Dan Barrett

Dan Barrett is the Content Director of Televised Revolution. His musings on television have been heard across ABC Radio, on websites like The Guardian and Crikey, and drunkenly in pubs across the country. At night he spends too many hours watching repeats of Cheers.

Netflix Is Coming To Australia – What You NEED To Know!

Netflix launches in Australia on March 24. With 200,000+ Australians already subscribed to the international service and countless articles on the service written, most people already have a good idea of what the service is and how it works. But, some people will still have questions.

What follows is a helpful list of answers to 8 of the bigger questions surrounding the service:

What Is Netflix?
Netflix is a US company that offers video content streamed online. They started out as an online DVD rental service which would send you rented DVD discs by the mail. Their service evolved to stream movies and TV shows through their website.

For a monthly subscription fee, viewers can watch all the movies and TV shows they want without paying anything extra.

For Australians familiar with the ABC video service iView, it’s similar to that, only with a monthly charge.

How Do I Even Access Netflix?
First, you need to sign up to the service. From 24 March you will be able to go to www.netflix.com and sign up with an Australian credit/debit card. If you don’t have a credit/debit card, or you don’t like paying for things that way, you will be able to buy gift cards from some supermarkets and the post office.

Once you create your account and log into the site, you can stream all the movies, TV shows, documentaries, etc you want through the website.

You can also download the Netflix app from the iTunes store so you can watch Netflix content on your iPhone and iPad, or download the app for your Android or Windows Phone devices.

Netflix can also be watched on most smart TV’s (ie TV’s connected to the Internet), video game consoles, and selected Internet capable devices like DVD Players.

Will Netflix use up my home Internet/mobile phone data?
Be very careful you know what you are entitled to with your home Internet or mobile phone plan. Watching shows on Netflix will use up a lot of data. Users in Australia who are internet customers with iiNet or Optus will be able to watch Netflix content without it contributing to their download limits. So, if you plan on using Netflix a lot, you might be well off considering a plan from them.

Netflix users can change the video quality they receive, so if you are data conscious, you are best setting your account accordingly. If data isn’t a problem, I’d strongly suggest choosing high or auto – the picture quality can be outstanding.

  • Low (0.3 GB per hour)
  • Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour)
  • High (best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD, 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD)
  • Auto (adjusts automatically to deliver the highest possible quality, based on your current internet connection speed)

Netflix will chew through mobile data limits very quickly. Televised Revolution strongly recommends only watching Netflix when connected to your home Internet network.

I’ve heard it won’t be as good as Netflix in the US?
Really, define “good”. At launch in Australia, Netflix’s library will be very small. But over the course of the first year, you should start to see the service offer more and more TV shows and movies. The US library is the biggest Netflix library in the world, but bigger isn’t necessarily always better. Depending on your personal tastes, some of the smaller libraries actually offer better viewing options.

For example, the Canadian library is smaller than the US library, but due to licensing agreements, the Canadian library often has access to some great movies and TV shows that aren’t on offer in the US. Brazil’s library sometimes has a much better selection of action and adventure films than anywhere else. Netflix France is amazing if you want access to some great independent and foreign films.

For those familiar with the US service, day one of Netflix in Australia will likely be disappointing. For those who haven’t experienced Netflix hands-on before, users should find it will be worth the subscription price.

The matter of how good it is will ultimately be a matter of personal taste.

Which Shows/Movies Are Only On Netflix?
Each of the streaming services sign deals to access content. Some of these deals are for exclusive access, while others are open to competitors also buying the rights. This is why you will see some shows and movies available across all the services.

Netflix have been smart in producing a lot of content that is exclusive to Netflix. These ‘Netflix Originals’ include high profile shows like House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Bojack Horseman (named as Televised Revolution’s best show of 2014), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Hemlock Grove, and Marco Polo. Netflix also produce a number of kids shows that are also exclusive to Netflix, which include: The Adventures of Puss In Boots, Turbo FAST, Richie Rich, VeggieTales In The House, and All Hail King Julien.

Netflix are increasing the number of new shows they create every year, with quite a number of other new shows launching throughout 2015. These include Bloodline (Which will launch internationally just three days before the Australian Netflix launch), Daredevil (April), Grace and Frankie (May), Sense8 (June), and Wet Hot American Summer (July). Netflix also produce a wide number of documentaries and comedy specials.

With Netflix launching in Australia a couple of years after the series launch, the rights to show Orange Is The New Black in Australia currently rest with Foxtel, meaning that show is not likely be available on Netflix Australia at launch (but Televised Revolution is hoping to be happily surprised).

How Will Netflix Compare With Other Streaming Services in Australia?
No streaming video service offers everything. Foxtel’s service Presto consistently offers the best range of recent Hollywood films, but has a lousy TV library. Stan, meanwhile, has a fairly good spread of TV shows with a decent film library that also includes a lot of really good foreign films. We’re yet to see what Netflix offer in terms of their library in full beyond a few pre-announced titles (Frozen, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, among others).

In terms of cost, it’s expected Netflix will cost somewhere between the $10 price of Stan, or the $14.99 price of Presto.

Where Netflix has the upper hand is that it will be available on almost every device imaginable. If it has a screen that handles video and connects to the Internet, there’s a strong likelihood it’ll support Netflix.

In the US, Netflix itself isn’t enough to cover your entire entertainment needs. To get a good range of content, users are best off adding an extra service or two. Netflix, combined with Hulu and/or Amazon Instant Video makes for a great content offering.

Similarly, in Australia Netflix combined with Stan should take care of a lot of casual viewing needs.

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What Happens if I’m Using a DNS Service? 
Well, nothing different. If you are using a DNS service to access Netflix in the US at the moment, that will continue.

If you do want to access the Australian Netflix, this will really depend on how you are accessing Netflix already

To access Netflix Australia:

Getflix users will need to log into their account, then select the ‘Regions’ option in the menu and select Australia.

Unblock US users, once logged in, need to visit the Unblock US website and just select Australia from the pull-down menu on the bottom right-hand side of the page.

Keep in mind that the Australian Netflix service ONLY is data limit-free, so there’s certainly considerable value in using the Australian service instead of other foreign services.

Why Doesn’t Netflix Have Sports?
It’s not that sort of service. Think of Netflix as an online version of a video store. It’s on-demand, general entertainment viewing. It’s not the destination you go to for sports in the same way that you won’t find a music video chart show, CNN-style live breaking news, or a David Letterman-style chat show.

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Got any pressing Netflix questions? Let us know in the comments below.

[PODCAST] All Hail HBO Now. But Don’t Get Too Excited. (Ep 387)

Overnight HBO officially announced their Netflix competitor service HBO Now. For US$14.95, US viewers will be able to access HBO content and movies on demand without needing a cable TV subscription. It’s an inevitable move that has been a while coming. While it’s a welcome move, there are many questions outstanding – the biggest question is whether the HBO Now will be all viewers expect it to be.

Also up for discussion:

  • Foxtel delay the IQ3
  • ABC2 celebrates its 10th birthday
  • The passing of comedy genius Sam Simon
  • The Australian industry readies shows for SVOD

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HBO Now is Coming. Look Out Foxtel!

Coming just a week after Netflix announced a launch date for the Australian market comes news that will make Australian pay television company Foxtel sweat just a little bit more. US cable channel giant HBO have officially announced their new subscription streaming video service ‘HBO Now’.

For several years consumers and industry commentators have been speculating on how long it would be until HBO went to market with an SVOD service. Following the high profile Take My Money HBO campaign, HBO have been open about their intentions to launch a service, but have been very coy about when they would do it. For HBO, the matter was contentious as it would negatively disrupt the lucrative relationship they’ve maintained with US cable companies who carry the HBO suite of channels.

Following on from informed rumours last week, HBO today officially announced that the HBO Now service will launch. The announcement took place at Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ event, which was primarily an event staged to launch the Apple Watch.

From April (just in time for Game of Thrones’ launch), HBO Now will be available for $14.99 per month, exclusive to Apple via their Apple TV, iPhones, and iPad products. The exclusivity period lasts just three months, at which point it’ll be made available on a wider number of platforms that will likely include Roku, Android TV, Playstation, Xbox, etc. “All you need to get HBO Now is a broadband connection and an Apple device,” said HBO CEO Richard Plepler.

This exclusivity period doesn’t include cable companies, so any cable companies wanting to on-sell the HBO Now service can do so via their own set-top boxes.

HBO Now is expected to offer access to the entire HBO library of original series, along with access to movies. For those familiar with the HBO Nordic SVOD service, it’s more than likely that HBO Now will be very similar, with an enhanced UI.

While this service will be US only at first, its launch will have ramifications in Australia for Australian pay TV provider Foxtel. For years Foxtel have been openly critical of ‘grey Netflix subscriptions’ held by Australian account holders. With Netflix launching in Australia on March 24, the problem of grey subscriptions is overshadowed by the competition of a proper local service. With HBO Now, however,Foxtel now also have the added competition of grey HBO subscriptions.

Australians subscribing to HBO is actually far more damaging for Foxtel than the problems they faced with grey Netflix subs. Foxtel have built so much of their premium TV branding around HBO content, with Foxtel largely defined by the tiers of Fox Sports, Sky News, The Simpsons on Fox 8, and HBO content at its home on Showcase. In facing grey HBO Now subscriptions, Foxtel are losing a strong selling point for their service.

The biggest question for Australian TV fans is how long it will be until HBO Now is available in Australia bona fide. It may well be sooner than one would expect. HBO have been reluctant to allow their recent content onto third party streaming services (beyond shows with a catch-up window in place). It provides a sense of digital exclusivity around current content. This is why in Australia on Presto you can see The Sopranos, Sex & The City, Hung, Bored To Death, etc, but you can’t see recent episodes of shows like Game of Thrones and current episodes of Girls or Looking. With HBO protecting older content in the US as well as in foreign markets like Australia, it indicates that they do have aspirations to launch an HBO Now service into the market. It would be very interesting to see the wording of those contracts with Foxtel.

HBO Now is coming soon. A prospect that undoubtedly excites TV fans…and terrifies Foxtel.

What To Watch: Powers and The Returned [Week of 08 March 2015]

Serving as a respite sandwich between last weeks monster of a week for new TV shows and next weeks very generous bonanza of new shows, this week is very light on for new shows. This does give us all some time to catch up on new shows that launched last week like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. But, if you do have some downtime, this may be the perfect opportunity to start a rewatch of Mad Men or Game of Thrones with both of those shows returning next month.

Returning shows this week: Motive, Bates Motel, Bluestone 42.

The Returned 
Airs: 09 March 2015 (A&E – US)
What You Need To Know: This is a US remake of the very good French series Les Revenants. Will this be any good? Well, it’s produced by Carlton Cuse, so there’s a good chance the answer will be no. Beyond Lost, his track record is rather mediocre. The cast is alright, with actors like Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mark Pellegrino, and Jeremy Sisto.

Powers
Airs: 10 March 2015 (Sony Playstation Network – US)
What You Need To Know: A TV adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis comic book of the same name. Powers is a police procedural about two cops assigned to cases about people with superhuman abilities.

Nurse
Airs: 10 March 2015 (BBC2 – UK)
What You Need To Know: A TV version of the comedy radio series starring Paul Whitehouse about a nurse (Esther Coles) who makes house visits.

The ‘What To Watch’ list is a primer for shows that are debuting or have an episode of note. If you want more complete TV listing site, be sure to check out the Pogdesign Calendar. Please note that all dates cited below are in accordance with their local broadcast times.

Special thanks goes to Jen Knight for assisting in compiling the list.

[PODCAST] Televised Revolution – Holy Sh*t! We Have A Date For Netflix [Ep 386]

Today US streaming service Netflix have announced the launch date for their Australian service. The service will launch on March 24, 2015. But what else do people need to know? This week on the Televised Revolution podcast the panel discuss what the launch means to the local TV space and what consumers need to know before signing up to Netflix.

The panel also discuss:

  • ABC announce an kids iView app
  • Ten announce a unique arrangement with Bold & The Beautiful
  • The CSI world record TV event
  • Presto announce a 30 day free trial and a deal with Telstra
  • Quickflix experience a loss
  • SBS nudes up
  • Foxtel make a move on Sky News

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It’s Official! Netflix To Launch in Australia – March 24. And It’s Quota-Free!

Today Netflix made it official. The service will launch in Australia and New Zealand on March 24, 2015 with quota-free access provided to iiNet customers.

As predicted by Televised Revolution, the March 24 date provides the SVOD service a launch alongside their new series Bloodline, starring Australia’s Ben Mendelsohn and Jacinta Barrett (along with Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardelinni, Sissy Spacek, and Sam Shepard).

An unexpected, but welcome announcement is a partnership with Australian ISP iiNet. Customers of iiNet will be able to access the service without affecting their download quota limits. For Australians after a reason to watch the Australian version of the service instead of the US (or other international Netflix offerings), this provides a compelling reason to stick with the Australian Netflix service. It is unlikely that iiNet will provide quota-free access to services outside of Australia.

On day one of the service, Netflix will be available on a range of devices including iOS, Android, Playstation 3/4, Xbox One/360, Wii U, Apple TV, and Chromecast. As explained to Televised Revolution by Netflix VP of Product Innovation Todd Yellin, on day one their partners will all be able to flick the switch and make Netflix available.

Netflix today unveiled the dates for yet to be scheduled upcoming Original Series and Specials:

Original Stand-up Comedy Specials:
Chris D’EliaIncorrigible - April 17
Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)- May 22
Original Documentaries
What Happened Miss Simone- June 26
 
Original Series:

Between – May, 2015
Sense8- June 5
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp -July 17

The release:

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For immediate release

NETFLIX WILL BEGIN STREAMING IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ON 24 MARCH WITH THOUSANDS OF HOURS OF MOVIES, TV SHOWS AND KIDS PROGRAMMING

SYDNEY and LOS GATOS, Calif., 3 March 2015 – The wait for Netflix in Australia and New Zealand is nearly over. The world’s leading Internet television network will begin streaming in the two countries on 24 March, the company announced today. 

“Many Aussies and Kiwis have heard a lot about Netflix over the years, and we’re excited they’ll get to experience our unique blend of Netflix original content, local series and films, and popular movies and TV shows from around the world, all for a low monthly price,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and chief executive officer. 

Starting today, consumers in Australia and New Zealand can find the latest updates on Netflix content and social happenings via the company’s local Twitter and Instagram (@NetflixANZ), Facebook (www.facebook.com/NetflixANZ) and Tumblr (NetflixANZ) accounts.

Netflix will be available on all major Australian broadband operators. Customers of iiNet, the nation’s second-largest DSL Internet provider, will be able to enjoy hours of entertainment, including all three seasons of the political drama House of Cards, family thriller Bloodline and other movies and TV shows from the Netflix catalogue, with no fear of the usage counting against home data caps, under the first un-metering agreement announced with a major broadband provider in Australia. 

“Offering our customers quota-free access to Netflix is yet another demonstration of iiNet’s commitment to providing our customers great, hassle-free entertainment experiences,” said David Buckingham, chief executive officer of iiNet. “iiNet is proud to facilitate consumers’ access to this great entertainment service.”

At launch, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) will be available on smart televisions manufactured by Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips and HiSense, and Fetch TV’s second-generation set-top box. Film and TV fans can also access Netflix on game consoles, including Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3™) and PlayStation 4 (PS4™), Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Nintendo’s Wii U, as well as Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Apple and Android tablets and smartphones. 

Mobile users who sign up for specific plans offered by Vodafone in New Zealand will receive several months of prepaid service, whilst consumers purchasing Microsoft’s next generation console, the Xbox One, at select stores will receive three months prepaid access to the Netflix service, starting 24 March and for a limited time only. 

“Xbox has a long association with Netflix around the world, and with this announcement we’re excited to bring our partnership to the millions of Xbox owners across Australia and New Zealand,” said Jeremy Hinton, business group lead for Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft Australia. “With Xbox One we are committed to delivering the best entertainment experience in Australian and New Zealand living rooms.”

From launch, consumers will be able to purchase Netflix gift cards in denominations of $20, $30 and $50 at participating Australian retailers, including Woolworths, Coles, Big W, 7-Eleven, Australia Post and Officeworks. Netflix will offer a single-stream standard definition plan, two-stream high-definition plan and four-stream 4K ultra-high definition “family” plan. Details on monthly pricing will be available at launch.

Internet-connected users will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows in high-definition or Ultra HD 4K where available.  In addition to Netflix original series including Marco Polo, the dramatic thriller Sense8; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Marvel’s Daredevil; DreamWorks Animation’s The Adventures of Puss in Boots and All Hail King Julien, and the Academy Award-nominated documentary Virunga, members will also enjoy an exciting range of exclusive and licensed content from many of the world’s leading distributors, including Roadshow Entertainment, Beyond Distribution, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and The Walt Disney Company. 

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What To Watch: Battle Creek, The Last Man On Earth, Banished, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. [Week of 1 March 2015]

Not only is there a lot of new TV shows to consider this week, but most of them actually look like they’re worth checking out. If the US ‘Secrets & Lies’ is anything like the Aussie version, you can give that a miss. But the rest all seem to be in the very least interesting.

On top of this slew of new shows, this week also delivers series returns of some popular series: The Following, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Hell’s Kitchen, Moone Boy, DCI Banks, and Vice.

Above all else this week, if you haven’t ever watched Moone Boy, which returns for its third season, that’s a great show that doesn’t have nearly enough being said about it. It’s a family-friendly series starring Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of a boy loser. The show is sweet, funny, and well worth your time.

The ‘What To Watch’ list is a primer for shows that are debuting or have an episode of note. If you want more complete TV listing site, be sure to check out the Pogdesign Calendar. Please note that all dates cited below are in accordance with their local broadcast times.

Special thanks goes to Jen Knight for assisting in compiling the list.

NEW SHOWS

Pompidou
Airs: 01 March 2015 (BBC2 – UK)
What You Need To Know: This is the latest Matt Lucas comedy – a weekly silent comedy.

Secrets & Lies
Airs: 02 March 2015 (ABC – US)
What You Need To Know: This murder mystery is based on the rather lame Australian series.

The Last Man on Earth
Airs: 02 March 2015 (Fox – US)
What You Need To Know: The comedy is by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who are responsible for The Lego Movie and the 21 Jump Street films.

Battle Creek 
Airs: 02 March 2015 (CBS – US)
What You Need To Know: The show was created by Breaking Bad’s Vince Gillgan.

Arthur & George
Airs: 02 March 2015 (ITV – UK)
What You Need To Know: Based on the Julian Barnes book, this is about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s efforts to clear the name of a wrongfully convicted man.

Billy & Billie
Airs: 04 March 2015 (The Audience Network – US)
What You Need To Know: This romantic comedy is about two step-siblings who fall in love. Written & directed by Neil LaBute. Adam Brody stars.

CSI: Cyber
Airs: 04 March 2015 (CBS – US)
What You Need To Know: The most recent instalment in the CSI franchise has the dumbest name yet. Academy award winner Patricia Arquette stars. Also features Peter MacNicol and James Van Der Beek.  Just try not to watch.

Banished
Airs: 05 March 2015 (BBC2 – UK)
What You Need To Know: This is written by Jimmy McGovern and is set in Australia exploring the British penal colony in Australia. David Wenham stars.

American Crime
Airs: 05 March 2015 (ABC – US)
What You Need To Know: This is the first season of a planned anthology series (think American Horror Story, but about racially charged crimes/courtroom trials in the US) and was created by 12 Years A Slave’s John Ridley. The series stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton.

Dig
Airs: 05 March 2015 (USA Network – US)
What You Need To Know: Jason Isaacs, Anne Heche, and Lauren Ambrose star in this show about an FBI agent investigating the murder of a young American in Jerusalem where a centuries old conspiracy is revealed.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Airs: 06 March 2015 (Netflix – Global)
What You Need To Know: Ellie Kemper (The Office) stars in this sitcom co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock about a former cult member who starts a new life in New York City. Jane Krakowski is also in the cast.

Poldark
Airs: 08 March 2015 (BBC1 – UK)
What You Need To Know: The series is based on the Poldark novels, which have previously been adapted into a well known UK drama series. Aidan Turner stars.

[PODCAST] The Couch: Interview w/ Netflix VP’s Todd Yellin and Sean Carey

Dan Barrett from Televised Revolution sits with Netflix’s Sean Carey (VP of Content Acquisition) and Todd Yellin (VP of Product and Innovation) to discuss the Netflix product.

Among the many topics discussed with Todd Yellin and Sean Carey:
*What is the role that curation plays in the Netflix experience?
*What happens on day one of a Netflix launch? Will all apps be available for consumers to access?
*With the success of Gilmore Girls on Netflix, why haven’t we yet seen Bunheads?
*How does Netflix differ region to region?
*Is there a focus on buying shows to play across multiple international markets?
*How does the recommendation engine handle tastes from multiple users?
*How much research goes into Netflix users who fall asleep in front of the TV?
*And much more.

At Televised Revolution, we look forward to receiving your mail and check us out on the Twitter. You can also find the podcast on iTunes (please leave us a review, it helps people find the show).

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The X-Files Is Missing “The Truth Is Out There” On Netflix. What Does Netflix Have To Say About That?

There is a strange, unexplained phenomena taking place on Netflix with the opening titles to the TV series The X-Files. This is an iconic, well-remembered sequence that ends with the series catchphrase ‘The Truth is Out There’ emblazoned across the screen. Eagle-eyed fans of the show will notice that quite often when the series has one of its alien conspiracy episodes, the phrase ‘The Truth is Out There’ is replaced on screen with alternate phrases. These have included phrases like ‘Trust No One’, ‘Deny Everything’, and ‘The Truth is A Lie’.

But on Netflix, the phrase doesn’t appear.

Every other item of text is accounted for in the opening titles. The show tells us that it stars David Duchovny, stars Gillian Anderson, and was created by Chris Carter. But when it comes time for the phrase ‘The Truth is Out There’, the text is missing:

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The X-Files Opening Titles. [Screencapped 1 March 2015 from Netflix US].

 

Why is this the case? I put it to Netflix Vice President, Content Acquisition Sean Carey. Who better to answer this question that has bothered many X-Files fans re-watching the series on the streaming service? Carey was in Australia to promote the launch of Netflix in Australia. It is not yet known whether The X-Files will be available on Netflix when the service launches.

“I honestly don’t know. I’ve watched every episode of The X-Files and I know exactly what you’re talking about. But I’ve not experienced that on Netflix. I can’t speak to it…. I have no idea”.

The truth….it’s still out there. Somewhere.

 

SBS Deliver On Proper Naked Dating

Reality shows based around nudity were all the rage in the US in 2014. Americans were disrobing and dating naked, becoming survivalists while naked, and selling houses naked. Taking ones pants off in 2014 was the nude du jour. These shows, however, were a flaccid affair with the networks stripping away the one redeeming value the shows had: the perve factor. To meet network classification requirements, all of the nudity was blurred, thereby giving the audience little reason to even watch the shows. Where these shows should be a wondrous mix of pervy, awkward, and funny, the shows instead were just a little boring.

SBS2, thankfully, have found a gem that actually delivers on its promises. Starting Friday 13 March at 8:30pm is the imported show from the Netherlands ‘Adam Looking For Eve’. Every week a couple are sent out into the wild to get to know one another. Each week, however, a spanner is thrown into the mix with a second nude suitor revealed on the island to vie for affection.

The show is a constructed reality show that really is very much like the US show Dating Naked, but without the pixelation. The shows format was licensed for a show that has lasted two seasons in Spain. Unsurprisingly, German producers have also licensed the format.

The concept of a naked dating show actually has some merit beyond being able to watch contestants get about as nature intended. By stripping down, it removes all pre-conceived notions of a person with the identity one constructs around themselves with clothing. Furthermore, it can offer an exploration of the comfort that one has with their own body when confronted with a relative stranger while so physically exposed. It’s an interesting conceit which is largely unexplored by these sorts of shows.

SBS promise that the fig leaves shown in their trailer will not be present on the show that goes to air. Instead it will be presented in all of its ridiculous titillating glory.