TV – what a load of rubbish. They don’t make proper programmes no more. Not like when I were a lad.

Actually, that’s entirely untrue.

While large swathes of TV now are dumbed down reality programmes, space-filling-on-the-cheap tripe and unoriginal copycat cobblers, it’s fair to say that we’ve never had more choice of quality TV to watch – as long as you can be bothered to find it.

For every X Factor, Strictly Come Ice Skating or I'm a Non-entity... Get Me Out of Here!, there is a Game of Thrones, Homeland or The Killing.

The Americans are now churning out quality drama faster than sausages from a slaughterhouse, and if you get bored of that, the Scandinavians can’t stop making intelligent gritty crime shows, and even the French are starting to make good programmes (The Returned – woah, that was a pleasant surreal surprise).

While it seems that Come Dine With Me is on a 24-hour loop on every TV channel in the UK, all it takes is a bit of downloading or streaming and the world is your oyster.

I mean, Dave Lamb... seriously, you’re a funny guy, but give it a rest. There’s only so much sarcasm I can take.

So anyway, when I were a lad, we had four channels, and one of them was ITV, so that doesn’t really count.

Now we have th’iPlayer and all that. And if you can’t entertain yourself with that, you’ve got YouTube, where you can watch literally anything. When I say ‘literally’, I obviously mean ‘not in any way literally’, but you know what I mean.

You can watch the annoying orange. Isn’t that enough?

Now if you want to see that fruity little blighter on the big screen, however, it’s not always so easy.

You could buy a fancy new TV with built in WiFi – but that’s a lot of money to shell out for the annoying orange, especially if (like me) you forked out a wad of cash for a fancy new TV just before this kind of connectivity became standard.

You could get Apple TV or another alternative like Chromecast – Google’s attempt to muscle in on the market (as Google is wont to do), and it looks very palatable.

Thus far only available in the USA, it’s a cheap little dongle that plugs straight into your TV’s HDMI port and will cost about $35 (or £23 of your English pounds).

From thence you can stream stuff from your smartphone, tablet or whatever. Splendid.

When is it available here? Dunno but hopefully soon.