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Six feet behind

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I’m screening my Internet use at the moment. Not visiting sites that I’d normally visit daily, just in case. Just in case I happen to catch glimpse of what happens in the finale of Six Feet Under.

This situation is one of the downsides of the Internet (while I’m here, why should Internet have a capital ‘I’? Whenever I see it written in newspapers it’s capitalised, why is that?). Information about things we in Europe or elsewhere would like to be a part of, but can’t be because we’ll have to wait months and months to get to the same point.

There is, of course, a way around that. Downloading. But this is illegal, and The Man don’t want us doing such things. I can see why downloading would effect CD sales or cinema receipts/DVD sales, but with TV shows? Okay, there’ll probably be fewer DVDs sold of the exceedingly expensive season box sets, and downloading affords us the opportunity to not watch the commercials; but surely their main reason for not wanting us to do this is control. I have a problem when big companies spend so much money on advertising, making us aware of the Six Feet Under finale, and then complain when those of us are tempted to download torrents because we use exactly the same nation-non-specific Internet that they are using to promote the show, and we damn well wanna see what happens!

Why can’t these TV channels take a leaf out of MLB’s book? Forty dollars to watch as many live baseball games as you want for the whole season. That means, if you were so inclined, you could watch about 900 hours of baseball for $40. Which is amazingly good value (especially compared with the £45 I pay every season to listen to fairly ropey audio commentaries of Liverpool FC matches).

This is especially pertinent, I think, for BBC stuff, where commercial breaks aren’t an issue. I can’t see where I’m doing any harm by trying to download episodes of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s new series, Extras.
1. If Extras gets shown on German TV, it’ll be dubbed into German. I’m not gonna watch that. Ever.
2. I am curious about Extras. If I like it, I’ll probably end up buying the DVD anyway. If not, I’ve not wasted twenty quid on a DVD I don’t want; ie. I’m using the Internet like a common or garden television.
3. And if I didn’t download it, I’d just ask my mum to tape it and send it to me (of course, this’d probably mean The Man would come down, all helicopters blazing, onto my mum’s lawn and drag her off to prison for taping it for me).

I can see the point of protecting copyright. But to label EVERYONE who downloads anything a thief is such a fucking insult. Especially when there’s no option, like, for example, a subscription service for those outside the country of origin who would pay an applicable amount of money to view something they like.

If someone’s taking the trouble to download, say, the 16th series of The Simpsons, they’re probably the sort of person who’s spending their money on the box sets of DVD releases anyway, *big neon arrow pointing at a smiling Craig*, and will, come Season 16′s DVD release, be buying that too.

Sometimes it just gets me down when these companies do everything they can to promote stuff, and leave some of us with no option but to do something illegal.
Grrr.

As it is, I quite enjoyed the first episode of Extras which I somehow managed to watch last night.

Written by Craig

August 23rd, 2005 at 12:40 pm

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  1. I’d definitely buy the Simpsons DVDs just for the commentaries. Matt Groening, writers, AND stars on every episode! Seaon three’s were great. It’s like having twice as many episodes. Hearing Nancy Cartwright talking about young Simpson fans coming to her house, when she was pregnant. “My water broke, man.” Genius.

    pauldwaite

    23 Aug 05 at 12:59 pm

  2. I wish I had enough money to buy all the DVD releases of television shows I want. Six feet under is one of them. I didn’t know that it is over already, but I guess that means I won’t have to spend too much to have the whole show on DVD.
    I also like the commentaries. I borrowed the first three seasons of the Simpsons on DVD once and just watched all episodes with the commentaries on. And I can’t wait to that with the Seinfeld episodes. Once I’m finished watching them without commentaries of course.

    Marc

    23 Aug 05 at 3:33 pm

  3. Craig man just download it and be done with it. The only real way you’re going to get in trouble is if you yourself start broadcasting it all over the internet for the whole world to see, those are the people they really crack down on.

    Thoroughly Amused

    23 Aug 05 at 5:38 pm

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