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Old 05-15-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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Why Americans can't watch TV shows as soon as they air

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertain...ey-air/257132/

Someone posted in another thread that Episodes is already airing in the UK. It won't air on Showtime until later this year. Then I came across this article that discusses some of the reasons behind it and what a screwed up system they have developed.

I ended up being able to obtain Episodes anyway. This only decreases my incentive to subscribe to Showtime.

I think Doctor Who fans have been left in the same boat since it often airs in the UK long before it airs here.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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[url]I think Doctor Who fans have been left in the same boat since it often airs in the UK long before it airs here.
Actually, Doctor Who has caught up to days rather than weeks.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:28 PM   #3
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Same goes for Top Gear.
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Those are both "geek" shows. I have to wonder how many viewers they are losing to bittorrent.
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Those are both "geek" shows. I have to wonder how many viewers they are losing to bittorrent.
A lot. Top Gear is big enough to spawn Russian, Australian, Chinese, and American spinoffs to satisfy demand.

Dr Who has a large following in the Western world, though I've only seen the old version.
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Actually, Doctor Who has caught up to days rather than weeks.
And often times, hours.
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At first, I thought this was going to be about why American shows (mainly comedies) ended up on video pretty much the season after they air in other countries but have to wait almost a decade before showing up here (the most notorious example of this, in my opinion, being Friends - and the answer, "of course," is protecting syndication dollars), but this hasn't really been the case since DVD came out. What was the last show to have its video release in North America delayed because of syndication (as opposed to, for example, music rights) issues?

Also, this works both ways, to a point. When I was in Australia last October, they just started airing two series - Outsourced, which had finished its run in the USA months earlier, and Terra Nova, which was airing about a week after its premiere. Even days isn't fast enough for some shows; new episodes of Glee aired in Sydney about eight hours after they aired in Los Angeles - the commercials even joked, "Even we haven't seen it yet."
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At first, I thought this was going to be about why American shows (mainly comedies) ended up on video pretty much the season after they air in other countries but have to wait almost a decade before showing up here (the most notorious example of this, in my opinion, being Friends - and the answer, "of course," is protecting syndication dollars), but this hasn't really been the case since DVD came out. What was the last show to have its video release in North America delayed because of syndication (as opposed to, for example, music rights) issues?

Also, this works both ways, to a point. When I was in Australia last October, they just started airing two series - Outsourced, which had finished its run in the USA months earlier, and Terra Nova, which was airing about a week after its premiere. Even days isn't fast enough for some shows; new episodes of Glee aired in Sydney about eight hours after they aired in Los Angeles - the commercials even joked, "Even we haven't seen it yet."
On the other hand, NBC Thursday night comedies frequently air in Canada on Wednesday.
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Even days isn't fast enough for some shows; new episodes of Glee aired in Sydney about eight hours after they aired in Los Angeles - the commercials even joked, "Even we haven't seen it yet."
I was pleasantly surprised when I was in Australia a couple years ago to see that "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" were airing only about 4 hours after they'd aired in the U.S., which would have been something like 9 or 10 hours after the taping -- I was expecting them to be on a one-week delay or something, but apparently someone was paying enough to get the shows relayed via satellite ASAP.
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