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February 21 2006

Download and Watch the Pilot Episode of Conviction. (USA ONLY) iTunes has made available, for free, the pilot episode of the new J. August Richards and Eric Balfour show, Conviction. (Link opens up in iTunes, which is necessary for downloading the episode)

Also available for download is a behind-the-scenes look at Conviction and a music video.

Only available to residents of the USA.
Let me guess, US store only? :(

[EDIT]
Nevermind. ;)

[ edited by VirtualWolf on 2006-02-21 10:34 ]
The description in iTunes writes Dick Wolf's name as "D**k Wolf". How silly...

Anyway, I'm looking forward to this. I just downloaded it, but I may wait to watch it in HD.
Part of me is interested because J. August Richards is involved. Part of me could care less because I loathe these kinds of shows. (Law and Order, CSI, whatever.)

Oh the dilemma.
I have decided that from now on, I shall take contests and Internet-thingies that are US-only as personal insults.

So, on that note: Down with iTunes!
iTunes get a clue, open your doors to everyone and you'll make more money. Ya big dopes. Grrr.
In this case, would it not be more to do with the network rather than iTunes as to why non-US residents can not download it?
Perhaps it is because the show will only be aired in the US?
It's almost undoubtedly because of the TV network, not iTunes.

I've already downloaded it, but I'm waiting to watch it with my wife!
Watched. Liked it very much. My father got me addicted to L&O on TNT, so it'll be interesting to see how Dick Wolf handles my most favorite show-type: character dramas.

Can't wait till March. And Gunn and Jesse in the same scene? Fun.
I dunno, I figured it is slightly iTunes fault, though NBC is notoriously worried about its content's distribution. I keep getting bummed that I can't buy tracks from the international stores for artists that haven't and probably wouldn't make it into the US...

It's a pretty clever way to sell a show though, JAR aside the whole genre isn't really my cuppa but I might as well check it out since it's commercial free (presumably) and free free...
Here's a copy of the press release, in case any non-US residents would like to read something related to the story, rather than just complain about not being able to download the episode early :-)
There's a NBC press release about it at the futon critic.

Uses words and phrases like "buzz-generator", "breaking wave" and "multi-platform". I *heart* corporate speak.
I want to download iTunes shows outside of USA. That's not fair!
Anyway, It's a great idea. Put the pilots for Fall 2006 online for free, so the networks will get an idea of wich of them will be popular.
Anyway, It's a great idea. Put the pilots for Fall 2006 online for free, so the networks will get an idea of wich of them will be popular.


Angel, it might be a great idea 'cept for one thing: Everyone isn't online. They'd only be finding out what shows are popular amongst the population that is: a)online; and b)tech savvy beyond just getting their e-mail.
Now, I can see putting the pilots online just so people can see them, but as a tool for actual scheduling? I don't know. Personally, I hope it doesn't happen.
Now, I can see putting the pilots online just so people can see them, but as a tool for actual scheduling? I don't know.

Couldn't be any worse than the dart and ouija boards they use now!
Now, I can see putting the pilots online just so people can see them, but as a tool for actual scheduling? I don't know.

Couldn't be any worse than the dart and ouija boards they use now!


And, it can only benefit fan communities with large organized internet presence... I'm just saying.
I just set up an account with iTunes because I wanted to buy a Lost episode I missed due to a VCR malfunction (I forgot to program it). Lo and behold - even though I watch Lost on the same channel at the same time as the people who live a few hundred clicks away, I can't buy it. Bleh!

All you need to circumvent this rule is a credit card with a US billing address. Sounds like a business opportunity to me! Just imagine... VirtualAmericans.com
That's a great idea, then we foreigners could virtually vote in the US and then ... err, maybe I won't go down that particular road of can-openyness ;)

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