Unfortunately, the BBC has wised up to VPNs and blocks most of them.
cue sad trombone
Yeah, I know, but what I’m saying is I would willingly pay the BBC more than they charge UK citizens for the same access to their video library.
I don’t want to steal it, I want to be allowed to pay for it.
Why will they not take my dirty green American money?
Yes. I looked at the DVDs and while each individual collection isn’t especially expensive, the problem is that each one only has a few episodes and with how many seasons there were of classic Who, it would get real expensive real fast.
Ooh. Peak “Who”!
“The Pirate Planet”
There are season sets now for classic Who. Keep in mind that the Beeb is very proud and these sets and they cost a lot new (like twice what you think they should). Some are on the secondary market (2nd and Charles for example if you have one of those stores near you) but the sets are slow to get to the States at all so they may be harder to find.
Your best, and most cost-effective, bet may be something like BritBox (which is about $8 a month)
I am feeling somewhat triumphant even though it hasn’t solved anything at the moment. I decided that since I couldn’t guarantee that this beeping would ever happen when someone else was in the apartment, I bought a digital recorder and set it up by the fire signal. I left it recording for a little bit and it beeped. So now I have an actual recording of what the beeping sounds like that I can use to maybe resolve this! And yes, if they can figure this out, it will be worth paying the $20 for this recorder.
After going down on Friday afternoon, it is finally back up tonight!!
Seconding Britbox being your best bet. iPlayer started life as a a catch up service and still mostly deals with programmes that are currently being broadcast. And a random assortment of films Auntie has the rights for. And BBC channels that for whatever reason are no longer viewed enough to justify broadcasting so have gone streaming only. Which is apparently a bad thing?
The back catalogue was never available to stream until Britbox, which is a venture with the main commercial broadcaster over here (ITV). It’s mildly controversial (to me) because it’s in effect asking us (British people) to pay to access something we’ve already paid for through the licence fee.
Sorry, just realised this isn’t the gripes thread so will
Any fellow season 22 stans out there?
There’s so much that’s not on Britbox, though.
I just want one streaming service that has every extant show the BBC ever broadcast on it. Is that so much to ask?
No. Too much to ask is a service with all the shows they erased too.
Which I now demand.
There must be an AI that can reconstruct all those wiped shows. AIs can do anything.
It’s not exactly the best option, but some erased Doctor Who episodes were re-created because the audio tracks and production photos still exist, so they’ve animated them.
Within 10 years, if the world doesn’t end, they will be able to construct a holographic William Hartnell that can talk just like him, act just like him, and for all we know believe it is him.
Richard Hurndall and David Bradley both looked and sounded remarkably like Hartnell, so maybe we won’t need a hologram because apparently he’s a common British type.
Also, I survived my performance review. What a relief!
Fun reason why the audio tracks exist is that before VCRs, fans used to put mics up to the TV speaker and record the episodes on reel to reel tape, so they could listen to them later like audio plays. Some people got really high quality recordings (given the method required).