Archive for Saturday, 9 April 2011
Sadly, this press release headline from SPACE is itself actually somewhat newsworthy.
You are probably thinking, so SPACE is going to show series 6 the same day as BBC 1, BBC HD, and BBC America. Big deal!!! Despite the programme having been created by a Canadian the broadcast schedule of Doctor Who in Canada has been abysmal of late. Ever since the move from CBC to SPACE Doctor Who has no longer been available in HD in Canada. Major WHAT THE FUCK THAT SUCKS right there. Then there is the scheduling of the episodes. Getting them week-of was considered amazing. Typically it was sometime within a month of the British air date that the episode would be shown in Canada.
If you think that the episodes could really be shown on any day so what is the big deal, i would mostly agree with you. Those not so inclined to download tv shows would not necessarily know the prolonged delay they are subject to. But, what about the Christmas specials ? This past Christmas BBC 1 and BBC America had “A Christmas Carol” on 25 December. It was on 27 December on BBC HD but you could still see it in SD in the UK on Christmas. What was on SPACE ? You guessed it, a slightly unsynchronised with American channel Spike Star Wars marathon with different aspect ratios depending on which channel you decided to watch. But there was no Doctor Who Christmas special to be found in Canada on Christmas.
Is it newsworthy that for a change SPACE will be keeping up with the Canadians who download tv from the UK? Yes.
What makes this even more spectacular is that Doctor Who will be available in Canada before the USA. By a whole hour! Though it will still come first in the UK.
“The Impossible Astronaut”
UK – Saturday, 23 April @ __?__
Canada – Saturday, 23 April @ 8pm ET / 5pm PT
USA – Saturday, 23 April @ 9pm ET/PT
16 October 2001 is the day that probably the single greatest episode of a television show ever made was first broadcast. Last night that episode was finally broadcast in HD. What is it? The first episode of Smallville. In 2001 The WB wasn’t broadcasting in HDTV and neither was Global, the season 1 network for Smallville in Canada.
Last night, as the lead in to the back end of the series The CW broadcast the first episode. When “Absolute Justice” was broadcast i called for the ending of the series because they had broken one of the simplest traditions of the show – single word episode titles.And because the show really has been dragging on. Dean Cain was younger when he started playing Superman in Lois & Clark back in the 1990s than Tom Welling is now and he is still not yet Superman. I loved the show when it really lived up to its name but it hasn’t in the last 3 or 4 seasons.
What makes this so exciting is that for folk in Canada and Chicago there is the opportunity to watch the first episode of Smallville in HD later today on WGN. Most of the rest of the continent got the episode on Friday but long ago i learnt that Smallville will often be bumped to Saturdays due to sports on WGN, no matter the night Smallville was on elsewhere on The WB.
In honour of the first episode being finally available in HD i am also offering the unaired pilot in all of its glory. It is 352×240 VHS transfer. But it is also 50 minutes long, or about 40 seconds longer than the version that was broadcast in 2001. To give you an idea of some of the differences below are a few comparisons between the unaired pilot and a DVDrip of episode 1. Read the rest of this entry »