Dr Who shoves BitTorrent in the Tardis
New series to stream in Oz minutes after first Beeb broadacast
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. ®