunno what happened!
    PS-I have the Karaoke channel, but only as a trial and kinda secretly(not anymore!) like it.
    PPS-The JET is totally arnaque!

  • Crystal

    hey Jennie…your post is SO funny because I was unemployed last summer (didn’t have a work permit yet) and I spent ALL of my time watching cable télé too…I watched enough music videos for 2 lifetimes…after reading your blog, I get the strange impression that you are ME (just in a way better part of France). It’s freaky all the similarities…haha I’m even 92 pounds myself, weird eh?? It’s funny how you like the quebecois accent..all of my teacher in high school and uni were quebecois and I can’t stand the accent. It’s too nasally (is that a word?) for me. If you want, you can add me to Facebook if you have it (I’m under Crystal Gibson…St. Catharines/Niagara, ON) network.

    Ciao

  • june

    Hello, I was just wondering how you changed your dubbed shows into English. I don’t know if I have that option but would love to try? I am with Freebox also.

  • june

    Hello, I was just wondering how you changed your dubbed shows into English. I don’t know if I have that option but would love to try? I am with Freebox also.

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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