What’s a FAST Channel without advertising called?

By | October 11, 2023

Of likely interest, the BBC have launched a quiz one on iPlayer, amongst others (including a Louis Theroux one, an arts one and a history one). It seems to include recent offerings, so don’t go expecting anything historical.

Knock yourselves out.

2 thoughts on “What’s a FAST Channel without advertising called?

  1. Danny Kerner

    If I was the BBC and they had rights issues by placing them on iPlayer they could stream them instead.

  2. Andrew Sullivan

    Didn’t know exactly where to put this, but I’ve been recently watching episodes of a new US-based game show called Snake Oil, hosted by David Spade and would like to leave a run-through about how it works.

    2 business-minded members of the public are paired with celebrities to try and win as much money as possible, up to a potential $220,000. Each team is spotted $50,000 and are shown 4 podiums, called the Snake Emporium, each with 2 products on them. One is a genuine product, the other is a fake product and is labelled as Snake Oil.

    The first round is called ‘The Initial Investment’. Each team takes a turn to pick one of the podiums and are given the tagline for each product, are shown an infomercial about each product and get 60 seconds to interrogate the person standing by each product. After this, the team in control picks which of the 2 products is the genuine one and can ‘invest’ from $1,000 to $10,000 of their bank on it with a sliding scale that moves upwards and must lock in when it gets to their desired value. The other team then gets the option of whether to Poach the other product if they feel the team in control has made the wrong decision. This decision is done secretly. We then see if the product is Real or Snake Oil with a spinning coin graphic. If the controlling team’s product is Real, they earn the value of their investment, but lose it if it’s Snake Oil. If the product is Snake Oil, we then find out if the opposing team Poached or not, and for how much if they did. This process is then repeated for the other team.

    Round 2 is ‘The Big Investment’. This plays almost the same as the first round, but this time, the investment ranges from $20,000 up to a maximum of $50,000 or however much is in the team’s bank if it’s less than that. Also, the teams still hear both taglines and see both infomercials, but can only interrogate one of the 2 people presenting the products, and there’s no Poaching. Whichever of the teams has the most money at the end of this round moves on to The Snake Pit to possibly add as much as $100,000 to their bank.

    In The Snake Pit, the winning team has the following options:
    Find the Snake Oil product out of 2 = $10,000
    Find the Snake Oil product out of 3 = $25,000
    Find the Snake Oil product out of 4 = $50,000
    Find the Snake Oil product out of 5 = $100,000
    Once the team makes their decision, David reveals how much in combined sales the genuine products made, somewhere in the millions. He then reveals the products one by one and gives some information about them. The winning team then picks which of the products is the Snake Oil product. If they do, they add however much they opted to go for to their bank, but lose half the bank if it turns out to be one of the real products.


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