Last week we brought you the news that Whovians would have to wait a week for new episodes of Doctor Who to air locally, but the national broadcaster, ABC, has come out of nowhere to please fans everywhere: the new episodes will screen online via iView within an hour of them airing in the UK. This is how you beat piracy.
The ABC said in a blog post:
ABC TV is thrilled to announce that in true time-lord style, the first episode of Season 7 of Doctor Who, “Asylum of the Daleks”, will now premiere on iview Sunday, 2 September from 5.10am EST immediately after its UK launch on 1 September.
The new series of Doctor Who, including “Asylum of the Daleks”, then starts on ABC1 the following Saturday, 8 September at 7.30pm EST, and is also repeated on ABC2 from Tuesday, 11 September at 9.30pm EST.
Last week we also reported on Kim Williams and his “gentle” reminder that all piracy is theft. In a follow-up piece, we said that the problem that drove people to piracy was availability. The ABC seems to have taken this on board and is now making the episodes so accessible that anyone with an internet connection can get access to them legally.
Will this stop you downloading illegally?