Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Doctor Who. Where? When?

I have found another problem with living in the USA. Don't get me wrong, I like it here. The USA has a lot going for it, even if people here do think that red is the colour of conservatism. The problem is that BBC's new Doctor Who series is not being shown here. The only way to see Doctor Who is to be lucky enough to live near enough to the Canadian border to get CBC tv. CBC, for those who live in the USA, is the Canadian Broadcasting Company and is widely recognized as one of the best publicly-owned tv networks on the planet. But most people in this country have never heard of it. This brings up a general problem with tv in the USA: almost all of it comes from inside the USA. To be fair there are networks like Telemundo that broadcast in Spanish, but they are still American stations. Unless if one lives in a border town it is very unlikely that the local cable company will carry any station that originates outside the USA. This means that Americans tend to be rather insulated from what the rest of the world thinks, which is never a good thing. There is a lot of good in American tv. The Simpsons, Battlestar Galactica, King of the Hill, and Smallville, to name but a few, demonstrate that television has finally become a medium that can tell stories as well as the best traditional literature does. We may be on the edge of a paradigm shift in the way that we tell stories thanks to American tv. However, I still regret that I can not see the new Doctor Who which, judging from some reports, belongs in the upper echelons of today's tv shows.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There's always BitTorrent or Usenet; that's how I watch most shows these days. And I'm paying for cable, so it's not like anyone's losing any money from my downloading....

Anonymous said...

There's always BitTorrent or Usenet; that's how I watch most shows these days. And I'm paying for cable, so it's not like anyone's losing any money from my downloading....

Barry said...

Yes, BitTorrent or the old-fashioned method, which is to download the BBC version from the alt.binaries.multimedia (or something like that) newsgroup. Usually requires WinRAR to knit the posts together and make it into a video file. Usually there is a choice of formats. I hunt for the SVCD version and burn it to a disk to watch it on my DVD player. The added benefit is that these versions are commercial free.

And hey, glad to see you've got a blog. Far from a waste of time.