Feeds

Dr Who shoves BitTorrent in the Tardis

New series to stream in Oz minutes after first Beeb broadacast

New hybrid storage solutions

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will stream the new series of Dr Who mere seconds after it finishes airing in the UK, in an effort to stop avid fans downloading the show.

Dr Who previously screened on a one-week delay, but the ABC has told news.com.au that it recognises fans' urgent need to view new Who will mean many turn to 'channel BT' to obtain the new series. To make it unnecessary for them to do so, the ABC will therefore stream the first new episode on its iView service from 5:10 AM Sydney time on Sunday September 2nd.

Sydney is nine hours ahead of London and the first new episode is scheduled to air on BBC One at 19:20 London time. Assuming the new episodes last 50 minutes, as most recent Whos have done, that means Australians will be permitted to see the new episode very soon after the conclusion of British broadcasts.

ABC1 Controller Brendan Dahill's canned statement about the decision to stream the show said “For Doctor Who fans, it is a fantastic opportunity.” For pirates, presumably not so fantastic (unless they run iView rippers that download videos from the service as .MP4 files).

iView runs in a PC's browser, iOS, Xbox, PlayStation and several Smart TVs. An Android incarnation is imminent, but flash-friendly tablets can already consume the service. iView is geo-blocked: you'll need a VPN to access it outside Australia. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.