And the winner is… colour TV!

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It is really weird to think that Television used to be black and white and glitchy and it sounds terribly backwards but that is an era of which South Africa wasn’t really part of, except of course for the odd broadcast of the old imported movies from the overseas.

We sommer klapped colour straight from the get-go with the first broadcast on January 5, 1976. Which is fokken ironic because back in the day all the old apartheid dose could see, was black and white. When Neil Armstong landed on the moon in 1969, South Africa was one of the few countries unable to watch the event live because we had major assholes like Verwoerd and Hertzog. Not experiencing the moonlanding was kind of part of the last straw of gatvolness and feeling excluded from the rest of the world that got the ball rolling, albeit fokken slowly and met with resistance.

Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd for instance compared television with atomic bombs and poison gas, claiming that “they are modern things, but that does not mean they are desirable. The government has to watch for any dangers to the people, both spiritual and physical.” 

No fucking wonder we struggled to move forward. Another dickhead who cock-blocked the entire nation was Dr. Albert Hertzog, Minister for Posts and Telegraphs. Back then, in our modern terms, his title basically meant that he was the big boss of the Post Office who could also decide over the use of  SMSes, WhatsApp, data, DStv, the entire interweb and our precious porn. At the time he said that television would come to South Africa “over my dead body!” further tuning that it was “only a miniature bioscope which is being carried into the house and over which parents have no control.”

Jissis calm the fuck down, boet. Does this look gevaarlik to you, huh?

Thankfully South Africa caught up with the rest of the world and actually excelled at all aspects of television for quite some time until Hlaudi Motsoening gave the SABC the penis of death a few years back. But we need to look at the positives and the other players outside the state entering the ring – if it weren’t for the likes of M-Net/Multichoice and DStv we would have been completely fucked.

The same goes for streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and Showmax. Basically the interweb in general – it was our savior. Just go look at all the Emmy nominees and winners from the past week and go match them up with the streaming platforms for yourself. We have come very, very far.  It will be interesting to look back in twenty years from now to see how colour TV has evolved. For now it is still on our phones, TVs, cars, planes, tablets, PCs and wrist watches. What is next? An implant? ESP?  A pill up your ass?

Please don’t tell me it is a pill up my ass…

Get your fix of colour TV from
the Plumlist for our top 10 pick of the week to check what you can stream in South Africa, unless you’re planning on reversing over your internet with your bakkie as well…
#10 Life after dark in SAFTA-winning documentary Six to Six
Night after night, Taariq, Lungi and Pierre wait for people to die. They aren’t ghouls. They are three of the forensic pathology officers at one of Cape Town’s busiest morgues – Salt River Mortuary.
On Showmax
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 #9 Interview: Stroop filmmakers reveal the toll it took to tell this “true, raw rhino story”
Multi award-winning South African documentary Stroop: Journey into Rhino Horn War isn’t here to tell you what to do to save rhinos.
 On Showmax & DStv 
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#8 Seven Leon Schuster movies to watch online
He’s one of SA’s most successful filmmakers, and he’s a SAMA winner, too (thanks to his 1995 CD Hier Kom Die Bokke, which was the year’s top-selling album in SA). Now you can relive Schuster’s heyday with these movies available to stream on Showmax and DStv Now.
 On DStv Now & Showmax
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 #7 Proudly South African series and movies up for international awards
This week, at Jackson Wild, arguably the Oscars of the wildlife film world, Stroop is up for the Impact Award and South African Bonné de Bod is competing – against the likes of Dame Judi Dench – for the Best Presenter title.
On Showmax
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 #6 Streamin’ La Vida Loca: Jane the Virgin and more Latino TV shows
Broadcast from 2006 till 2010, the charming Ugly Betty brought an utterly engaging US Latina character to the small screen in the shape of geeky Betty Suarez, played by America Ferrera.
On DStv Now, Showmax & Netflix
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 #5 SA consumers vote for DStv Now as their fave streaming app
Paid Streaming Service was one of eight new categories included in this year’s survey, which is in its 21st year. South Africa’s consumers voted Netflix in at 3rd place, Showmax in at 2nd place, and DStv Now took 1st place.
On DStv Now 
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 #4 New mom? Watch these shows about the realness of motherhood
Welcome to motherhood. You’ve survived everything that pregnancy could throw at you and have welcomed a shiny new little human into the world.
 On Netflix & Showmax
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 #3 Your ultimate comfort TV watchlist
A well-curated watch list is a thing of beauty. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has an algorithm-defying selection of top notch – Plum Picks, if you will – series and movies on all my platforms.
On All streaming platforms
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 #2 How this Emmy-nominated show won critics over with one weird choice
PEN15, one of two first-time Emmy nominees for Outstanding Comedy Writing in 2019, is now streaming on Showmax. PEN15 follows 13-year-old besties Maya and Anna as they navigate – and try to survive
 On Showmax
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 #1 The biggest winners at the 2019 Emmy Awards and where to find them
When you’re passionate about television, it’s impossible to remain neutral when it comes to the Emmys (or any awards for that matter). Your bias towards your favourite shows will have you hissing and booing if they don’t win; the opposite is also true.
On Amazon Prime, Netflix & Showmax
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 9 spot, Stroop:

The South African feature documentary STROOP – Journey into the Rhino Horn War is an independently made film about the rhino poaching crisis – released in 2018. Expect unique footage – from the killing fields of the Kruger Park to bush town courtrooms and the dingy back rooms of Vietnamese wildlife traffickers. This multiple award-winning documentary about Rhino Poaching will take you to from the poachers to the buyers.

You’re going to shed a lot of tears, but it necessary to watch this doccie. Everybody in South Africa should see it:

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griffinAnd the winner is… colour TV!

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