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June 15 2007

Virgin Media buys rights to The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The UK rights to Summer Glau's new series The Sarah Connor Chronicles have been bought by Virgin Media and it will be shown on its new Virgin 1 channel in the autumn (reg req).

That's a... uh... really annoying site to sign up for. Why do they want to know where I work?
Wait.... it's not going to be on Fox?
I'm assuming this is for the UK. But FOX doesn't plan to air the series until 2008 (if at all, knowing FOX). Will the Brits get the show first, then?
Invisible Green:

Will the Brits get the show first, then?


Even if they do, episodes will almost certainly be available online within hours of airing. I watched most of S1 of BSG within days of UK airings, as opposed to waiting for it to air on Sci-Fi.

Also: bugmenot.com is useful for viewing content on websites which require login, if you'd rather not register yourself.

[ edited by stuart on 2007-06-15 01:25 ]
I'm assuming this is for the UK.


Yeah I'll change the title to make it clearer.
Will the Brits get the show first, then?

It'll be a similar deal to Stargate i'd imagine (which we had months ahead of the US due to weird scheduling choices - odd situation for me, having to avoid giving out spoilers ;).

Given that there are *cough* alternative means of acquisition *cough* I think this sort of aggressive competition could be good for Joe Consumer, might inspire Sky to change Sky 1 from 'The Simpsons Repeats' channel to actually having more different content (fair play, they do show a lot of decent US shows but mainly repeats and they have an annoying habit of only showing certain episodes - so you can lap the "entirety" of Next Gen in about 3 months because they skip so many).
I see The Futon Critic thinks the pilot is surprisingly good.
Stuart wrote: "Even if they do, episodes will almost certainly be available online within hours of airing. I watched most of S1 of BSG within days of UK airings, as opposed to waiting for it to air on Sci-Fi."

Hope that you still bothered to watch the episodes again when Sci-Fi eventually did show them. As much as I realise it's the channel's own fault for waiting so long when the episodes are freely available online the fact is that this is one of the big reasons why both BSG and the two Stargates seem to have struggled in the ratings this year. Fans unwilling to wait for the episodes on television when they can watch them whenever they choose online.

Not that I blame anyone for doing so. This year I watched several of my favourite series at US pace thanks to a fast broadband connection. However I still watched them again on telly when they finally aired so that the show's ratings wouldn't suffer because of my unwillingness to wait. No point in rushing to watch this season's episodes of your favourite shows if in doing so you end up helping to get those shows cancelled.

Back on topic, I had to change back to Sky this year because of the fact Sky One (and so nearly all my favourite shows) was no longer available on Virgin and given that I'm pretty certain this new Virgin 1 channel won't be made available to Sky (as if!) then it looks like my only option for watching The Sarah Connor Chronicles will be online. A shame but I'm certainly not going to get Virgin Media back for a show that may not even get a full season. It sounds like a great concept but it's on Fox so my hopes aren't high.
Unless you are a BARB person then watching it again surely won't make a difference? Unless I have the wrong idea and we really are the most snooped upon nation on Earth even in our own homes...

If it helps at all, Virgin 1 will be on Freeview which certainly helps me - I am looking forward to this new series.
I hope it's on in the UK - they usually get stuck waiting forever for tv!
Unless you are a BARB person then watching it again surely won't make a difference?

Exactly (BARB is our equivalent to Nielsen for perplexed non-UK readers). If you are you should certainly switch over at the appropriate times, if not then buying the DVDs (despite probably having a viewable copy on your hard-drive) is a good way to show your support.

And that's interesting about Virgin 1 being on Freeview, just moved and i've been debating not bothering with skable at all, that news might tip the balance.
The Pagan:
Hope that you still bothered to watch the episodes again when Sci-Fi eventually did show them.


I didn't. I cancelled my cable when The X-Files ended, and haven't paid for television since. Other than buying box sets of shows I particularly like. I know myself well enough to know that I'd watch more TV, simply because it's there, if I had cable. I don't have enough time in my life for that, so it's a foolish investment for me, particularly since there are typically no more than three or fours shows I care about in any given season.

I look forward to the time when content producers/distributors consistently and intelligently take advantage of new distribution channels (private, subscription-based torrent networks, anyone?) for getting their wares out to the world. I'd gladly pay a few bucks per episode for the ability to download high-quality commercial-free episodes of the few shows I like (these days, that's BSG, Heroes and Lost -- predictable, I know, but hey, Deadwood got cancelled!) in my desired format. Until then, I shall continue to rely on Saje's "*cough* alternative means of acquisition *cough*" ... *grin*
BitTorrent.com offers high quality, commerical-free episodes of TV in a paid-for format. Just nobody uses the method where you have to pay when it's also free.
Sorry, guys. I deleted a paragraph to reword it into something more understandable than what I had originally typed and then in the second attempt didn't include the part where I mentioned that I rewatch the episodes on television more as a matter of principle than anything to do with actually having a true effect on the ratings. I just believe that if I'm not willing to make the effort to do my part to keep the ratings of my favourite shows up, even if only in principle, then I certainly have no business preaching to other people that may be involved in BARB (or Nielsen) ratings and who would have a real effect on the numbers. It may be an empty gesture on my part but I'd rather that than be a hypocrite and not do what I would hope others are doing.

Okay, maybe I should have just left the first post as it was. It didn't make a lot of sense when I read it back but it said all of this a hell of a lot faster than in this second post. ;)
I just believe that if I'm not willing to make the effort to do my part to keep the ratings of my favourite shows up, even if only in principle ...

Well, i'm willing ;). An effort with no payoff (for anyone) is a wasted effort though (to me, YMMV ;).

Though I guess if it makes you feel better that's a plus in itself and there's certainly no harm in it (unless you could've spent the time curing cancer or saving orphans from a blazing building ;).
Truthfully it's not like it's much of an effort, Saje. The whole ratings thing aside I'd probably choose to watch the episodes again anyway. I watch them online for the most part so that I can avoid being accidentily spoiled by friends in the US who would have seen the episodes way ahead of me if I waited for the various UK channels to show them (plus, the fact that I'm incredibly impatient doesn't help, heh).

However, sitting at your desk staring at a computer screen doesn't compare to putting your feet up in front of the widescreen and watching your favourite shows in HD when you finally get the chance to. Whilst doing so does make me feel that bit better whenever I rant about how people in a position to effect ratings should make sure they support their favourite shows whenever they can, it's not like I'm really putting myself out when I do the same. When it comes to Lost you need to watch the show at least twice to get what's going on anyway. ;)

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